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The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman's Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends

The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman's Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends

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Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet are busy wives, mothers, and volunteers. They are also friends, Catholic speakers, and the dedicated coauthors of Divine Mercy for Moms, which continues to inspire women to come together to pray, study, and live in friendship around the Divine Mercy devotion. In the midst of their active lives, Faehnle and Jaminet found themselves missing their old friends and searching for new ones. They also realized that they needed to continually work to develop deep, meaningful relationships that would allow them to be themselves, to care for others and be cared for, and to deepen their Catholic faith.

In The Friendship Project, Faehnle and Jaminet explore the cardinal and theological virtues with an eye toward friendship. Focusing on faith, hope, love, prudence, gratitude, loyalty, generosity, and prayerfulness, they help us answer questions such as, “What does it mean to be women of hope, and how does that change our lives and make us more compassionate friends during difficult times?” and “How does prayerfulness teach us how to listen to and talk with both God and our friends, which helps us reach out to those we love?”

Faehnle and Jaminet answer these questions and more by employing Church teaching and telling us stories of their own friendships and those from the lives of saints and biblical women—including the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her sister Servant of God Léonie, and Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Not only will you be drawn closer to friends both new and old but you’ll also be reminded how these friendships—and the virtues you practice to nurture them—draw you closer to God.

Prayers, discussion questions, and a study guide make this a perfect resource for women’s groups


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594717611
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 09/22/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michele Faehnle is a school nurse at St. Andrew School in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and the host of Answering the Call on St. Gabriel Radio. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com, codirector of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, and coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms, The Friendship Project, and Our Friend Faustina.

Faehnle earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1999. Faehnle has spoken at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and to several women’s groups and conferences, including 1:38 Women, Mothering with Grace Annual Mother’s Conference, Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference, and the online Catholic Conference for Moms. Faehnle has appeared on EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy and a number of Catholic radio programs.

Along with her coauthor, Emily Jaminet, Faehnle received the Bishop John King Mussio Award from Franciscan University of Steubenvile, of which she is an alumna. She and her husband, Matthew, have four children and live in Columbus, Ohio.



Emily Jaminet is executive director of the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network and a contributor to CatholicMom.com and coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms, The Friendship Project, and Our Friend Faustina. She serves on the board of directors of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. Jaminet earned a bachelor’s degree in mental health and human services from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1998.

Jaminet offers a daily segment called A Mother’s Moment on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio and Mater Dei Radio. She has spoken to several women’s groups and conferences, including 1:38 Women, Mothering with Grace Annual Mother’s Conference, Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference, Women’s Day of Reflection for Homeschoolers, and the online Catholic Conference for Moms. Jaminet has appeared on EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy and a number of Catholic radio programs.

Along with her coauthor, Michele Faehnle, Jaminet received the Bishop John King Mussio Award from Franciscan University of Steubenvile, of which she is an alumna. She and her husband, John, have seven children and live in Columbus, Ohio.




Rev. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation. A retreat leader, speaker, radio host, and author, he also founded the Divine Mercy Encounter Retreat Program in the Diocese of Erie, where he serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community.

Table of Contents

Foreword Fr. Larry Richards ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Finding Faith: Sts. Gertrude and Matilda 1

2 Holding on to Hope: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity 17

3 Cultivating Charity: St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Servant of God Léonie Martin 35

4 Practicing Prudence: St. Hildegard of Bingen and Bl. Jutta 49

5 Growing in Gratitude: St. Teresa of Avila and Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew 67

6 Living Loyalty: Ruth and Naomi 81

7 Giving Generosity: Sts. Catherine of Siena and Catherine of Sweden 97

8 Pondering Prayerfulness: Mary, Mother of God, and St. Elizabeth 111

Appendix 1 Prayers 127

Appendix 2 Study Guide 131

Notes 157

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