Who We Are

Opening 2023!

Defending Life with Love!

Meet Our Team

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Board Chair

Mike Faricy

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Board Vice Chair

Dick Eitel

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Ex-Officio Board Member

Bishop James Golka

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Ex-Officio Board Member/Advisor

Julie Bailey

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Board Member

Mary Simmons

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Executive Director Couple

Tony & Lisa Schmitz

Our Mission

The mission of Mater Filius Colorado Springs is to defend life with love by helping pregnant women, offering a path forward through support, resources and spiritual guidance to nurture the lives of mothers and their children.

Our Vision

Our vision is to support women as they develop into the role of a mother. Through our workshops and mentoring program, we offer a path forward. The growth experienced at Mater Filius allows for a new and healthy lifestyle. 

Our Values

At Mater Filius, we help you discover the value you have as a human being; you know the greatness that is within you and you have the ability to love and be loved.

Mater Filius means Mother and Child. 

While Mater Filius Colorado Springs is building a beautiful, dignified home for pregnant moms in the Springs, we are not inventing a new program of services entirely from the ground up. We are the 23rd affiliate of Mater Filius, an international group of homes for pregnant women founded in 2003, and the 6th in the United States.

Our closest Mater Filius affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 2013 and serves as the lead affiliate for the United States.

Affiliating with such a robust group with a proven track record ensures a successful endeavor here in the Springs, and happy outcomes for both moms and their children.

Testimonials from our affiliate home in Nebraska

From moms
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“Growing up in a broken home wasn’t easy. I wasn’t taught how to love or care for another person. My trust for people has always been low.  I was so lost when I came to Mater Filius. I had hit rock bottom. It takes love, kindness and the grace of God to be able to take in a total stranger and love them like your own child.

 Mater Filius didn’t only teach me how to be a mother and an independent person. They not only taught me to love myself, but also to see myself as a child of God. There are so many benefits to Mater Filius, and I don’t know what I would do without them.”

 – Sophia and Benjamin  (Mater Filius Nebraska)

My name is Jayd and I’m here to share my story as a Mater Filius graduate. On my first day we were given our own bedroom with our own beds, closets and a crib. Later on I would learn how to cook for the first time, and I was coached at how to be a better mom by the housemothers. Mater Filius has a program where they line up a mom mentor for each new mom and they call her a doula. The doula supports us through our pregnancies and I still talk to my doula and will forever have a special relationship with her.

The path I followed at Mater Filius helped to nourish and support my effort to become a great Catholic mom. When I saw all these wonderful Catholic volunteers serve us every day, I decided I wanted to share in that faith as well. Through the help of a weekly Spiritual Workshop at Mater Filius, and some individual teaching with Fr. Mario Rapose, my children and I entered the Catholic Church. Mater Filius provided a scholarship so I could become a certified Nurse Assistant. They helped my family transition into independent housing complete with a new, used van to help me get my family around.

I could not have received any better love and encouragement than the team of Mater Filius of Nebraska gave my family. I have the chance to move forward. And I credit that to every volunteer at Mater Filius. 

— Jayd (Mater Filius Nebraska)

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From volunteers
Karen Ryan Volunteer Testimony
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About a year ago, I had a strong sense that the Lord was calling me to serve. A dear friend mentioned that she was a Mentor at the Mater Filius house and that they were looking for volunteers, I said yes. The Mater Filius House has been a blessing. I have met many courageous women who in difficult situations have said yes to Life. This volunteer opportunity has taught me a lot about the sufferings of others. Many of these women just need to know that they are loved, and supported and I am proud to be a part of an organization that truly is the Face of Christ in the lives of these women.

— Karen (Mater Filius Nebraska)