Hearts of Joy (with Lauren Costabile)

Danielle is joined by guest Lauren Costabile. Lauren is the founder of Hearts of Joy International, a non-profit that provides life saving surgery to individuals with Down Syndrome. Lauren shares the story of how she began the organization and the incredible impact it has had on many.

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Every person has value and dignity because each person is created and loved by God. 


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This week’s special guest is Lauren Costabile, founder of Hearts of Joy International, a non-profit that provides life saving heart surgery to individuals with Down Syndrome. Hearts of Joy International walks with families through the surgery process, providing resources, support and education to communities, orphanages, caregivers and parents on the inherent dignity and value of the child. The organization serves in the Philippines, India, Mexico, Uganda and right here in the United States. Laura shares how she got started in this important work, what keeps her going, and what her plans are for the future. 

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Megan Madden

Megan Madden is a homeschooling mother with a passion for writing and speaking on authentic femininity and virtuous womanhood. In 2017, she began graduate studies in marriage and family at the International Theological Institute in Austria. After moving to Kraków, Poland to work with university students, Megan more personally continued her research on the complementarity of man and woman, particularly on the question of what it means to be a woman. She delved into the study of renowned Catholic writers on women such as St. Edith Stein, Gertrude von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Avila.

The results were the development of Megan’s online ministry A Mother’s Lace, as well as speaking opportunities and her book with Ascension: Mary, Teach Me to Be Your Daughter.

Megan lives outside of Oxford, England with her husband, who is a lecturer in theology, and their five children.


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