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Catholic journalist, author, speaker and mother of five sons, Joyce holds audiences spellbound with her heartfelt presentation about the persecution of Catholics in the Middle East. Her encounter with a Chaldean Catholic priest tortured for the faith led to a radical conversion of heart. Joyce also speaks about the joys and challenges of raising children and the role of prayer and conversion. Her articles have appeared widely in the Catholic press across the nation, including Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register and ONE Magazine. She's a regular contributor to Catholic radio and is editor of a local biweekly community newspaper, Wrangler News.
Joyce has traveled to the Holy Land three times and has covered Pope Francis in Jerusalem in 2014 and Philadelphia in 2015. Her two award-winning novels, "A Martyr's Crown" and "Cry of Nineveh" have been broadly endorsed and praised as compelling, faith-filled and inspirational. The Holy Father’s call for us to become “Missionaries of Mercy” is a strong theme in all her presentations.
While on assignment for The Catholic Sun, Joyce discovered the heart-wrenching story of Catholics who have had to flee the violence and religious persecution in their native Iraq. She tells the real-life accounts of two priests she met who were tortured for the faith and how learning their stories led her to abandon herself completely to God’s will. Though she’d covered scores of tragedies through the years as a journalist, the plight of the Chaldean Catholic Church pierced her soul and brought her to a new appreciation of her faith and her freedom. The inescapable question her listeners face is this: Would I be willing to die for my faith? And more importantly, what am I doing to truly live it?
Fearless Faith: What happens when a Catholic journalist is confronted with a story so explosive she is forced to re-evaluate her faith and what she’s living for? Following a series of crises and tragedies in her family, Joyce came upon the story of a Catholic community that has endured 2,000 years of persecution. For the first time in her career, she realized there was more at stake than merely reporting the news: God was calling her into action! Joyce takes audiences through the powerful encounters she had with two priests who were tortured for the faith as well as the story of a brave pastor, Fr. Ragheed Ganni, who refused to close his church and was eventually martyred. In taking on the cause of the persecuted Catholics of Iraq who have fled to the U.S., Joyce found healing and peace in her own life. She tells listeners about how God’s loving providence through it all led to an amazing series of blessings, including a relative's miraculous healing from blindness. She concludes each presentation by praying the Our Father or Hail Mary in Aramaic, the liturgical language of the Chaldean Catholic Church. She also provides an opportunity for audiences to venerate an authenticated, first class relic of St. Lucy, a fourth century martyr.
*Faithful Motherhood: An Unexpected Journey through Darkness and into the Light: A mother of five sons, Joyce Coronel had left behind a promising career to stay home and nurse babies, read Bible stories to preschoolers, volunteer at the children's Catholic school, and yes, teach teenagers how to drive. Well, that and write articles for the local Catholic newspaper. "We owned every YMCA jersey ever made from 1994 through 2010," Joyce tells audiences. "The George Foreman grill at our house never quite cools off and we're on a first name basis at Costco and the urgent care center." As the children grew, her beloved parents grew older. Joyce describes what so many mothers can relate to: the challenges of balancing children, aging parents, Church commitments and work. What happens when one of the teenagers is in the midst of serious rebellion while the youngest is still in second grade? And Joyce's sister suddenly dies? "There were days I didn't want to get out of bed. I wondered if the world might not be better off without me," Joyce tells listeners. Then, in an unexpected turn of events, she found healing, peace and a deeper faith.
The Face of Mercy: In her work as a Catholic journalist, Joyce came face to face with those who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in extraordinary ways. She tells the very touching stories of those who out of their own brokenness, find the courage to reach out to walking wounded among us and in the process, undergo their own healing. From a recovering alcoholic who helps teenagers and young adults escape lives of substance abuse to a woman who grew up being dressed in flour sacks and now provides clean clothing to the homeless, these gritty, heartwarming stories reverberate with faith in action. A man who grew up in Mississippi as the son of a sharecropper and learned to forgive those who oppressed him, a woman who felt forced into abortion who now helps other women find healing and a Native American man who overcame deep suffering and loss and now encourages Native children are among some of the many faces Joyce shares with her audience. She also teaches practical ways each of us can draw closer to Christ and live out the works of mercy in our own lives.
Overcoming Indifference: How do we overcome the crippling spirit of indifference that blinds us to the needs of others? St. Maximillian Kolbe once referred to indifference as “the most deadly poison of our times.” What are some of the practical ways we can enliven our hearts and become the “missionaries of mercy” Pope Francis has called us to be? Joyce shares ways we can grow spiritually in order and become empowered to reach out to others in love. “As Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor once said, the opposite of love is not hate—it’s indifference. While it can be overwhelming when we consider the vast suffering going on around us, we truly can make a difference in very simple ways,” Joyce tells audiences.
“She is articulate, thorough and incisive as she answers questions. But she brings more than her gift of communication. She shares her passion for these people. Through her written and now her spoken words, Joyce paints indelible pictures of a faith community whose very existence is threatened. Listen to her and you will never again take your faith for granted.”
— Michael Dixon, Immaculate Heart Radio, KABC, KCBS,KMOX
“Joyce speaks with a prayerful fervor that deeply touches people. She is an incredible witness of perseverance through pain, hope through humility, commitment through crisis, patience through pressure, and through it all, finding joy in the journey. Beautifully transparent about her faith, God has given her the strength to share the deep personal struggles in her life with courage, vulnerability and humor. Her strong faith and authentic character are the reflections of a life refined through fire.”
— Dee Gray, director of adult formation, St. Clare Parish