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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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Mary Kate Anthony

Kateri Walters

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 Steubenville, OH, 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 Walters, 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

Isabella Gessler

Maria Powell

Anne Marie Schlueter

I’m Isa! I am a writer with a passion to help women see their belovedness. I’m a soon to be wife and graduate with a degree in Spanish and French, so nothing is as important to me as human connection. I am Latina and La Virgen de Guadalupe is one of my favorite friends to talk about. When I’m not writing, you can catch me blasting Taylor Swift, baking avocado brownies, and drinking blueberry ginger kombucha. 

Hey there Beautiful! This is Maria Powell, long time plant and candle lover, and I’m so excited to go on this journey with you! Looking back, nothing has fueled me more than the love of Christ and serving the precious hearts of His Daughters. I’m originally from the great state of Minnesota but have been residing in Steubenville, OH for the last seven years. I graduated from Franciscan University with a Masters in Theology and now am blessed to serve as Dr. Scott Hahn’s Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator. The Lord has satisfied the longings of my heart to travel and evangelize through this position and it has been so fun to watch Him work. When I’m not working, you’ll find me hiking, playing Mario kart, or, more importantly, sleeping!

I am looking forward to diving deeper into this beautiful ministry and serving you in this new way. The Feminine Genius, the pinnacle of creation, is a gift we are only beginning to comprehend and is often overlooked and misunderstood in our culture. The Lord wants us to unpack His true purpose for our hearts and souls by looking to Him first and letting Him write the chapters of our life. So lets lift each other up, trust in God, and do this together! Jezu Ufam Tobie!


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!

Maddie Doyle

Hi Hi! I'm Maddie Doyle and I'm so glad you're here! I love to welcome people and I'm very passionate about creating spaces where people feel safe, comfortable and most importantly completely free to be themselves. My friend, you are welcome here!

I graduated from Franciscan University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing. I currently work at a Catholic school in Pittsburgh as their Admissions Director but my heart lies in the fields of psychology and counseling. I am passionate about dancing, good food and drink pairings and the sky. I believe so deeply in this ministry because I know that being a Christian woman in today's culture and world is challenging and sometimes isolating. I pray that this corner of the internet fills you with hope and encouragement as you go about your day. When I'm not drinking my fifth cup of black coffee with my nose in a book you can most likely find me hiking outside or in the kitchen cooking for the people I love.

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Blog Team

Blog Team

Blog Team

Blog Team

Dani Vogt

Oh hello there dear heart, it’s Dani here! My heart is rejoicing that YOU, my sweet sister, have ventured over here to Arise, Beloved.

“Who am I?” — you may be wondering. I’m a daughter of God, a fiancé, a New Orleans native, an Ole Miss alumna, and a Pediatric ICU nurse. I’m a big fan of live music, trying new recipes, and helping other women discover their inherent dignity and worth as beloved daughters of God. 

I’m ecstatic to be joining Arise, Beloved’s ministry as a writer. I’ve been passionate about storytelling and writing for as long as I can remember. I’m a firm believer that each person we encounter has a unique story to tell and that we have so much to learn from one another. To me, a good heart to heart is like food for my soul. 

Here are a few truths you need to hear today: You — yes YOU — are a gift, because you were created by the ultimate Giver. Your heart is unrepeatable, and no other heart can love as yours can. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle so always choose to be kind. 

That’s all I have to share for now! Let’s walk to Heaven together. Be sure of my prayers for you. Saint Lucia, pray for us!  

You can connect with me on Instagram @dani_lynnv19 or on my personal blog dearhearttoheart@wordpress.com 

Blog Team



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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