Testimonial stories: Jeanne D.

“I am a cradle Catholic from a wonderful family of prayer warriors. The Catholic life was role modeled for generations in my upbringing. Even with this wonderful foundation of faith, which included Catholic education, as an adult I drifted away from the Catholic Church… Christian radio changed my life and led me back to my Catholic faith for which I am forever grateful. It is a blessing that we now have The Quest Catholic radio as a powerful provider of God’s message of love, salvation, and mercy.”

Jeanne Dennis
Cathedral of Christ the King

Jeanne’s Story:

Christian Radio Brought me Back to my Catholic Faith

“I am a cradle Catholic from a wonderful family of prayer warriors. The Catholic life was role modeled for generations in my upbringing. Even with this wonderful foundation of faith, which included Catholic education, as an adult I drifted away from the Catholic Church. For almost 20 years, I had a career in jewelry. I worked with a spirit-filled lady who God planted there just for me. Lucy mentored me, loved me, counseled me. When I gave her one of my pound cakes as a gift, she shared that the Lord told her my cakes were a gift from God. Looking back, this was the first seed God planted.

During my time as a diamond setter, I had invested in a jewelry business that failed. This brought me to a low time in my life leading me to prayer. I began to visit a prayer garden with a statue of Mary outside of the St. Patrick’s parish that was close to my house. I was knocking on Mary’s heart as never before. During my daily visits, I noticed people walking in and out of the church, and I wondered what they were doing. One day I went inside and discovered an Adoration Chapel. Mary truly brought me to her Son in Adoration, and I found this very therapeutic.

Because of the nature of diamond setting, the work demanded us to be quiet and focused. Most of us wore headphones which allowed us to listen to the radio. One day, a program came on about the crucifixion of Jesus that changed the course of my life forever. Hearing the speaker describe – in graphic detail – the agony Jesus endured ripped through my heart. I instantly fell in love with Jesus in a way I had never felt in my life. This led me to finally go back to Mass that Christmas where, miraculously, a bulletin ended up in my hand that announced a Life in the Spirit Seminar at the Cathedral of Christ the King. After going through the seminar, I started attending daily Mass and getting involved in the church and ministry. Through guidance of the Holy Spirit, I was prompted to pack up my career in jewelry. I had no plans, just faith and courage.

One day I was looking through my box of holy cards where I found a card about St. Rita. I read the prayer and started to research St. Rita. I couldn’t get enough of learning about her. While in prayer, the Holy Spirit led me to promise to name my business after St. Rita. I had no business, so this left me questioning why I was being guided this way.

I have made pound cakes for years and would give them to coworkers and friends. In 2006, as a response to so many people telling me that I should sell my cakes, I asked a dear friend to create a logo. As soon as I saw the logo, I was nervous, knowing something was going to happen. I filed the logo away, and I never gave it a second thought until early 2009 when I prayed for something more for my life. Then in April, I was laid off from my job, my mother passed away unexpectedly on Mother’s Day, and a dear friend was killed in a car accident – all within 40 days. I stood in shock, but even with all this loss, I knew God was answering my prayers by providing me the opportunity for a better life and a new direction, but it was not easy.

I started St. Rita’s Cakes and began baking cakes and selling them in a friend’s hair salon. There was a new market that opened called Lucy’s Market. I went there one day to show her my cakes, and to this day, I am her longest-standing vendor. It reminded me of the seed my dear friend, Lucy, planted all those years ago. My cakes are a gift from God. They have provided me with a livelihood and a way to serve others.

Never underestimate the power of His message. I would not be where I am today had I not heard that message on the radio. Christian radio changed my life and led me back to my Catholic faith for which I am forever grateful. It is a blessing that we now have The Quest Catholic radio as a powerful provider of God’s message of love, salvation, and mercy. I am so proud to be a supporter of The Quest through St. Rita’s Cakes. It only takes one word, one story, or one invitation to change one’s life! If He can do it for me through the radio, he can do it for you and all who listen! AM 1160 The Quest is girded in prayer, so I know God can use it to bring listeners back to the Catholic faith and lead them deeper into a life with Christ.

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Jeanne Dennis of Saint Rita’s Cakes is a business sponsor of The Quest.