Ramona has been a SoulCore student of Daniella Palmiotto for 2 years and attended Daniella’s SoulCore Leader training retreat. When Daniella announced she accepted a teaching position at Ave Maria University in Naples, FL she then asked if anyone would be willing to become a leader and continue the class. Ramona said upon hearing this invitation her spirit leaped inside of her and after prayerful thought she gave Daniella and the Blessed Mother her fiat and yes. Ramona found peace in knowing that God does not call the qualified He qualifies the called. This was inspiration to her that God called her to it and would take her through becoming a SoulCore leader. Staying spiritually strong is a natural for her with daily prayer and attending Mass as often as possible. Staying physically strong has always been a struggle for Ramona but not anymore. SoulCore was the solution the perfect combination of spiritual and physical exercise.
Ramona converted to Catholicism 30 years ago just prior to marrying her husband Chuck. They attribute the strength of their marriage to daily prayer and weekly Mass. They give glory to God for blessing them with two beautiful young adult college aged son and daughter. A long hair chihuahua (pictured) and daschund are a channel of God’s love in their home…just spell dog backwards!
At the beginning of the covid pandemic, and after 30 years working in the insurance industry, Ramona was laid off from her job. She prayed asking God what He wanted her to do next for career/vocation. She was reminded of her love for the elderly and became a senior compassion caregiver when one of her sisters in Christ asked her if she would help with her mother. Shortly after another sister in Christ asked for her help with an elderly gentleman. There is a great need for senior compassion caregivers. Mothers are naturals at this!
Ramona is also a school of Christian Formation graduate teaching Religious Education on Sunday morning. The first grade children are a source of Holy Joy for her. She is a graduate of University of Central Florida. She and her husband have been involved with Scouting for many years. Religious Awards for Scouting has a special place in Ramona’s heart.
A FEW OF RAMONA’S FAVORITE SCRIPTURE VERSES:
1 Thessalonians 5:11; John 3:30; Psalms 91:11
My Name is Clara Baron I have attended SoulCore classes for about 5 years. I began when it was introduced by Daniella Palmiotto and now led by Ramona Joachim. Both of these ladies were my inspiration to become a SoulCore Leader.
As a soon I heard about the retreat and training last November, I signed up. It was an inspirational and unforgettable weekend. I truly love this ministry because it combines two of my passions .. prayer and fitness.
I was not a good Catholic .. but about 9 years ago I was introduced to RCIA class where I learned again the beauty of our Catholic church and the beauty of the Sacraments. I noticed this immense feeling and love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. So when I learned about SoulCore… praying, meditating on the mysteries of the rosary plus exercising, for me has been the way to be closer and closer to God.I am an active member in my parish Saint Joan of Arc. I participate in 2 annual retreats, plus Woman of Grace and Koinonia. I also like to spend time with our Lord in Adoration.
A FEW OF CLARA’S FAVORITE SCRIPTURE VERSES:Ephesians 1:11-12; Genesis 1:27; Psalms 139:1
Maria Cristina is a lifelong Catholic. Since childhood, her faith has been the pinnacle of her life, one with a specially strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her beautiful, nearly 40-year long marriage to Luis Girardot gave her the gift of her three children: Andres, Javier and Katherine. As a devoted wife and mother, Maria Cristina developed an interest for all things health, eventually growing into a passion most notably after her kids transitioned into adulthood.
In 2010, Maria Cristina started her career in Fitness, becoming an AFAA (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor. She has provided Fitness Instruction Services to groups in several gyms as well as local community centers and homes.
It was in 2019 that her daughter Katherine introduced her SoulCore. After learning more about SoulCore and its mission, she felt called to bring it to both English and Spanish speaking Catholics in the Boca Raton Area. As an active member of Saint Jude Parish in Boca Raton, FL, Maria Cristina feels blessed for finding Soulcore as a way to help her community take care of and engage the physical body while praising Our Lord through a deep veneration of the most beautiful and most blessed Virgin Mary through the Holy Rosary.
A Few of Maria Cristina’s Favorite scripture verses:
Daniel 3:53-90; Psalm 95; Mathew 5:1-16