The SoulCore story is really a faith journey from suffering to joy and call to mission.
Devastating loss led me to a deeper devotion to the Blessed Mother, and eventually to the conception of SoulCore. I grew up in a close Irish, Catholic family, the fifth of six children. Tragedy hit our young family when my oldest brother died at the age of 15 when he was struck by lightening.
The death of my brother inflicted a deep wound in all of our hearts and was the catalyst that eventually led my father to alcoholism and second-oldest brother to drug addiction.
Even amidst our trials, our family home was filled with love, laughter; and the cornerstone was my mom’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 years of unwavering faith and prayers, my father & brother would each make miraculous recoveries from their addictions.
Her faith was the spiritual glue that bound our family together in suffering and in joy. So it was utter heartbreak when she died suddenly & unexpectedly. Then two months later as we still navigated through grief another cross was laid upon our family when my father and brother died together in an accident.
In my devastation, the rosary became a source of peace and healing. My devotion to the Blessed Mother deepened in a palpable way. I 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 my regimen and the inspiration to incorporate the rosary with core strengthening exercise was conceived.
I shared the inspiration with my friend Deanne Miller, who shared a devotion to the Blessed Mother and had a background in fitness instruction. Together we began developing the program and SoulCore was born. Interest in classes grew and beautiful testimony of participant experience shared. Encouraged by Immaculee Ilibagiza, we formally launched the movement, released the Joyful Mysteries dvd and opened our Marian House studio, named in honor of our Blessed Mother and my beautiful mom, Marian.
We now offer youth, college & adult programs and SoulCore Discovery Retreats with the mission of launching classes across the country and around the globe. SoulCore is truly 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.