Author María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda

María Ruiz Scaperlanda is an award-winning author, journalist, and retreat facilitator. Her books include, “The Seeker’s Guide to Mary,” “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mary of Nazareth,” and “The Journey: a Guide for the Modern Pilgrim,” co-authored with her husband of 31 years, Michael. María has been published broadly in the U.S. Catholic Press, traveling on international assignments in Central America and the Caribbean, Israel, Turkey, and throughout Europe. Perhaps her favorite assignment was covering Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to her native country, Cuba. María and Michael reside in Norman, Oklahoma. They have four adult children, and three grandchildren. Visit Maria at her website: and her blog