Anna Kinker lives in Barboursville, West Virginia with Sam, her husband of 35 years. They are members of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Huntington, West Virginia where Anna converted to the Catholic faith just before their marriage. They have four grown children, three of whom are married, and three grandchildren.
Anna retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2013 where she worked for 31 years. Since that time she has immersed herself in her family and friends, travel, her Bible Study group at Fatima, and in volunteer opportunities in the parish and community.
Anna and Sam enjoy daily exercise coupled with the Rosary. It was this activity that a friend knew of and suggested that Anna look into SoulCore for the purpose of bringing it to the Fatima community. Upon reading the mission of SoulCore and the story of its founders, Anna was immediately interested and reached out to begin the process of attending a retreat. After attending a Leader Retreat in September 2017 the discernment process began.
Anna says that she has seen God’s hand in the entire discernment process and the Blessed Mother in the details. For example, she already had a large rosary to be used for the SoulCore workouts that was gifted to her by a dear friend, Mary. And, her beautiful rosary that her daughter bought for her in Rome ten years ago – that was blessed by Pope Benedict – has the SoulCore logo, Auspice Maria, as the centerpiece. She believes that being a SoulCore Leader will give her the opportunity to grow personally – both physically and spiritually – by nurturing a stronger relationship with Mary and thus drawing closer to her Son. In addition, she is praying for strong interest and participation at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. It is no secret that Our Lady told the three children at Fatima, Portugal that praying the rosary was so very important….and so Anna hopes to kindle the desires to make the rosary an even more important part of the parish community through SoulCore.
A FEW OF ANNA’S FAVORITE SCRIPTURE VERSES:
Philippians 4:8; Matthew 12:36-37; James 2:17; Matthew 5:3-11; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 25:40