Our Lovely Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur Featured on "Real to Reel"


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Knowing her humility, I’m positive that my friend Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur will be upset with me when she sees that I have shared the following AWESOME video from the Diocese of Springfield’s Real to Real program.

If you asked me to describe Patrice in one word, I would say “gracious”. If you allowed me a few more, I’d include “gentle, generous, talented, artistic, saintly, kind, educated, well-read, and steadfast”.

I’ve “known” Patrice for years through her own writing and her sharings here on CatholicMom.com. But I’ve only very recently had the chance to meet my friend in person. Sadly, that happened on a day when I was suffering from laryngitis and couldn’t eek out more than a few whispered sentences. That frustrated me because I had so many questions for my friend.

Thankfully, this video created by another of my Massachusetts friends, Peggy Weber, answers some of those questions. When you watch this, you’ll learn about Patrice’s homeschooling, her quilting, and her authorship of the books Letters to Mary from a Young Mother and The Catholic Baby Name Book. But you’ll also see a glimmer into Patrice’s personality — and that’s a treat. Patrice so often uses her platform here on our site to shine a light on the work of others. So it’s terrific to have a peek into my friend’s heart and her home!

Visit Patrice’s CatholicMom.com column archives here and her blog here.

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Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Allison Gingras on

    That was SO well done!! What a touching piece on truly one of the most humble people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. So sweet, I was brought to tears more than once! Kudos, as well, to Peggy Weber. Thanks Lisa for making sure none of us missed this ‘wicked awesome’ video. (Loved my cameo, I guess I know when to get into a picture – I am NOT one of the most humblest people I know!)

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