Kelly Wahlquist

by ICL Editor | January 7, 2013 10:03 am

Kelly Wahkquist

Kelly Wahkquist

(Travels from Minneapolis, Minnesota)

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Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have called us into – to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization.

As Assistant Director of the Evangelization and Development Office for Parish Evangelization for the Association of Marian Helpers she over sees the Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization. This bold, vibrant approach is designed to help people live the complete Catholic life of Faith, Hope, and Christian Charity in the Sacraments through parish-based small group faith renewal programs. Working with parish groups, pastors, and directors of parish religious education she assists them in organizing, implementing, and running the fruitful Hearts Afire Programs in their parish communities.

Kelly is the Program Manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, an ongoing Catholic formation resource, at the St. Paul Seminary. This program serves Catholic adults of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, in Minnesota. Catholic participants deepen their knowledge of the Catholic Faith and further their spiritual formation in the study of Scripture and theology.

Kelly is a contributing writer for The Integrated Catholic Life[2], an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work where she writes a blog called Hearts Afire, and also a contributing writer for[3], The Divine Mercy and The Marians of the Immaculate Conception websites. She is the editor of Catholicism 101, a program by Jeff Cavins on the basics of Catholicism.

Kelly travels the country speaking on the New Evangelization and the Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs in an effort to promote evangelization through various apostolates and pilgrimages. She enjoys speaking to all groups, but has a special affinity towards speaking at Catholic women’s conferences. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children, and is very active in their parish, Holy Name of Jesus. Her great passion is spreading the message of Jesus in the New Evangelization.

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The Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization, a bold and fresh approach to small group, parish-based, faith renewal is designed to help us be transformed in to saints by living the complete Catholic life of faith, charity, and the sacraments. The first part of the program is 33 Days to Morning Glory, an extraordinary 33-day journey to consecration to Jesus through Mary with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Since the launch of the Hearts Afire program on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2012, over 6,000 people have consecrated in hundreds of parishes in the United States and Canada, and hundreds more are in the process. Come and learn how simple it is to bring this life transforming retreat to your community. ([4])

“Kelly came and spoke to us on our role in the New Evangelization. She is so inspiring and truly set our hearts on fire on the importance of bringing Jesus to anyone who will listen.”

~Madeline Miller
Transfiguration Catholic Church, Oakdale, MN

Kelly Wahlquist recently came to our St. Michael’s Parish in St. Cloud Minnesota and gave a talk on the “New Evangelization”. She was dynamic and inspiring weaving personal stories and scripture together with practical advice for us to enter more fully into what Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have called us into – to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization. I recommend her as a dynamic speaker for any event for those seeking to inspire their flock.

~Fr. Mark Innocenti
Pastor, St. Michael’s Parish, St. Cloud, MN

On December 13, 2012, Kelly Wahlquist gave a talk on Our Supreme Role in the New Evangelization at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii Parish in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where I serve as an Associate Pastor. Kelly’s talk was very well received by those who attended and we all appreciated her great sense of humor and deep spiritual insights. She was very relateable, has great stories to share, and had a timely message for this Year of Faith. We hope she will come back again to Kenosha. I would highly recommend her as a speaker.

~Fr. Angelo Casimiro, MIC
Associate Pastor
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii Parish
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic speaker and is setting hearts on fire with her talks! She is funny, brilliant, engaging and powerful in her messages!

~Chris Pillizzi
Parish Coordinators at St. Anne’s in Pleasant Prairie for Women of Christ.

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