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.

Snippet from the Show
Every person has value and dignity because each person is created and loved by God. 


From Danielle

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. 

Learn More About Hearts of Joy


Listener Feedback (28:31)

Listener Hannah has a great idea for starting a library at your parish.

Song of the Week

Abide in Me by Chris August

My new book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, is available to order!


Join our Girlfriends Podcast Facebook group!
To go beyond the podcast, join us at the Girlfriends Community, an encouraging and supportive online community for Catholic women from all walks of life.


You’re Worth It! A Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing this unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.
Or find out more about having me come speak at your parish or conference.


Email Danielle Bean
Rate and Review Girlfriends in iTunes
Leave voice feedback
Girlfriends on Facebook, Danielle Bean on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Voxer

Meet Your Host:
Danielle Bean

A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 28 years, and together they have eight amazing children.

Danielle is host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV, and author of several books, including You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.


Discover More!

Sign up for the latest podcasts, videos, and articles, sent straight to your inbox.