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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 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 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 mighty 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. 


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 we first talked about how we both felt called to start a ministry, we knew that restoration had to be at the heart of our ministry. We had begun to see a need for a new women's ministry where we weren't afraid to talk about the hard things and the reality of living in this broken world so that the Lord could work restoration in the lives of all of his beloved daughters. And hence, Arise, Beloved was born.   
 

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Mary Kate Anthony

Catie Destatte

Co-founder, Podcast host, and social media & creative director

Co-founder, Podcast host, editor and blog/submissions director

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! You can find more about me at my website: www.immarykatherine.com.  

Hey there! I'm Catie Destatte and I reign from good ole Toledo, Ohio. I studied Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University, and it was during my time there that I came to know the Lord in a personal, life-giving, dream-changing way and fall in love with ministry to women. I currently serve as the women's Chapter Leader for the Saint Paul's Outreach missionary team at Benedictine College. I am engaged to my best friend and I can't wait to be his wife this May. I love all things essential oils and I regularly force my roommates to use their remedial properties. I love the outdoors and anything that will further my chaco tan line, but I hate bugs, and no, the two do not contradict. I am a big freaking fan of the oxford comma and an even more committed fan of Harry Potter. In my spare time, you can find me holding babies or looking for an excuse to talk about the time I studied abroad in Austria. No really, I'd love to tell you about it sometime. 

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Anna Boehk

Kathleen Merriman

Marianna Schmiesing

My name is Anna Boehk and I am an elementary-school librarian living in America's capital - convenient, considering I love American history. I spend much of my time volunteering with kids, traveling, and trying new foods with my cat, but my God-instilled passion is servitude through hospitality.

I believe in cultivating a community for women where we can discover and nurture our God-instilled passions, regardless of the difficulties that may hinder us. 

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.

My name is Marianna Schmiesing. I live in Steubenville, Ohio, where I was born, raised, went to school, cried over boys, knit a lot of potholders, and started writing. In 2018, I graduated from Franciscan University with an English degree, and that same year, I ran away to Europe. I’m now back in Steubenville, working with inner-city teenagers as a full-time missionary with Vagabond Missions.

As someone who lives in their head a lot, I love every opportunity to celebrate the sacredness of the body. It might be natural to feel trapped, ashamed, or confused about the body half of our body/soul composite, but that’s not where we’re meant to stay. We are gifts. We are good. We are beautiful.

 To celebrate this glorious thing called life, I like to disappear into the woods from time to time and reemerge with a collection of moss and pinecones. When in the city, I haunt coffeeshops and pretend to enjoy the roasted bean juice so that I can stay and marinate in trendy vibes. I also enjoy spending time with my family bc they’re cool sometimes. 


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.

Kateri Leonard

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.     

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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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