Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a wife, mother and grandmother, and very passionate about sharing the Faith. She served as a catechist for thirty years, is a retreat leader, a pilgrimage leader, and an award-winning author of more than twenty-five books. Her memoir is entitled The Kiss of Jesus in which she shares her crooked path and God’s great mercy. She’s also an award-winning journalist, international speaker, and the EWTN television host and creator of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms, Catholic Mom’s Café, and Feeding Your Family’s Soul. Donna-Marie enjoyed a decade-long friendship with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and her spiritual director was Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J., Invited by the Holy See, Donna-Marie participated in an international congress at the Vatican and received apostolic blessings on her books and work and a special blessing from Saint John Paul II for her work on Mother Teresa.
A single mother for many years, Donna-Marie lives and teaches the lessons passed down to her by Mother Teresa: a simple doctrine of love, kindness, non-judgment and support for those who need help, encouragement, affirmation and healing. “Calcutta is all over the world for those who have eyes to see,” she asserts. “We don’t have to traipse off to Calcutta to find the poor or those who need our help. They are right here in our own neighborhoods and communities—they are right within our own homes!”
This fearless woman’s down-home message is crystal clear, especially when it comes to women and the demands for perfection they face, in the workplace, at home, even in the parish. “Women should not be literally killing themselves trying to achieve some kind of unobtainable level of perfection, chasing after an airbrushed or impossible image. It will not bring them happiness!” The counsel she brings to women’s groups and through her media appearances is centered on countering the barrage of crazy mixed messages aimed at women, and more importantly helping them to discover their God-given gifts and dignity.
Donna-Marie writes on a variety of subjects in national and international media. In addition to her own TV shows, she has appeared on Fox News, EWTN News Nightly, Zenit News, Vatican Insider, Rome Reports, Vatican Radio, and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s Bookmark, Women of Grace, EWTN LIVE, and Sunday Night Prime, as well as on national radio and television. Her website is: http://www.donnacooperoboyle.com/blog/.