Rest & Resilience in 2021 Summit
Thursday, December 17, 2020

The purpose of this summit is to provide encouragement, hope, and practical perspectives on the skills needed to develop resilience in 2021, all from a holistic Catholic perspective and highlighting the expertise of women.

Why this topic?
During the past year, the world experienced the collective trauma of a global pandemic, racial injustice, political tensions, and economic upset. Families and individuals are reeling, and often it is women who are asked to bear the additional burdens of comforting others, caregiving, and creating a “new normal” within their communities.

We want this summit to be a source of holistic strength - a resource for the mind, body, heart,
and soul of women that they can take forward into 2021 with a renewed sense of hope, along with a
community of support for the journey ahead.

Who should attend?

You should attend if you are feeling burnt out, stuck, and weary - we are here to give you encouragement from talented, relatable speakers.

You should attend if you are ready to learn practically how to build rest and resilience in your life, holistically: MIND, BODY, HEART, and SOUL.

You should attend if you want access to discussion and community on these topics, because inside you can chat with other attendees and see who is "near you" geographically.


Where will the summit be held?
Inside the FemCatholic In Action Together FIAT Community network premium membership
(https://femcatholic.mn.co)

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Speaker + Talk Details

Laura will be speaking on “Called to Rest? How Your Vocation Depends on Sabbath.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We know callings mean work, whether personal or professional. But do they require rest, too? Scripture is clear on this question: absolutely. In this talk, we’ll explore rest and vocation: how God calls us to rest as part of our work and relationships in the world and how Sabbath practices help us build resilience for the long haul of vocation. Rest is not simply self-care for the privileged but a counter-cultural witness to our faith in God’s care. Learn how you (yes, busy you!) can find more time and space for rest amid all that God calls you to be and do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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— ABOUT LAURA —⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer and speaker who spent over a decade working on theology of vocation at Saint John’s University where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. She is a columnist for Catholic News Service and the author of books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling. After infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss, Laura and her husband are raising five boys in Minnesota. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Julia will be speaking on “Authentic Self-Care Strategies for You and Your Community.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2020 has challenged all of us in so many ways. Julia will use her experience as a licensed clinical professional counselor to offer insights into how we've been affected by the collective trauma of this past year as well as providing concrete authentic self-care strategies to help you and your loved ones thrive during this difficult time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Julia Marie Hogan is a counselor in Chicago and owner of Vita Optimum Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She also leads workshops and writes on topics related to self-care, relationships and mental health. Her book, It's Ok to Start with You is all about the power of embracing your authentic self through self-care and is passionate about empowering individuals to be their most authentic selves. You can find more of her writing online at juliamariehogan.com.⠀⠀

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Ogechi will be speaking on “Building Strength and Resilience: Lessons Powerlifting Taught Me about the Spiritual Life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Care for body can lead to transformative effects in your spiritual life. Ogechi firmly believes that everyone should find a form of physical movement that truly challenges them physically and mentally. Ogechi will share how her powerlifting journey and training has run parallel to her spiritual journey and development. She will share spiritual fruits to be gained in taking time to develop and care for your body and it’s health. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ogechi Akalegbere is a Christian Service Coordinator, public speaker, competitive powerlifter, and certified personal trainer. She has a passion for social justice, empowering women to find their inner and outer strength, and service to those in the margins. She serves as a catechist, lector, and pastoral council co-chair at her parish and leads in her community as a community organizer and diversity practitioner. ⠀⠀

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Jackie will be speaking on “How to Organize Your Schedule to Include Rest.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Do you LOVE making plans, but you struggle with not following them? Has time management consistently been a struggle for you? Are you a perfectionist who wants to stop procrastinating? Imagine having a weekly schedule that allows you to breathe and simply be. Just picture it: You have hobbies and fun activities lined up in your schedule (that you actually do). You’ve embraced working with the natural cycles of your body and not against them. You sleep soundly and without thoughts of work keeping you awake. You close your laptop at a decent hour and head to bed feeling proud of the work you've done for the day. In this talk, you'll learn the key elements you must have in your weekly schedule in order to prioritize rest and the mindset shifts you need to follow through on the plans you create.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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— ABOUT JACKIE —⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jackie Sunga is a life + business coach for new entrepreneurs who want to start and grow online businesses. She specializes in helping women who struggle with perfectionism and procrastination. Jackie combines business strategy with a trauma-informed, evidence-based coaching approach to help her clients conquer the internal blocks that keep them stuck. Jackie also consults with established entrepreneurs to optimize systems and operations, so that they can scale their businesses with ease. You can connect with her on Instagram by sending her a DM @jackiesungaco.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Jeannie will be speaking on "Moving Through the Dark Emotions: Anger, Fear, and Hopelessness".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This talk explores the difficult, painful, and intense feelings we tend to numb, deny, or repress. We will learn how each of these emotions can mentor us through hardships and devastating loss and give us the courage to enter into the dark, difficult, and broken spaces in our lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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— ABOUT JEANNIE —⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jeannie Ewing is a Catholic spirituality writer who focuses on helping women grieve their losses. Her books include From Grief to Grace: The Journey From Tragedy to Triumph, For Those Who Grieve, and Waiting with Purpose. Connect with Jeannie on Instagram, Facebook, and her website, jeannieewing.com.⠀

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Diana will be speaking on "Trusting God with the Real You".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Vulnerability opens the door to intimacy. When we trust God with who we really are, what we truly think and what we actually need (no matter how scary or ugly it might feel at first) it makes more room for Him in our lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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— ABOUT DIANA —⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Diana Vallette is a writer who speaks on faith in a way that’s approachable to everyone (a gift she credits to her many years as a non-believer). She is passionate about truth telling and firmly believes that women best serve the Lord when they realize Christianity isn't about having it all figured out, it's about showing up even when you don't. She is a Latina living in Louisiana with her husband and their five children.⠀

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Karianna will be speaking on "Prayer as Breathe for Your Soul".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Prayer is the breath of life to our soul" said St. Teresa of Calcutta. Prayer is usually used as a means of communication with our Lord, whether it is for praise, petition, or worship, but prayer can be so much more! In this talk, we will explore with Karianna Frey ways of resting in prayer, how prayer can help us remain resilient to the ever-changing world around us, and ways of starting and maintaining a prayer life with the goal of making prayer as natural as breathing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Karianna is a Catholic wife, mother to four, and Classical Educator based out of Southern California. Growing up Baptist, she developed a deep love for the Lord, which grew and deepened as she learned more about the Sacraments and the beauty and mystery of the Catholic Church. A lover of vintage style and eternal values, Karianna believes that there is not much in life that red lipstick can't fix. She is the author of two books and one e-book, both available at her website www.kariannafrey.com, and you can visit her on Instagram at @kariannafrey.⠀⠀

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Anna will be speaking on "From Grief to Growth: How to Build Resilience in Adversity."⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Anna will be sharing her perspectives and expertise on becoming emotionally attuned to the grief and loss experienced in trauma, and will be exploring strategies that promote healing and growth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Anna received her MS in Clinical Psychology from Divine Mercy University and her BA in Philosophy from Christendom College. She continued her training in southeast Massachusetts where she worked with at-risk families, providing home-based family counseling services. Anna provides services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. She has significant experience in treating anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship conflict, parenting difficulties, and many more. She utilizes an integrated approach to treatment, incorporating interventions drawn from play therapy, art therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical-behavioral therapy. Her approach to therapy is one that focuses on healing through self-awareness, hope, and empowerment.⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Simone will be speaking on "Cultivating Leisure During Quarantine."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In this talk, Simone will discuss the true meaning of leisure and the difference between leisure and relaxation. She will also discuss how the vice of sloth is connected to leisure and practical tips on creating a space for leisure during social distancing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Simone Rizkallah is currently the Director of Program Growth for Endow Groups.She is also an Institute of Catholic Theology Fellow, a Witherspoon/John Jay Institute Fellow and an Acton Institute Fellow. She has led local chapters of the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation in Virginia and Arizona and the Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization In Defense of Christians. She is also a member of Women Speak For Themselves. As the daughter of immigrants from the Armenian Diaspora in Cairo, Egypt, she has a particular interest in matters of religious freedom and culture. In her free time she enjoys teaching RCIA, speaking and writing. She has been published in ChurchPOP, Aleteia, Verily, CatholicU, and Ethika Politika and was featured as a Guest Contributor in the book Road Signs for Catholic Teens published by Our Sunday Visitor. She blogs at www.culturalgypsy.com.⠀⠀⠀

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Colleen will be speaking on how to "Called to Nourish Body & Soul".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Colleen will share her faith journey through tragedy, healing and co-founding SoulCore. She will offer insights gained along the way for wellness of body and soul.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Colleen is co-founder of SoulCore. Personal tragedy led her to a deeper conversion in faith and discovery of the beauty and healing power of the rosary. Athletics had been a part of her life since she was young, but as an adult struggled to commit to an exercise routine. Through integrating the rosary with physical movement she found a sustainable path to nourish her body, mind & soul. Now her desire is to share it with everyone. She is an inspirational speaker and leads retreats throughout the United States.

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