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Walking with Purpose


rate the course excellent or very good. Women feel closer to Christ and have a renewed interest in their faith.


agree WWP provides a safe place to grow spiritually and they can express their thoughts openly without being judged.


said their prayer life has improved.

Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible study program that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We offer personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.

Walking with Purpose endeavors to meet women where they are, giving them practical Biblical teaching that is consistent with Church doctrine and uses the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an additional resource. Walking with Purpose has three elements: at-home study, parish-based or independently run weekly small group meetings, and a monthly talk on relevant course material. Parish-based programs are offered during the daytime or in the evenings, and childcare is provided. All Bible study materials have received the imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and vary in length and depth of study in order to meet the varying needs of participants.

Opening Your Heart is the recommended starting point for all participants, regardless of previous experience with course. Walking with Purpose wants every Catholic woman in the United States to experience Opening Your Heart because we believe that this course is an incredibly effective guide to deep, lasting transformation of the heart. Those who long to evangelize women in the pews and beyond will find this particular course to be exactly the tool they need. We firmly believe that true change can happen in the hearts of women – and, by extension, in their families and beyond – through Bible study; Opening Your Heart is the natural first step.

Walking with Purpose was founded by Lisa Brenninkmeyer in Annapolis, Maryland in 2002. A convert to Catholicism herself, Lisa noticed a lack of fresh, relevant Catholic Bible Studies to attract and meet the needs of young mothers; she decided to offer a Bible Study to help fill this need in the community. Eight women responded to her advertisement in the church bulletin, and the group began. Each year thereafter, the number of women in the program doubled as news of the positive impact of the program was shared, woman to woman, irrespective of faith background, age, or marital status. Women from both Catholic and Protestant churches were now part of the program, and all were gaining further insight into shared Christian ideals as well as a new understanding of different Christian traditions.

In the fall of 2008, the program was given the name Walking with Purpose and became a fully independent non-profit organization with  501 c (3)  status and a Board of Directors. At this point, WWP began its expansion to other locations in earnest.

Since then, Walking with Purpose has grown steadily at a rate of 70% annually. After participating in WWP, the number of women who report being highly satisfied with their faith more than doubles. 97% report that their prayer life is improved. 97% say their relationship with Christ is stronger. 92% would recommend WWP to a friend because it works.

Today, Walking with Purpose has close to 200 parishes involved in its Leadership Training Program in the United States, Europe, and Canada and has helped thousands of women deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.


What is Walking with Purpose?

Walking with Purpose is a women’s Catholic Bible Study. We offer a parish program that combines at-home study with a weekly meeting at the parish to participate in a small group discussion, read Scripture, and watch videos at monthly Connect Coffee days. Here is an overview of the Walking with Purpose parish-based program: WWP parish presentation.

Mentors, called Regional Area Coordinators, serve and support and support WWP coordinators in parish programs through one-on-one phone calls, monthly team calls, and prayer support. Our online leadership development platform provides training and helpful tools to assist program coordinators in leading other women closer to Christ.

Recognizing that not all women can lead a WWP study in the parish setting, Walking with Purpose also offers an independent small group option. This allows women the opportunity to order and use our study guide materials in a school, with a mom’s group, etc. We offer access to our online leadership training and tools for both our parish programs and independent study groups.

How can I start my own Walking with Purpose Parish Program?

If you are interested in starting a new Walking with Purpose program at your parish, please contact our expansion team by filling out the form here.

Please browse our website for further information about our program and all the courses offered at Walking with Purpose.

How can I find out about an existing Walking with Purpose parish program?

For questions and information about local Walking with Purpose parish programs in your area, please select Parish Programs. You will find complete contact information for each local parish program on that program’s webpage.

How do I enroll in a Walking with Purpose parish program?

The first step is to find a Parish Program near you. Click on Parish Programs to find a parish program near you. You will find contact, Bible study and registration information on each parish program webpage.

How much does Walking with Purpose parish program cost?

Walking with Purpose parish-based programs individually set the price of their registration fees. Please contact a particular parish program to see which courses are offered and the current year’s registration cost. Usually the program registration fee works out to just a few dollars per session and includes materials and refreshments; many daytime programs also offer childcare.

In what order should I go through the WWP courses?

We recommend everyone begin with Opening Your Heart, our foundational course, regardless of past Bible study experience. From there, WWP offers more advanced studies to choose from, varying in length and intensity.

Living in the Father’s Love, is a six-lesson, more advanced course. Perfect for the season of Advent or Lent, as a summer study, or as a shorter follow-up to Opening Your Heart.

Opening Your Heart is the foundational course for Walking with Purpose. Designed for women new to WWP as well as those experienced in Bible study, it enables all women to dive into the fundamental questions of our Catholic faith and our relationship with Jesus. This course provides an ideal starting point for Bible study.

Keeping in Balance builds on the foundation laid in Opening Your Heart. Keeping in Balance is immensely practical and focuses on ways we can manage life’s pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness.

Touching the Divine is a perfect choice to follow Keeping in Balance. This is currently the only WWP course that focuses on one book of the Bible (the gospel of John). This study focuses on Jesus’ love for us, and draws us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him.

Discovering our Dignity, while immensely practical, is a little longer than previous courses. This intermediate level course is recommended for someone who is ready to dig a little deeper. Each lesson focuses on a different woman of the Bible, and is packed with modern-day advice for us.

Beholding His Glory , shows us how all Scripture points to our Redeemer, Jesus. Most of the course is spent in the Old Testament. This is the most advanced of the Walking with Purpose courses. It is full of practical application—it’s not just about head knowledge—it’s about heart transformation. A 9-week course, Beholding His Glory is the first of a two-part series.

Beholding Your King picks up where Beholding His Glory leaves off, continuing the story of salvation history. This advanced study looks at King David, select psalms, the temple, and many Old Testament prophets to see the ways in which they all point to the coming King of kings, Jesus Christ.

I’m new to WWP, so which course should I take?

Walking with Purpose recommends that all new parish program participants start with our foundational course, Opening Your Heart: The Starting Point.
This course is an enriching and wide-reaching study that meets all women where they are in their journey to know Christ.

Can I buy course materials from Walking with Purpose directly?

Yes – materials can be purchased from Walking with Purpose directly through the WWP online store. If you are registered for a parish program, your program coordinator will let you know whether you should order your study guide directly or whether it will be provided to you at your program.

Women who are interested in independent study using Walking with Purpose materials can order directly from our online store.

Sample lessons from the course study guides and Connect Coffee talks are available to the public and can be found within each individual course page. Click here to view our courses.

What materials will I need to participate in a Walking with Purpose parish program?

After you register for a Walking with Purpose parish-based program, your coordinator will direct you how to order your study guide directly from the WWP online store. The course study guide and a Bible are all that you need.

What is a Connect Coffee?

In addition to home study and small group discussion about the weekly lesson, Walking with Purpose parish-based programs offer a monthly experience called a “Connect Coffee.” A Connect Coffee is a welcome day offering an opportunity to relax and watch an inspirational video that relates to the Bible study material, and is full of practical applications that make a difference in our day-to-day lives. Connect Coffee days are the perfect opportunity to invite a friend to get a taste of a Walking with Purpose parish program. Discussion following the talk requires no previous experience and draws from insights gained that very day.

For some studies, such as Opening Your Heart, there is no lesson discussion on a Connect Coffee day, so there is time to connect with the other women in the program, offering the chance to build satisfying relationships with one another as we grow closer to Christ.

Can I try a parish program session first before I register?

The doors of Walking with Purpose parish-based programs are always open. You may participate in a parish program meeting and sit in with an existing group anytime. You are also welcome to join your local Walking with Purpose parish program when they offer a Connect Coffee during which a video about a spiritual topic will be played for the women and their guests. You are always welcome to come and visit! Find a program here.

I haven’t practiced my faith or attended Mass in quite a while.

No one will be questioning you at parish program meetings. Your privacy will always be respected. Start participating in a parish program today and take it one week at a time.

Once a week is a big commitment if I join a parish program. Do I need to come every week?

Most women have very little “white space” in their calendars. God speaks in the silence of prayer and meditation. View each weekly parish program meeting as a gift to yourself – a gift of time…time to regroup and grow and be with women who enjoy starting each meeting with fellowship and small group study. Consistency is important, however. All of us miss a week here and there due to family and personal commitments. Most women involved in Walking with Purpose parish programs will tell you that their group time is their favorite time of the week.

Do you have to share within the group in a Parish Program? I won’t know the women.

One of the things most women mention first when describing Walking with Purpose parish-based programs are the new friends and relationships they form as they share Scripture. The small group creates an atmosphere of trust, solidarity and inspiration. No one is forced to share, but as your comfort level increases week by week, you may be happy and excited to share your thoughts with other participants in a parish program.

I am worried I will not know enough about the Bible.

Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible Study that meets each woman exactly where she is. Participants in our parish programs do some at-home study with the WWP study guide materials, read Scripture, watch videos at a monthly Connect Coffee day and participate in small group discussions. No one is a Bible scholar and no one is judged or expected to memorize, recite or be tested. It is a journey of faith and fellowship.

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Founder and Chief Purpose Officer

Lisa Brenninkmeyer is the founder and chief purpose officer of Walking with Purpose. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, she entered the Catholic Chu...

Julie Ricciardi

CEO and Board Chair

Julie Ricciardi has a wealth of professional experience from corporate and non-profit enterprises. She spent five years in corporate restructuring at ...

Krystyna Olmstead


Krystyna Olmstead brings professional experience from a fifteen year career as a research scientist. Her background in informatics, engineering, and p...

Maria Dutmer


Maria brings professional experience and an evangelical heart to the WWP board. For 13 years, she held various business development positions at Gartn...


Fr. Dave Sizemore

Fr. David Sizemore has been a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Columbus since 1996. Since 2005, he has been pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, a fast...

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, is a nationally known author and speaker. He also leads pilgrimages to some of the holiest sites in the world. He spends much o...

Fr. John Hopkins, LC

Fr. John Hopkins entered the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1979. In 1991, he was ordained a priest by, now, Saint John Paul I...

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Every Woman. Every Parish. Every Community. Every Gift and Every Giver… Matters!

Balanced, happier women…stronger families…revitalized parishes… transformed communities. This is the important work that you are a part of with your support of Walking with Purpose! We are so grateful for you.


One of our participants has taken the WWP program from her original parish in Maryland all the way into the remote mountains of New Mexico to begin a small group study with impoverished women. Your gifts make it possible for WWP Bible studies to be donated to women who cannot afford to purchase the Scripture study materials. And with your support, our website and online store make it possible for EVERY WOMAN to have access to our materials. As women’s lives are transformed, their families are strengthened.


We have nearly 200 parishes offering our Walking with Purpose program to date, enabling over 10,000 women to draw closer to Christ through Scripture. Your gifts make it possible to launch more programs and support them in ways that ensure quality and effectiveness. Your gift will help provide more parishes with the ability to share God’s Word and revitalize the church through Walking with Purpose.


Over 2000 small group leaders from all over the world now have access to our training modules. Your gift helps us get a copy of Opening Your Heart, our foundational Bible study, into the hands of every woman in the United States, helping us reach our goal of reaching and transforming the lives of Catholic women throughout our nation. Furthermore, women from the Netherlands, Brazil, Norway, Malaysia, Canada, Switzerland, France, and Trinidad are planting the seeds of WWP in their countries with their own small groups. Help us continue to grow our global outreach ministry, restoring the world through God’s Word.

Every GIFT and Every GIVER…Transformed

By the grace of God and your generous gifts we have grown tremendously. Together, our resources can accomplish so much more than we can on our own. When you partner with us, you are equipping women to bring the change that we so desperately need to see in our world. Please join us in continuing to strengthen families, revitalize the church and restore the world…one woman’s heart at a time! Through generous hearts like yours, extended to those who hunger and thirst for Christ, great blessings will be bestowed on all!
With gratitude,
Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Walking with Purpose

P.S. If you are considering a significant gift to Walking with Purpose, we’d love to have a personal conversation. Please email us, and in the meantime take a look at Our Case for Your Support.

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Walking with Purpose is a 501(c)(3).

Your tax deductible donation is greatly appreciated!


If you would prefer to donate by mail, you may send your tax deductible donation to:

Walking with Purpose
PO Box 1552
Millersville, Maryland 21108

Our Patron Saint
St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux was gifted with the ability to take the riches of our Catholic faith, and to explain them in a way that a child could imitate. The wisdom she gleaned from Scripture ignited a love in her heart for her Lord that was personal and transforming. The simplicity of the faith that she laid out in her writings is so completely CATHOLIC, that Pope Pius VII said, “She rediscovered the Gospel itself, the very heart of the Gospel.”

Walking With Purpose is intended to be a means by which women can honestly share their spiritual struggles, and emb...