Welcomes Danielle Bean as Brand Manager


Today’s statement from Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries:

As you know we have been searching for a Brand Manager for our newly acquired ministry, CatholicMom. After an extensive search, we have found and hired a very qualified candidate, Danielle Bean.

Danielle Bean, a mother of eight, is former publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest, the most popular and recognized Catholic magazine in the United States with over one million readers. She is also publisher of Catechist magazine and Today’s Catholic Teacher.

She is creator and host of The Gist, a weekly Catholic women’s television talk show in production of its seventh season on CatholicTV.

Danielle is author of several books for women including Small Steps for Catholic Moms (Ave Maria Press 2013), Momnipotent (Ascension Press 2014), and You’re Worth It! (Beacon 2015). She is also creator and host of the popular Girlfriends podcast and a popular speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, parenting, marriage, and the spirituality of motherhood.

Danielle has a special heart for mothers, particularly those who struggle. She encourages women of all ages and stages of life to find humor in daily challenges and the joy God intends for every one of us. It is in her primary vocation to marriage and motherhood that Danielle finds the inspiration for all of her work.

Danielle’s skill set and experience will be well utilized as we all work with her to grow CatholicMom.

We are fortunate that Danielle is able to join us immediately. She will attend our Christmas Luncheon today and begin work with us next week. Please join me in welcoming Danielle as yet another “Ideal Team Player” on the HCFM Team.


Father Willy

I’m thrilled that Danielle will be joining the team. I’m a longtime follower of her work, from back in the days when her blog was carried in the FranciscanCards newsletters. She’s a wonderful coworker and will bring her experience, energy and encouragement to

Learn more about Danielle at; download her “Girlfriends” podcast and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Let’s fill the comments box with welcome messages for Danielle!

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. Congratulations to all of you! What a beautiful collaboration this will be—we are so excited. Merry Christmas! ❤️

  2. I’m a bit late commenting here, but I just have to say that I’ve been repeatedly thanking God for his goodness. First, for to come “home” to Holy Cross Family Ministries, and now for God to bring us the perfect leader for our family here – God has overcome my heart with his generosity! I’m praying today for Danielle, for all of our readers around the world, and for the work yet to be done in this place. How blessed we are. Venerable Patrick Peyton, pray for us.

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