Hi, I’m Nancy Ward. Because of the many Nancy Wards out there, I’m officially known as Nancy HC Ward, author, editor and speaker, who inspires and equips Catholics to evangelize through their personal testimony. Welcome to my site where you will find what I have to offer in seminars and workshops,  my credentials and experience in print, broadcast and Internet media.

As a convert to Catholicism,  I write and speak about evangelization through our personal witness because that what Saint John Paul II wrote is the most effective way to evangelize.

I’m a Texan, collector of conversion and renewal stories, and blogger at JoyAlive.net,CatholicMom.com, SpiritualDirection.com and many other websites.

Charism of creative writing

Over years, the Lord has added editing and then speaking to my cherished charism of creative writing. My writing gift was developed through childhood poetry, high school creative writing contests and a journalism degree, where editing skills emerged.

Both writing and editing skills were honed by professional and ministry opportunities during decades of interviewing interesting people and publishing their stories in magazines, newspapers and trade journals. I started my freelance writing and editing business and worked with many authors, educators, religious and non-profit groups and managed corporate and non-profit newsletters.

I added “website editor” to my resume nine years ago and created my blog, JoyAlive.net, four years ago and began collecting conversion stories. On JoyAlive.net I write about Catholicism, my conversion and Christian community. I still write for magazines as I did as a freelancer and newspaper reporter.

In 2012, I founded the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a new non-fiction critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where I serve as Coordinator of Committees on the CWG Board.

My first book-publishing gig is The Catholic Mom Prayer Companion), which incorporates four of my devotions.

Passion for evangelization

My passage into public speaking has its own history, rooted in my spiritual journey to explore the wisdom of many spiritual mentors to help me live a life of joy. You see, when Jesus first revealed the stirrings of his life within me, I was hesitant to share my faith. The joy bubbling up within me sent me into solitude to keep that secret joy within me. Our spirituality is intimate and personal; it’s supposed to be private, right?

As I grew up in the Lord and other people shared their God-moments of conversion with me, I realized I was wrong. Yes, spirituality is personal, but it’s not private. St. Peter opened a whole new viewpoint for hesitators like me when he writes,

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you a reason for your hope. (1 Peter 3:15)

This scripture helped me take baby steps to share my first moment of conversion with one or two people close to me, then a share group. As a Catholic convert and committed member of a covenant community, my personal faith life is integrated into all my gifts. Since I was giving writing and editing workshops online and at conferences, I began sharing my faith story as a writer.

I developed my Evangelization Workshops and produced the DVD, Sharing Your Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization. Now I love to share my faith story in parishes and Catholic groups, webinars and online conferences to help others evangelize by sharing their faith stories.

My growing passion for evangelization overcame my hesitation because so many people what to know, “How do I give my personal witness?”

In the workshops and on the DVD seminar, I tell my conversion and renewal stories and demonstrate how to witness effectively and authentically. Workshop exercises get the participants started in preparing their faith story. Tips and cautions help them focus their story and tell it succinctly and provide many ways to share faith stories in person, in print or online.

Use the Contact Form to tell me how I can assist you and your Catholic organization to evangelize through your personal witness. Or consider submitting your faith story to share with our JoyAlive.net readers.

God bless,
Nancy


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Nancy HC Ward inspires and equips Catholics to evangelize through their personal testimony. Her DVD, Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization gives the basics of the talks and workshops she presents to Catholic parishes, groups and conferences. (40 words)


Nancy Ward writes from Texas on conversion, Catholicism and Christian community on JoyAlive.net, where she hosts the Joy Alive Network of spiritual support. She inspires and equips Catholics to evangelize through their personal testimony

Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization is Nancy’s new DVD. It gives the basics of the talks and workshops she presents to Catholic parishes, groups and conferences to inspire and equip Catholics to evangelize by sharing their personal testimony.

Nancy is a Catholic convert with forty years experience in writing and editing. She earned a journalism degree, staffed the diocesan newspaper, the Archbishop Sheen Center for Evangelization and started a successful writing and editing service. She is published in Charisma, Our Sunday Visitor, New Covenant, St. Anthony Messenger, Vocations Magazine and Shalom Tidings. She facilitates the D/FW Catholic Writers and the Catholic Writers Guild non-fiction critique group.

She contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections (Ave Maria Press).

She writes for SpiritualDirection.com, Zenit.com, CatholicMom.com, CatholicSpiritualityBlogs, CatholicWritersGuild.com,

GodsDelight.org, AssociationOfCatholicWomenBloggers, and NewEvangelizers.com. (178 words)


Nancy Ward inspires and equips Catholics to evangelize through their personal testimony. Her DVD, Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization gives the basics of the talks and workshops she presents to Catholic parishes, groups and conferences. She writes from Texas on conversion, Catholicism and Christian community on JoyAlive.net, SpiritualDirection.com, CatholicMom.com and other websites. She’s a Catholic convert who earned a journalism degree, staffed the diocesan newspaper, the Archbishop Sheen Center for Evangelization and created a successful writing and editing service. She contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections and seven magazines. (100 words).


Nancy HC Ward inspires and equips Catholics to evangelize through their personal testimony. Her DVD, Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization gives the basics of the talks and workshops she presents to Catholic parishes, groups and conferences.

She’s a convert, journalist, blogger and speaker on conversion, Catholicism and Christian community with a passion for evangelization. “All baptized Christians have a unique story and all are meant to be evangelists. The most effective way to evangelize is through the faith story only we can tell.”

She is published in The Texas Catholic, Charisma, Our Sunday Visitor, New Covenant, St. Anthony Messenger, Vocations Magazine, Shalom Tidings, and writes for SpiritualDirection.com, Zenit.com, CatholicMom.com, CatholicSpiritualityBlogs, CatholicWritersGuild.com, GodsDelight.org, AssociationOfCatholicWomenBloggers, and NewEvangelizers.com.

She contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections (Ave Maria Press, September  2016).

She founded the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and co-facilitates a critique group for Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.

She collects conversion stories on her blog, JoyAlive.net, where she hosts the Joy Alive Network of spiritual support and inspiration. Find her also on seven websites and presenting evangelization workshops in Catholic parishes and conferences. (305 words)

(Letter of Good Standing available on request. Safe Environment credentials are with the Diocese of Dallas.)

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