Her greatest passion and mission in life is to help proclaimers of the Word be the best that they can be. There is no corner of the earth to which she will not go to help to achieve this end. His Word is everywhere and it needs to be heard and understood.

Denise chaired the Lector ministry at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago and served on the Cathedral Liturgy Council. She has trained lectors throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. She has been invited to speak at missions and other diocesan events and has authored a user-friendly lector training manual.

She is an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, assisted with the launch of small faith sharing groups in previous parishes and has served on Pastoral Councils. In 1996, Denise founded a citywide Employment Support Group which continues to find jobs for the unemployed through fellow parishioners and other churches in South Carolina.

Denise has worked in advertising for 25 years in New York, Boston, Chicago and other major U.S. cities. She holds an MBA degree from Clemson University and an advertising degree from the University of Georgia.Denise is currently a board-certified hospital chaplain with a masters degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago. 

A partial roster of some of the places where Denise has either spoken and/or trained is listed below:

  • Assumption Catholic Church, Chicago, IL
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Aurora, IL
  • Ave Maria Catholic Church, Parker, CO
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation, Mundelein, IL
  • St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood, IL
  • St. Zachary Catholic Church, Des Plaines, IL
  • St. James Catholic Church, Arlington Heights, IL
  • St. Mary Parish, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • St. Raymond Catholic Church, Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Naperville, IL
  • St. Leonard Catholic Church, Berwyn, IL
  • St. Anshelm Catholic Church, Chicago, IL
  • St. Bridget Catholic Church, Loves Park, IL
  • St. James Catholic Church, Highwood, IL
  • St. Marcelline Catholic Church, Schaumburg, IL
  • St. Martha Catholic Church, Morton Grove, IL
  • St. Paul the Apostle, Gurnee, IL
  • St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago, IL
  • Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL
  • St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Plainfield, IL
  • St. Ann Catholic Church, Channahon, IL
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Greenville, SC
  • St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center, Romeoville, IL
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley, IL
  • St. James Catholic Church, Savannah, GA
  • Chicago Sinai Temple, Chicago, IL
  • U.S. Marine Corps Chapels, Camp Pendleton, CA
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Gibson City, IL
  • Santa Maria Del Popolo, Mundelein, IL
  • Christ the King, Lombard, IL
  • St. Celestine, Elmwood Park, IL
  • St. Anne, Owego, IL
  • St. Mary of Gostyn, Downers Grove, IL
  • St. James on Wabash, Chicago, IL
  • Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge, IL
  • St. John of the Cross, Western Springs, IL


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Lector Training & Development