What people are saying about Joyce’s presentation:
“Joyce Coronel came to St. Joseph’s Parish to speak to approximately 65 people. Looking at their faces and seeing the tears touched my heart. Everyone was captivated. Her message with the Chaldean Church and her experience made me appreciate my parish in a deeper way. There is never a concern that I will be killed going to Mass in Phoenix, Arizona. Perhaps we take our freedom for granted. During this Year of Faith I highly recommend more parishes to open their doors to this message.”
“Joyce brings a message of compassion, courage and honor. Hearing the stories of our Chaldean brothers and sisters is at once heartrending and invigorating. When I pause to reflect on the stories she shared, I am compelled to increase the urgency in my prayer.”
Wayne Rich, President, Serra Club of Phoenix
Joyce Coronel’s concern for the Chaldean Catholics is so evident. She has written about their plight in her column in the Catholic Sun Phoenix diocesan newspaper as well as having organized two concerts to raise funds to help support the relocation of persecuted Iraqi refugees who have come to the U.S. We have been privileged to hear her speak at St. Timothy’s Women’s Fellowship in Mesa, AZ. I am looking forward to reading her book
Anne Wilson, St . Timothy’s Women’s Fellowship
I have interviewed Joyce Coronel several times over the last five years. The last, on the occasion of the release of her first novel, A Martyr’s Crown, inspired by the heartbreaking sacrifices of those present day Chaldean Catholics in the Middle East, who have willingly offered their lives for their faith. She is articulate, thorough, and incisive as she answers questions. But she brings more than her gift of communication. She shares her passion for these people. She aches with them and for them. Through her written, and now her spoken words, Joyce paints indelible pictures of a faith community whose very existence is threatened. Listen to her, and you will never again take your faith for granted.
Michael Dixon- Host of The Bishop’s Hour- Diocese of Phoenix (KABC, KCBS, KMOX, WCCO)