Mary Ann Collett is the Director of the Catholic Women of Zion (CWOZ). Now, in addition to leading CWOZ, she is expanding her evangelization efforts and is embarking on a new endeavor - Rooted and Grounded in Christ's Love, Mary Ann Collett Ministries. For more information, visit the Rooted and Grounded in Christ's Love Website .
He may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; rooted and grounded in love. -- Eph. 3:16, 17
Mary Ann Collett, MSW, MA, CLEM
Mary Ann is an inspiring and dynamic Catholic Lay Evangelist, whose gift is to intertwine Scripture and personal stories. She invites others to live their lives as Pope Francis has called us do – to live the joy of the Gospel with missionary zeal. Mary Ann has been in the Healing Ministry for over 34 years. She is the co-founder of the thriving ministry Catholic Women of Zion celebrating their 29th year in 2018. She has traveled nationally and internationally to spread the message of the Kingdom of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Mary Ann is currently serving as Pastoral Associate for the Church of St. Mary of the Lake in Lakewood, NJ. She is a certified Spiritual Director and Chaplain (CPE). She also was an Adjunct Professor for The College of St. Elizabeth, a member of the Advisory Board for Pastoral Care, RCIA Advisory Working Group and a Presenter for Bereavement and Pastoral Care training for the Diocese of Trenton, NJ.
Mary Ann holds a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University and a MA in Theology from Georgian Court University and has studied in Rome, Italy. She was commissioned by the Bishop as a Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Diocese of Trenton in 2004.
Mary Ann has traveled extensively; she has led and spoken at national and international retreats, pilgrimages, seminars, parish retreats, and conferences. She had a Catholic radio program “The Living Witness” which aired weekly throughout Central NJ for two and a half years. She is the proud mother of 3 married daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Mary Ann has experienced 15 years of care-giving, widowhood, abandonment and divorce. In addition to those many personal and financial losses, she has recovered from an accidental fall, which broke her back and she needed emergency surgery.
Even going through all of those experiences she has been blessed with God's Love, Grace and the Gift of Faith. She has continued to respond to God's Call to go across the nations to Preach, Teach and Heal in His name.