Speaking Info

BackgroundSt. Mary's Waukesha 11-17-13

I’m down-to-earth speaker and have presented to audiences throughout the United States. I’ve spoken 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. My favorite topics are Mary, family, women’s issues, and simple holiness, but I’m able to speak on many other topics. I’m known for my warmth, ability to reach people where they’re at, and gift for balancing humor and seriousness in order to move hearts.

Excerpt from my presentation, “Strengthening Your Family”

Here are some presentation topic ideas:

When’s God Gonna Show Up?:  Spotting the Divine in 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.

Custom-designed presentationsMarge Fenelon Presentation

If what you see here doesn’t quite fit your needs, I’m happy to adapt a packaged presentation or custom-design one for you. Depending on the extent of your request, there may be a small additional fee.

How to get started

Contact the fantastic folks at CMG Booking to inquire about my fees and availability. CMG will work with you on my behalf to choose the presentations best suited to your event, negotiate fees to fit your budget, and tend to all the other nuts and bolts involved in hiring me to speak to your group or conference. Call the Corporate Office at (657) 777-2535 or fill out the simple request form on CMG’s website.


What you said today is exactly what I needed to hear. You have no idea what you’ve done for me. Thank you.

~Participant, Oklahoma Catholic Women’s Conference

I enjoyed the sharing and learning about something I never thought about or really knew existed. Over the years I have…wanted to have that experience but never knew what to do to achieve it. Thank you so much for showing me where to start. I believe that even though I’ve been waiting many years, my “when’s God gonna show up” experiences began today.

~When’s God Gonna Show Up? Workshop participant

I have long admired Marge as a gifted writer and storyteller.

~Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

It is with great appreciation that we send this note to you for speaking at our [parish] events at St. Jerome’s Church. “When’s God Gonna Show Up?” and “She’s My Mother, and She’s Your Mother, Too!” touched so many in our parish! Thank you for touching our lives with yours. May God bless you always.

~Women’s Ministry Co-ordinator

[Marge] dedicates much time to the apostolate of the written and spoken word. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a Catholic speaker. She is orthodox, intelligent, articulate, humorous, and has lots of common sense.

~Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, author of St Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer (Sophia Institute Press), St Therese of Lisieux – Spouse and Victim (Institute of Carmelite Studies), and other books on spirituality.

 Marge, Thank you again. We are so glad you came to speak at our SAS mom’s retreat! I just keep hearing more stories every day about how the retreat changed our moms’ perspectives, journeys, and lives. God is good! Thank you for sharing your message, your time, and yourself with us.

Morgan Gist MacDonald, Spirituality Chair, St. Anne’s Society, Houston Texas

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