About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. I would love to take St. Paula for a cup of coffee. I know how weird this sounds, but so many aspects of her life parallel my sister Paula’s life. I would just like to meet her out of curiosity.

  2. St. Monica! She was full of patience, endurance, piety, prayerful diligence. She put her faith and family first and saw the conversion in her son, husband, and mother-in-law. Praise God for St. Monica.

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