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Our Story

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we combined our giftedness and created a ministry?” Carol asked her daughter Kristen as they looked out over the peaceful waters of Clear Lake in Fremont, Indiana. Both women immediately loved the idea as Carol had an entire history of directing, public speaking, and teaching, and Kristen had a history of singing and performance. But, seeing as Kristen was only a sophomore in high school, the dream was put on hold as she had to finish her education. And she did so by attending the Interlochen Arts Academy for her Senior year of high school. Then she left the pines of northern Michigan for the Buckeye state by attending The Ohio State University and majoring in Vocal Performance.

Upon graduating, Kristen was cast as the lead in Opera Columbus’ production of “The Merry Widow” and became the Youth Minister for St. Mary’s and St. John’s Catholic Churches in Defiance, Ohio, where Carol was the Director of Religious Education. A year later Kristen took on the role of teaching music at Holy Cross Catholic School. Both women thoroughly enjoyed working together and saw how their personalities and skill sets complimented the other. As they continued to work in tandem, they recalled that day at Clear Lake and wondered again what God might have in store.

After much prayer and discernment, Carol and Kristen resigned from their positions and decided to give their dream a name. They called it Luminous Ministries because they wanted to creatively illuminate the faith and energize the faithful.

Carol and Kristen believe the faith to be vibrant and life changing if truly lived. Therefore, this mother-daughter team, offers retreats, missions, in-services, and musicals, along with spiritual bouquets, prayers cards, and blessing cards, all intended to energize believers and put the faith into action. 

Carol Kurivial

Carol's passion is communicating how and why she is captivated by Catholicism! With a B.A. in Comprehensive Communications and a M.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communications, both from Bowling Green State University, Carol began her career as a speech teacher at Bryan High School in Ohio. She later went on to work as a private communications consultant and presenter. In addition, Carol has been actively involved in Community Advocates for Healthy Families, has participated in church ministry as a catechist, liturgist, lector, retreat leader, and choir member, and is a fine arts enthusiast where for over four decades she has directed a myriad of musicals and plays. Carol was the Director of Religious Education for St. John and St. Mary Catholic Churches in Defiance, Ohio from 2010 - 2015. Wife to Mike and mother to Katie, Kyle and Kristen, Carol resides in Bryan, Ohio.  Desiring to follow the promptings of St. Catherine of Siena who once said, "If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire," Carol hopes to help spark a reawakening of souls. In her own words, "It is absolutely urgent that Catholics become what they should is time for sparks to fly and fires to blaze!"

Kristen (Kurivial) Hug

Kristen loves people, singing and her Catholic faith and has spent much of her life combining these passions to stir souls and inspire hope. Kristen is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She is also a 2009 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Camp. In addition, Kristen attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, Michigan. While operas, musicals, concerts, choirs, recordings, rehearsals, and voice lessons have consumed much of her life, Kristen has always felt a deep passion for her Catholic faith, prompting her to participate in faith sharing, Bible studies, retreats, and service opportunities. Kristen was the Youth Minister for St. John and St. Mary Catholic Churches and an elementary music teacher for Holy Cross Catholic School, all in Defiance, Ohio. In her travels and experiences she has met many who have shared that they used to be Catholic, but then they found God. One motivator for founding Luminous Ministries is Kristen's commitment to helping Catholics see that there is no better way to find God than through the beauty of the Catholic faith and Christ's most incredible gift of the Eucharist. 

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