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Our Story

How Tragedy and Devotion Led to The Creation of SoulCore

The SoulCore story is really a faith journey from suffering to joy and call to mission.

Devastating loss led Colleen to a deeper devotion to the Blessed Mother, and eventually to the conception of SoulCore. She grew up in a close Irish, Catholic family, the fifth of six children. Tragedy hit her young family when her oldest brother died at the age of 15 when he was struck by lightning.

The death of Colleen’s brother inflicted a deep wound in all of her family’s hearts and was the catalyst that eventually led her father to alcoholism and second-oldest brother to drug addiction.

Even amidst their trials, her family home was filled with love, laughter; and the cornerstone was her mom, Marian’s, devout faith.  She was a witness of self-giving love, perseverance in adversity and trusting in God’s plan. In no small part to her mom’s years of unwavering faith and prayers, Colleen’s father & brother would each make miraculous recoveries from their addictions.

Marian’s faith was the spiritual glue that bound Colleen’s family together in suffering and in joy.  So it was utter heartbreak when her mom died suddenly & unexpectedly.  Then two months later as they still navigated through grief another cross was laid upon her family when her father and brother died together in an accident.

In her devastation, the rosary became a source of peace and healing.  Colleen’s devotion to the Blessed Mother deepened in a palpable way.  She began praying the rosary while running and found the combination a beautiful time of prayer integrating body & soul.  A friend suggested adding core exercise to her regimen and the inspiration to incorporate the rosary with core strengthening exercise was conceived.

Colleen shared the inspiration with her friend Deanne Miller, who shared a devotion to the Blessed Mother and had a background in fitness instruction. Together they began developing the program and SoulCore was born.  Interest in classes grew and beautiful testimony of participant experience shared. Encouraged by Immaculee Ilibagiza, Colleen & Deanne formally launched the movement, released the Joyful Mysteries dvd and opened the SoulCore Marian House studio, named in honor of our Blessed Mother and my beautiful mom, Marian.

SoulCore is now offered as youth, college & adult programs. SoulCore Discovery Retreats are offered to those discerning to become SoulCore Leaders, with the mission of  launching classes across the country and around the globe. SoulCore is an invitation to integrate body & soul in prayer while discovering the beauty of the rosary; a gentle path to grow in virtue and interior peace.

About The SoulCore Logo

The SoulCore logo, the A intertwined with the M, symbolizes the Latin term “Auspice Maria” which means “Under the Protection of Mary.” We deepen our devotion to Jesus and Mary by praying the Rosary, helping us to remain aware that we are constantly under their guidance and protection.



Colleen is a wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff have been married for 23 years and have three children. They are members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church. 

She grew up in a lively Irish catholic family where faith was the cornerstone.  She is an inspirational speaker, along with her sister, for the Love Foolishly Mission their family began in 2010.  She’s also a student studying theology through the Ecclesial Lay Ministry program.  

While athletics have been a part of her life since she was young, as an adult she was never able to stick with any exercise routine for long!  Through SoulCore and the combination of the rosary with the physical exercise, she finally found the path she needed to strengthen both body & soul.  Now she feels called to share it with everyone!

She’s passionate about her faith, family, friends, food & travel and loves to laugh!  Above all, she’s just striving to be a witness of love to those God puts in her path.  Admittedly, most days she falls short…and is thankful for God’s forgiveness and grace!


Deanne has been married to Mike for 30 years and they have been blessed with 4 children. Brought up Greek Orthodox, Deanne converted to Catholicism after their second child was born, for unity of their family. She saw it as an opportunity not to give up her Orthodox upbringing, but to enhance her relationship with Christ and His Church through Catholicism.  They are parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church.

Deanne believes in the importance of always being a student, and constantly yearns to learn & grow closer to Our Lord. Praying while exercising has been a lifelong, sustaining factor in her discipline to honor the gift of our bodies and to grow deeper spiritually. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, SoulCore has had a profound affect in helping Deanne cultivate a deeper devotion to the Blessed Mother, and experience the transforming power of the Rosary. 

Deanne has a passion for travel, fitness, food and faith-filled adventures. She is grateful for the cornerstones of her upbringing in faith, gratitude, acceptance, love and laughter – lots & lots of laughter, and feels very fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends who have a true zest for life and inspire her daily.  



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