The mission of Behold is that each woman will recognize the gift she is, realize the gifts she’s been given, and give to the world the gifts that only she can give.

Pope St. John Paul II had a great love and respect for women and it was he who coined the term “feminine genius.” In the Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women he directly addresses each and every woman. He writes of the feminine heart and invites women to reflect on their personal, cultural, social and ecclesial responsibility that comes from being women. He states the importance of women in the Church as well as the special roles that only they can fulfill in terms of the family, the Church and in the world. The Behold series was created to help encourage women to fulfill the special roles they have, and to do so with boldness, heroic virtue, and authentic femininity.


The inspiration for Behold was fostered through the GIVEN Catholic Women’s Leadership Forum. This forum was a week-long immersion in faith formation, leadership training and networking which took place at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. The theme of the week was:

  1. Recognize the Gift You Are
  2. Realize the Gifts You’ve Been Given
  3. Give the Gift Only You Can Give

Participants of the forum had the responsibility of coming up with an Action Plan where she would be encouraged to use her unique talents for the good of others. Behold is the fruit of such an Action Plan and the hope is that you too will recognize the gift that you are, realize the gifts you’ve been given, and give the gifts that only you can give.

Why The Church Needs You!

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis made a “Call to Young Professionals.” In his wish-list for young adults, he urged them to:

  1. Zealously participate in parish life
  2. Keep growing in faith through prayer, study, and conversation
  3. Discern your vocation; and having discerned, live it wholeheartedly
  4. Serve others
  5. Joyful evangelization

The Behold series is intended to support you in answering this call.


Dr. Deborah Savage serves as program director of the master’s degree in pastoral ministry and professor of philosophy at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. She is also director of the Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture.

Gloria Purvis is the creator and host of EWTN’s “Authentically Free,” which shows how society mistakes freedom with license.

Nell O’Leary Alt is a recovering lawyer turned writer, editor, and speaker along with mom to four little kiddos who married her law school love. She’s the managing editor for Blessed is She, a Catholic women’s ministry. She loves community, hot cocoa, and reading a good book. She blogs periodically at WholeParentingFamily.com.

Mother Mary Clare, ACJ is foundress of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus who live in imitation of Mary as spiritual mothers in the parish family, engaging the New Evangelization.

Dia Boyle thinks and writes about home, hospitality, and friendship, from the home she makes for her family and friends in St. Paul.

Bridget Busacker, MA holds a Master of Arts in Health Communication and works as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Department of Health. She is founder of Managing Your Fertility, a one-stop shop NFP/FABM resource website for women and couples. Bridget is passionate about reproductive health education & advocacy that supports and upholds the dignity of the human person. Additionally, she & her husband, David, curate an online community over at The Beautiful Wounds that explores the transcendentals – truth, beauty, and goodness.

Father Jonathan Kelly is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a member of the priestly fraternity, the Companions of Christ. Ordained in 2011, he was the associate pastor at All Saints in Lakeville until 2014. Since then he has been a spiritual director and formator at the St. John Vianney College Seminary and most recently an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He is also a spiritual director and adjunct faculty for the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE.

Learn more about Behold by watching the video below!