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, functional movement 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. As a teenager, Deanne had also experienced her own healing of body & soul through the combination of prayer and movement after struggling with disordered eating and excessive exercise. 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 grew up in a lively Irish Catholic family where faith was the cornerstone. Personal tragedy led Colleen to a deeper conversion in faith and discovery of the beauty and healing power of the rosary. Athletics had been a part of her life since she was young, but as an adult struggled to commit to an exercise routine. Through integrating the rosary with physical movement she found a sustainable path to nourish her body, mind & soul. Now her desire is to share it with everyone. She is an inspirational speaker and leads retreats throughout the United States. Her favorite role though, is that of wife & mother!


Deanne is wife to Mike and mother to four young adult children. Raised in a large Greek family, she converted to Catholicism from a Greek Orthodox background. Deanne underwent personal suffering during her teenage years, and the integration of prayer and movement played a crucial role in her healing journey. This experience led to her lifelong commitment to honoring God in both body and soul. Deanne is passionate about helping others appreciate the gift of their bodies and guiding them in their spiritual walk. She shares her personal testimony and leads retreats globally, emphasizing the transforming power of the rosary.




Leigh is a wife and mother of 3 daughters. She grew up in the South, graduating from Texas A&M University and LSU for her MBA. Click Leigh’s picture to read more about her!



Julie and her husband Joe have been married for 30 years and are blessed with four beautiful children, two sons and two daughters. Click Leigh’s picture to read more about her!



Sydney is the oldest daughter of SoulCore Co-Founder, Deanne Miller and remembers when SoulCore was just a group of Colleen and Deanne’s friends gathering to pray the Rosary. Click Sydney’s picture to read more about her!



Alexa is the wife to Kyle and the mother to Alia and Ava. As a graphic designer, she loves bringing ideas and dreams to life through the creative process. Click Alexa’s picture to read more about her!



Jamie has been married to her best friend Rod for 35 years. They have one son Max, a true miracle. Click Jamie’s picture to read more about her!



Daniella has loved movement and challenging herself physically for as long as she can remember. Click Daniella’s picture to read more about her!



Stacy has been in the fitness industry since she was a senior in high school and teaching group exercise for the past 20 years. Click Stacy’s picture to read more about her!



Karen Hostoffer has been a SoulCore leader in Cleveland, OH since August of 2014. Click Karen’s picture to read more about her!



Nicky Verna is a Catholic wife to her husband, Deacon Tom, and mother to four young adult children. Click Nicky’s picture to read more about her!



Molly is a proud mom to Holyn & William and happily married to Scott, who serves as the Executive Director for the National Center for Assisted Living in Washington DC. Click Molly’s picture to read more about her!