Lisa Brenninkmeyer Honored with National Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership


Fr. John Connor, Atlanta Territorial Director for the Legion of Christ, with 2012 Award Recipient Lisa Brenninkmeyer and Catholic Leadership Institute’s Founder & Chair, Tim Flanagan (left to right)

WAYNE, PA, November 29, 2012 – Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) presented Lisa Brenninkmeyer with the 2012 Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership at a dinner held Friday, November 9 at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill, PA. Brenninkmeyer is the founder of Walking with Purpose, a women’s Bible study program impacting and transforming the lives of women. It has grown to serve more than 2,000 women, in 36 parishes, in 14 different dioceses across the United States and in Europe. Also honored that evening were:

  • Fr. Jack Wall – President of Catholic Extension
  • Bill Donohue – President and CEO of the Catholic League
  • Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski MHSH – Educator and Director of the University of Dayton’s Pastoral Initiatives and the Virtual Learning Community of Faith

Catholic Leadership Institute’s Founder & Chair Tim Flanagan with the 2012 Recipients of the Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership: Fr. Jack Wall, Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH and Bill Donohue and Catholic Leadership Institute’s President & CEO Matt Manion. (left to right)

Lisa and her husband Leo with six of their seven children.

Walking with Purpose was inspired by Lisa’s desire to see women transformed, as they realize how much God loves them. In addition to her work with Walking with Purpose, Lisa is a wife and Mother of seven. CLI developed the Awards for Outstanding Catholic Leadership in 2000 to recognize people in the Catholic Church whose exemplary leadership in the family, the workplace, the community and the Church has been inspired by their Catholic faith “CLI is pleased to recognize these inspiring Catholic leaders and celebrate the work they do to give witness to God’s love in the world,” said Timothy C. Flanagan, Founder and Chair of Catholic Leadership Institute.

The Philadelphia event drew more than 500 guests, including bishops and priests from around the country.  For more information please visit



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

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