About Edwina

Public SpeakingBiography

Born in Lancaster, England, Edwina Gateley’s educational experiences have awarded her a Teacher’s Degree from her home country, a Masters in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago and certification as an HIV Counselor in the state of Illinois.

From 1981 to 1982, Edwina lived for nine months in prayer and solitute in a hermitage in Illinois. In 1983, she spent over a year on the streets of Chicago walking with the homeless and women involved in prostitution. Also in 1983, Edwina founded Genisis House – a house of hospitality and nurturing for women involved in prostitution.

Numerous groups and individuals, including the Mayor of Chicago, the late Joseph Bernardin, and Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, have publicly commended Edwina’s work and ministry. Edwina has also been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and 48 Hours.”

Edwina is currently writing, giving talks and leading retreats nationally and internationally. Her programs include weekends and week-long retreats as well as Parish Mission. Topics include her own Faith Journey, Discipleship, Women in Scripture, Justice, Mission, Spirituality, Mysticism, and the Feminine Divine.

Edwina with her son Niall

Edwina with her son Niall

The Call

“The love of Christ overwhelms us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14)

At a time in the History of the Church when passive obedience and reception of the sacraments was generally accepted by the Laity as what being church was all about, VMM emerged as a new and challenging movement calling Christian men and women to respond to Vatican II’s call for ful and active involvement in the Church’s life and mission.

This involvement has a double thrust: To witness to God’s action through Jesus Christ in our world today, And to respond to the material and human needs of the poor and oppressed…

…We who have received the gift of faith, calling us to personal conversion and transformation, are also impelled to share that love. We who have received the love of Christ through the spirit cannot contain it. It must reach out to others, spilling out and touching the world in which we live. We are first called and moved by the very love that lives within us…

– Edwina Gateley, VMM Spirit and Lifestyle