Why Be Catholic?

This talk gives Catholics reason to be enthusiastic about their faith. With engaging personal testimonies and an insightful look at the origins of Catholicism, Mrs. Watkins not only provides proof for the authentic reality of Christ's institution of the Church as God's instrument of salvation on earth, but expounds upon the uniqueness of Catholicism within Christianity, as God's greatest gift to humanity in its reach for paradise. Using clever props to illustrate the divine assistance provided uniquely by the Catholic church on one's journey towards heaven, and with the aid of powerfully inspiring videos, listeners find themselves crying, laughing, throughout this talk, and best of all, with a renewed sense of appreciation and awe regarding their Catholic faith.

God's Power to Heal

This presentation on God's healing power teaches listeners how to invite God’s healing power into their and their families' lives, and invites them to experience that power firsthand. In order to enter into a bright future, healing, forgiveness, and recovery from the past are necessary and require specific steps. This talk not only outlines these invaluable steps, but invites Jesus’ mercy into the hearts of those present, through a beautiful ritual of prayer.


photograph by Lorelei Low

From Near Death to New Life

In this talk, Mrs. Watkins shares her remarkable journey from living a life of serious sin and her dangerous ventures into the New Age Movement, all of which led to her to the brink of death. In one moment, Mary asked Jesus to save her, and she was healed. She quickly joined the Catholic Church, hasn’t doubted the existence of Jesus or Mary every since, and now shares her story to captivated audiences around the country. In her presentation, Mrs. Watkins also points out moments of evangelization, which happened in her life and in the lives of others, encouraging her audience to not just live the faith, but to share it freely. Resources are given to each participant to help them understand the calling, necessity, and means of effectively spreading the Good News.

The American Book of Exodus: Thriving Spiritually in The Desert Times of Our Lives

When one compares the Book of Exodus with America’s current economic situation, and times of trial in our lives, the parallels are striking. God takes the Israelites from a land of plenty and leads them into the desert, with its many temptations and trials, before he shows them the Promised Land. In the desert, God comes and provides for His people, helping them learn to trust and obey Him. Their temptations are many: to grumble and complain, to fear God isn’t with them, to despair that that manna God sends them will not be enough, to turn to idols for comfort, et cetera, but they persevere, and God proves faithful. This talk injects hope and understanding into any present difficult condition. People come away with grateful hearts, spiritually renewed, and with a deeper understanding that their present hardships are but a path allowed or ordained by God, as He guides them always forward, towards the Promised Land--Paradise.

Discerning Your Calling in Life

God has an important plan for our lives. That plan often involves a certain vocation, or calling, such as being single, or married, a priest, a religious sister or brother, as well as a calling to us one's unique, God-given gifts. This talk will teach adults and/or teenagers ways to discern God's will in their lives and to understand the difference between good and evil--so often obscured in our present culture. To help this end, Mrs. Watkins will share her amazing story of conversion. With the help of entertaining videos, lively interaction, and a beautifully effective guided prayer, the participants are guided to understand their great worth in Jesus's eyes, and to see that their goal in life is heaven, and heaven is real.

Sexuality and Healing

Sexuality is one of the most powerful forces in the world. God's plan for humanity is that it be a source of tremendous love and union, never lingering hurt. Through true stories that move the heart, a humorous activity that engages, and helpful insights and surprising statistics, which shed light on the Church's teachings, this talk, or expanded workshop, continues to help people embrace God's plan for their sexuality. Learn of the sacred nature of human sexuality , and how the pictures that the world paints of sexuality can be very different from the life-giving pictures that God paints. 

Harbor in the Tempest: Making Prayer in the Family Work

The family is the most important prayer group and the most difficult. Family prayer is the "glue" of the Holy Spirit, which preserves family relationships, shatters problems before they surface, resolves conflicts, and sanctifies and unites hearts. God desires that we persevere in this most important task, even if it comes with a thousand problems and distractions. In need of some encouragement and inspiration? Need new ideas for prayer for children of different ages? Receive help in bringing God powerfully into your family life, in making prayer in the family work, and in keeping Catholicism alive in your home.

The Power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

As a much neglected, sometimes feared, frequently misunderstood Sacrament, Reconciliation is a precious, heavenly gem waiting to be discovered or rediscovered by Catholics. The grace of this Sacrament is most powerful. After hosting this eye-opening, engaging, emotionally stirring and effective talk, parishes across the country have seen many of their members decided to receive the Sacrament regularly.

For helpful handouts regarding the particulars of going to a priest for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and for preparing one's soul beforehand, please click on the following document links: "How to confess to a priest," and "Preparing for Reconciliation with the 10 Commandments."

Mother Mary's Great Love for Us and Her Words to Us from Heaven

In this talk, Mrs. Watkins tells her dramatic story of miraculous healing and conversion through Mary's intercession, shares insight into the Blessed Mother's undying love for us, and reflects on some of her primary messages from heaven for the world. From past apparitions, such as in Fatima, Akita, and Kibeho to Medjugorje where the Virgin Mary has allegedly been appearing daily for over thirty-two years, Mrs. Watkins will not only reveal to us what Mary is saying to us for our times, but share true stories of miraculous conversion involving Mary, including a nightclub stripper, cocaine abuser, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. This moving presentation, often called "life-changing," closes with a beautiful guided prayer to help others encounter the love and presence of Mary for themselves.

Note: Medjugorje can be ommitted or included in this presentation.

Spiritual Direction and Discernment (How do I know what God is saying to me?)

This talk, a condensed version of the Making Holy Choices retreat, is for people truly seeking to discern the will of God in their lives. With an extensive background in Ignatian spirituality and several years working as a spiritual director, Mrs. Watkins offers helpful insights into the various forms of God's communication with us, insights that every Christian needs to know to better navigate life. Sharing surprising, true stories, she reveals how challenging and fruitful spiritual discernment can be. Participants will come away with a greater understanding of how to discern when God is speaking to them, what He is saying, and how to follow Him in peace.

Other topics include:

  • The Four Parts of the Mass
  • Spiritual Gifts: The Charisms of the Holy Spirit
  • Ecumenism
  • Women's Spirituality
  • Prayer
  • Dancing with God
  • God's Unfathomable Love
  • The Afterlife
  • Living your faith fully
  • Transforming the world in Christ

Presentations normally last for one hour and can be delivered as keynote talks or expanded for retreat settings.  Additional projects exist or can be developed for your particular group.