Anne Costa, who travels from Syracuse, NY, is a wife, mother and the best-sellling author of six books; the latest of which is entitled Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart. Ms. Costa is a soul-stirring speaker who combines her wealth of personal experience and professional knowledge as a social worker with the firm foundation of the Catholic faith to tackle some of lifes toughest issues.
Anne's writing and speaking ministries bring hope, practical help and spiritual healing and address such topics as addiction, suicide, abuse, relationships, boundaries and physical, spiritual and mental health. Anne is a recovered person, from alcohol and other "demons" and she offers "real-life solutions" that are possible through the transforming grace of God and the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. Anne's joy is infectious as she shares with others the love of Jesus, His Blessed Mother and the entire community of saints!
A Sampling of Talk Topics: ~talks can be tailored to your group's request~
Healing Promises: Everything you need to know about the Sacred Heart Devotion: This talk inspires and informs bringing one of the most traditional, tried and true devotions of the Catholic Church into focus for our modern times. Truly, The Sacred Heart is a refuge and remedy for families today. You will learn the history, the practices and the way in which the Heart of Jesus is ministering to us today.
Praying For Those Who Are Addicted: A Mission of Love, Mercy and Hope: Addiction is rampant and it is destroying our families and ravaging the foundation of our society. What can we do in the hellstorm of addiction? We can pray with a purpose and learn how to cope and care without getting caught up in the chaos. Anne speaks from experience, here, and offers a strong message of hope with practical strategies and a faithfilled approach to coping with some else's addiction.
The Blessing Of Boundaries: Could you use a Catholic Assertuveness Training Class? Do you need to shed the inappropraite guilt and ditch the doormat syndrome? Relationships cannot thrive and people cannot survive without healthly boundaries. Learning how to set them appropraitely an important life work on the road to spiritual maturity that requires Holy Spirit insights and a deep sense of the dignity of the human person. Anne approaches the "hot" topic of healthy boundaries in a sometimes comical, always emotional and highly informative way that can help solve many of your relationship problems with a few foundational principles.
Wisdom For A Woman's Soul: This talk draws from the rich writings and teaching of St. Edith Stein who is a true contemporary "woman's saint". Anne's own spiritual friendship with this saint confirmed everything shew knew in her heart about being a woman but never heard anyone talk about. This talk is highly recommended for all women who are seeking deeper meaning and a more authentic expression of their feminine genius to make a difference in our world.
"Anne Costa gives a gripping and compelling story of growing up in the midst of alcoholism, abuse and drug addiction. Anne has a very down-to-earth, enthusiastic and engaging manner which draws you in, intermittently with her lightheartedness, and then couples it with her stunning and heart-wrenching testimony. She presents a powerful and inspirational message of healing and hope by conquering her painful past. On fire with the Holy Spirit, she glorifies the Lord wholeheartedly in all things in her journey of faith toward God’s love and His restoration." - Janet Massa, Coordinator, Magnificat, Mother of Divine Mercy Chapter, Bristol, CT
"Our parish hosted Anne Costa for a Women's Day of Renewal. Through her own journey of faith and the wisdom of Edith Stein, Anne spoke beautifully to the deepest longings and desires in the hearts of those attending. Through her spiritual insights and experiences, she led us on a day of understanding our feminine genius, surrendering in trust to God's love and plan for our lives, learning to prayerfully ponder like the Blessed Mother, and being sent with a renewed commitment to form, live and bear witness to the world - authentic feminine lives. We felt as if a life-long friend was conversing with us, accompanying us in faith." Julie A - Iowa
"Please know that your sharing was one of the loveliest talks I have ever been blessed to experience." - Barbara S., New York
"Your words were a deep and abiding comfort to me through this pain of losing my son to addiction." - Joanne P., Maryland
"You were profound...You spoke on a level; plain and simple, yet powerful." - Elma G., Texas
"I was deeply moved and will never be the same by the way you spoke... I just wanted to hear more." -Gabby T., Virginia
"Anne Costa is a gifted speaker who is able to immediately connect with her audience on a heart-to-heart level. She has a caring, compassionate style, and her own life experiences, which she weaves into her talks, give her credibility and authenticity. I highly recommend her." - Patricia Mitchell, Associate Editor, The Word Among Us Press
Talks can be tailored to your groups request~