Travels from St. Louis, Missouri
Contact Denise Bossert
Denise is a convert to the Catholic Church. She is the daughter of a Protestant minister. In 2005, she converted to Catholicism after reading books by Carmelite saints. Her syndicated column called Catholic by Grace has been published in 63 diocesan newspapers. She has also written for Catholic magazines and appeared on EWTN’s Journey Home and Women of Grace. In 2014 she traveled to Israel with the Catholic Press Association as a guest of the Israel Department of Tourism. She is a professional travel/pilgrimage writer. In 2015, she will travel to Poland, Mexico, and the Holy Land. Ave Maria Press released her first book - Gifts of the Visitation - which is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Denise is a nationally-recognized Catholic speaker on topics that include: conversion, the Immaculate Conception, the Visitation and Women of Salvation History. She has been the keynote speaker to sold-out conferences (1200+ attendees) as well as the guest speaker for parish missions, Advent events, and Lenten evenings of reflection.
• Conversion Story: From Preacher’s Daughter to Roman Catholic Writer
Dad was a Protestant pastor. I had no plans to enter the Catholic Church. Then, Dad became ill and passed away after a season of intense suffering. As I stood in that hospital room – his body so close, his soul so far away – I sensed something sacred. I had not experienced a brush with the sacred on this level - perhaps ever. That may sound strange, coming from a preacher’s kid. I was also the ex-wife of a Protestant minister! But it was the beginning of a full conversion, and God had my attention. He also had something incredible in store for me. I would inherit my father’s personal library, and within six months of his death, I would discover the writings of St. Augustine, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila. On August 14, 2005, I entered the Church with St. Teresa as my Confirmation saint. Three months before that, I sent an article to The St. Louis Review. My column “Catholic by Grace” has been published in 59 diocesan newspapers, and my first book will be released by Ave Maria Press in 2014.
• The New Evangelization via Mary & Elizabeth
The best evangelizer the world has ever known is Mary. She received Christ – and then she did what every evangelizer must do. She shared Him with others. Mary reveals to us something profoundly amazing. We are the best evangelizers to those we love. We really can bring them home to Mother Church. If we are willing to learn from the Blessed Mother – embracing the very charisms she displayed at The Visitation – our lives will be changed and so will the lives of those we love. My family is living proof of this. I entered the Church in 2005. Since then, my husband, two daughters, and three grandsons have all entered the Church. Now, they are assisting others in the journey home.
• The Immaculate Conception & A Mother With Impeccable Timing
The single, greatest obstacle to my conversion was the Immaculate Conception. I didn’t believe. And then . . . I did. In December of 2004, I announced to my RCIA instructor that I could not accept that Mary was conceived without sin. I couldn’t imagine ever overcoming that doubt. The instructor suggested I go home and place a petition before Mary to show me who she is. I did. It was an almost impossible petition. Within 24 hours, Mary answered that petition to the letter – literally. Through a letter!
• Women of Salvation History: you gotta love them
Pope Benedict XVI writes, “alongside of and with the line running from Adam through the patriarchs to the Servant of God, there is in the Old Testament a line that runs from Eve through the matriarchs . . .” (Mary, the Church at the Source 43). So many women – all pointing to a New Covenant. If we raise these women – old and new – before our eyes and look at them one by one – we can see the intricate design in God’s perfect plan. The women of the Old Covenant were not perfect, but they point to the Immaculate Conception. God the Father took it upon Himself to restore humanity to a state of grace. And it was His great pleasure to begin with . . . women. Sarah. Rachel. Rebekah. Hannah. Ruth. Esther & Judith. Deborah. It’s almost as if God was practicing for His greatest creation of all time. Mary.