Fidelis forms girls — heart, mind, body, and soul — into a sisterhood of mature, virtuous disciples of Christ through the witness of Catholic women.
Who We Are
Fidelis is a parish sponsored program inviting girls in grades 6-12 into sisterhood with women, young and old, leading each other to Christ. With our yes to God we use intentional, virtuous and feminine means to form girls into women who can proclaim with confidence to God, "Paratum cor meum Deus, my heart is ready , O God, my heart is ready."
What We Do
With the intent on capturing the heart of a young woman, Fidelis uses movie clips, activities, and games to teach virtue, all in the context of mentorship and sisterhood. Fidelis draws girls into the heart of the Church by connecting discussions on virtue to the Sunday Mass readings. These lessons come to life during weekly meetings, seasonal outings, and an annual INSPIRE trip where chapters from around the country gather.
Why We Do It
Fidelis invites women into a virtuous life through personal prayer, participation in the Sacraments, and meaningful involvement with their parish. As women grow in holiness, the Holy Spirit compels them to pass this on to the next generation. Fidelis forms young women not only by teaching about virtue but also by presenting living models of discipleship.
LEADING A CHAPTER
Understanding that many women are eager to help but are restricted
by time and inexperience, Fidelis provides all the resources to equip
a team of women to build a Sisterhood of Disciples.
Fidelis walks with you through the initial discernment, recruitment, training, and launch phase to ensure your success.
Fidelis provides all program content, training, continual support, online workshops, and access to a host of online resources.
Fidelis connects volunteers across the country to learn from the experience and wisdom of other women.
The goal is to provide a top-quality program for the girls while catering to the schedule of busy moms and working women. These resources don't just ask women to coordinate events, but challenges them to live out a fuller sisterhood amongst themselves into which they can invite the girls.
Jacksonville, FL // St. Patrick Catholic Church
Brazil, IN + Greencastle, IN // St. Paul's Catholic Church + Annunciation
Fort Wayne, IN // St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Edwardsville, IL // St. Boniface Catholic Church
South Lafourche, LA // Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Bownmansville, NY // Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Charlotte, NC // St. Anne's Catholic Church
Huntersville, NC // St. Mark's Catholic Church
Hendersonville, TN // Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Nashville, TN // St. Edward's Catholic Church
Thompson's Station, TN // Church of the Nativity
Knoxville, TN // Knoxville Regional Chapter
Taylor, TX // St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
Battle Ground, WA // Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Bremerton, WA // Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
FOR THE BOYS
Check out our brother ministry, Fraternus! Many parishes have
both a Fraternus chapter for boys and a Fidelis chapter for girls.
IN THE NEWS
Priscilla McKinney // National Director
Priscilla was raised in a typical Catholic household, going to Mass each Sunday and attending Catholic schools including an all girls Catholic high school. Her mother and grandmother were always great examples of strong women, dedicating their lives to serving both the Church and their families. Priscilla joined the Navy out of high school and spent six years in the Nuclear Field. On board the USS Abraham Lincoln, Priscilla learned what it meant to make her faith her own. She left on deployment a nominal Catholic and returned in love with her Lord, Jesus Christ and his Mother.
After her enlistment Priscilla felt called to pursue a life of ministry. She received a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center of Ministry Development and a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, School of Ministry. Prior to joining Fidelis National she started a Fidelis Chapter at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Bremerton, WA.
Priscilla and her husband, John, have 4 little boys and just welcomed their daughter. They reside in Knoxville, TN.
Jessamyn Anderson // Content Editor
Indiana native Jessamyn Anderson now lives in Atlanta, GA after adventures in New York City and Nashville, TN. She works as a musician and speaker, and her debut album, featuring music most often heard by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, released in September 2019. In addition to music and Fidelis, she also runs her own jewelry and styling business with Premier Designs and is a firm believer in the power of a versatile necklace.
While studying classical voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she became heavily involved with campus ministry and fell in love with Jesus and his Church. She is actively involved with Catholic Creatives and also cantors chant Masses and sings in a Schola choir.
Her heart belongs to Jesus, the stage, women's ministry, BBC Masterpiece dramas, Cookout milkshakes, and anything topped with Parmesan cheese. Off the stage, you can find her sweating at Jazzercise, wandering through a consignment store, or journaling with colorful pens. She is still learning to rest in uncertainty and place her value in her identity as a beloved daughter of God.
Keep up with her adventures on Instagram!
Josh Johnson // Development and Bosco Society
Joshua Johnson, whose story you can watch on “The Journey Home” on EWTN, has experienced the impact of mentoring firsthand. Thanks to mentoring he received as a young man, he left a career in political fundraising to become a United Methodist Pastor, and eventually found himself resigning from the pastorate and becoming a Catholic.
Prior to joining the Fraternus Executive Team in 2014, Josh started a Fraternus Chapter at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton, WA. In addition to serving Fraternus, Josh is the managing partner of Eagle Guard Self Storage, Holy Family Properties and on a limited basis consults for other nonprofit organizations. He has extensive experience in ministry, finance, nonprofit management, fundraising, commercial property management and real estate investing. He holds a Master’s of Theological Studies (Magna Cum Laude) from Duke University, a Master’s in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a BS in Government (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE), an international certification earned in the fundraising profession after extensive study, examination and years of successful fundraising.
Josh lives in the Greenville, South Carolina area where he is happily married to Katie and has been blessed with five children, He volunteers as a Captain at his local Fraternus Chapter and enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and adventures to new places with family.
Katie is well-rounded, fun-loving, energetic and hard working, She feels these traits bring great value to her position as Registration Director and Bookkeeper. Katie loves spending time with her husband, being a mom, working out, and reading.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Katie received her Associates degree from Heartland Community College, Katie has gained a wealth of experience in industries such as banking and insurance; she has also held the positions of Marketing Director and Advertising/Promotions Manager.
Katie and her husband, a military veteran, have been married for six years. Mom of two, she had the opportunity to be a work at home with her two beautiful children. Her faith was truly tried when their son was born with a life threatening condition, but God has been so very faithful.
Having been raised in a Christian home, Katie learned to trust Jesus when life gets difficult,
She believes in being an encouragement to others who are facing difficult times, as well. She has a heart to serve others when a need arises and is working to teach her children the same.