Thank you for your interest in inviting me to speak at your event. I have had the honor of speaking at various events over the years including: Days of Recollection, Retreats for Women, Retreats for Married Couples, Evenings of Reflection, Women’s Groups, and more.
TOPICS I HAVE PRESENTED ON:
- Mercy in Marriage
- Discovering the Extraordinary in the Everyday Ordinary
- Making Sense Out of Suffering – Discovering Beauty in the Ashes
- Life in the Mission Field of Motherhood
- Authentic Life as a Catholic Wife
- Discovering Passion and Purpose in Every Season of Your Life
- Marriage Ministry 101- How to Start and Sustain a Vibrant Parish Based Marriage Ministry
- Catholic Customs and Traditions – Living the Catholic Faith Throughout the Liturgical Year
- Develop a Deep Prayer Life Amidst the Chaos of Everyday Life
- Total Health – Body and Soul -Wholeness to Holiness
- 8 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Soul
- The Family as the Domestic Church -Living and Loving as You Grow in Holiness
- What Needs Pruning in Your Life?
- Authentic Spiritual Growth in the 21 Century
- Finding Freedom in Faith
- Stay Engaged in Your Marriage – Date Your Spouse!
- How to Model Marriage to Your Children
- Celebrate the Beauty of Marriage
- Parenting With Purpose – Christian Parenting
- Prepare Him Room (Advent by Candlelight)
- Spiritual Warfare
- Waiting With Mary (Advent by Candlelight)
Am I the right person for your event?
I am flexible and willing to work with you to meet your specific needs. I have a passion for sharing my faith and inspiring others ! My husband, Troy Billings, is also available to join me in speaking on topics pertaining to marriage.
“The Ministry of Mother’s Sharing (MOMS) at St. Francis in Frisco was blessed to have Kathleen speak to us. Her talks “Making Sense Out of Suffering” and “Date Your Spouse-Staying Engaged in Your Marriage” were inspiring, relatable and authentically Catholic. She brought messages we needed and wanted to hear. The best part about having her with us for several days to deliver multiple talks was the chance to get to know her personally. She is an absolute delight!” -Amanda Ward, Director of MOMS, St. Francis Catholic Church, Frisco TX
“Kathleen Billings is able to speak to the issues that married couples face in a faith-filled manner. She draws from our Catholic tradition in order to provide a message that is uplifting, hopeful, and rooted in the Lord and the teachings of the Church.” – Rev. Monsignor Stephen J. Knox, St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. Charles, IL
“Authentic healing always involves integration. For this reason I am truly grateful Kathleen Billings came to speak to the women at our parish on the topic of Advent this year for our Women’s Advent by Candlelight. Rooted in Christ, her ability to integrate insights, virtues, spirituality, personal testimony, scripture, church teaching, and practical advice into a single talk, resulted in an experience for the women, I have no doubt, which was truly one of healing.” – Father Max Behna, St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton, Il
“I have had the privilege of knowing and ministering with Kathleen for a number of years as she, and at times with her husband Troy, has shared thought-filled insights and her love for the Lord. Kathleen lives what she speaks and so beautifully invites others to join her in this journey of faith. She is both practical and inspiring. It is with great confidence in her message and the enthusiasm in which she shares it, that I have no hesitation recommending her for your event.”
– Lorrie Gramer, President- Marriage Building USA, Past President of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers
“Kathleen and Troy have a great desire to help couples grow in their marriage according to Christ and His Church. Because they are down to earth and honest about their own struggles in marriage they can really speak to couples who share those struggles.” – Fr. Mark Chrismer, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Charles MO
“I have had the opportunity to hear Kathleen speak on several topics. She is wonderful at relating her personal experiences to her subject matter in a way that is both vulnerable and endearing. Kathleen provides inspiring examples of how we all can live our Catholic faith in ways that solidify our love for Christ and His Church.” – Lori Zink, CCW President St. John the Baptist, Buffalo, WY
I am truly so grateful to have had Mrs. Billings as a guest speaker at my high school’s pro-life club apologetics panel regarding how to respond to abortionist advocates. Mrs. Billings was a great part of the panel because of her knowledge of her Catholic faith and her ability to connect with and guide high school teens. She shared many relevant personal stories that truly enhanced the panel discussion. The Lifesavers Club and all those present were truly grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful guest speaker for this first annual event.
– Ally Tippett, Saint Charles, Illinois, Lifesavers Club president at Rosary High School
“It was a great joy to have Kathleen speak to our Religious Education Program parents on the topic of Christian parenting! Her words were both practical and helpful and were presented with joy.” -Fr. Matthew DeBlock, Pastor St. Catherine of Sienna, Dundee, IL
“Kathleen Billings’ talks at our women’s deanery day for CCW were touching in her personal stories of faith and family. Her Catholicism shines forth in how she lives her life and raises her family. She was such a blessing to the women and priests present that day!”
– Mary Ann Cummins, Buffalo, WY; Past President of the Wyoming CCW, member of the Nominating Committee of the National CCW
I have given a couples’ retreat with Troy and Kathleen Billings. They are a wonderful Catholic couple and gave practical and holy advice to the couples. I would recommend them to any group looking for sound and down-to-earth spirituality for couples. They are orthodox and insightful. The are both fine practicing Catholics and live their faith. I would highly recommend them for groups who are looking for sound and practical spirituality.
– Rev. Msgr. Michael Tierney, Rockford Diocese
“By placing Christ at the center of her life, Kathleen inspires us to become better woman, wives, and mothers. Through her personal story, she encourages us to deepen our relationship with Christ, while illustrating a peace and strength that can only come from Our Lord.” – Tracie Otero, St. Charles, Il
“Meeting Troy and Kathleen and hearing their story was a great blessing for us. They were both eloquent speakers who enlivened their personal stories and reflections with sparks of humor and thought-provoking insights on the serious work of marriage, and the fruits that come from that work. We walked away inspired that our marriage can be even better than it is if we keep God at the center, and that we can love each other more fully than we sometimes do. We loved their picture in front of the Grand Canyon–itself a symbol of the vast depth that we are called to create in our lives and marriage. It was a grace-filled night for us, capped off with a renewal of our vows that left us with a wellspring of emotion, joy, and gratitude.” -Tim & Rebecca McFadden, Warrenville Il
“I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen and hearing her speak at the Sheridan, WY Fall Deanery meeting. She was truly an inspiration to listen to and Christ’s light most obviously shines through her! She reminds us that, no matter what stage of life we are in -God is there guiding us. Kathleen’s knowledge of Catholic traditions and her faith filled life – inspired us all! Our Deanery meeting was a beautiful, faith filled Fall day and we were blessed to have the opportunity to hear Kathleen speak and share her personal stories with us. She is a woman that practices what she preaches!”
– Lorri McBrayer, Sheridan, WY Deanery President
“Kathleen Billings spoke to the parents of our 1-3 grade RE students on Christian parenting. Kathleen’s message was heartfelt, concise, and well organized. She related to the parents well with her personal stories of the challenges of parenting today.”
-Debbie Schmalen, Director of Religious Education, St. Catherine of Sienna, Dundee, IL
“I was privileged to take in a weekend retreat Kathleen put on recently in my remote home of Wyoming. She spoke of Gardening our Souls, tending to those areas that might need special attention. Long after the retreat ended, her insights from her blog, Seasons of the Heart and Home, on topics ranging from marriage & family life to everyday holiness have really served as the fertilizer I needed to give some tender loving care to some areas that were not producing the fruit that I so needed them to. Since then I have felt more connected to the rhythm of my family, my vocation as wife and mother, and my devotion to the Faith.
Reading my devotional this morning I happened upon a quote that touched my heart as it brought to mind again the beautiful time of enrichment from Kathleen’s retreat.
‘God’s blessing is true light in the mind’s darkness, true rain for the soul’s earth, true life for the seed of everlasting life that lies buried in the soil of the human heart. With God’s blessing, the earth yields a rich harvest of generous thoughts, kind words, and good deeds. ‘
Thank you Kathleen, for your loving service to your fellow flowers in His garden.”
-Monique Barron, Ranchester Wyoming
“It is rare to find someone who truly practices what she preaches, but that is Kathleen. When Christ’s light shines in someone, you are attracted to that light. Through life’s ups and downs, Kathleen maintains the light of Christ’s love shining in her soul. It is obvious that she longs to do God’s will and is sincere and generous in sharing her experiences, knowledge, and expertise to help others in their faith journey. In listening to her talk, I was reminded to tend to my own soul as to allow Christ’s light to better shine through me. ” – Lisa Anticevich, Campton Hills, Il
“Whoever wants to preach must be the first to let the word of God move him deeply and become incarnate in his daily life. … This has great pastoral importance. Today, too, people prefer to listen to witnesses: They ‘thirst for authenticity’ and ‘call for evangelizers to speak of a God whom they themselves know and are familiar with, as if they were seeing him.’”
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
December 8, 2019: “Prepare Him Room,” (Advent by Candlelight Dinner) – St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton Illinois
February 15, 2020: “Stay Engaged in Your Marriage- Date Your Spouse,” – St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Brighton, Minnesota
March 7, 2020: “Families, Be Who You Are! The Domestic Church: God’s Plan and Purpose for Your Marriage and Family,” 1/2 Day Workshop (3 Talks) – St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, Illinois
October 24, 2020: “Spiritual Warfare,” Magnificat Prayer Breakfast, Ft. Worth Hilton Garden Inn, Lewisville, TX
November 29, 2020: “Waiting With Mary,” (Advent by Candlelight Dinner) St. Anthony Catholic Church, Hawthorne, NJ
Contact me at: email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you!