The GIVEN Institute (“GIVEN”) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world. We inspire and equip the next generation of female leaders to “receive the gift that they are; realize the gifts they’ve been given; and respond with the gift that only they can give.” Through leadership training, faith formation, and dedicated mentoring, GIVEN forms women for mission and for life.
The flagship event of the GIVEN Institute is the Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum (“Given Forum”). The annual event brings together more than one hundred young adult women from across the country for a four-day forum. It is designed for young adult Catholic women seeking leadership training, faith formation, and practical support to better understand and pursue their particular mission and/or vocation.
The following episodes are talks from previous GIVEN Forums.
After attending the GIVEN Institute Leadership Forum in 2016, Katie Woltornist founded Behold Visio Divina to teach the devotion of praying with art. In this talk, she shares her story and leads a step-by-step visio divina. Recorded at the 2021 GIVEN Institute.
What is God's plan for His children who identify as LGBTQ, and how can we approach this topic with reverence? Anna Carter, co-founder of Eden Invitation, shares her perspective on this important ministry issue. Recorded at the 2021 GIVEN Institute.
With her trademark humor and through stories from ministry, Sister Bethany Madonna shares what it means to receive the gift you are, realize the gifts you've been given, and respond with the gift only you can give. Recorded at the 2021 GIVEN Institute.
When we enter into a culture that is not our own, how do we help rather than harm? Michelle Riestra is the director of a nonprofit that helps people living in extreme poverty by giving them the resources and training to create economic opportunities for themselves. She shares her advice for servi...
Lauren Costabile founded Hearts of Joy International, an organization that provides lifesaving heart surgery to children with Down Syndrome. She shares how the organization began and her joy in following God's call to this mission. Recorded at the 2021 GIVEN Institute.
Entrusted with the Feminine Genius – Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, OP
We hear the phrase often, but what is the feminine genius in its essence? Sister Mary Madeline Todd, OP discusses this idea, what it means and what it means to live it out. Recorded at the 2021 GIVEN Institute.
Laura Prejean does not fit the profile of most canon lawyers. As a young lay woman, she brings a unique perspective to the study of canon law, which she shares in this talk. Recorded at the 2021 GIVEN Institute.