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My thanks to Terry Polakovic…

My thanks to Terry Polakovic…

Those of you familiar with Among Women, or my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, may recognize Terry Polakovic’s name. Terry was one of the founders for Endow, a wonderful ministry to women that specializes in educating on the nature and dignity of women. She later became its President and one of the more public faces of the organization over the last 14 years. Endow’s growth has been powerful, and has now spread to hundreds of women’s groups throughout North America.

Over the years, I’ve endorsed Endow — a fabulous collection of studies for women on the feminine genius and so much more — and I will continue to do so.

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Terry Polakovic

Terry graciously penned the foreword for my book, and was a guest on my show, in the early days when I was just getting Among Women off the ground. (Terry was a guest on AW #24.) We also worked together on a webinar for Ave Maria Press when my book was published. She has been such an inspiration to me.

I have just learned that Terry Polakovic is stepping down from her position at Endow. She will be missed. But I’m so happy that our paths crossed along the way.

Thank you, Terry, for your wonderful and prayerful support of my book and my work. Your graciousness and friendship have been a true blessing, even from across the country, and amidst a busy calendar. I’m grateful for the few projects we’ve shared, and I wish you all the best in the years ahead.

In other news, Terry Polakovic is slated to speak at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. I hope to see her there!

 

Here’s the letter that Terry wrote to Endow’s followers about her news of her retirement and introduces the new President, from the Endow newsletter.

There is a beautiful passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which tells us: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” I am one of the founders of Endow and for nearly 14 years, I have had the privilege of leading this organization.  I will be forever grateful to God for giving me this opportunity as I have loved every minute of it.  However, during this past year, I have come to realize that my season is over.  Consequently, I will retire from Endow on September 30, 2015.

When we began this apostolate, I was terrified.  I felt certain that it was a call from God, but I was completely unprepared for the task ahead.  I had grown up Catholic, but I was not accustomed to speaking openly about my faith.  Added to that is the fact that I honestly didn’t know very much about my faith.  But there was a pull in my heart to say “yes” and once I did, God literally did the rest.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., who was the Archbishop of Denver at that time gave us his support, as well as an office in the Chancery.  Sister Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph.D., who is a world expert in Catholic feminism providentially moved to Denver to help start our new seminary at exactly the same time that we were starting Endow. For five years, she taught us about the writings of Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and other Catholic thinkers and saints. Additionally, then-Bishop José H. Gomez, S.T.D. (now the Archbishop of Los Angeles) joined our board of directors and it was his guidance that helped launched the organization.  All of  these years later, Archbishop Gomez still serves as our spiritual director.

Most importantly, through all of these years God has sent women to Endow and He is still sending them.  Thousands of them.  All of these women are open and eager to learn, as they search for something different than what the current culture has to offer.  Inherently, as women we know that we are made for more than what the secular world proposes.  Thankfully, Endow provides a place to look for answers to these important questions.

When I think of what I will miss the most as I leave Endow, it is definitely the men and women I have met along the way. People have asked me if there is one story that stands out more than the rest, and truly there isn’t.  Every single person I have met has a unique story, and each one is on his or her own journey, a different journey ordained by God.  As far as God is concerned, each one of us is an only child.

I will carry your stories in my heart and I thank you for enriching my life in ways that were unimaginable to me when we began this apostolate.  A special thanks to Archbishop Chaput for believing in me, to Sister Prudence Allen for teaching me, and to Archbishop Gomez for walking with me every step of the way.

In closing, I am thrilled to tell you that the Acting President is Martha Reichert.  Martha has been involved with Endow for many years, and she started our Outreach Program, which serves women in homeless shelters, jails, and other vulnerable situations. Two years ago, we honored Martha at our annual gala, and if you click hereyou can see the short video that we used to introduce her. As you will see from her letter below she is a women of trumendous faith.

I could not be happier to have Martha follow me in this apostolate that I love so much!

Your Sister in Christ,
Terry Polakovic

Thanks to St Marello’s Bookstore for a great event!

Thanks to St Marello’s Bookstore for a great event!

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St Marello Bookstore, next to St Joachim’s Church.

Following my recent talk at the Diocese of Fresno Congress, I traveled up north for a book signing and a talk in Madera, CA. St Joachim’s Church is blessed to have an amazing Catholic book and religious supply store right on its campus, St Marello Bookstore. 

I was privileged to visit and offer a talk for women there, as well as offering some encouraging remarks at the end of the English speaking Masses there. The talk also dovetailed nicely with the parish’s kick off of Endow — where I got to share the podium with Emily Espinosa – the new Program Director for Endow.

Emily Espinosa, program director at Endow.

With Emily Espinosa, program director at Endow.

My good friend and favorite California girl, author Lisa Hendey, dropped by the event and wielding her trusty smartphone, shot a few more photos.

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Me and Mary Ann Hutcherson, store manager.

It's always an honor to sign a book for a reader.

It’s always an honor to sign a book for a reader.

 

Endow reviews “Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious” and offers a discount on it for purchase now thru July 31!

Endow reviews “Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious” and offers a discount on it for purchase now thru July 31!

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One of the nicest things in the book-writing process for me was when Terry Polakovic, the Executive Director of Endow, offered to write the foreword to Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.  She writes, “Pat and I both seek to communicate that when women appreciate and nurture their “feminine genius” through prayer and faith-filled living, they are equipped to do the urgent work of transforming the culture into a civilization of love.”

I am so grateful to have Terry’s endorsement, and one way to express my thanks is to tell you about why I asked her to write the book’s forward, and it’s simple: I have long been a fan of Endow’s book club-style of evangelization and catechesis for women to know and learn about the feminine genius, and their dignity and vocation as women.

Terry writes about Endow’s mission on their website:

We are blessed as women. And our blessing contains many mysteries that God reveals to us along our journey of life and faith.  I still remember my “aha” moment when I read Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women and realized that God made every woman, including me, with dignity and worth. That defining moment was a revelation that moved me to help establish Endow.  Since then, I have been thrilled to meet Catholic women and girls who are discovering the fullness of our faith—perhaps for the very first time.

I met Terry by phone back in 2009 when she agreed to be interviewed for one of my earliest Among Women podcasts. We struck up a friendship then, and a few years later we were finally able to meet in person out in the Denver area when I was traveling with my husband on business. I’m so grateful for her enthusiasm for the book and to meet this beautiful leader, who has been recognized for her service to women by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI  himself!

Recently, Gina Warner reviewed Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious for Endow readers…

“If”.
For women, the word just might be our greatest deterrent to loving ourselves in the here and now.

“If I could just lose 10 lbs.”
“If I get that job.”
“If he would just apologize.”

Because if we spend too much time in the ifs, we miss what is: that we are blessedbeautiful, and as Pat Gohn puts it, bodacious (her melding of “bold” and “audacious”). The author regales this message in her recent book.

Pat Gohn’s Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious is likely to initially spark interest among readers simply by its testimony that the Catholic Church has been “singing the praises of women out loud”. But where it truly penetrates hearts is in the lively, three-part dissection on Catholic womanhood she provides to illuminate this truth.

Where some authors fall short when it comes to unpacking theology in a manner that is accessible to all, Gohn manages to accomplish heartily. Through her injection of personal stories that are marked with spirited wit and an ever-enthusiastic grip with which she holds her faith, Gohn makes the theology of Catholic womanhood understandable and straight-forward.

To read the rest of the review, go here.

Here’s where you can order Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious at a discount, now thru July 31, 2013. Be sure to use the special offer code listed!

Endow offers book studies, special events, resources and more! If you’re a woman, be sure to look for Endow in your diocese, and if it is not already there, or offer to bring it to your diocese by contacting Endow! (There’s even a Girl Genius series for youth!)

Go learn more about Endow! 

Thank you Endow,

and Terry Polakovic,

for your incredible support of my book!

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Who knew “bodacious” would be one of the new colors for Spring?

Who knew “bodacious” would be one of the new colors for Spring?

Did you hear the news? Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood is finally on the shelves! Tah dah! It’s launched! (Don’t miss the free drawing below!)

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Published by Ave Maria Press and in stores now! That’s Bea on the cover!

The book is a “first” for me. So forgive me if I gush just a little.

Ladies: This won’t be the last time you’ll hear me this from me: we have a blessed dignity, beautiful gifts, and undeniably, a bodacious mission — specifically as women — in the world today.

I love my collaborators in this effort! No author stands alone. So many people had a wonderful part in this book’s creation. I’ve been blessed by the team at Ave Maria Press who took a chance on a new author, and put their expertise behind me, like a refreshing breeze against my sails. Many beautiful, gifted women encouraged me along the way, and some great men too — you can read about them in the book’s acknowledgements — you may recognize a few of my family and friends. And I’m humbled by the people who have chosen to endorse this book, and I’m deeply grateful for their support. Finally, I have truly been enriched by the bodacious women I have met in my life, and in the work of the church that I am privileged to share in… women who embody the ideas that I share in this book — like Terry Polakovic of Endow who wrote the Foreword.

I love you dear readers, and my listeners to Among Women! This book is for you! I hope you’ll read it and share it. I can’t wait to welcome and meet new readers here or at an event! Help me reach them — share the link to this post!

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Dressing room success! As seen in a nearby mall, finding jacket-luv in the bodacious blue color and the right size!

I love the book’s cover! I’ve named the woman on the cover “Bea”, short for Beatrice, which means a bringer of joy, or blessings. So besides the B-B-B of the title, you’ve got Bea there to remind you to look up and smile because there’s reason to celebrate being a woman! You are blessed! You are beautiful! And yes, you are bodacious!

I love that blue too! I asked my website consultant to add splashes of it wherever she could. (Thank you, Dorian Speed!)

And check it out — I was doing a little shopping this week, and who knew that bodacious blue is one of the top colors in the Spring fashion palette? (You might not believe it, but I’ve tried on a few polka-dot dresses too! What fun!!)

I hope you’ll think about asking for the book at your local Catholic bookseller. But if there is not one near you, there are  online stores ready to help too.

Come see me at my next book signing in MA on April 17! You’ll recognize me — I’ll be the one in the bodacious jacket!

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FREE DRAWING FOR BOOKs and SWAG!!

Update 4.10.2013 this contest has ended. Comments are closed.

I’m hosting a free drawing til April 10, 2013 — I’ll give away 3 signed books, or a BBB coffee mug, and a tote bag to 5 readers chosen at random who leave a comment below. We’ll give them away on in a random drawing on April 10th, my baptismal day, so leave a comment! Thank you!