523 E. Southern Ave., Covington, KY 41015

Phone: (859) 291-6197   Fax: (859) 291-4742

For a schedule of upcoming workshops, click here and scroll to bottom of page.


Susan has been married for over 40 years to Jim Vogt. They live in Covington, Kentucky and have four young adult children who wander the world in search of meaning..


Susan is a speaker and award winning author. She is committed to helping you enrich your marriage, inspire your children, deepen your faith, and simplify your life.

For many years, she was the editor of the Journal of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers and content editor for the USCCB website on marriage. Susan has worked in family ministry for the Catholic Church for over 30 years designing and leading marriage, parenting, and leadership programs. A counselor by training, she has taught on the high school and university level. Susan and her husband, Jim, have worked with ecumenical and social justice organizations including Parenting for Peace and Justice. She has written five books.


• MA in counseling Western Michigan University
• Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by National Conference of Family Relations
• Certified Couples Communication leader by Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc.
• Certified Association of Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME) leader couple
• Trained Myers-Briggs presenter


Blessed By Less: Clearing Your Life of Clutter By Living Lightly, Loyola Press
• Parenting Your Adult Child, Franciscan Media
Money in the Kingdom of God,
Word Among Us Press
Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference, Loyola Press
Kids Creating Circles of Peace, co-author, Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ)
Just Family Nights, author and editor, Brethren Press
Helping Teens Care (and Parents Survive), co-author of summary chapter, IPJ
Every Day Catholic - feature writer, St. Anthony Messenger Press
10 Tips for Married Couples: Love for the Long Haul, Catholic Update
Marriage:12 Ways to Strengthen a Bold Promise, Creative Communications for the Parish
Stood Up At The Altar, U.S. Catholic
• Shorter articles can be found on this website


Susan has spoken to groups across the U.S.A. as well as in Japan, Kenya, South Korea, India, the Philippines, and Guam. She leads interactive workshops that leave audiences with practical ideas for a more meaningful and satisfying life.
Trivia note: Susan gave away one thing a day for a year and ate on $4.50/day for six weeks.


• Advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family (2000-2002)
• National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) Board member and
  Secretary (1991-95)
• NACFLM national leadership award (1996) shared with husband, Jim
• Leadership team for the Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLNNA) (2005-2009)
• Representative for Lay Marianists of N. America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland (2009-2018)


Although a committed Catholic, Susan is also committed to helping others find and deepen their own spirituality wherever the Spirit may lead. She is a vowed member of the Marianist Family of Mary, a lay branch of the Marianist religious order. She has helped found two lay Christian communities and is currently a member of Anawim, a Christian community in the Catholic and Marianist tradition. She serves on the International Team of Marianist Laity representing North America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland.


Jim is national director of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative. Previously he was national administrator for the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network. His career has spanned working as an urban planner in Cincinnati to being a house husband. He has an MA in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin and is also certified by Couples Communication and ACME in marriage enrichment. Jim is one of the authors of the Family Pledge of Nonviolence. Jim is also a lifelong Catholic and a vowed lay Marianist.


Our 15 years as Co-Directors of the Family Ministry Office of the Diocese of Covington, KY gave us experience in job sharing. We split one full time job allowing one of us to be home with our children while they were young. This gave us a foot in both worlds. We have founded or led lay Christian communities in Cleveland, Kalamazoo, and Cincinnati. We both currently work out of our home. Piecing together our many professional and volunteer jobs has been fascinating and fulfilling work. In our spare time we love to contradance and visit our children who wander the world.

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“Susan’s candor, enthusiasm and expertise were insightful and affirming for all the families attending our ‘Family Fun Night’. They’re still talking about this excellent parenting program!”
–Butch & Linda Moses, Co-Presidents, Natl. Assn. of Catholic Family Life Ministers, Dallas, TX

"Listening to Susan is well worth your time. She blends family with justice themes. No guilt, just the honest truth based on lots of experience."
–Jim & Kathy McGinnis, Parenting for Peace and Justice, St. Louis, MO

“Susan inspired and encouraged our mother’s group with wit and practical ideas we could use right away. She has a way of gently wrapping parenting with faith. It’s not forced, not artificial, just naturally there.”
–Caroline Weltzer, Burlington, KY

“Vogt writes with delightful blend of wry humor, candor, and sensitive self revelation.”
–Joe Leonard, Family Ministries, National Council of Churches – USA

"Susan addresses all the tough issues parents face in raising kids. Drawing from Christian values she guides parents in nurturing a social conscience in children with clarity, enthusiasm, and humor."
–Mary Jo Pedersen, Family Life Educator, Omaha, NE

Susan Vogt
Author, Speaker, Coach
523 E. Southern Ave. : Covington, KY 41015
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