Executive Director / Advisor
Kari and Stephen Colella, along with three other married couples, founded Annunciation Ministries in March 2015.
Kari serves Annunciation Ministries as the Executive Director. Prior to working at Annunciation Ministries, Kari served the Archdiocese of Boston in Marriage Ministries. While there (2001- 2014) she oversaw the development and publication of the marriage preparation program, Transformed in Love: Building Your Catholic Marriage.
In addition to her primary work with Annunciation Ministries, Kari also served from 2017 – 2019 as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. And, together with Stephen, was invited by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Marriage, and Life to provide consultation regarding high school affective sexual education in light of Amoris Laetitia. That work is now evolved into “Good Love” which is a platform for affective sexual education resources. In addition, in 2010, she was invited by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to speak on marriage preparation at their Young Adult Forum: Learning to Love.
Kari has a B.A in World Religions from Mary Washington University and an M.T.S. in Systematic Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She is also a Spiritual Director and received her formation through the Lanteri Center in Denver, CO. She enjoys serving as a Spiritual Director on silent retreats and accompanying people in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies at St. Thomas University and is working on a Doctorate in Ministry (in Spirituality) at The Catholic University of America.
Stephen serves the Archdiocese of Miami as the Cabinet Secretary of Parish Life. Prior to his current position, Stephen worked for the Archdiocese of Boston for 15 years in ministry and development. Stephen has a B.A. in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Ethical Leadership at St. Thomas University and is an Adjunct Professor in Ethics in the undergraduate program.
Kari and Stephen were married in 1997 and are both members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and reside in South Florida.