Gina Loehr is a popular author and inspirational speaker, a theology teacher and the mother of six young children. She worked in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family as a panelist at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and also served as a delegate for the Pontifical Council for the Laity's 2013 Vatican study on women and the Church. While serving in this capacity, she met Pope Francis about whom she published her fourth book, Saint Francis, Pope Francis: A Common Vision. In addition to her book on the Holy Father, Gina has written two books on women saints, The Four Teresas and Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey, as well as two books on Catholic women’s spirituality, Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women and her newest release, The Church is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires us to Love.
Gina holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a bachelor's degree in theatre studies. Her education and her unique conversion from "theatre" to "theology", along with her background as a catechetical missionary and retreat leader with NET Ministries and several years of work in youth/young adult ministry and pro-life outreach equipped Gina for her writing and speaking career. After teaching high school theology and theatre for two years, in 2004 Gina worked as a full time chastity speaker, inspiring thousands of teens and young adults with dynamic presentations on the subject. From there she began speaking to a wide range of Catholic audiences, writing books and doing freelance writing projects for Catholic periodicals. Her writing has appeared in The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, St. Anthony Messenger Magazine, First Things, Franciscan Way, The Catholic Herald and on Patheos and Catholicmom.com.
Gina prefers not to use “canned” talks, but specializes in creating custom presentations for conferences, diocesan events, workshops, fundraisers, retreats and in-services on topics such as marriage, family, and motherhood as well as spirituality, authentic beauty, women’s issues and the saints. She is also a trained NFP teacher who has spoken for numerous engaged enrichment events in her archdiocese. A frequent guest on Catholic radio, Gina has done interviews for EWTN radio, Relevant Radio and Ave Maria radio among others and is often consulted for her expertise on the vocation of women in the Church. In 2011 Gina began teaching theology at Marian University of Wisconsin where she currently lives on a 600 acre dairy farm with her husband and children.
Some examples of the talks Gina has given include:
Why Women are Needed in the World Today (A reflection on the gift of women to the family, the church and the world)
Blessed Beyond Belief: A Mother's Tale (The story of Gina's meeting with Pope Francis and the miracle healing of her baby born blind)
Authentic Beauty, Inside and Out (An exploration of how we can truly bear God's image to the world, becoming beautiful in the process)
The Witness of the Women Saints (A colorful introduction to a diverse array of women who reveal that femininity flourishes in the light of the faith)
My Mother, the Church (An insightful presentation on the beauty of motherhood and Mother Church)
You were stupendous! "Intense!" "Gina said just what we needed to hear!" "Every woman there was deeply touched!" "I got more out of this than the whole conference!" "We all want her to be our best friend!" Just a few of the comments I heard after you spoke. Several ladies were brought to tears. For me, you opened up a big new avenue on my faith journey! The Holy Spirit was definitely at work in you! - Mary F., audience member
Gina Loehr shows women how we can use everyday experiences to draw closer to God, allowing us to radiate God's beauty to the world. - Crystalina Evert, author of Pure Womanhood
Gina Loehr reveals the wonderful richness and diversity that is part of our living heritage as Catholics. --Ralph Martin, author of Hungry for God
Gina is that rare person who combines academic excellence with a warm and inviting personality, and she possesses the quiet self assurance that accompanies people who live the Church's teachings and follow Jesus Christ. - Lydia LoCoco, Radio Host on Relevant Radio
THANK YOU! Thank you for your faith and understanding of the beauty of women and sharing that! - D. Braun, Parish Director of Religious Education