A cradle Catholic whose faith journey took her from an apathetic follower to being on fire for Christ, Elise Arellano is a BIPOC single mom that is determined to be - and raise - a saint.
After experiencing the trauma of abuse in her childhood and as an adult, Elise struggled for a long time with loneliness, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. These wounds festered and distorted her image of herself, her world, and her Lord. Attending college at the Baptist-run University of Mary-Hardin Baylor was fraught with challenges in living her Catholic faith, which further exacerbated her mental health struggles. Though she graduated with a degree in graphic design, she experienced an emptiness that worsened the further she fell away from living her faith.
Ultimately, she found healing through therapy and spiritual direction, and in the process rediscovered her self-worth as a daughter of the Most High King. She continues to deepen her relationship with Christ and allows Him to heal her heart through frequent Eucharistic Adoration and praying the Divine Mercy chaplet.
In a world seeking hope and guidance, Elise has a heart for sharing the Church’s teachings on angels and their influence in our lives. She is incredibly close to her Guardian Angel and wants to help others learn about their Angels and how to cultivate a personal relationship with them.
Elise believes in spreading the Gospel with a contagious joy that draws others to the source of the Light. Sometimes, this is through the subtle, hidden works of mercy she performs as a public school teacher; sometimes, it’s through her bold, candid testimony she shares as a Catholic evangelist; and sometimes, it’s through the art she produces as a graphic design artist and business owner of That Catholic Design. A sought-after speaker for retreats, workshops, and youth events, Elise particularly loves to share her heart with audiences of teen & young adult women.