as a SPEAKER:
Cathy is a group facilitator and speaker whose creative gifts enable her readers and listeners to make the emotional faith connection that is often missing in intellectual discussions of faith and apologetics.
Cathy’s down-to-earth exuberance about the things of Heaven help everyone who interacts with her feel more hopeful about coping with the stuff of earth.
Jesus told us we need to have the faith of a child to enter Heaven. Cathy helps us place our trust in him
Cathy calls herself a Bionic Catholic: a”revert” to the Catholic faith for whom God’s grace has turned her brokenness into strengths. After being raised as a K-12 Catholic, she left the Catholic Church as an adult for about 5 years. She didn’t believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and felt she wasn’t being “fed” in the Catholic Church. She went to find a church where Jesus was living and active through the word of God…in a non-denominational Christian community. Becoming bull-doggedly anti-Catholic, she “ate apologetics for breakfast”. Still trying to hang on to his own Catholic faith while married to a relentless evangelizer, Cathy’s husband enlisted a steadfast team of Crucillo prayer warriors. Under their gentle heavenly influence, Cathy’s resolve began to crack.
Cathy’s personal Annanias, was a Lutheran-Pastor-to-Catholic-Priest convert who taught a course on Early Church history. His teaching gave her a new-found appreciation for the sacramental Church founded by Christ and for the spiritual giants upon whose shoulders the Catholic Church rests. Cathy now has found a peaceful balance and enjoys inspiration and support in daily Bible reflection and in the writings of mystical saints like Venerable Mary of Agreda and more.
Cathy’s renewed Faith found expression in an unlikely place: the Montessori based faith formation program for preschool children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Her tiny young students became the best of teachers. Cathy discovered that the core of true faith is humility. God loves what is little. Cultivating and appreciating our own “littleness” before God taught Cathy the humility she desperately needed in a wonderfully gentle way. Now Cathy pours her passion into helping people of all ages cultivate spiritual imagination and in the creation of humble little animal and insect characters who provide us a unique and charming access point into key moments of Scripture.
as an AUTHOR:
Cathy’s inspiring storybooks for children have touched thousands of hearts both young and old. Little Lamb Finds Christmas is the holiday parable that tucks the LOVE of the Good Shepherd, the JOY of the Nativity and the MIRACLE of the Peaceable Kingdom into one charmingly illustrated book.
Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, the story that turns Easter’s furry”bunny” into a gentle apostle who shows that real JOY of Easter is Jesus! Co-authored with her sister, Carol Benoist, this Easter tale helps children learn to trust their fears to Jesus and appreciate His Resurrection in a whole new way.
Cathy’s animal charactors help children celebrate their child-like faith and helps adults reconnect to it. Cathy’s ability to communicate truth in ways that make faith as simple and approachable as twitch of a whisker is a delight for readers and listeners of any age.
A native of St. Louis Missouri, she is a married mother of three children who adores God, loves her family, and for whom animals and chocolate compete for her worldly affections.