Genevieve Kineke, born in 1960, converted to the faith as a young adult. She was immediately drawn to the question of how women image God, and founded a quarterly journal in 1992 dedicated to that topic.
) fostered an ongoing discussion focused in particular on how to combine theological realities with the mundane details of everyday life. Serving as editor until 2004, she continues to write and speak extensively on the topic of authentic femininity.
For three years she hosted a weekly television and radio show in Rhode Island, called
Women in the Church Today
, she hosted a 13-part series on the same topic for Boston Catholic Television, and she contributed a chapter to
God’s Call to Women: Message of Women and Inspiration
(Servant Books, Ann Arbor, MI). She has been published in many periodicals, including
Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Catholic World Report
LayWitness, Our Sunday Visitor,
Inside the Vatican
, has appeared as a guest on
, and her column, “The Feminine Genius” has been a regular feature in the Fall River
In 2008, she was asked to address the participants of a Vatican congress honouring the 20
anniversary of John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter,
(“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”); and in 2013 she was asked by the Daughters of Saint Paul to provide the commentary for their 25
of the same document.
The Authentic Catholic Woman
(Servant Books, 2006) is founded on a compilation of her presentations, which have been enthusiastically received over the years. Using a solid Catholic foundation and universal appeal, her primary thesis is that the feminine vocation is a call to live as an icon of Holy Mother Church. The warm reception to that message inspired the author to expand on its most challenging chapter, creating the vital yet practical book,
Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness
(Servant Books, 2012).
Genevieve has been married for 30 years and is the mother of five children, which has given her an appreciation of human nature, the challenges of living holiness in the present age, and an understanding of human freedom. Building a home has shown her how to create the vision of “family as domestic church,” while learning to recognize the difference between essence and accident, and how eternal truths can be filtered through various charisms.
Ultimately, Genevieve’s work presents Saint John Paul II’s “catechesis on human love” in a practical and accessible manner to women of all ages, in all vocations. Since women are essential to fostering a culture of life and, like the Blessed Mother, are called to create bridges to fatherhood, the importance of the feminine vocation cannot be overestimated at this critical time.
Much of her written work can be found online at feminine-genius.com, which provides links to her blogs:
[last updated February, 2015]