I’m known for my warm, friendly tone and style that meets people where they’re at. Audiences tell me I have a unique ability to blend religion and everyday life. I’ve been given the gift of being able to integrate the Faith into a simple, lived spirituality with a warmth and depth (sprinkled with joy and humor) that touches my listeners’ hearts and draws them into a growing relationship with the Divine.
I’ve 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.
My favorite topic is Mary, but I’m well-versed in a wide range of other topics, too. Event organizers are most grateful for my 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.
Excerpt from my presentation, “Strengthening Your Family”
Here are some ideas:
Blessed Are They Who Let Go: Moving from Pain to Peace In this presentation, I trace my own path from a painful past to genuine forgiveness, healing and peace. I share the process with my audience so that 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.
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.
Do You Really Want to Be Made Well? Taking those Daring Steps Toward Forgiveness, 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 me on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and meditate on the first Advent as our Lord’s Mother might have experienced it.
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.
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.
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 nearing 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.
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.
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.
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
It’s simple! Email me at email@example.com, let me know what you have in mind, and we’ll go from there! You’ll find me easy to work with and eager to serve!
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