In the first decade of her marriage, Gina Loehr published five books, had six children, and developed her national speaking career. Her passion is to encourage and uplift Catholic women who seek joy, peace and confidence in Christ.
Gina's powerful conversion from anti-Catholic feminism altered her entire understanding of herself and her place in the Church and the world. This personal perspective underlies her passion to minister to Catholic women. Her primary vocation is being a wife and mother, but as family life permits, Gina enjoys traveling to share her message with audiences around the country.
Gina's work as an author, theology instructor and inspirational speaker led her to be appointed as a delegate for the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s 2013 Vatican study on women in the Church. While participating in the PCL seminar in Rome, she met Pope Francis about whom she published her fourth book, Saint Francis, Pope Francis: A Common Vision. Gina is the popular author of four other books on Catholic Women's Spirituality: Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women; The Four Teresas and Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey and her newest release, The Church is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires us to Love. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a bachelor's degree in theatre studies. Her education and her unique conversion from "theatre" to "theology", along with her background as a catechetical missionary and retreat leader with NET Ministries and several years of work in youth/young adult ministry and pro-life outreach equipped Gina for her writing and speaking career. After teaching high school theology and theatre for two years, Gina worked as a full time chastity speaker, inspiring thousands of teens and young adults with dynamic presentations on the subject. From there she began speaking to a wide range of Catholic audiences, writing books and doing freelance writing projects for Catholic periodicals. Her writing has appeared in The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, First Things, St. Anthony Messenger Magazine, Franciscan Way, The Catholic Herald and online at Patheos and Catholic Mom.
Gina prefers not to use “canned” talks, but specializes in creating custom presentations for conferences, diocesan events, workshops, fundraisers, retreats and in-services on topics such as marriage, family, and motherhood as well as spirituality, authentic beauty, women’s issues and the saints. She is also a trained NFP teacher who has spoken for numerous engaged enrichment events in her archdiocese and cooperated with the Pontifical Council for the Family as a panelist at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. A frequent guest on Catholic radio, Gina has done interviews for EWTN television and radio, Relevant Radio and Ave Maria radio among others and is often consulted for her expertise on the vocation of women in the Church. For five years, Gina taught theology at Marian University of Wisconsin where she currently lives on a 600 acre dairy farm with her husband and children.
-Why Women are Needed in the World Today: A reflection on the gift of women to the family, the church and the world.
-Blessed Beyond Belief: A Mother's Tale: The story of Gina's meeting with Pope Francis and the miracle healing of her baby born blind.
-Authentic Beauty, Inside and Out: An exploration of how we can truly bear God's image to the world, becoming beautiful in the process.
-The Witness of the Women Saints: A colorful introduction to a diverse array of women who reveal that femininity flourishes in the light of the faith.
-My Mother, the Church: An insightful presentation about the beauty of both motherhood and Mother Church.
Endorsements & Testimonials:
"You were stupendous! "Intense!" "Gina said just what we needed to hear!" "Every woman there was deeply touched!" "I got more out of this than the whole conference!" "We all want her to be our best friend!" Just a few of the comments I heard after you spoke. Several ladies were brought to tears. For me, you opened up a big new avenue on my faith journey! The Holy Spirit was definitely at work in you!" - Mary F., audience member
"Gina Loehr shows women how we can use everyday experiences to draw closer to God, allowing us to radiate God's beauty to the world." - Crystalina Evert, author of Pure Womanhood
"Gina Loehr reveals the wonderful richness and diversity that is part of our living heritage as Catholics." - Ralph Martin, author of Hungry for God
"Gina is that rare person who combines academic excellence with a warm and inviting personality, and she possesses the quiet self assurance that accompanies people who live the Church's teachings and follow Jesus Christ." - Lydia LoCoco, Radio Host on Relevant Radio
"THANK YOU! Thank you for your faith and understanding of the beauty of women and sharing that!" - D. Braun, Parish Director of Religious Education