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Mission
MISSION
Fidelis forms girls — heart, mind, body, and soul — into a sisterhood of mature, virtuous disciples of Christ through the witness of Catholic women.
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Who We Are

Fidelis is a parish sponsored multigenerational 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." 

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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.

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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
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 also challenges them to live out a fuller sisterhood amongst themselves into which they can invite the girls.

Current Chapters

CURRENT CHAPTERS

ALABAMA
FLORIDA
IDAHO
INDIANA
FLORIDA
MASSACHUSETTS
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
OKLAHOMA
SOUTH
CAROLINA
TENNESSEE
WASHINGTON

FOR THE BOYS

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Check out our brother ministry, Fraternus! Many parishes have
both a Fraternus chapter for boys and a Fidelis chapter for girls.
In the News
IN THE NEWS
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Our St. Elizabeth Seton parish in Fort Wayne, IN
was recently featured in their diocesan newsletter.
We love to see our chapters thriving!
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Staff

STAFF

STAFF

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 boys and a little girl, with another little girl due in May! They reside in Knoxville, TN and attend Holy Ghost Catholic Church, where they help to lead their local Fraternus and Fidelis Chapters. 

For general questions or to start a new chapter contact Priscilla@fidelisonline.or

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PRISCILLA
MCKINNEY
Executive Director

Raised in an Assemblies of God faith background, Destiny attended Sunday school and youth group each week and came to know the Lord at a young age. Now a passionate Catholic convert, Destiny enjoys reading about the saints and meditating on the Holy Rosary. 

 

Destiny attended Colorado State University-Pueblo where she studied a B.A. and M.A. in English, professional writing, and education. After graduation, Destiny worked as a communications coordinator and then an English teacher in grades 6-11 before answering the call to ministry. 

 

Destiny and her husband, Jose, have two beautiful little boys and are parishioners of the Shrine of Saint Therese Catholic Church in Pueblo, Colorado, their hometown. 

For program or content questions contact program@fidelisonline.org

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DESTINY CAMPA
MEZA 

Program Director

Nikki is currently living in Grand Rapids, Michigan near family where she was born and raised.  Before she returned to Michigan, Nikki spent 15 years in the Nashville, Tennessee area and 12 years before that in Tampa, Florida where she attended the University of South Florida.  She was raised in a Catholic household where she found her love of devoting her time to the Church from her grandmother. 

 

She has been involved with religious education, youth groups, the Women's Group, and anything else she felt called to help with including making mac and cheese for the Lenten Fish Fry's. Nikki is a mother of two girls, Sydney and Martha, who are her pride and joy!   

 

She enjoys doing anything and everything outside from ice skating, laying on the beach, to hiking with her two dogs, Sadie and Toby.

For accounting or registration questions contact accounting@fidelisonline.org

NIKKI JAENT
Registration & Bookkeeping
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Betsy, daughter of the King, wife to Craig, and mom to Curtis and Henry, joins us from Huntersville, NC. Betsy has been a part of the Fidelis Sisterhood since 2016. Betsy has been a Lead Lady, a Lady Mentor, a Ceremonies P.A.L. and Communications P.A.L. in her local chapter, before joining the National Team in October 2020. 

 

When she's not training mentors or helping chapters with Bosco events, Betsy coaches women in living the integrated life through ordered wellness practices and currently leads Instructor Training for Pietra Fitness, where she trains instructors from all over the world. You can find her coaching website here: https://www.integratedcatholicwoman.com/

For mentorship help or to plan a Bosco event contact mentorship@fidelisonline.org / bosco@fraternus.net 

BETSY HOYT
Mentor Development
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Sophie is the 3rd of a large, homeschool Catholic family from WA. She grew up singing at mass and attending youth groups at her local parish as well as competing in soccer and volunteering for her county’s Search and Rescue. Sophie is an original Fidelis sister, and has continued to be a part of Fidelis since she was 16 yrs old!  She is so excited to be a part of the Fidelis national team. 

For questions regarding ordering or shipping, contact operations@fidelisonline.org

SOPHIE HOLT
Operations Director
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Olivia is a senior at Benedictine College in Kansas studying Philosophy and Theology. She was a Fidelis sister throughout high school, and continues to be a Fidelis sister even from middle-of-nowhere Kansas! She is the oldest of 9 and thinks her siblings are the greatest gifts ever! She lives in community with 4 of her best friends at Benedictine in a home called "The Garden" where they live  hospitality by inviting underclassmen and fellow students at Benedictine to come be watered, nourished, and grow. 

Olivia has a passion for authentic femininity and sisterhood shaped by her experience with Fidelis and being mentored by incredible women through the years. You may find old YouTube videos on her channel Catholic Girl Talk, or find her having dinner with & mentoring college-aged women, discussing authentic femininity and masculinity with anyone who will listen, or teaching women about their hormones as a certified FEMM teacher

For media or website questions contact media@fidelisonline.org

 OLIVIA
SHINGLEDECKER
Media Associate
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  MARISOL ROSS
Inspire & Fiat 
Camp Coordinator
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Marisol is a native of the DC area and moved to Kansas to attend Benedictine college for undergrad. She now lives in Nashville, TN and works as a realtor and part time teacher. She recently married her husband Garrett and welcomed baby Joseph in July 2022. 

 

She has always had a heart for young girls and has directed girls summer camps since late highschool. When she moved to TN and learned about Fidelis, it was right up her alley! She previously served as Lead Lady for the Nashville Fidelis chapter for 2 years and continues to love watching girls discover the heart of Jesus.

For inspire questions contact inspire@fidelisonline.org

  JESS EVITT
Development Assistant
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Jessica is a wife and mother of two young boys in Upstate South Carolina. She works from home for our brother organization Fraternus, as well as Fidelis. She enjoys the simple pleasures in life: family, food, and God’s beautiful creation, and her awesome church family. She counts it a true blessing to work for organizations like, Fraternus and Fidelis, that are seeking to glorify and honor God.

For donation questions contact development@fidelisonline.org 

GUEST WRITERS

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JULIANNE
KOS

Guest Content Writer
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JESSAMYN ANDERSON FRAIN
Guest Content Writer
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CAROLINA
DUPONT

Guest Content Writer

"Sometimes you don’t think you will ever be friends with someone until you spend time with them disconnected from phones."

Lauren Tropeano, Fidelis Sister

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LUCY 
FERNANDES

Guest Content Writer
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KATE
KIRSTEIN

Guest Content Writer
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MARY MARGARET
LEWIS 

Guest Content Writer
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Email program@fidelisonline.org
PATTI DEFFENDAL
Board Chair

Patti graduated from Vanderbilt University. She completed a Master's in Linguistics from LSU and a Master's in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2020. She initiated both the Fraternus Chapter and the Fidelis Chapter at her parish, Our Lady of the Lake in Hendersonville, TN. She is a mother of 2 and has been married to Mark since 1983. She is an original member of the Fidelis National Board.

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Dianne and her husband Tom are members of St. Mark in Huntersville, NC. They have been involved in youth ministry since the inception of the parish. Dianne helped establish the St. Mark Fidelis chapter in 2015 and served as the first Lead Lady. Fidelis is at the very heart of her current service to her parish and community. She stepped out in faith and has never looked back.

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DIANE RIDER
Board Secretary

Kaitlyn is a senior accounting analyst for Carrier Corporation in Charlotte, NC. She grew up in the Lake Norman area attending and participating in the LifeTeen program at St. Mark Catholic Church, where she is now a Fidelis Lady. Kaitlyn got her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she met her now-husband, Justin.

 

In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking with her husband and her dogs, Joker and Quinn, powerlifting, and reading.

KAITLYN COBB
Board Treasurer
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LINDA LANDRIGAN
Member at Large
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Linda is a wife, mother of 7, and grandmother of 28. She and her husband Dan reside in Fort Wayne, IN where she is currently a Fidelis Lead Lady at their parish,St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She previously taught CCD for over 20 years and served as DRE for 5 years at a previous parish.

LINDA LANDRIGAN
Board Member at Large
Board Members

Nicole is passionate about the formation of young women and worked in classical high schools for nearly decade as an assistant headmaster and guidance counselor. She is currently a licensed associate marriage and family therapist, and also works as nonprofit business consultant in talent development and fundraising. She lives in downtown Phoenix.

NICOLE RIZKALLAH
Board Member at Large
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MARY PAUL FORSYTH
Board Member at Large
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Paul Forsyth, a retired mother and grandmother, lives in Charlotte, NC. She joined the St. Mark Fidelis chapter in 2019. Mary Paul graduated from the University of Tennessee and spent most of her professional life in the banking industry in various roles. After the birth of her youngest child, she began a new career as the event manager for MiraVia, a residential maternity and outreach organization. She has been actively volunteering in her diocese for more than 20 years.

FIDELIS CHAPLAIN

DEACON JOSHUA JOHNSON
Fidelis Chaplain
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Deacon Joshua Johnson is a transitional deacon in the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He serves as
Administrator of St. Edmund Campion Catholic Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Previous to
becoming Catholic, he was a United Methodist Minister. Married with five children (and the sixth on the
way) he has received special permission from the Vatican to be ordained to the priesthood as a married
man. Before entering priestly formation, Deacon Johnson worked for Fraternus, assisted in the founding
of Fidelis and worked in Catholic parishes.

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