A Catholic Infertility Community

Springs in the Desert is a community of support born of the shared pain of infertility and the blessing of friendship which grew from it. Kimberly Henkel, PhD and Ann M. Koshute, MTS, met while studying at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Years later they met again and discovered not only their common struggle with infertility, but found that many pastors and family life ministers expressed feeling ill-equipped to deal with an issue as sensitive and nuanced as infertility.  Even friends and family members often didn’t know what to say or how to offer their support. Kimberly and Ann soon discovered that the isolation and sense of not belonging they experienced as a result of infertility were not unique to them. In 2019 they officially founded Springs in the Desert as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to offer spiritual and emotional accompaniment and solidarity to those carrying the cross of infertility. Our Team is here to meet you wherever you are on this path, to walk with you with hope in Christ, and to create a safe place for your story to be heard and understood.


Kimberly Henkel, PhD

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Ann M. Koshute, M.T.S.

Director of Community Outreach

Spiritual Support

Father Paul and Alissa West

Byzantine Spiritual Father

Team Members

Allie & James Kleineck

Communications Director

Stacey & Phil Huneck

Community Engagement Manager

Cassandra Taylor

Social Media & Design Manager

Jillian Kubik

Communications Lead


Katie Wood


Brian & Cayce Farina


Anna McKeever


Kim Colby


Andrea Mahoney


Ian & Cassi Durnan


Megan Pepin


Laura Bohman


Edward Luersman


Sydnee Blackburn


Our Patron Saints

Springs in the Desert places itself under the patronage of Saints Anna and Joachim, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. They experienced the grief of infertility, suffered isolation from their community and, for a time, even separation from each other. Yet God blessed them in a way that was unexpected, brought them closer together and made them sharers in His plan of salvation. We pray that they will walk with us as we move from grief and isolation to knowing that God has chosen us for a particular mission that He is fulfilling in unexpected but life-giving ways.

Saints Anna and Joachim, pray to God for us!