PAULA HUMMEL has been married to Bill for 27 years, and has two grown sons, Chuck and Daniel.  She grew up in Iowa, and has lived in Virginia for 31 years.  Paula is a former meeting and event planner, and now works part-time for Catholic Charities at St. Margaret of Cortona Transformational Housing in Woodbridge which houses 12 homeless families.  She is looking forward to the next phase of life with her husband and family, and is eager to share with other women also on the journey.  Read Paula's 5 Quick Takes.

MONICA McBRADY is a cradle Catholic who married her high school sweetheart.  She and her husband Mike have been involved in Catholic communities across six states and time zones, sharing their military family’s faith journey and love of service. Monica has always enjoyed blooming wherever her family of four has been planted, serving as a soccer mom, rehabilitation exercise instructor, director of religious education, educational services advisor, and federal agency budget coordinator.  She currently worships at St. John Neumann in Reston. 

Welcome to your Future with Hope!

MELANIE RIGNEY is the author of two books on women saints: Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith and Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration. Melanie also writes for Living Faith. She is profoundly grateful each and every day of her life for the Lord guiding her back to Catholicism in 2005 after thirty-three years away. Melanie is divorced and annulled and worships at St. Agnes in Arlington. Read Melanie's 5 Quick Takes.

The Conference Patron Saint: Martha

We chose Martha because::

  • Martha got cranky. She invited Jesus into her family’s home and, while she was bustling about getting everything perfect, her sister Mary just sat and listened to their guest. Who wouldn’t be a little upset? But when she complained to Jesus, the answer was unexpected: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42 NRSVCE) We pledge to conference attendees that they can shut off their inner Martha and listen to Jesus as soon as they arrive. We’ve taken care of all the details. For you, there is need of only one thing here.

  • Martha had unshakable faith amid crisis. Her brother was dead and she knew, if their friend had been there, Lazarus would still be alive. She told Jesus that. Still, when Jesus said Lazarus would rise again, she did not expect Jesus to bring him back immediately, but rather on the last day. When Jesus probed her statement, she answered, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” (John 11:27 NRSVCE) We pledge to conference attendees that the event through speakers and other resources will help you believe that the Lord’s plan is best, even when we can’t see it. We pledge this conference will arm you to battle the demons of discouragement and self-doubt.

COLLEEN DUFFY KIKO, a native of North Dakota, is a cradle Catholic.  In 1972 she moved to the Washington, D.C. area where she met and married Phil Kiko.  They have been parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington for 36 years, raised four children, and now have four grandchildren. In addition to her full time legal career, Duffy's energies are focused on encouraging people to write down their faith journey so the powerful legacy of experiencing God’s daily support can be tangibly passed on to future generations.  Read Duffy's 5 Quick Takes.