About Us

cropped-bobbyjackie_02.jpgWho are you guys?

 

Jackie: Besides being a daughter of God, a total goofball, and a logical romantic, I’m a full-time traveling worship leader, speaker, songwriter from Orange County, CA. In 2006, I got signed with Spirit&Song.com/OCP and released two albums with them titled, “Your Kingdom is Glorious” and “Divine Comedy.” I love traveling (40 states & 5 continents down, a few more to go) and eating yummy food, but I mostly love having a husband who is my best friend and thinks my impending muffin top from the prior two things (traveling & eating) is attractive.

Bobby:  I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and went into the seminary after college because Jesus wouldn’t leave me alone.  Ironically, in pursuing the celibate priesthood I was led to marriage.  So yeah, I’m glad I listened to Jesus.  I now live in California with my very pretty wife.  I work as a campus minister and theology teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school.  I like to write, surf, lift heavy things, and keep my wife well-fed.

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How did you two meet?

 

Bobby:  Once upon a time, in the Pennsylvania Amish countryside, there lay a retreat center named Black Rock. It was there that the Theology of the Body Institute (http://www.tobinstitute.org/) offered several immersion courses for the teachings of Blessed John Paul II’s vision of divine love and human sexuality. It was there, in January of 2011, that I met a beautiful, goofy, fair maiden named Jaclyn. The only minor, teensy problem was that at the time I was in seminary…discerning the Catholic priesthood.

Jackie: In my fair maidenhood, I searched far and wide for my prince charming. Instead, I found a troll named Bobby Angel. Well, he was a troll in the morning hours before the coffee seeped into his blood stream. Then, he became a prince. The first week I met him, I remembered his handsome face and his ugly shoes. He was a goofy, prayerful, ruggedly handsome man. As any good Catholic girl would, I wept for the fact that he was becoming a priest. Okay, not really, but I wasn’t going to be a “chalice chipper.” Ain’t nobody got time for ’dat!

2012-08-049518.37.05 Bobby:  Ok, so I did have ugly shoes.  But she saw through my shoes and troll-like ways. Crushing on each other, we never stated our feelings, respecting the situation and discernment process, but stayed in contact as friends.  In my own spiritual journey, I felt that God used the years of priestly discernment to form my head and heart to be the man He needed me to be. Though I felt like I could be a good priest, I sensed that God was leading me elsewhere, not knowing when or how it would happen…

Jackie: As a speaker and worship leader, I had been speaking to a lot of young girls about praying for their future husbands and never settling for a man who didn’t lead them to heaven. In July 2009, I started a journal for my future husband, consecrating him to Mary, and praying for him monthly. Mother Teresa said to be specific when you pray, so I wrote 3 pages of exactly what I wanted in a future husband, listing things such as “Passionately Catholic,” “loves scripture,” “ruggedly handsome,” “loves Theology of the Body & NFP,” and “likes ‘The Office.”” For some reason, the first six months of 2012, I felt the urge to offer my future husband up at daily Mass. In May of 2012, I had 2 pages left in my journal. Either my future husband was coming soon, or I’d have to start a new journal. So, I decided to do a 54-day rosary novena for my future husband (27 days in petition and 27 days in thanksgiving whether or not I got what I wanted). I thought ending the novena on August 15th would be a great idea, since it was the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thus, the novena began Saturday, June 23rd…

Bobby: We returned to the Black Rock retreat center on June 24th for a course on the philosophy of John Paul II taught by Dr. Peter Kreeft.  Jackie was the first person I saw when I got off the plane, and we were pretty much inseparable for the remainder of the course.  It took all of a day and a half for us to realize that something deep and profound was attracting us to each other.  I had no idea she was praying a rosary novena for her future spouse at the time, but in each moment of prayer with her I somehow just knew that this was the person I was being prepared for all along.  I was still technically a seminarian, but I was given such clarity and peace during this week with Jackie that I knew this was the sign I had asked God for.   After that course, and much discussion with my spiritual director, family, and friends, I formally left seminary on August 1st. On the feast of the Assumption, August 15th, the last day of Jackie’s novena (and after only one “formal” date) I bought the engagement ring.IMG_0328  We later won tickets to Mumford & Sons via a radio contest and I proposed a few months later…

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Any kids?  

Two daughters and a son. They are making us a little bit holier and a little bit crazier each day!

 

  One thought on “About Us

  1. Florence
    June 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Hi Jackie :-) I’ve listened to your podcast with Leah Darrow and heard that you’ve been reading about the life of Zelie Martin, I’m from France and have been praying for you in Alençon shrine when going on pilgrimage there. I believe you’d like to be aware of a new initiative: you can now “join the family of saint Louis and Zelie Martin” by having your family members’ names kept on a book on their bed where little flower is born (+ holy mass celebrated for your intention weekly in the chapel). It’s free to join in English online ->http://louiszeliemartin-alencon.fr/en/the-family-of-louis-and-zelie/, many blessings and thank you for all your inspirational talks!

  2. Meg
    September 29, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Your story is amazing. I have heard you speak at a few conferences and I really enjoy your blog posts. As a young girl entering into adulthood it’s great to hear stories like yours! You are such an inspiration!

  3. October 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Just received your book “Forever”. We have been involved in Marriage Prep for over 30 years. This book is truly amazing. You have a gift for making sound teaching very understandable and practical. We would recommend this book for any couple at any stage of their relationship. God Bless you.
    Peter & Cynthia Lemieux
    Chandler, Az.

  4. Mary
    February 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    My husband and I love your ‘Forever’ devotional! We are so sad that we’re almost finished reading it! Have you and Bobby thought of doing a similar devotional for parenthood? Could be a great sequel:) :)

    Mary

    • February 27, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Hey, that’s a great idea! We’ll have to pray on that… We’re glad that the book has been blessing you guys! Thanks for the feedback!

  5. March 12, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Hello Jackie and Bobby! I really wanted to see you March 6th in Los Alamitos, but, something else came up which I needed to attend to. Please contact me as I need to speak to you. Thank you. Julie

  6. Hipatia Ramirez-Lala
    July 31, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Hello, Jackie and Bobby, I hope all is well and I wanted to ask if your book “Forever” is translated in Spanish yet? I would love to read it with my husband the only issue is that he speaks Spanish and it will be difficult to translate it to him while reading it myself. Also, the Theology of the Body Institute, do they offer courses in Spanish as well? Thank you and God Bless!. Hipatia

    • October 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Hey Hipatia! Sorry, we haven’t been translated into Spanish yet. I think it’ll happen soon, though. As for the Institute, no, they don’t offer classes in Spanish yet. I will inquire and see if that’s in the works, though! Blessings!

  7. Sergio B Acosta
    November 29, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I just started watching you guys on your channel, u guys pretty cool. Hey Bobby your a good witness bro. I liked how you prayed the rosary before you hit the altar in your wedding day. Smart bro. I would like to learn from you. Im from Cali and it’s crazy over here bro we need men to pray the rosary. If you read this check in. Peace brother man

    • November 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Hey Sergio!

      I appreciate the kind words! We men especially need to support one another in our walk with Christ in this world. The rosary is absolutely a powerful weapon for these times. Seek out healthy fellowship with other men so that you’re not alone!

    • December 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Hey Sergio,
      Thank you for the kind words. We need more bold witnesses as men; the rosary is one of the greatest resources of grace that we have at our disposal. I’m in Anaheim if that’s anywhere close to you! Blessings

  8. Father James Dean
    December 21, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I love your Ascension Presents videos and have recommended them to others. Y’all do a great job of passing on good Catholic information and insights in a very enjoyable manner. One point of clarification – You mentioned that the Martin family did not bring their children to Mass regularly until they received their first Holy Communion around the age of 7. St. Therese received her first holy Communion on May 8, 1884, when she was 11 years old (the norm before Pope St. Pius X backed up the age of first Communion to correspond to the age of reason in 1910). I would assume that her siblings also received their first holy Communions around the same age.

    • December 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Great stuff, thank you Fr. James for the info! We’re continually reading and researching on the Martin family so this helps for any follow-up videos we’ll do. Merry Christmas!

  9. Robin Dabank
    December 26, 2018 at 1:32 am

    #credo

  10. Father James Dean
    February 11, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Good presentation (as usual) about “How to Get Kids to Pray”. Your great point about modeling prayer is very important, and is delightfully captured in the song “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uzK3VwzraM).

    Corroborating you point, one parent told me that their children always have their recorders on.

    May God bless you as you keep up the good work for His Kingdom!

  11. Ravi Reddimasu
    February 14, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Jackie and Bobby,

    I am Ravi and I watch your videos. They’re inspiring and God centered on family. I am single, trying to prepare myself for vocation of marriage. I really would like to connect with both of you and humbly request you to provide your email ID. I truly believe you guys can help (seek help) me with my spiritual journey.

  12. February 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Blessings, Ravi! Thanks for the kind words. And you bet, the work of marriage prep starts TODAY, not when you meet your spouse-to-be.
    Reply with your email address and we will reach out, not letting the post go public so your privacy is respected.

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