Maura Preszler was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where she graduated college from Seton Hall University. After college she moved to Nashville, TN where she worked as a baker and pastry chef. In September 2011 God etched in her heart the desire to launch a ministry for women recovering from eating disorders and abuse inspired from her own story. She left her job and founded Made in His Image.
Maura has an immense yearning to inspire others to choose to see beauty in their suffering and in the ambiguity of life. It is her desire to use her story to foster hope and healing in the lives of all she encounters. Maura is dedicated to breaking the stigma associated with therapy and educating women about their inherent dignity, beauty and the love that God has for them as Father.
Maura is a former Division 1 runner and soccer player. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband Michael and two sons, Pio and Noah.
You can read more about Maura’s story on Made in His Image.
Teresa Hamilton is the Founder and Executive Director of Giving the Basic, a charitable organization, providing free hygiene products to 91 local pantries, 222 local schools and the KCMO and Shawnee Police Departments. Teresa is the mother of twelve children and is an inspirational speaker for marriage, motherhood and family life.
She studied finance at Rockhurst College and sign language at Johnson County Community College. She worked at Bernstein/Rein Advertising and the Boasberg PR firm before she and her husband Bob started their family plumbing company in 1982.
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Fr. Johnson grew up in the Kansas City area attending St. Therese parish in Parkville. During his junior year at the University of Missouri, he felt that God might be calling him to the priesthood and he entered the seminary.
He finished his college seminary degree at Conception and was then sent by the bishop to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 2012 and since then has served the Diocese in a variety of parish assignments and specialized ministries.
He was the associate pastor of St. John LaLande in Blue Springs, then became pastor of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish in Kansas City. Fr. Johnson was then appointed Director of Young Adult and Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese while also serving as the administrator for Sacred Heart Parish in Hamilton and Immaculate Mary Parish in Gallatin, MO. While overseeing ‘City on a Hill’ he began to offer spiritual direction to nearly 100 young adults.
In 2016, Fr. Johnson was appointed Vocation Director for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph where he meets with men who are discerning the priesthood and oversees the formation of the 27 seminarians studying for the diocese. While maintaining his duties in the Vocation Office, he was also appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Westport.
Fr. Johnson enjoys spending time with his parish families and with the young adults who come to Good Counsel. On his free nights, he enjoys sitting on his porch with a book and smoking a pipe. He also loves sports and cheering on the Chiefs and Royals.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann assumed responsibilities as Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas in 2005. Born in St. Louis, he studied at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Cardinal Glennon Seminary College, and Kenrick Seminary. Those who know the Archbishop describe him as a soft-spoken, kind man who loves the Lord and baseball.
“My hope is that with God’s grace that we can become more and more the Church Jesus has called us to be,” Archbishop Naumann said on his first day as Archbishop. “It is my conviction if we proclaim faithfully the truth of the Gospel while radiating the authentic hope and joy that is the natural consequence of knowing and following Jesus, then our lives will draw others to desire the source of our hope and our joy. We will succeed in giving others the greatest gift possible – faith and life in Jesus Christ.”
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Johnston to lead the Kansas City - St. Joseph diocese on September 15, 2015. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he studied at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering. He left his career to pursue his vocation in 1985. In 2005, Bishop Johnston and two other priests were awarded Citizens Award for Bravery by the U.S. Department of the Interior for helping to save a family in danger of plunging over a waterfall in Glacier National Park.
“I . . . believe that the one that truly heals is Jesus,” Bishop Johnston said in his first days in the Kansas City - St. Joseph diocese. “So I see my role as the bishop as sort of being a physician’s assistant — to be a person that facilitates some of that healing.”