Called and Caffeinated
Announcing GOD’S ADVENTURE AWAITS SUMMIT and TRUE NORTH COURSE

Announcing GOD’S ADVENTURE AWAITS SUMMIT and TRUE NORTH COURSE

July 15, 2020

FREE Virtual Summit July 31-Aug 2 2020! A dream event about discerning ALL vocations featuring 40+ of your favorite speakers: Sr. Bethany Madonna, Jackie and Bobby Angel, Jason Evert, Sr. Helena Burns, Fr. Mark Goring, Joe Melendrez, Mary Lenaburg, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Cameron Fradd, Meg Hunter-Kilmer, Matt and Erin Ingold, Katie Prejean McGrady, and MANY more! Also featuring the world's first virtual Meet and Greet for mission organizations and religious communities!

Sign up here: Staceysumereau.com/adventure

True North Course: Staceysumereau.com/true-north

PLEASE be a friend and help spread the word to anyone you know who could use this smorgasboard of wisdom. Nowhere else will you find an event or a course like this, designed especially for discerning life choices :) Thank you so much!

Discernment for Converts and Rolling with the Punches feat. Kathryn Whitaker

Discernment for Converts and Rolling with the Punches feat. Kathryn Whitaker

July 2, 2020

“Maybe you should start putting your life into two categories: a no or a hell yes.”

Many times I've wondered, "When do things stop changing? When do I get to stop re-adjusting and just be?" The answer is, never. Kathryn Whitaker, mom of six and author of Live Big, Love Bigger, has incredible perspective on coping when plans change. As a mom of six children, one of whom has dealt with ongoing health issues, and in dealing with health issues herself, Kathryn is a bastion of resilience and hope. 

We also dive into her conversion and how she learned to hear God's calls as a Protestant youngster. I feel like Catholics can learn so much from the way many of our Protestant brothers and sisters listen for God's voice as though he wants to speak to them personally....because he does!

Topics Discussed

  • “Attitude readjustment hour:” How-to
  • How to course-correct faster every time plans change
  • Building resilience 
  • Prioritizing in busy family life

Resources

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Restoring Culture One Latte at a Time feat. Ever and Soren Johnson

Restoring Culture One Latte at a Time feat. Ever and Soren Johnson

June 17, 2020

“All around us we see an impersonal lifestyle trying to invade the family and take away its richness, its culture, its ability to reflect the Trinity in its communion of persons. You’re not alone: you CAN find heaven in your home. It’s not just home base, a place to put your stuff, an entertainment center, or bricks and mortar. It’s a domestic church- a Trinity house!”

Catholicism and coffee are among my favorite things (in case you can't guess from the title of my podcast,) so when I found Trinity House Cafe, a Catholic coffee shop in Leesburg VA, I told my husband, "it's essentially what Heaven will be like for me!" Nothing could be more apt, because "Heaven in Your Home" is the tagline of Trinity House Founders Soren and Ever Johnson. Their masters degrees in theology inform the menu, atmosphere, ethos, and decor of their cafe to cultivate culture... starting with great sandwiches and coffee. Whatever your walk of life, you'll love our discussion about making your home a "trinity house."

We're not all called to be online entrepreneurs, start awareness movements, or be thought leaders. But all of us are called to love our neighbor, starting at home. Soren and Ever witnessed a poverty of family love and this is their initiative to make a difference, starting in their community. I think you'll be empowered by their "think globally, act locally" mindset, and you'll love the richness of the discussion. We get pretty theological in discussing Trinitarian relationships, so pour a good strong cup of coffee and enjoy!

Topics Discussed

  • Moving from a cerebral faith into a familial, communal, cultural, “lived” faith.
  • What does “heaven in your home” look like?
  • The five levels of interpersonal communion
  • Finding our identity in our relationship with each person of the Trinity

Resources

We Met Online! John and Stacey Sumereau’s Journey and Online Dating Advice

We Met Online! John and Stacey Sumereau’s Journey and Online Dating Advice

June 2, 2020

"I’d encourage you to just enjoy messaging and talking to them and be grateful for every interaction- it’s good to be interacting with other brothers and sisters in Christ. And only good things will come from it if you approach it that way."

Watch on YouTube here! 

Are you considering online dating but are a bit weirded out by it? John and I were too, but we ended up finding each other through a dating site. We’re sharing our tips on how to get the most out of your online dating experience, stay mentally healthy, and ENJOY it! Then we're sharing our long-awaited story of what happened after Stacey's reality TV show "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns" aired, and how we got engaged just 5 months after first meeting. We hope it'll alleviate stress and give clarity to our single friends. (p.s. we're not sponsored by any dating websites; this is just our honest testimony.)

Topics Discussed

  • How to get the most out of online dating
  • How to stay sane and mentally healthy and ENJOY online dating
  • What women want from a man’s profile (and vice versa)
  • For ladies: how to let a man take the lead online and deal with overwhelm
  • How we knew we were called to marry each other
  • Why discerning religious life wasn’t wasted time

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FIRST Cast Reunion: “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” Women in Their Own Words

FIRST Cast Reunion: “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” Women in Their Own Words

May 19, 2020

“You don’t have to ‘pray.’ Just sit and let Jesus love your heart.”

 WATCH SHOW ON YOUTUBE 

Apologies, tears, unfiltered opinions...all here. After all, we were on a reality show together....;)

It's the FIRST EVER cast reunion of "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns!" Christie Porter (Young,) Claire Halbur, Eseni Ellington, Francesca DiPaola, and Stacey Sumereau (Jackson) have had a lot going on in the last five years. Collectively there have been 2 marriages and 4 babies, entering and leaving the convent, appearing on more reality shows, consecrated virginity, liquor sales, public speaking, mission work, and a job with one of the orders of Sisters from the show. 

Please join me in praying for Francesca's family: she lost her father to COVID-19 on Easter 2020 :(

Topics Discussed

  • What Claire’s call to consecrated virginity looked like
  • Our answer to the question: "How much of the TV show was real?"
  • Our journeys leading up to getting on the TV show
  • Our spiritual progress in the last five years
  • Dealing with judgement from people who watched the show (p.s. non-Christians were WAY more judgmental of us than actual nuns were!)
  • Stacey’s childhood ambition to be a trashman 

Resources

Innovating Evangelization in Quarantine feat. Matt and Erin Ingold and Joe Condit

Innovating Evangelization in Quarantine feat. Matt and Erin Ingold and Joe Condit

May 5, 2020

"What if fear is along for the ride, but doesn't get to sit in the driver's seat?" 

CALLED AND CAFFEINATED IS NOW ALSO ON YOUTUBE! WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/tyEc3PVnUoI

The coronavirus pandemic is hugely limiting our access to in-person events, but ministry is still happening. Today I'm having coffee with three other innovators who heard the Holy Spirit's call as the world seemed to fall apart in March, and responded with creativity. God works fast in hard times, and we're sharing what that call looked and felt like.

In April, Matt and Erin Ingold of Metanoia Catholic founded the Virtual Catholic Conference with 64,000 people tuning in. They organized the dozens of presenters in a matter of weeks. Joe Condit, president of the Catholic Speakers Bureau, (the largest Catholic Speakers organization in the world,) started the Inspire Word series that's connected people with their favorite speakers around the world. And my Be Not Afraid Conference came together in five days with 43 presenters and over 13,000 attendees.

Enjoy!

Topics Discussed

  • What the call to something new felt like
  • How God's plan can involve all the skill sets you never thought you'd use
  • Using what already exists in an innovative way
  • Overcoming fear and self-doubt when attempting something new

Resources

BE NOT AFRAID CONFERENCE Announcement!

BE NOT AFRAID CONFERENCE Announcement!

March 19, 2020

Nothing is normal, including this Spirit-led Conference I'm launching Friday 3.20.2020. BE NOT AFRAID is a wild idea Holy Spirit put in my head last Sunday (yes, that's 3 days ago,) to launch this Friday (yes that's FIVE DAYS to launch an entire conference!!!!) You can get all signed up here. 

Today is Wednesday, 3 days after I started reaching out to speakers and 2 days after marketing began.

3,102 people registered for the conference.

Over 30 speakers presenting.

WHAT IS HAPPENING Holy Spirit? I never, ever get to use the word "impossible" as long as I live! 

Here are the BE NOT AFRAID speakers/musicians so far:

Stacey Sumereau. Jackie Francois Angel. Bobby Angel. Mary Lenaburg. Leah Darrow. Fr. Rob Galea. Fr. Jared Cooke. Sr. Miriam James Heidland. Heather Khym. Michelle Benzinger. Liv Harrison. Ashley Dean. Sarah Swafford. Fr. Barry Braum. Ali Hoffman. Johnny Philp. Maria Abbe. Melissa Grace Tablada. Kathryn Whitaker. Nick Dela Torre. Alina Dela Torre. Katie Prejean McGrady. Mike Tenney. Lauren Montgomery. Allison Sullivan. Fr. Stephen Gadberry. Joshua Mazrin. Annie Deddens. Joe Melendrez. Melissa Davies. Stephen Davies. Lindsay Schlegel. Taylor Schroll. Kelsey Skoch. Emily Stimpson Chapman. Marie Miller. Meg Hunter-Kilmer. Hannah Schaefer.

Guys, this is epic. PLEASE tell your friends and join me! Let's make the Holy Spirit's love contagious and his inspiration go viral!

Let’s Talk Sex feat. Arleen Spenceley

Let’s Talk Sex feat. Arleen Spenceley

March 10, 2020

“If he’s calling us to something, we don’t have to worry about what we lose in answering that call.” 

A working theory of mine about discernment is that it leads you to what you really want. Yup, you read that right. You get what YOU really want. I believe this because I believe that when God designed us, he planted desire for his plans deep in our hearts. Our deepest desire and his desire are the same thing. Discernment is the process of sorting through all the lesser, fluffy layers and discovering that core desire, kind of like a miner goes through layers before striking gold. 

Why am I introducing an episode about sex this way? Because discerning what we most deeply want for our relationships is the same thing as discovering God's plan for relationships. And that desire God has given us is chastity (no that's not synonymous with abstinence.) Chastity sounds boring, but it's incredibly life-giving. YES John and I as married people need to live out chastity...and I geek out a bit with our personal testimony of how that looks in married life. 

Arleen Spenceley has been on the front lines of explaining and defending chastity for years, from publishing articles in newspapers with her testimony of happy virginity to writing her book Chastity is for Lovers. Whether you're single, married, or religious, you'll learn something new and be equipped to live both counter-culturally and happily.

Topics Discussed

  • How the martyrs had enough trust in God to die for him
  • Chastity vs. abstinence: THEY’RE SO DIFFERENT
  • The deep ache of wanting validation and how to deal with it
  • The one indispensable thing you need to live out chastity
  • How far is too far?
  • Forgiving yourself if you’ve made past mistakes 

Resources

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Responding to Popular Culture and the Church Crisis feat. Patrick Coffin

Responding to Popular Culture and the Church Crisis feat. Patrick Coffin

February 25, 2020

"The woman at the well and Jesus- what did they have in common? A love of cold water on a hot day. Our Lord, in his very tender willingness to come to our level, finds what we have in common and that’s the beginning of the conversation."

I have so many questions about being a Catholic in the USA today. What should guide our decision when choosing a movie? How do we evangelize and communicate effectively when our culture is losing the ability to dialogue? How do we lovingly challenge someone whose values differs from ours? How closely should we be following the Amazon synod and crisis in the Church? What should we do to maintain our Faith when disturbing news from the Vatican wrecks our peace?

When I first made my list of dream guests for this show in 2018, Patrick Coffin was on it. Dreams do come true! If you think I'm a good interviewer, it's because of Patrick. I binge-watched the Patrick Coffin show on YouTube. He was the host of Catholic Answers Live for over a decade and has interviewed almost literally EVERYBODY. I'm beyond thrilled to share this verbophile's take on discerning our Catholic response to popular culture. 

This interview is guaranteed to bump up your IQ at least a few points, or your money back ;)

Topics Discussed

  • The interplay between my will and God’s will
  • The fascinating story of how Patrick had a disastrous audition for Catholic Answers Live, and how he knew he was called
  • Seeking the incarnation and discerning our personal tolerance in our movie consumption
  • Debate about hot topic issues on social media, or no?
  • Authentic masculinity
  • The power of mimetic activity
  • What does it mean that God is a jealous God? 
  • How to become unafraid to evangelize
  • Church crisis and Amazon synod: Follow like it's your job? Ignore?

Resources

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Owning Your Story feat. Emily Stimpson Chapman

Owning Your Story feat. Emily Stimpson Chapman

February 11, 2020

“God’s primary calls come to you through a combination of opportunity, interest, and talent.” 

Have you ever felt as though you're too young, too old, unqualified, overqualified, or in some other way inadequate? The devil LOVES to make us believe that we have to be something other than we are to successfully start tackling God's callings. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God uses every single part of our story for the glory of His Kingdom. Owning your story means accepting your individuality, rejecting comparison, allowing him to redeem your wounds, recognizing how God is working in the mess, and realizing that every moment is valuable...including the waiting for your vocation.

I first encountered Emily Stimpson Chapman on Instagram. Writing is Emily's gift and calling for processing her story and sharing beauty and truth with the world. There were multiple topics I knew she'd provide valuable insight on...so we're covering (almost) all of them!

Topics Discussed

  • Seeing your own story in light of salvation history
  • “Vocational orphanhood:” staying strong for those who are single into their 30s and 40s
  • How it took NINE years of vacillating between dating and friendship before Emily and her husband finally tied the knot
  • Processing and sharing the difficult parts of your story
  • How a sacramental worldview saved Emily from an eating disorder
  • Process scars, not wounds
  • Emily’s method of her effective Instagram evangelization mission

Resources

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