Speaking and Books

Speaking Engagements and Published Books 

 

Guest Speaker Presentations

 
Christina’s degrees in history and theology, experience in the military, education, and defense industry sectors, and ministry and evangelization efforts with both youth and adults within the Catholic Church have given her a grasp and understanding of a variety of topics that she enjoys sharing with others-everything from Christ and the Sacraments to Prayer and the Saints to writing, Ignatian Spirituality, Cursillo and Evangelization to St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and growing in the Moral Life as found in Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings and Narnia.
 
She enjoys nothing so much as the opportunity to learn and grow while in conversation with others, so if you are looking for someone to speak to a group, lead a day of reflection or facilitate an overnight retreat, give her a call, she might just say yes! 🙂
 
 

Speaking Engagements

  • Diocese of Birmingham RCIA Summit, August 24, 2019

           Topic: “Are We Boldly Catholic?” RCIA, the Sensus Fidelium and the Opportunities Before Us

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Parish Staff Retreat, October 16, 2018

           Topic: From Maintenance to Mission–All Are Called to Evangelize

  • UAB–Totus Tuus Tuesday (T3) Young Adults, September 25, 2018  

            Topic: “What’s Your Story? The Convergence of Harry Potter, Your Life and the Gospel”

  • St  John’s, Madison–Women’s Ministry Dinner, April 18, 2015

           Topic: “Called to Holiness”

Slides below. (Due to size of file, there are 4 parts)
Audio presentation
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Birmingham, Catechists, Jan 7, 2015

          Topic: “Called to Holiness”

Slides below. (Due to file size, there are 3 parts posted for talk, and 1 for handouts)

Called to Holiness OLS Catechist Talk 1-7-15 (1 of 3)

Called to Holiness OLS Catechist Talk 1-7-15 (2 of 3)

Audio presentation
Diocese of Birmingham Directors of Religious Education Retreat, Dec, 2014
Slides below. Each session is posted separately.
 
 
Historical Fiction Books for Children


A Time for Courage book cover

A TIME FOR COURAGE–Book 1 in the History Comes Alive Series
Tom Devaney is miserable at his new school. Teased by his fellow students, Tom is now assigned to be partners on a history project with one of his worst tormentors, JT Kennedy. While doing research at the library, Tom and JT suddenly find themselves outside the State House in colonial Philadelphia just prior to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
As the two boys experience events straight from their history books and meet people like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Tom and JT slowly become friends. But can their friendship stand the test of time?         Order the book from Amazon here

March to Canada book cover

MARCH TO CANADA
Matthew Hollister longs for adventure. When he learns of the American military expedition to conquer Canada, Matthew is determined to join despite his father’s prohibition. After stowing away, Matthew becomes a member of the expedition led by Colonel Benedict Arnold. Along with Aaron Burr, Daniel Morgan and Morgan’s famous riflemen, Matthew quickly discovers that severe weather and many miles of desolate wilderness lay ahead. Out of supplies and faced by one obstacle after another in the wilderness, will Matthew and the expedition survive the march to Canada?      Order the book from Amazon here

“Through the Eyes of Abigail Adams”
Ms. Semmens welcomes the opportunity to make author visits and conduct her “Through the Eyes of Abigail Adams” assembly for students. Through an impersonation of Abigail Adams, Ms. Semmens reviews and comments upon the historic events that occured during the founding years of the United States through the eyes of one of the nation’s greatest first ladies, Abigail Adams. The focus of the assembly is upon the impact one person can make on history by merely living one’s life as best as possible.