Mrs. Christine Watkins, MTS, LCSW, is a popular Catholic speaker and author. Formerly an anti-Christian atheist living a life of sin, she began a life of service to the Catholic Church after a miraculous healing from Jesus through Mary, which saved her from death. Before her conversion, she danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Today, she has twenty years of experience as a Catholic speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director, and counselor. For ten of those years, she worked as a hospice grief counselor and for another ten, as a post-abortion healing director. Mrs. Watkins has hosted her own shows on Radio Maria and for Shalom World television. Check out her weekly videos on YouTube, called "Find Something More, Find your way Home" on the Catholic YouTube channel: Queen of Peace Media. See all Mrs. Watkins videos and books at www.QueenofPeaceMedia.com. Enjoy the book trailer to her latest book, OF MEN AND MARY: How Six Men Won the Greatest Battle of Their lives, by going to www.QueenofPeaceMedia.com/men. On March 23, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Cordileone as the fourth Bishop of Oakland. His Mass of Installation was celebrated on May 5, 2009 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. Three years later, on July 27, 2012, he was appointed the Archbishop of San Francisco and was installed on October 4, 2012, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. As the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of San Francisco, Archbishop Cordileone received the pallium from Pope Francis in Rome on June 29, 2013. Archbishop Cordileone is a member of the Canonical Affairs and Church Governance Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and a member on the Governing Board of the International Theological Institute. He recently became chairman-elect of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth and will serve one year in that role before beginning a three-year term as chairman at the conclusion of the bishops' 2019 Fall General Assembly. Archbishop Cordileone's avocations include a life-long interest in jazz music. He also enjoys swimming, hiking and badminton, as well as spectator sports, especially professional baseball and football. Monsignor James Murphy is a retired Catholic priest of the Diocese of Sacramento, the former Vicar General of the Diocese and former Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
"One of the great consolations of being Catholic is knowing that
the Mother of our Lord is our Mother, too." Mary's Mantle
Consecration deepens one's personal life of virtue, unites
people in prayer, and sanctifies daily life, thus making us more
like her Son and so bringing joy to her motherly heart. I am
grateful to Christine Watkins for making this disarmingly simple
practice, which first grew in the fertile soil of Mexican piety,
available to the English-speaking world."
--Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone; San Francisco, California
"I recommend it for individuals, spouses, families, and parishes as a valuable answer to the call to the New Evangelization."
--Bishop Myron J. Cotta; Stockton, California
"Christine Watkins leads us through a 46-day, self-guided retreat that focuses on daily praying of the Rosary, a little fasting, and meditating on various virtues and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, leading to a transformation in our lives and in the people on the journey with us!"
--Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR; President and Professor of Theology; Franciscan University Steubenville, Ohio
"After I did Mary's Mantle Consecration, my husband stopped drinking after many years. He got on his knees, apologized to me and the kids, and started coming to Mass with us. It's just a miracle."
--Carla Agustin; Santa Rosa, California
"The meditations in Mary's Mantle Consecration so moved me and made such an impression on my heart that I wanted more. I knew the retreat would be the perfect help for the Church during this time of crisis, so I decided to coordinate one for my parish, which was made easy through daily emails. The Holy Spirit touched everyone in a special way during the 46 days, including myself--again. Many people still tell me how much they miss it and ask, 'When will we do this again?'"
--Rosanna Ruiz, wife of Deacon Mark Ruiz; St. Joseph Catholic Church; Lincoln, California
"I wholeheartedly recommend this self-guided consecration to Mary--preparing with the Rosary, simple fasting, and the contemplation of virtues and gifts--for any intention, no matter how desperate."
--Fr. Samuel West; Pastor, St. Patrick Church, Sonora, California