Annie Karto is an award winning Catholic singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker. Given a penance to "spread the message of Divine Mercy the rest of her life," Annie has traveled the country extensively these past 20 years, singing in Rome, The Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes, Spain, Rwanda, New Zealand, and Trinidad. Divine Mercy is the "heart" and focus of her ministry. Annie enjoys speaking and singing to women's groups. Annie is a part of the Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, a lay outreach of the Marians of The Immaculate Conception, based in Stockbrige, MA. Annie has been a featured speaker at many national conferences the past 20 years, and weaves her stories in and out of her music. You will laugh, maybe shed a few tears, and hopefully be inspired!
Over 20 years ago, after a deep conversion experience before the Blessed Eucharist, Annie was given the penance to spread the Lord's Divine Mercy for the rest of her life. Annie has strived to use her gift of music, and speaking skills to evangelize wherever the Lord calls her. She has spoken and sung at many major conferences, Magnificat Breakfasts, Divine Mercy Retreats and Days of Reflection. Some of Annie's talks include Divine Mercy Flood My Soul." "Rise up, Shape the Culture!" "Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy", and "The Beauty and Dignity of being a Catholic Christian Woman." Annie wrote a song for priests, "You are a Priest Forever", that has been featured on EWTN for many years. Fr. Bill Casey, Fathers of Mercy, recently called the song, "a classic." This song received two apostolic blessings from both Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Benedict Emeritus. Annie was a guest on EWTN's Backstage Program, and is a frequent guest on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo on EWTN.
Annie is available to travel to any state in the country, and lives in Treasure Island, Florida, with her husband of 35 years, David. They have four children, and nine grandchildren. Annie loves her Catholic Faith, and this is evident in her speaking and music. Many comments on Annie's music include, "Such very inspirational words, music and an ‘ angel voice’ to sing these beautiful songs….uplifting and healing to my soul!
Testimonies from those who have hosted Annie:
"Annie recently performed for our Legatus group. She is OUTSTANDING! If you want to be brought out of the darkness of this world into the light of Christ, Annie will do that...not only with her magnificent voice, but also by being Annie. You can't help but see the Lord in this woman. What a blessing to have such a humble and talented performer...she is the essence of evangelization.!!!" - Natalie Raaths Legatus Appleton, Wisconsin
I knew Annie Karto was a generous, humble, spiritual woman from my first communication with her. I also knew 200 women of Spring Hill and surrounding areas were likely to have an exceptional experience when Annie agreed to be a part of our Annual 2012 Celebration of Faithweekend. Everything about Annie is sincere from her testimony of faith, to her beautiful voice. One of our registrants said, “She has the voice of an Angel!” In large part, due to Annie Karto’s contribution, one woman summed up the weekend as, “It expressed in every detail that -Joy in the Lord is my strength”. Thank you Annie Karto for sharing your Joy in the Lord through word and song! - Cindy Chase, Parish Manager, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Co-Chair of Cabrini Daughters of God (Women’s Faith Enrichment)