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Marge Fenelon

Marge Fenelon

Marge Fenelon - Catholic Speaker
Marge Fenelon
Marge Fenelon

Travels from Cudahy, Wisconsin

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Marge Fenelon is a Catholic wife, mother, award-winning author and journalist, blogger, and speaker. She was awarded the 2015 Egan Journalism Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional journalists with demonstrated excellence in reporting for Catholic media.  She’s written for a variety of Catholic media including National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, CatholicMom, and Catholic Digest. She’s a weekly contributor to Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air Show” and is a popular guest on other Catholic radio and television shows. She's written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic spirituality. Her book, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena received a 2016 Association of Catholic Publishers Award for Excellence in Publishing. Marge and her husband are consecrated members of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt.

 As a speaker, Marge is known for her unique way of interweaving the application of religion and everyday life relationships and experiences, making them almost indistinguishable. She's has the gift of integrating the Faith and a simple, lived spirituality with a warmth and depth (sprinkled with joy and humor) that touches her listeners’ hearts and draws them into a growing relationship with the Divine. She's presented to audiences throughout the United States in a variety of settings, from retreats and parish events to workshops and conferences and before audiences made up of young adults, mixed groups, women, and married couples.

Marge has been writing for Catholic and secular publications for nearly two decades. More than fifteen years ago, she decided to leave behind the secular business world and her position as public relations consultant in order to focus her talents and energies on serving the Church and Catholic media. She is a longtime contributor to a variety of Catholic and secular publications—including Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, Catholic News Service, and Catholic Digest. Fenelon blogs at National Catholic Register.

She is the author of several books related to Marian devotion and Catholic spirituality. Her titles include When's God Gonna Show up? (Liguori, 2009); When's God Gonna Call Me Back? (Liguori, 2010); Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011); Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013); and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena (Ave Maria Press, 2015) Her most recent book is Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace (Servant Books, 2017)

Marge is currently working on an exciting new project called Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA which is taking her to nine different Marian pilgrimage sites throughout the country. She's doing livestream, blogging, and radio appearances as she goes along. The result of her journeys will be a new book published by Ave Maria Press in Spring 2019 titled Marian Pilgrimage: A Living Novena.

Marge is a weekly contributor to Relevant Radio's Morning Air Show and appears frequently on other Catholic radio shows including EWTN's Son Rise Morning Show and Register Radio as well as Ave Maria Radio's Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. She's been a guest on EWTN's  Women of Grace with Johnette Benkovic and Catholic Moms Cafe with Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle. She also has done live commentary for EWTN's live broadcast of the 100th Jubilee Celebration of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt which took place in Vallendar, Germany.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a certificate in Spiritual Mentoring from Cardinal Stritch University. Marge also holds a certificate in Marian Studies from the International Marian Research Institute and is a member of the Mariological Society of America. She’s an instructor for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Permanent Deacon Wives Program.  In May, 2014 she traveled with the Catholic Press Association to the Holy Land as part of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage there. In September, 2014 she completed The Church Up Close, an intensive training course for foreign journalists in Rome conducted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. She is the recipient of the 2015 Egan Fellowship and traveled to the Philippines to report on the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. She was accepted to the 2015 Jordan Tourism Board Religious Blogger and Journalist Tour, through which she traveled Jordan, writing about the historical and religious sites there.  She is a life-long Catholic.

Her favorite topic is Mary, but Marge is well-versed in a wide range of other topics, too. Event organizers are most grateful for her uncanny ability to reach audiences where they’re at and then guide them to a greater understanding of, and love for, our Lord and his Mother in a simple, joyful, everyday spirituality. 

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Blessed Are They Who Let Go: Moving from Pain to Peace My latest book, Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace traces Marge's journey from woundedness to forgiveness, healing and peace after having been raised without genuine maternal love. In this presentation, she traces that process and share with her audience how they, too, can move from pain to peace by embracing Mary as Mother and Jesus as Healer. An uplifting topic that offers confidence and hope for those who struggle to let go.

Forgiving Mother: How to Find (Real) Healing and Peace Based on her latest book, Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace, this presentation is for anyone who suffers the wounds of having been raised without genuine maternal love. Sensitive, insightful, practical, and profound, this presentation addresses the woundedness in our society that has reached epidemic proportions. Also can be done as a full-day or weekend retreat.

Do You Really Want to Be Made Well? Daring to Reach for Forgiveness, Healing and Peace Based on her newest book, Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace, this presentation is for anyone who has pain hiding in their past (and that’s most of us). It looks at why we tend to withhold forgiveness, resist healing, and thus miss out on the gift of peace in our hearts. Whether it’s your mother, father, spouse, sibling, child, mentor or friend who has hurt or harmed you, this presentation will guide you to forgiving, healing, and peace.

Waiting with Mary: A Mini-Pilgrimage to the First Advent Ever! We celebrate Advent every year, but have we ever celebrated with Mary? Come with Marge on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and meditate on the first Advent as our Lord’s Mother might have experienced it.

Three Things We Can Learn from the Little Flower St. Therese of Lisieux, known as the Little Flower, taught volumes by her Little Way of holiness. Because of this, she was made a Doctor of the Church. In this presentation, we focus on three things we can learn from her and how to implement them in our own paths to holiness.

When’s God Gonna Show Up?:  Spotting the Divinein Daily Life (single presentation, mini- retreat, or full-day workshop) - 
Do you ever get those “tingle down the spine” moments when you know that there’s something going on that can’t be explained by human means? That’s God showing up in your life, waiting for you to notice him. Learn how to spot those moments and how to grow spiritually from them.

She’s My Mother, and She’s Your Mother, Too!: Opening Our Hearts to Mary - 
The Church teaches that Mary is our “mother in the order of grace.” What does that really mean, and what difference does it make to you? Find out in this moving presentation that will guide you in opening your heart more and more to Mary as more and more she becomes truly your Mother.

Strengthening Your Family:  Building Stronger, Holier Families - 
Believe it or not, holiness is attainable, even in the midst of our crazy, secular-infested lives. Marge defines the five components necessary for strengthening our families and how to implement them to strengthen your family. 

Spirituality of Womanhood: Living our Faith with Mary as Model - 
The Church asks us to imitate Mary, but how can we do that? She was perfect, and we’re so, well, imperfect. Imitation of Mary requires us first to study her life and then to incorporate the virtues she possessed into our own personalities and circumstances. In this talk, Marge will show the way.

Fortifying Your Marriage: Wisdom from the Church - Whether you're newly married or nearling your 50th Anniversary, you'll always need to work on fortifying your marriage. Turning to the Catechism, Scripture, Pope Francis, and real life examples, Marge offers insight and inspiration for revitalizing your marriage.

Complimentarity and Communion: The Marian and Petrine Principles of the Church - What exactly are the roles of women and men in the Church? Marge explores what the Church teaches about this in the documents of Vatican Council II and the Catechism. 

Triple Header Women's Retreat: Spirituality of Womanhood, Fortifying Your Marriage, and Strengthening Your Family come together to uplift and motivate in a way that gets right to the heart of our roles as Catholic women, wives, and mothers.

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