Dr. Mary Healy - First female member of Pontifical Biblical Commission from Diocese of Lansing

<p><strong>Q:</strong> <strong>How is your faith the foundation of your role as a member of a pontifical commission?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> We have the immense privilege of working together to interpret Scripture, and the only way to do that adequately is by faith – believing, loving and living by God’s word. Faith is the key that unlocks the truth revealed in Scripture. Often in the last half-century, the Bible has been studied apart from a perspective of faith, as if it were merely an ancient document like any other.

Judith Stegman - First president of 
the U.S. Association 
of Consecrated 
Virgins (USACV) from
 the Diocese of Lansing

<p><strong>Q: How is your faith the foundation of your role as president of the U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> My work with the United States Association of Consecrated Virgins would have no meaning if the work was not founded on faith in Jesus Christ, Bridegroom of the Church.

Elizabeth Solsburg - First Female editorial director of FAITH magazine and vice president of FAITH Catholic Publishing and Communications

<p><em>Elizabeth is the editorial director of </em>FAITH<em> magazine and the vice president of FAITH Catholic Publishing and Communications.</em></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;">So many women have been role models and mentors in my life that I could write pages. But I only have a few words – and when I think about my work here at FAITH Catholic, two women come into focus as influences on my career and ministry.</span></p>

Pat O’Hearn - First female Director of Development for the Diocese of Lansing

<p><strong>Q:</strong> <strong>How was your faith the foundation of your role as Director of Development for the Diocese of Lansing?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> My faith helped me understand that fund development is, first and foremost, a ministry. I was amazingly blessed to serve as Director of Development for the Diocese of Lansing. In this role, I was able to offer the people of our diocese the opportunity to participate in the mission and vision of the Diocese of Lansing and the wider Church.</p>

Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D - First president of Catholic Charities USA from Diocese of Lansing

<p>While I have never aspired to be the “first woman” in any given position, in retrospect, I realize that I often have been. That began early in my religious life when I was invited to teach at St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich. Another sister was working as the librarian and another as director of field education, but I was the first woman to actually teach courses at the seminary.  Later, after serving on the general council of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, I was invited to become the executive director of the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada.

Mother Mary Assumpta Long, OP - Co-founder and Mother Superior of a 
new order in the Diocese of Lansing

<p><strong>Q:</strong> <strong>Is there a person who inspired you along the way?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> Not one but two as together they inspired me in my youth and continue to inspire me by the beautiful example they gave me. It was my parents who taught my two brothers, three sisters and myself the priorities in life of Faith and Family. The Catholic education they gave us came as a great sacrifice to them but remains one of their greatest gifts to us.</p>

Mary Jo Gillilland - First Female CEO of Liturgical Commission Publishings

<p><strong>Q:</strong> <strong>How was your faith the foundation of your role as CEO of Liturgical Commission Publishings?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> In so many ways my faith provided that touchstone – that certainty of God’s presence in this workplace – that led me through the difficult times. Faith and trust were behind every decision that needed to be made when responsible for publishing the words of authors attempting to break open the Word of God.

Theresa Marshall - First Consecrated Virgin in the Diocese of Lansing and Former principal, 
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, Ann Arbor

<p><strong>Q:</strong> <strong>How is your faith the foundation of your vocation as a consecrated virgin/principal?</strong></p><p><strong>A: </strong>Eucharistic adoration, holy Mass, and daily rosary were the centers of our family prayer life. We experienced answers to prayer as a family like food and clothing multiplying, and healing occurred with us as we offered petitions for our family. Experiencing the miracles made it hard not to believe and trust God.

Sister Monica Kostielney, RSM - First female CEO of Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and first female 
president of the National Association 
of State Catholic Conference Directors

<p><strong>Q:</strong> <strong>How was your faith the foundation of your role as director of a Catholic Charities agency?</strong></p><p><strong>A:</strong> As a baptized Christian and a Religious Sister of Mercy with a vow to serve the poor, sick and uneducated, and blessed with a Catholic education, my faith foundation as a CEO was to serve with justice and compassion, with a compelling belief that each person is an image and likeness of God.</p>