Founding Board Member Edwina Gateley - Mary's Pence

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Founding Board Member Edwina Gateley

Edwina Gateley

Edwina is the guest speaker at the Marys Pence 25th Anniversary Celebration, April 28th in Chicago.  Join us!  RSVP here.

“Mary’s Pence is about the Widow’s Mite given by thousands of women to help transform the lives of many more thousands of  poor women to help bring them  from  poverty to sustainability. It is what the Good News is all about  –  compassion and transformation!” — Edwina

Born in Lancaster, England, Edwina Gateley’s educational experiences have awarded her a Teacher’s Degree from her home country, a Masters in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago and certification as an HIV Counselor in the state of Illinois.

From 1981 to 1982, Edwina lived for nine months in prayer and solitute in a hermitage in Illinois. In 1983, she spent over a year on the streets of Chicago walking with the homeless and women involved in prostitution. Also in 1983, Edwina founded Genisis House – a house of hospitality and nurturing for women involved in prostitution.

Numerous groups and individuals, including the Mayor of Chicago, the late Joseph Bernardin, and Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, have publicly commended Edwina’s work and ministry. Edwina has also been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and 48 Hours.”

Edwina is currently writing, giving talks and leading retreats nationally and internationally. Her programs include weekends and week-long retreats as well as Parish Mission. Topics include her own Faith Journey, Discipleship, Women in Scripture, Justice,Mission, Spirituality, Mysticism, and the Feminine Divine.

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