Jean in Tennessee
Jean Heaton is a 54 year-old empty-nester, writer, speaker and advocate for families affected by addictions.
Where are you located?
Gallatin, TN—just outside of Nashville.
Are you a cradle Catholic, convert or revert?
Convert: 15 years ago from Southern Baptist Church—then the Methodist Church
What’s been the biggest game changer in your Catholic faith?
Facing a family member’s addiction which forced me to search for help and hope from within the Church.
Name a saint you identify with and share why.
It’s a toss-up between St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Ignatius of Loyola. With St. Teresa, I saw her living her faith in the worst of situations. I loved that she found Jesus while serving the poor. St. Ignatius taught his fellow Jesuits to ‘look for God in all things.’ Both saints teach me to have a radical relationship with God.
When have you felt most valued as a woman in the Church?
Right now. As I work with fellow Catholics, offering to share the tools that the Church has that are helpful regarding the epidemic problem of addiction, I hope to help those who have been affected by the disease and educate those who have not. I feel that this situation is an example of God making something good out of a bad situation.
What’s your favorite way to pray?
I like to pray and meditate or listen with each and every morning. In the evening, I pray the Examen.
Favorite liturgical holiday?
Lent. It always feels so good to shed the barriers between me and God. It is a period where I focus a good bit of attention to that endeavor.
What do you do for fun?
Anything outdoors, read and traveling.
Three words that describe you — go!
Maternal, Determined, Hard-worker