GAYLORD — Leah Darrow, former contestant on America’s Next Top Model now turned international chastity/modesty speaker from Catholic Answers, will be in Northern Michigan April 26-28. She will be sharing her insights and experience with youth in four locations within the Diocese of Gaylord.
From the hit reality TV Show, America’s Next Top Model to now Catholic Speaker, Leah Darrow is the self-professed ‘Prodigal Daughter. For Leah, her slow fade from her Catholic faith didn’t happen overnight, it developed with bad choices, missed opportunities and choosing a comfortable life versus an extraordinary life All this changed during one special photo shoot in which God allowed her to see her soul in its current state. This extraordinary and supernatural grace gave her the courage to change every aspect of her life. Leah attributes her true conversion and fortitude to the power of the rosary and the Blessed Mother.
Leah graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a BA degree in Psychology. She has since been traveling the country promoting the message of conversion, the rosary and the mercy of God. Leah feels called, especially, to remind and reawaken the virtuous gifts women can contribute to the world, therefore changing the world.
Leah’s first appearance will be for a school-only, all-girls assembly at the Onaway Public School on April 26.
On Friday, April 27, Leah will share her witness talk at 9:30 a.m. St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City. Geared particularly for Catholic youth in grades 8 through 12, the event is also open to seventh-graders who have a letter of permission from their parents, as well as homeschool families. In this powerful presentation, Leah will focus on mercy, forgiveness and the ability to change your life. Using her personal testimony, she will encourage students to realize their call for greatness, rather than comfort. The event will conclude with Mass celebrated by Bishop Bernard Hebda at 11 a.m.
Leah will then travel to Petoskey for the “Meant to be More” Youth Event and Eternal Design Fashion Show which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Petoskey Middle School Auditorium. Hosted by the JP II Youth Ministry of St. Francis Parish in Petoskey, teens in grades 8-12 are invited. Following a Fashion Show and a brief drama, Leah will share insights gained through her own experiences and will inspire teens to move beyond what popular culture calls them to and instead, strive to live an extraordinary life. For more information, contact Liz Gengle at (231) 347-4133 or via email at email@example.com.
Concluding her tour in Northern Michigan, Leah with gather with young women at the Diocese of Gaylord’s Pastoral Center in Gaylord on Saturday, April 28. “Clothed in Virtue” is the theme of this event planned for girls in grades 7-12. Mothers are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Leah will explain how modesty is much more than necklines – it’s about knowing who you really are and who you want to become. Doors will open for sign in at 8 a.m. with Leah’s talk scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Plans also call for participants to attend the Ordination to the Diaconate for Bryan Medlin and Chet Collins at St. Mary Cathedral before returning to the Pastoral Center for lunch and closing prayer. Hosted by the vocations advisory committee and the newly formed Mystical Rose Daughters of Faith, preregistration is requested for this event and may be made by calling Judy Abeel at (989) 732-5147 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The opportunity for Leah Darrow to come to Northern Michigan has clearly been a work of Divine grace,” said Liz Gengle, St. Francis Youth Minister and a member of the Planning Committee for the upcoming events. “Leah’s personal witness and unique approach in sharing with teens the call to live an extraordinary life is compelling and powerful. I anticipate an awakening to a deeper understanding of the dignity of the human person in the hearts and minds of the young people and adults of the Diocese of Gaylord who hear Christ’s truth in her message.”†