Catholic Life and Faith

Grateful Disciples is a project of Catholic Life and Faith, a center for evangelization, stewardship and servant leadership development. Our mission at Catholic Life and Faith is to form leaders to engage people as disciples of Jesus Christ. To this end, we provide in-depth and accessible formation and training for clergy, staff and parishioners, establishing a common vision and building skills among leaders toward a more engaging and evangelizing community of faith. We offer live and virtual training, contribute to professional publications, develop resources and partner with diocesan and parish leaders. Click here for additional stewardship resources, samples, and articles.

Leisa Anslinger is the author of Grateful Disciples and is the primary presenter and mentor for this innovative process for stewardship leadership formation. She is the Co-Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a pastoral resource center supporting parish and diocesan evangelization and stewardship leaders. Leisa brings extensive experience in Catholic parishes and schools to her ministry as an author and speaker. She contributes a regular column in Catechetical Leader and the e-newsletter published by the International Catholic Stewardship Council, and is the author of books and numerous e-Resources for catechesis and stewardship. Leisa develops and provides resources, pastoral support and presentations on Stewardship, Strengths Development, Engagement, and Evangelization for dioceses, parishes, and organizations. She is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan gatherings. She is a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community. Find Leisa's many books, articles, and resources here.

Leisa holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Master's degrees from Purdue University and the Athenaeum of Ohio. Leisa served for eleven years as the Director of Guidance at Archbishop McNicholas High School and for twelve years as the Pastoral Associate for Evangelization, Catechesis and Stewardship at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, both in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the author of Turning Hearts to Christ and co-author of Desires of the Heart, Forming Generous Hearts: Stewardship Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation, and Great Expectations: A pastoral guide for partnering with parents, all published by Twenty-Third Publications.  She has contributed to The Living Word and Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons, published by Liturgy Training Publications. Leisa is the co-author, with Stephanie Moore, of the Bridges Leadership Series, published by Catholic Life and Faith.


The Co-Directors of Catholic Life and Faith, Leisa Anslinger and Stephanie Moore, are founding team members of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC), a grassroots nonprofit organization which provides thought leadership, peer-to-peer networking and sharing of best practices toward a more engaging parish in which people have the opportunity to develop and offer their God-given talents as good stewards. Catholic Life and Faith supports CSEC through stewardship of time, talent and treasure.