Presentations for Adults
Building Strong, Healthy Families through the Sacraments
Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham, Director & Head Chaplain , St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, University of Illinois
I am a second grade teacher from Los Angeles, CA. I have heard you speak the past two years at the Religious Education Congress, and I have loved listening to you! I have shared your articles with the parents and used your ideas in my classroom! Thank you so much for your inspiration and for your fantastic presentations. I come away from your sessions more knowledgeable and spirit-filled.
Katy K., California
I very much enjoyed Elizabeth’s presentation on the power of the sacraments. Her talk was filled with lots of practical ways families can “tap in” to the grace of our sacramental life and presented with warmth, humor, and a very real love for the Catholic faith, as well as the desire to share it with others. Thank you!
We were blessed to have Elizabeth speak to us as part of our St. Andrew School’s Parent Speaker Series. Elizabeth’s presentation, “Building Strong, Healthy Families through the Sacraments,” was well organized, informative, and entertaining. She provided the audience with a refresher about the seven sacraments and then provided many examples of how parents can incorporate the sacraments in the day-to-day lives of their family. Elizabeth gave creative examples of ways to connect our children with God which I would never have thought of on my own. I would highly recommend this talk if your audience will consist mostly of parents with school age children.
Beth Kelly, Event Organizer, Ohio
I really enjoyed your presentation on Sunday at the Religious Education Congress! You had a tough time-slot, but you really kept our attention. You must have been exhausted later — you spoke quickly, but very clearly to cover everything within ninety minutes – congratulations!!! It was so easy to follow along on your outline & make notes on those sheets – thanks! I am very impressed with your faith and your ability to share it so clearly.
Mary Kay, California
Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone
Kimi Brown, Botkins, Ohio
I want to thank you for the wonderful presentation on the “Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone” you did at our 2012 Columbus Marian Conference. It was unbelievable and a real eye opener and very moving.
Nancy Tuttle, Event Organizer, Ohio
The Age of Mary
Elizabeth Ficocelli was a wonderful addition to the first ever Diocese of Lansing Catholic Women’s Conference. Her presentation of “The Age of Mary” was powerfully done with beautiful pictures, well researched and presented facts from many different apparitions, and Elizabeth’s obvious love for Mary and her role in our lives. Most of the women at the conference gave her the highest mark of the speakers. The women found it both informative and inspirational.
Deborah Amato, Director, Diocese of Lansing Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry
A Journey in Grace: My Conversion Story
Sheri Isham, Founder & President, Catholic Women of Faith Conference, Franklin TN
Elizabeth Ficocelli spoke to 450 women at our Martha & Mary Women’s Conference this past February. She did a wonderful job! Her conversion story, “A Journey in Grace” had the women laughing and crying and completely engaged. She also spoke on “The Age of Mary,” which was a very informative talk. Her speaking style is brisk, but not too fast, and peppered with humor. She has a lot of energy and interacted with the women during the breaks. She was delightful to have as a speaker, and was easy to work with from an administrative position.
Colleen Pasnik, Co-Chair, Springtime of Hope, Dubuque IA
Elizabeth was very well received by our guests. She was very well organized, had an awesome and very inspiring story, and added touches of humor. Some of our women commented that they thought she was our best speaker (and we’ve done over 30 breakfasts!) One of our guests made the following comment: “What a great speaker we were blessed with today. Elizabeth was confident, yet humble, and had a wonderful comic wit about her. She has a beautiful and powerful testimony.” Elizabeth is very knowledgeable about the faith, is a very strong believer, and is a delightful person.
Kay Burkot, Organizer, Magnificat Pittsburgh
You need to know that your “mission” is not limited to your writing, but is wonderfully apparent in your testimony. You have a gift for making a recent convert to the Church feel much more comfortable. Know that you are appreciated.
Tom S., Ohio
I would like to say how inspired I was to listen to your journey to the Catholic Church. Truly, you have been chosen and anointed to do a special job. As you say, each of us has a special calling and we must embrace it….Thank you again.
Joyce F., Canada
Helping Kids Develop a Personal Relationship with Jesus
Kelli Halsell, Event Organizer, St. Louis de Montfort Church, Santa Maria, CA
I feel like I know you! I attended the last class with you at the LA Congress and very much enjoyed your approach, your energy, and your humor. Your presentation was realistic, and I took good notes to pass on to the parents in our religious education program in San Diego. Thanks for coming. I have recommended your website to our parents in our Sunday bulletin!
Terry H., California
I attended your presentation on helping your child develop a personal relationship with Jesus. It was a great workshop full of fantastic information I’ve already begun putting into practice with my children. Thanks so much for your help.
Karen D., California
The Joy of Reconciliation
Sheri Isham – Founder & President, Catholic Women of Faith Conference, Franklin TN
I loved the talk on Reconciliation. It was very inspiring. I actually went, and enjoyed my time with a nice priest – my first time in 46 years.
Susan C., Arizona
My favorite presentation of the conference was Elizabeth’s talk on the Joy of Reconciliation. I have always been intimidated by the whole process of Confession. My life was changed by my Reconciliation experience today and I thank Elizabeth and the PDCCW for having this conference which gave God the opening to work in my life today.
Emily M., Arizona
I didn’t know that the Sacrament of Reconciliation could be described so truthfully and so beautifully.
Tina S., Arizona
Lourdes: 150 Years of Hope and Healing for a Hurting World
Bill H., Ohio, Knights of Columbus
A Shower of Roses: The Intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux
For anyone who may be considering using your services for something similar in the future, please let them know that we found you to be knowledgeable about your subject matter, pleasant and easy to work with, very accommodating and flexible, prompt, and professional. St. Therese herself could not have found a better spokesperson to discuss her life on earth and in heaven!
Cynthia Grzelak, Director of Advancement, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Michigan
Presentations for Young People
Theology of Dance
Nicole F., Ohio
Having been through the horror of high school dances and in college now, I am so glad that the Ficocelli’s are doing something about it! I love the way they inform the students that dance is an art, a beautiful thing! A demonstration of the roles of man and woman in a relationship!
Maire G., Ohio
Thank you for all you two do! This is a great message that needs to be spread throughout all school and churches! I never knew dancing could be so much fun. I love the message you guys share and how you teach this great dancing to people.
Gabriel V., Ohio
Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone
Shawn Fitzgerald, Jr.
Youth Leader, Catholic Family Land
Thank you for attending our school to talk to us about all the amazing things about our religion. I think it is important to teach young kids about it, because we are the future of the world. The really cool thing about it is that you weren’t even a Catholic Christian until the age of 23. This means you must have really listened to your calling to God very closely. For me, hearing about all these miracles really made me think even deeper into my faith. It was a really awesome overall presentation.
Luke C., Grade 8
Your presentation was very enthusiastic, and also informative about how God has chosen regular everyday people to fulfill his miracles and different works on earth. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your outstanding work on teaching people like myself about living a holier life, dedicated to God.
Lauren D., Grade 8
The presentation you gave was interesting and told me a lot about my faith that I didn’t know before. Most of the things that you talked about were truly inspiring and showed that God reveals himself to people all over the world and even today miracles are happening. My classmates and I all agreed that you were a great Christian role model and that we should learn more about our faith. Hearing your presentation taught me so much that I couldn’t have learned from my religion textbook or the Bible. I am glad that people like you give their time to teach others about their faith. Thank you for giving your time so that I may learn more about being a Catholic and so that I may better understand how to praise God. I hope that many people buy your books so that they too may get closer to the Lord and learn from you so that they will go out and tell others about God.
Hannah P., Grade 7
When I heard you were coming to talk about your religious books, I thought to myself, “…not again. This is going to be boring.” But, when you started the presentation, I started to become interested in it. I was intrigued by the weeping pictures and statues of water, oil, or blood. I could not believe that you were a convert who used to be in a different religion. You seemed so passionate about God and the amazing miracles he has performed and is still performing. I am truly inspired by the talk and presentation that you gave.
Kayla T., Grade 8
Everyone I talked to was intrigued by the miracles and everything you talked about. Each miracle was unique in its own way. My favorite miracles were the ones with real blood, real tears, and real human flesh. Those fascinated me so much that I talked to my parents all day about it after school. I was so amazed and in awe. You have inspired me a lot to learn more about miracles that God has performed. These will stay with me forever and I might be lucky enough to witness one of these miracles in my life.
Hunter D., Grade 7
Thank you so much for your phenomenal presentation on these outstanding events in our Catholic faith. You’re an amazing example of someone who works for God in their everyday life. I really enjoyed hearing you talk about all the miracles that take place in our world today. They really are reminders of how powerful God is, not just in heaven, or afterlife, but here on earth.
Hanna W., Grade 8
School Presentation Feedback
Amy McKibben, Hannah Ashton Middle School, Ohio
Elizabeth Ficocelli’s program at St. Mary School during Catholic Schools Week was one of the most memorable we’ve had. She spoke to the different grade levels, selecting appropriate themes based on her writing and using illustrations well adapted for each age group. She mesmerized the eighth graders with her description of the apparitions of Lourdes and inspired the second graders who were anticipating their First Holy Communion. This is one speaker we would like to invite often to share new writings and insights.
Julie Lindsey, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Ohio
I know the children gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about being an author and especially an appreciation for your passion! Thank you so much for making our Catholics School Week special! It was great having you visit St. Alphonsus.
Sr. Mariella Bradley, R.S.M., Principal, St. Alphonsus Catholic School, Pennsylvania
Dear Mrs. Ficocelli,
Thank you for teaching me about Reconciliation. Now that I know when I go talk to the priest, I won’t be that scared. I learned something — if I go talk to the priest, I’ll know that he will understand all my problems and questions. You are a great teacher and friend. I’m so glad that you came in and talked about Reconciliation with us, because I was really scared before you came in.
Maggie, age 8
I LOVE HER PRESENTATIONS! They are cool and fun! They are cool because you get to learn about her books, and about her and her conversion story into the Catholic faith! I think you will like them a lot, and be able to easily relate to the things she talks about!!
Chris, age 10