“He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two . . . ”—Mark 6:7
As Jesus sent out his disciples two by two to preach the Good News, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet have also taken Christ’s commissioning to heart with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Coauthors of the bestselling Divine Mercy for Moms, and their latest women's book and study, The Friendship Project, the two serve on the leadership team of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, one of the largest Catholic Women’s Conferences in the country with over 3,500 attendees and are contributors to CatholicMom. They have spoken together at a number of events, including the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, 1:38 Women, Mothering with Grace Annual Mother’s Conference, Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference, and the online Catholic Conference for Moms. Michele and Emily have appeared on EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy and a number of Catholic radio programs.
Michele Faehnle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She works full time a school nurse at St. Andrew Catholic School and serves as the co-director of the Catholic Women's Conference. She is the mother of four.
Emily Jaminet holds a B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Mental Health and Human Services and a Minor in Human Life Studies. After a brief stint as an administrative assistant at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, a Christian non-profit, she gave up an out of the home job in favor of staying home to raise her growing family and be a worker in the vineyard of the Lord. Emily hosts “Mother’s Moments” a short daily reflection heard on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM820 at 2:55pm each weekday. She is the mother of seven.
Our Friend Faustina: Lessons of Mercy for a Woman’s Life - nurtures the hearts of women with this gentle introduction to the life and spirituality of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II’s “Apostle of Mercy.” Combining classic Catholic spirituality with our personal experiences, this talk shows busy women how to receive and respond to Divine Mercy in their own lives, and to pass it on to others through word, deed, and prayer. With heartwarming stories and practical advice, this talk reveals that mercy is not just a gift to be grasped in the confessional, but a spiritual resource that strengthens us when we extend ourselves for the benefit of others. This talk introduces readers to the history of the Divine Mercy devotion, explains five distinctive features of this devotion, reveals mercy as a gift to be shared in word, deed, and prayer, explores Divine Mercy in the practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and celebrates the role of Mary, Mother of Mercy.
The Friendship Project: Deepening and Developing our Relationships - In The Friendship Project talk, Michele and Emily explore the cardinal and theological virtues with an eye toward friendship. Focusing on faith, hope, love, prudence, gratitude, loyalty, generosity, and prayerfulness, they help us answer questions such as, “What does it mean to be women of hope, and how does that change our lives and make us more compassionate friends during difficult times?” and “How does prayerfulness teach us how to listen to and talk with both God and our friends, which helps us reach out to those we love?” Michele and Emily answer these questions and more by employing Church teaching and telling us stories of their own friendships and those from the lives of saints and biblical women—including the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her sister Servant of God Léonie, and Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Not only will you be drawn closer to friends both new and old but you’ll also be reminded how these friendships—and the virtues you practice to nurture them—draw you closer to God.
Balancing Technology and Family Life - As parents, we are faced with questions on how to navigate the world of social media, mobile devices, computers, tablets and gaming devices with little or no training in this area. The rapid growth and change in technology can make it overwhelming and it cause great anxiety for parents as well as children. In this talk Michele and Emily give practical tips and resources for helping parents take control of the technology in their homes and how to help them navigate this digital world with their family.