What is
Walking with Purpose?


Walking with Purpose helps women know Christ

to know His heart – to know His tenderness – to know His mercy – to know His love.

Walking with Purpose endeavors to meet you where you are on your spiritual journey with a bespoke guide to deep, lasting transformation of the heart and a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Practical Biblical teachings consistent with Church doctrine vary in length and depth to meet your needs
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church is an additional resource
  • All Bible study materials have received the imprimatur from William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
  • Choice of at-home study, parish-based weekly program or independently run weekly small group meeting
  • Parish‑based programs are offered during the daytime or in the evenings, and childcare is provided
  • All women are welcome, irrespective of faith background, age, or marital status

We believe that change happens in the hearts of women – and, by extension, in their families and beyond – through Bible study. Opening Your Heart is the natural first step for all participants, regardless of previous experience with Bible study.

Origin Story

A convert to Catholicism, Lisa Brenninkmeyer noticed a lack of fresh, relevant Catholic Bible Studies to attract and meet the needs of young mothers. She created Walking with Purpose to help fill this need and as news of the positive impact of the program was shared, women from Catholic and Protestant churches joined the program to gain further insight into shared Christian ideals as well as a new understanding of different Christian traditions.

Today, Walking with Purpose is active in over 250 parishes in the United States, Europe, and Canada and has helped thousands of women deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • 97% of participants 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

Walking with Purpose is a fully independent nonprofit organization with 501 c (3) status and a Board of Directors

Walking with Purpose has built a stronger community in our church.

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Participant at Church of the Good Shepherd in Cumming, GA


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Lisa Brenninkmeye

Lisa Brenninkmeyer
Founder & Chief Purpose Officer

Raised as an evangelical Protestant, Lisa entered the Catholic Church in 1991. She has developed curricula and led Bible studies in Europe, Mexico and the United States for women and children. Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College. She lives with her husband Leo and their seven children in St. Augustine, Florida.

Julie Ricciardi

Julie Ricciardi
CEO & Board Chair

Julie spent five years at Chase Manhattan Bank before joining UPS in international marketing and eventually joining WWP as CEO. She has served in executive and strategic roles at Neighbor to Neighbor, a food and clothing pantry. Julie earned a B.A. in economics and theology from Boston College. She lives with her husband David and their two children in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Maria Dutmer

Maria Dutmer

For 13 years, Maria held various business development positions at Gartner, an information technology research firm. Maria established and led the first Denver WWP program and is active in her local school and parish communities. Maria graduated from the Boston College School of Management with a major in finance. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Rick and two children.

Fr. Dave Sizemore

Fr. Dave Sizemore

Fr. David Sizemore has been a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Columbus, OH since 1996. The pastor at St. Francis de Sales parish in Newark since 2017, he was previously pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Sunbury for eleven years. Fr. Dave as also an associate chaplain at Ohio Dominican University, and the Catholic Chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University. He currently serves on a variety of diocesan boards, ministries, and programs, and holds four college degrees in philosophy, systematic theology, spiritual theology, and business administration.

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, is a nationally known author and speaker whose books include Spiritual Freedom: God’s Life Changing Gift, Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus, Encounter Jesus: From Discovery to Discipleship, and his most recent release, Breath of God – Living a life led by the Holy Spirit. Fr. Dave is a member of the Sacred Heart Province of Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular and is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan Community.

Fr. John Hopkins, LC

Fr. John Hopkins, LC

Fr. John Hopkins LC was ordained a priest in 1991 by Saint John Paul II. He was a significant influence in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development. After completing a sabbatical of study in Rome and receiving his licentiate degree in Moral Theology in 2004, he returned to the DC area and was appointed President of Our Lady of Bethesda.

Our Patron Saint St. Therese of Lisieux

Patron Saint
St. Therese
of Lisieux

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