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Over a year ago God began to cultivate a mustard seed of a kingdom-sized dream in each of our hearts. The initial cultivation process was something that took place in each of us separately and was uniquely personal to the healing of our wounded  

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Over a year ago God began to cultivate a mustard seed of a kingdom-sized dream in the hearts of a couple of different women. The initial cultivation process was something that was uniquely personal to the healing of each of these wounded hearts. God had a lot of work to do in each of his daughter's hearts in order to prepare them to step into the role of starting a new ministry. Before they could receive this kingdom dream, they had to receive God's restorative and healing love in their own lives which has been a long process and while the Lord has done mighty deeds in their ives, His work is far from done. Over the course of a year and a half the word "RESTORE" surfaced in their lives over and over and over again until it became the resounding heartbeat of their prayer life. 


hearts. God had a lot of work to do in each of of our hearts in order to prepare us to step into the role of starting a new ministry. Before we could receive this kingdom dream, we had to receive God's restorative and healing love in our own lives which has been a long process and while the Lord has done might deeds in our lives, His work is far from done. Over the course of a year and a half the word "RESTORE" surfaced in our lives over and over and over again until it became the resounding heartbeat of our prayer life. 


So when this ministry was first talked, it was clear that restoration had to be at the heart of everything this ministry did. There seemed to be a need for a new women's ministry where women weren't afraid to talk about the hard things and the reality of living in this broken world. The hope is that these conversations open the door to allow the Lord to work restoration in the lives of all of his beloved daughters. And hence, Arise, Beloved was born.   
 

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MEET THE TEAM 

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Co-Directors

Mary Kate Anthony

Kateri Leonard

Co-director & Podcast host

Co-director & Podcast host

Hey friends! I'm Mary Kate Anthony, a dreamer and romantic obsessed with all things good, true, and beautiful; especially mountains, sunsets, chick-fil-a, throw pillows, candles, and weddings. I am a full-time wedding photographer located in south central, PA, but I am on the road all the time.

I first fell in love with women's ministry while as a student at FUS but I truly believed my time in ministry was over once I graduated in 2018. Despite graduating with a theology degree, my focus was on building on my business and I never in million years foresaw the Lord calling me to serve in ministry in a professional way, let alone in a leadership position!

However, here we are and I am humbled and honored to say yes to this beautiful mission! I am so excited to walk on this road towards greater healing and freedom with you all!

You can find more about me at my website: www.immarykatherine.com or connect with me on instagram @immarykatherine. 

Hi sweet sister. My name is Kateri Leonard, a southern lady with a heart that burns to serve those around me by glorifying our Good Lord. I was born and raised in New Orleans and then moved up to Steubenville to attend Franciscan University. I have had the privilege of leading and serving a handful of women’s retreats and I also served on the women’s ministry team at Franciscan!

I currently work as a social worker and Director of Admissions for a nursing home in the area surrounding Steubenville; I absolutely love it. The mission to serve the elderly community was definitely inspired The Lord. Now, I can also say without a doubt that the mission to serve on this team {in addition to all the other good things} has also been greatly inspired by Him.  

I can’t wait to journey with you and to help spread the sweet truth that our feminine genius wants us to share with the world; you are beautiful, you are valuable, and you are enough. You connect with me on instagram @katericlaire.     

OUR team

Gabriella Gagliano

Kathleen Merriman

Anne Marie Schlueter

I’m Gabriella. I’m just a simple Catholic gal who sold all her belongings to go be a travel nurse. It’s been quite an exciting couple months of living on the road and I wouldn’t have it any other way! God is so good! When I’m not helping little Nanas and Papas take their cholesterol pills or checking their blood pressures, you’ll find me sitting in a local coffee shop journaling, reading, or chatting it up with the locals. 

Hi there! My name is Kathleen Merriman and I love the beautiful adventure that is life on this side of heaven. I graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2018 and I’m in my second year of teaching elementary school in Northern Virginia.

When not jamming the school copy machine or trying to go down in history as “the messy bun teacher,” I can be found hiking, cooking, sipping coffee, rearranging furniture, listening to folk music, and generally scheming of ways to live life to the fullest.

YOU have just started reading a bio for Anne Marie Schlueter-- hey woman! Let's meet at a coffee shop for something hazelnutty, because I'd love to hear about your heart.

Life facts: graduate of Ave Maria University, with a major in talking (communications) and a minor in Jesus (theology). I help companies tell their stories through social media. I'm a speaker, writer, podcaster, artist, and blogger, who specializes in women's ministry, relationship topics, and what it looks like to practically walk out holiness. 

Other important things: I put butter in my coffee, I'm recently gluten free, and I love making lists. I'm getting married to the love of my life in May 2021 and I'm not wearing shoes down the aisle and we're doing Chipotle for the reception dinner. 

Most importantly: I love Jesus. Also, you're NECESSARY. xoxo

Megan Byers

Howdy! My name is Megan Byers. I am a Texas girl who longs for adventure in the great wide somewhere and quotes Disney movies like no other. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a degree in English and Psychology. After graduating, I did a mission year with Life Teen at Camp Covecrest in Georgia. 

Right now, I am working as a substitute teacher in San Antonio, Texas and living at home. It is an arrangement that has reintroduced me to solitude and dependence on the Lord. I am not satisfied with this season of life, but if I learned anything from my mission year, it’s this: only the Lord can satisfy. 

On a more optimistic note, the Lord is currently doing new things in my life, and I cannot escape the feeling that my greatest adventure is just ahead of me. 

Shelby Hawks

Hey there, sisters! I’m Shelby Hawks, a girl with a passion for ministry, the feminine heart, good books, beautiful poetry, prayer journaling, Scripture, and the lover of our souls, Jesus Christ.  I come from the sunny state of Southern California and just finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was there that my passion for ministry, my desire to evangelize through writing, and my love for the Lord really flourished. I am currently in the process of job searching, which is teaching me how to be patient and how to trust in the Lord at all times—we shall see where He leads!

I am so excited to learn what it means to ARISE with y’all, as daughters, as beloved, as free women. I stand behind this mission of freedom with my whole heart and I am certain He is going to move mountains through this ministry.  

Talitha koum! Let us arise clothed in light, sisters!

Jacque Anderson

Hi, friends! I’m Jacque Anderson, a writer and dreamer living in Chicago, Illinois. I currently work at Aid for Women, a nonprofit that serves women in crisis pregnancies. Every day, I am astounded by God’s love and mercy for us and His power to bring beauty from even the deepest and darkest sufferings.

I am passionate about women’s ministry and mental health advocacy and hope to use my gifts to remind others of their God-given dignity and of the hope we may all have because of the Resurrection. When I’m not working, you can find me reading books about theology, philosophy, and psychology at cute coffee shops, sipping on lattes, running by the lake, or spending quality time with my friends. You can find more about me on my Instagram: @jacque.anderson.

Mary Dufresne

Ah! Welcome friend. I am Mary Dufresne, a little wanderer and wonderer from the Gulf of Mexico. Born in Alabama, raised in my dear New Orleans, and college graduate of Southwest Florida. By the Lord’s good graces and mercy I thrived in completing my B.A. (2019) and M.A. (2020) in theology at Ave Maria University. I am now a resident of the sweet Ave Maria town. 

From leading a women’s household, writing my thesis on JPII’s theology of the body as a means for healing eating disorders, and simply intentionally seeking to know the hearts of the women around me—I am excited to officially take part in a women’s ministry. I tend to find deep analogies in nearly everything around me (gosh, cause ladies, JESUS IS ALWAYS REVEALING HIMSELF, so stinkin cool). Anyone who has been on a coffee date with me has heard three recommendations: 1) read Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge 2) go to Catholic counseling at least for one season in life 3) be open to seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

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Rosemary Campbell

I am Rosemary Campbell, I am so excited to be on the team and share with all of you!

I am a cradle catholic with two amazing catholic parents, a BIG catholic family and twin uncles that are both priests. 

I am an enneagram 3, big achiever over here. I walked on to the Penn state track and field team while studying chemical engineering and ended my athletic career, graduated college, and tore my ACL on the same day! This life changing event shaped me and gifted me three incredible things, time with my grandfather as he died, an incredible coaching business, and introduced me to my fiancé. I am currently working on becoming the best version of myself while building my fitness coaching business. If you'd like to hangout with me more often you can follow my journey on instagram @rosemary_and _oregano. 

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OUR MISSION 

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In a very particular way, we as women have so much shame attached to our bodies: because of things that have happened to our bodies, things that we have done to or with our bodies, things our bodies represent, or fail to represent, the list goes on. This unhealthy and often suffocating shame is a deliberate attack on women from the devil and it is one of his most dangerous weapons against women because this shame grows in silence and darkness and produces isolation. The more silence and darkness, the more shame, and the more shame, the more silence. This vicious cycle appears in our lives in SO MANY different ways and has touched almost all women in some way. 


Our desire is to knock that power out of the Devil’s hand by speaking truth into the lies that cripple us and shining light into the darkness that isolates us. This requires being willing to talk about what no one wants to talk about with vulnerability and honesty.


We seek to be a Catholic women’s ministry for all women that addresses the reality of living in this fallen world and the effects of sin in our life. We wish to boldly and openly change the conversation and shatter the silence around the shame consuming us. This is the heart of our mission. For we believe that now, more than ever, is the time for women to rise up together. We are living in a time of Church history where the Church desperately needs women to be restored and set free so they can step into their callings and set the world ablaze. But that first and foremost requires women to receive interior healing and freedom and we believe that requires these hard conversations filled with honesty and vulnerability in safe places with sisters who can see where we are in our deepest, weakest moments and love us out of our darknesss through Christ. 



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