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Judy Esway

Judy Esway Catholic Speaker
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Judy Esway, author and inspirational speaker, believes that ordinary people can lead extraordinary lives and grow into today’s saints, poets, and mystics, when they commit themselves to daily prayer. She is a long-time practitioner of contemplative prayer in the tradition of the Catholic Church. She writes, “I was a cradle Catholic, prayed the Rosary, and always attended Mass. I knew all about God. But I didn’t know God until I was nearly 40 years old, when I had a dramatic personal encounter with Jesus during a spiritual retreat. Knowing about someone is not the same as knowing someone. My life completely changed after that weekend, in ways I could never have envisioned.”

In a face-to-face interview with Judy for an article in the Catholic Exponent, Youngstown Diocesan newspaper, now retired editor Lou Jacquet writes, "She's funny, genuine, insightful, prayerful, and as down-to-earth as they come."  

Comments from retreat leaders after Judy's talks:

"Thank you, Judy, for a very moving and inspiring day.  I'm still getting feedback from the women.  They were able to relate to your presentation very well and enjoyed your humor.  They also appreciated the down-to-earth 'human' approach to spirituality."  Mary Nolan, Retreat Coordinator, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Sedona, Arizona

"Thank you for an inspiring and delightful morning of reflection with the women of our parish.  Your written and spoken words touched so many places in our hearts."  Pat O'Neill Phillips, Director of Adult Education, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Scottsdale, Arizona

Comments from women after retreats:

"It was so refreshing to hear an ordinary woman's perspective on spiritual development.  It made me feel like I'm doing okay on my own spiritual journey." 

"Judy was wonderful - so down to earth.  I was able to really relate my experiences to her presentation."

"The day was very inspiring.  Your humor is great."

BOOKS PUBLISHED:

  • Real Life, Real Spirituality (A Path to Healing and Wholeness)
  • Letting Go (Reflections and Prayers for Midlife)
  • Blooming in the Whirlwind (Finding God in a Busy Life)
  • But Not Today, a novel
  • Prayers of a Working Mother

NUMEROUS ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN CATHOLIC MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS:

  • St. Anthony Messenger
  • Catholic Update (Liguori Publications)
  • Catholic News Service (Faith Alive series)
  • My Daily Visitor
  • Marriage
  • New Covenant
  • Abbey Press (three CareNotes)
  • The Catholic Exponent (Diocese of Youngstown paper)

EDUCATION:

  • Master’s degree in theology from University of San Francisco
  • Bachelor’s degree in religion, with an emphasis in psychology from Ottawa University, Phoenix
  • Completed 30 units towards second master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University, Phoenix
  • Certified in thanatology (death, dying, bereavement) through ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling)
  • Board Certified Chaplain through NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains)
  • SAFE Environment training, Diocese of Phoenix AZ

SPEAKING EXPERIENCE:

  • Conducted conference workshops and led retreats in Catholic parishes in Arizona, Ohio, Texas, California, and Georgia. Spoke at dozens of Catholic churches in the greater Phoenix area as well as to numerous Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) groups.
  • National Association of Catholic Chaplains annual conference in Albuquerque, 2017
  • Diocesan Pastoral Ministries Conference in East Texas, 2000
  • Phoenix Diocesan Magnificat Mothers Prayer Breakfast, 1999
  • Youngstown, Ohio, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Convention, 1998
  • Diocese of Phoenix Religious Education Congress, 1995
  • Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 8th Biennial Convention,1990
  • Along with Fr. Tom McSweeney, then Director of the Christophers, led a 4-day combined retreat for Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Brendan’s Churches in Youngstown, Ohio, 1998

PRESENTATION STYLE:

Judy speaks in a down-to-earth, conversational style, using stories and a generous sprinkling of humor to illustrate her message. She draws from her rich experience as wife, mother, grandmother, hospital chaplain, hospice grief counselor, and inspirational speaker.

PRESENTATION TOPICS WITH OUTLINE OF TALKS BELOW

DEVELOPING A TRANSFORMING PRAYER LIFE

  • How to recognize when God is calling us to deeper prayer
  • Making time for silence
  • Learning how to pray
  • What to do about wandering thoughts
  • Dry spells in prayer
  • Fruits of prayer

HEARTACHE - GRIEF, LOSS, AND THE SUSTAINING POWER OF FAITH

  • The grief process
  • How to survive when your loved one dies
  • The early months
  • How to recognize when you are beginning to heal
  • How prayer and faith can sustain you
  • Resilience (know you are stronger than you think)
  • Envisioning a future without the physical presence of your loved one

SPIRITUALITY AND AGING

  • Coming to terms with “what is”
  • Can God still use us?
  • Letting go of the past
  • Staying socially connected
  • Passing on our wisdom
  • Using our gifts
  • The importance of forgiveness
  • Deepening our prayer

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