Maria grew up in Zambia, England and New Zealand. She has a great love for the saints especially St John Paul II, St Clare of Assisi, St Gianna, St Joseph and of course our Blessed Mother. The life changing love of Christ through His Church continues to transform her heart and her mission is to share with anyone who will listen, how it is Christ who each of us seeks - for He alone is the Happiness we all long for.
In 2018 Maria completed a Masters in Theology (Marriage and Family) from St John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, Australia. Maria practices as an Optometrist in Auckland and has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for over fifteen years. In her free time Maria enjoys drinking hot chocolates, eating sushi and watching the All Blacks play. Her favourite movies are Karol, Bella and October Baby.
Maria says that there is a quote by Saint Teresa of Calcutta that describes her well:
“I am a little pencil in God's hands. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything and sometimes it is really hard because it is a broken pencil and He has to sharpen it a little more.”
Maria’s recent courses and speaking engagements:
March 2023 Human Love in the Divine Plan - Beginners Course; TOB Weekend Course, Mission Bay, New Zealand
February 2023 Authentic Femininity; Catholic Youth Adult Community, Auckland City
February 2023 The Spiritual Life and Prayer, MasterClass, Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry, Auckland City
February/March 2023 Human Love in the Divine Plan - Beginners Course; 8 part DVD study, Pt Chevalier, Auckland.
February/March 2023 Dr Edward Sri's Men and Woman and the Mystery of Love 7 week Book Study , Hillsborough, Auckland
February 2023 Fatherly Leadership Series, Permanent Deacon Candidates in Formation, Auckland Diocese, Ponsonby, Auckland
January 2023 Made for More Event, Organising Team, Glendowie, Auckland.
January 2023 Authentic Femininity; Lecturer, Heart Aflame Catholic Summer School, Marton
December 2022 Prayer; Women's Retreat for Auckland Vocations, Hillsborough, Auckland
December 2022 Fulfilled: The Promise of the Christian Life Series - TOB In House Guided Weekend Retreat, Hillsborough, Auckland
November 2022 The Art of Prayer; Sint Jorislaan, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
October 2022 Theology of the Body NZ Symposium; Organiser, Keynote and Workshop presenter, Hillsborough, Auckland
August 2022 Human Love in the Divine Plan - Beginners Course; TOB Weekend Course, Hamilton, New Zealand
August 2022 24 Hour Prayer Retreat; Directed 24 hour retreat with three talks on Prayer, Hillsborough, Auckland.
May/June 2022 Human Love in the Divine Plan - Beginners Course; 8 part DVD study, Hillsborough, Auckland.
March/ April 2022 “Mary Healy: Men and Women are from Eden” Book Study – 6 week Book Study, Hillsborough, Auckland
March 2022 “Gathering of the Next Generation” - Conference Talk “Gift and Communion” + “True Womanhood and True Manhood” panel, Te Atatu, Auckland
Feb 2022 Fulfilled: The Promise of the Christian Life Series - 12 part DVD study, TOB Weekend Course, Mission Bay, Auckland
August 2021 You: Love, Life and the Theology of the Body - Teen TOB course, Holy Family Parish, Auckland, New Zealand
July 2021 Human Love in the Divine Plan + A Joy Filled Marriage for Young Adults – a 10 part DVD course; Wellington, New Zealand.
If you have any questions or would like to organise a course at your parish please contact Maria.