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Abbey Dupuy is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to toddler twins and a preschooler. She writes about parenting, practicing gratitude and celebrating the liturgical year with her young family at Surviving Our Blessings. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys running and going places that offer free refills on coffee or Diet Coke. She has also recently starting making rosaries.31 Articles


Allison DeWolf is a 21-year-old college student at Franciscan University, studying Catechetics and graphic design. When she’s not doing homework for class, she enjoys leading the school Liturgy Committee, being a member of a faith household, listening to a capella, cooking, and jotting down quotes. She blogs about life as a college student, thoughts on life, and meditations on living Christianity at www.fainthueofgrace.weebly.com.6 Articles


Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com; and host of A Seeking Heart on Real Life Radio weekdays 10 am ET and Catholic 24/7 on Radio Cor Mariae Wed. 7 pm. Allison created the "Words with" daily devotional App Series : Words with Jesus and Words with Mary. Allison offers retreats and presentations on several themes including: Seeking Faith Series, Mary and Technology & Evangelization.126 Articles


Amy Bonaccorso is a life coach and award-winning author of How to Get to ‘I Do’ – A Dating Guide for Catholic Women. The book won a Catholic Press Association award in 2011 in the first-time author category and was instrumental in bringing more honesty and candor to Catholic dating discussions. She overcame many dating disappointments before she found her husband! Now, she shares her lessons learned with singles so they can take charge of their lives and expertly navigate the 21st century dating scene. If you are interested in learning more about her work or one-on-one coaching, visit www.amybonaccorso.com.16 Articles


Ann Frailey has a degree in Education. She was married to John Frailey who passed away in 2013 due to cancer complications. She presently home educates her eight children. Ann has been published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. Her books include: The Road Goes Ever On – A Christian Journey through the Lord of the Rings, The Deliverance Trilogy, and Georgios I. Visit Ann at her blog: Visit Ann at her blog: http://www.akfrailey.com/blog/7 Articles


Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from middle 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 diabetic-friendly recipes at Cook and Count.91 Articles


I am a Catholic wife of 28 years and mother to four children, ages 11 to 23, living in central Ohio. I am a homeschooler of 10 years, with just one little sixth-grader left at home. I enjoy spending my days praying, cooking, sewing, quilting, making rosaries, and reading. I love our Church and living the liturgical year, especially celebrating the lives of great saints, and cooking for their feast days and holy days. I also blog about life: prayingforgrace.blogspot.com and cooking: blessusolord.blogspot.com.18 Articles


Bernard Toutounji is an Australian Catholic writer, speaker and commentator with a background in theology. He writes a syndicated column - www.foolishwisdom.com - examining afresh issues in news, culture and faith. One of Bernard’s favorite quotes comes from Edith Stein who said "All those who seek truth seek God, whether this is clear to them or not" - Bernard’s passion is leading people to discover this truth for themselves. Bernard married Jane in 2012 they had their first child, Clare Marie in March 2014.24 Articles


Brian is cradle Catholic, husband and father. He is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Brian and his wife are consecrated members of the Militia Immaculata. The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) is a worldwide evangelization movement founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917 that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for individuals and society. For more information on the MI and total consecration please go to www.consecration.com.52 Articles


Brittany writes for CM from an Eastern Catholic perspective. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and started practicing Byzantine Catholicism when she met her Ruthenian Byzantine husband four years ago. Together they are attempting to raise a toddler, finish school, work, and enjoy life. Brittany edits her husband’s papers for his graduate degree in Eastern theology, and so she feels confident in pretending that she knows this stuff.15 Articles


Carol Sbordon Bannon is a full-time writer with a degree in elementary education from Worcester State University. She is a substitute teacher and has been a catechist for over thirty years. In addition to A Handshake From Heaven, she is also the coauthor of Our Family's Christmas Elf. She is happily married and currently resides in Concord Township, Ohio. Visit Carol at www.handshakefromheaven.com.40 Articles


Cassandra Poppe is a Catholic Mom to 6 children, dedicating her life to homeschooling, homesteading and sharing her faith with others while she pursues her masters credentials in herbal medicine. As a Catholic columnist and author, her writings have appeared in several Catholic publications. She and her husband give talks on parenthood, marriage, prayer, and their powerful conversion to the Roman Catholic faith. Follow her heartfelt and at times heart wrenching journey of faith on her blogsite http://letuskneel.blogspot.com.42 Articles


Catherine Boucher went into "early retirement" from teaching high school Spanish to become a stay-at-home mom. She has three children on earth (Jane, Walter, and Harold) and a saint in heaven (Thérèse). When she isn't taking care of her children, she's probably spending time with her husband, blogging, reading, cooking/baking, or catching up with friends. Catherine's personal blog is The Life I Need.49 Articles


"Catholic Moments" is hosted by Lisa Hendey on Radio Maria USA. To share feedback for our program, call 866-333-6279 (MARY) during show hours, send a message through the Radio Maria website (click “send a message” in the upper right hand corner) or leave a comment here on the blog. Your feedback will help in planning future episodes.77 Articles


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. We are the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of Caritas International and the National Catholic Development Conference. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Pinterest.24 Articles


Cay Gibson is the author of Literature Alive! and Catholic Mosaic and the newly released A Picture Perfect Childhood, as well as several articles published in parenting, educational, and spiritual magazines. She is the literature editor for Heart and Mind Magazine. She works as a freelance writer, a children’s literature consultant and reviewer, and a homeschooling mother of five. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and collecting children illustrated books. She lives with her husband, Mark, and their children in Southwest Louisiana . Visit her blog (Cajun Cottage) at http://cajuncottage.blogspot.com/ 38 Articles


Celeste Behe is a Bronx-born Italian Catholic who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and eight of her nine homeschooled children. She is an active Toastmaster who loves to entertain and encourage audiences with hilarious personal tales of failure and success. Celeste writes for Catholic Digest and the National Catholic Register, and blogs about faith, family, and Swiss chard at http://thecatholicvegetarian.com.49 Articles


Celeste Zepponi is a painter and singer/song writer. She shares her paintings of angels and songs of worship as a speaker at women’s retreats. Her talks encourage others to explore their unique gifts and talents as a means of developing a deeper personal relationship with Jesus. She has recorded two albums and is currently working on a new children’s album. Celeste has presented her art and music on Catholic TV’s EWTN and Catholic Radio and is a guest writer for Mississippi Catholic. Visit Celeste at CelesteZepponi.com.2 Articles


Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband and five children. Charisse and her husband, Rob, are experienced Natural Family Planning and Theology of the Body for Teens teachers. Charisse holds bachelor and master degrees in music performance and is the Assistant Editor at Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner, catholicap.com. She also blogs at http://pavingthepathtopurity.wordpress.com/. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pavingthepathtopurity.18 Articles


Chaunie Brusie is a writer, speaker, and labor and delivery nurse. She began serving as an advocate for young women facing unplanned pregnancy after becoming a mother during her senior year of college. Chaunie has worked in the pro-life movement for many years and has presented her story across the country. She blogs about her journey as a young mom of three at www.tinybluelines.com and her first book, Tiny Blue Lines, will be released through Ave Maria Press in May 2014. Find Chaunie on Facebook and Twitter.7 Articles


Chloe Batara is a freshman at her local community college in Seattle, Washington. She is a cradle Catholic, but after going on a pilgrimage for World Youth Day: Madrid in 2011, she decided to take her faith seriously. Since then, she has been volunteering at her parish's youth group, giving her testimony during Confirmation retreats and actively seeks to evangelize through her Catholic Instagram and Pinterest page. She enjoys photography, volunteering, praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, bad puns and Nutella.2 Articles


Chris & Elaine are married with six children. Partners in business, family and life, they work, play and hardly get away together. Excited to be new grandparents they have hit rewind on their parenting skills and are ready to go through it all again. Together they run ecommerce sites including CatholicFamilyGifts.com write on catholic family and faith at BringingTheFaithHome.com.4 Articles


Christopher Weitzel is a podcaster, writer, and media and tech enthusiast. He lives with his beautiful wife Tanya Weitzel and their son Linus. Chris can also be found at http://www.lifeonfire.org, http://www.steampunkchesterton.com, and blogs on his own occasionally at http://view.lifeonfire.org. Chris also has a long-standing childhood obsession with Ghostbusters.18 Articles


Christina King is a national Catholic speaker with a highly dynamic and interactive style which enables her to capture the attention of the audience and inspire them to embrace the beauty of the Catholic faith and God's plan for their lives. Whether she is speaking on Parenting, Pro-life, Chastity, Motherhood or Apologetics, her deep love and knowledge of Christ and Church Teachings are apparent. From being raised through all forms of abuse to her own teen pregnancy, this daughter of the King realized that God had a plan for her life and that she was made in the image and likeness of God. Christina is a busy wife and mother who has written for multiple publications and appeared broadly on television and radio.To book Christina to speak at your next event you can email her at [email protected] or call her at 920-277-8559 or visit www.EmbracingYourGreatness.org.45 Articles


Christina Weber teaches Christian Women Entrepreneurs how to confidently do God's will by unpacking messages and patterns that block them from earning more money in less time while embracing their many roles in life. Jumpstart your biz and life success with her complimentary special report, “12 Things You Can Do Today To Earn More in Less Time,” by clicking here.80 Articles


Christine Capolino loves her life as a homeschooling Mom! Chris resides in NY with her husband and their lively, lovable boys, who continuously color their lives. Her essays are included in Bezalel Books’ Stories for a Homeschool Heart and Joseph Karl’s God Moments 2 as well as “Mater et Magistra” magazine. Please stop in and visit her for a bit at her blog, Campfires and Cleats .Chris is thrilled to be a part of the Catholic Mom family!38 Articles


Christine Johnson has been married to Nathan since 1993 and has two daughters whom she homeschools. They live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, where she tries to fit in as a transplanted Yank. She blogs at Domestic Vocation (http://domesticvocation.wordpress.com) and is more active on Twitter than she probably ought to be (@CatholicMomVA). She's a proud member of Team Coffee, and hopes to write a book someday.74 Articles


Christine Watkins, inspirational speaker and author, was saved from death and atheism, through a miracle of divine grace. Read her story and the miraculous, true conversions of a nightclub dancer, a homeless addict, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, a lonely youth, and a drug abuser, in her compelling new book, Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary’s Intercession. Mrs. Watkins lives in Alameda, California with her husband and two sons. See www.christinewatkins.com, and visit her blog www.medjugorjemiracles.com.39 Articles


Colleen Mitchell is a Catholic wife and mom to five sons here on earth, one little saint she held for a brief three months, and four she has yet to meet. After the death of their sixth son, Bryce, she had her husband founded St. Bryce Missions, seeking a way to use their experience of grief, loss and the tender mercy of God in the midst of it to bring glory to God and serve His Church. She currently serves a foreign missionary to the Cabecar peoples in the rural Chirripo mountains of Costa Rica and hopes soon to be bringing Christ's love to the Church in Tanzania, Africa as well. She is passionate about loving the poor, living the call of the Gospel radically, living with the Eucharist as the source and summit of all her endeavors and becoming a saint. Not wanting to be a lonely saint, she hopes her written words will encourage others to join her on the journey. Colleen blogs Blessed Are The Feet11 Articles


Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can contact Colleen through her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read her blogs at Thoughts on Grace and Finding God in the Everyday.47 Articles


Courtney Vallejo is a Catholic wife and mother who lives in California. She and her husband are raising their two adopted children. She holds a Master's degree in Film Production and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She also writes for her own blog, acatholicwife.blogspot.com.29 Articles


Craig converted to the Catholic Faith in 1998. He enjoys spending time with his family, blogging, building websites and producing music.


Cynthia Ann Costello, married 28 years to her husband Tom, is a Catholic mom blessed with three adult and two teenaged children. She has been homeschooling for 17 years and is a graduate of the Theology of the Body Institute, in Downingtown, PA. She shares the message of TOB in two dioceses in NJ with adults, engaged couples, and teens. These programs include God's Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage and Theology of the Body for Teens by Ascension Press, and other talks she has designed, including her certification practicum entitled Mary and the Theology of the Body. She enjoys writing for the Gospel Reflection Team at catholicmom.com and on her blog at http://clothedwiththesunblog.wordpress.com/.30 Articles


Daniel Smrokowski is a December 2012 graduate from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He is the Founder and Executive Director of SpecialChronicles.com, and the podcaster and blogger for the Special Chronicles and the RUInspired podcasts. He is a young journalist who was the recipient of the 2012 Matthew Freeman Award for Social Justice for his continuing efforts via media and reporting to give people with disabilities a voice. Through his work as a Podcaster, Blogger, Journalist, Public Speaker, Multimedia specialist, radio show host, and Award Winning Special Olympian, he enjoys spreading the message to respect others, like himself, who were diagnosed with the "disability" label.17 Articles


Danielle Bean, a mother of eight, is publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest. She also hosts a Catholic women’s talk show, The Gist, in production of its fourth season, on CatholicTV. An author of several books, her most recent project is Momnipotent, a book and a parish study that help women find peace, balance, and joy in their roles as mothers.30 Articles


Deacon Tom Fox was ordained in the Archdiocese of Denver. He currently lives and serves in a mountain community in north central Arizona. Tom and his wife Dee are the hosts of the CATHOLIC VITAMINS Podcast found at www.catholicvitamins.com and on iTunes. Deacon Tom has been a member of the Catholic Mom columnists team for eight years, and was a regular contributor to the Catholic Moments Podcast for more than three years. Tom has received requests for copies of his Sunday homilies and his shorter Communion Service reflections, and many of his earlier reflections are found on the www.deacontomonline.com website. Tom is an experiential preacher who uses life and stories to share a Gospel message of today for Catholics and other Christians. In addition, Deacon Tom has regular columns appearing on www.catholicfamilypodcast.com and periodic recorded reflections on the Paul's Men Podcast.81 Articles


Deanna Bartalini is a wife of almost 30 years and mother of two adults. She work as a Director of Faith Formation in sunny south Florida. Walking with people on their faith journeys is the most satisfying part of what she does. She spends her free time reading, writing, cooking, sewing, crafting and whatever else catches her eye. Deanna's personal goal in life is to always be "notlukewarm" (Rev 3:16) . Find Deanna at her blog, Notlukewarm, at New Evangelizers, on Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.96 Articles


Diane Schwind is the wife of Robert and the mother of four grown children and two grandchildren on the way. They live in a small town in north Texas. Robert and Diane have a marriage and family apostolate, Balanced Families Ministries. Through this ministry they speak at seminars and conferences and offer one and two night marriage retreats sharing the teaching of the Catholic faith on marriage and family with an emphasis on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Diane can be reached at http://www.balancedfamiliesministries.com/ as well as their Facebook page for the apostolate, Balanced Families Ministries.46 Articles


Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is a Catholic wife, mother of five, on earth and three in heaven, creator and Host of EWTN’s television show: “Everyday Blessings For Catholic Moms” (now available on DVD) and EWTN's television series "Catholic Mom's Cafe" (premiering fall 2014). Donna-Marie was blessed with a ten year friendship with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, was invited by the Holy See to participate at an international congress for women held at the Vatican, received a special blessing from St. John Paul II on her work on Mother Teresa, has been a Catechist for over 25 years, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. She writes for many publications including L'Osservatore Romano, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Catholic World Report and more. Her books are: Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home, Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena For Mothers To Be (which bears a Foreword from Blessed Mother Teresa), Catholic Saints Prayer Book, Grace Café: Serving Up Recipes For Faithful Mothering, The Domestic Church: Room By Room, Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship, A Catholic Woman’s Book of Prayers, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa, Embracing Motherhood, Angels for Kids, My Confirmation Book, Bringing Home Lent with Saint Therese of Lisieux, Catholic Mom's Café: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II, The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions, and her memoir coming out in Spring 2015. All are available through her website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com.41 Articles


Dora Stone is Catholic mom, blogger, and personal chef. She is graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who has worked in the foodservice industry for several years. She decided to leave the hectic life of professional restaurants to devote time to raising a family. She now spends her time cooking, writing, and teaching. On her recipe blog, Dora's Table, she writes about everyday life and our connection with food, but you can also find her at Where Grace Flows, a blog about two families living out their Catholic faith.26 Articles


Dr. Manuel Santos is a psychiatrist who has been helping Catholic and non-Catholic couples over rough spots in their relationships for almost fifteen years. Dr. Santos also serves as a resource for the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York in determining whether there are mental health grounds justifying an annulment. Dr. Santos and his wife Karee began teaching pre-Cana marriage preparation classes together in 2003. Karee currently blogs at Can We Cana? and also contributes to Catholic Match Institute, Aleteia, and other sites around the Web. The couple are co-authors of a Catholic marriage help book to be published by Ave Maria Press in 2016.2 Articles


Dr. Mary Amore holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Liturgical Studies from Catholic Theological Union. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar, Dr. Amore is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation, and two DVD’s from Pauline Books and Media. A radio host, monthly columnist, and mission speaker, Dr. Amore is the full time Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries in Downers Grove, Il.18 Articles


Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog and you can also find her writing at www.CatholicLane.com, and Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She is the wife of a research scientist and mom of 3 great young people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.77 Articles


Elena LaVictoire has been married to her high school sweet heart for over 30 years. They have six children (from 25 to 9) who were all homeschooled. She blogs regularly about her issues and events that affect her family at mydomesticchurch.com.23 Articles


Elizabeth Desiderato, a public school teacher, is an avid reader and enjoys crafting. She serves as a Catechist and resides in the Diocese of Dallas with her husband Mark and son Agustin.4 Articles


Ellen and her husband, James, have been certified NFP teachers for the Couple to Couple League since 1984. She’s also an award-winning, bestselling author of five books, an editor, a publisher and a self-publishing book coach. Her newest novel, A Subtle Grace, recently hit #1 in Christian Historical Romance. Ellen lives in Pakenham, Ontario with her husband and sons. Contact her at: fullquiverpublishing(at)gmail.com47 Articles


The co-creator of the family funny online comic strip GRACIELAND, Ellen Toole is a professional educator, facilitator and writer with a passion for Scripture. Ellen has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Boston College, and is committed to making faith relevant in everyday life via innovative, inspiring and fresh and fun ideas.14 Articles


Erika Marie is a simple Catholic wife and mama of four. Her days are full of nursing, cooking, cleaning, reading, exploring, pondering, writing, laughing, crying, guiding, and loving. Enjoy more reflections by Erika at her personal simplemama blog.55 Articles


Erin is a stay-at-home mom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has written her blog, Humble Handmaid, since 2009, and she also co-hosts a Catholic women's radio show, "Faith and Good Counsel". She writes about her adventures and spiritual reflections as a young Catholic woman, wife and mother. Erin is oft-frazzled momma to three children under five years old. She always appreciates encouraging comments, gift cards to coffee shops, and free babysitting.39 Articles


Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. She has written for Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, and Outer Darkness Magazine. Her sci-fi novel Jane_E, Friendless Orphan: A Memoir and her Theology of the Body suspense thriller Don’t You Forget About Me are both available on Amazon. Find out more about Erin at erinmccolecupp.com.22 Articles


Flávia Ghelardi is the mom of four, a former lawyer and now an embarking on adventures in writing. Flávia recently published her first ebook FORTALECENDO SUA FAMÍLIA and is a constant contributor for the Brazilian Catholic magazine TABOR EM PAGINAS. A member of Schoenstatt´s Apostolic Movement, Flávia loves to speak and give lectures about motherhood and the important role of women, as desired by God, for our society. She blogs at www.fortalecendosuafamilia.blogspot.com.12 Articles


Father Bertrand Buby, S.M. obtained his licentiate in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and his doctorate in Marian Theology from the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton and is professor emeritus for the Religious Studies Department of the University of Dayton. He has taught Scripture and Marian theology and presently teaches Scripture at the Inernational Marian Institute (I.M.R.I). He is the author of the trilogy MARY OF GALILEE, and also of Mary Faithful Disciple, With a Listening Heart (Pslam commentary), a commentary on the Book of Revelation. Fr. Buby was past president of the Mariological Society of America and has written articles for the marian journal called Marian Studies. He is a member of the Pontifical International Marian Academy (P.A.M.I.) and lives with ten other Marianists near the University of Dayton. Vist marypage.org. for more information.1080 Articles


Gina Felter, enjoys sharing her zeal for technology and has served at both the national level and local level in support of social media endeavors. Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems enabling her to dig herself out when she finds herself in too deep. Gina embraces the mundane and rallies in the adventure that is life. She welcomes your tech related inquiries at [email protected]7 Articles


Ginny Kubitz Moyer is a freelance writer, public school teacher, and mother of two young boys. She's also the author of Random MOMents of Grace:Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood and Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God (winner of a 2009 Catholic Press Award). Check out her blog Random Acts of Momness (http://randomactsofmomness.com) for thoughts on faith, parenting, writing, and the occasional ode to Jane Austen.30 Articles


Laura Grace, has taught first grade religious education for over 15 years and writes our lesson plans from St. Nicholas Chapel at the Pax River Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. Visit Laura at her blog at The Catholic Toolbox. Elyse is a homeschool mom of 6 kids. She currently lives in Maine with her husband, Rusty, who is retired from the Air Force. Her time is split between teaching her kids, learning how to run a farm, and keeping the woodstove stoked! Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and loves to color and work puzzles!156 Articles


Jesus said that we each must come into the Kingdom of God as a little child (Mark 10:15). Grace Urbanski learns how to do that more each day through her work helping children build habits of prayer. Grace wants to make sure children of God know how precious they are to God, and how powerful their prayer can be for the good of others, as well as themselves. Grace and her husband David have learned a lot about the power of childhood from their own five children. Since the oldest Urbanski child was only seven years old when the fifth was born, Grace spent many years surrounded by the little ones Jesus embraced. Grace spent her young adulthood convinced she would enter religious life. God had other plans! Grace has degrees in English and Theology and spent several years teaching English at Marquette University. She is a professional musician, an energetic speaker, and a long- devoted member of the Apostleship of Prayer.16 Articles


Jimmy Gownley is the New York Times best selling author of the Amelia Rules! series. He has 13 Eisner Nominations (the comic industry's “Oscar”) including nods for best kid's comic, and best single issue. He has won three Junior Library Guild awards and was the winner of the 2006 Cybil Award for best graphic novel. A professional educator, facilitator and writer, Ellen Toole is committed to making faith relevant in everyday life she is the creator of agiftofgrace.net, a site featuring weekly Scripture-based podcasts, hosts parish-wide Bible study programs and student-centered religious education. Ellen has a degree in Elementary Education from Boston College, and is enrolled in an M.A. Program in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Scripture through the Augustine Institute.47 Articles


Gretchen Filz is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish where she volunteers with the Faith Formation, Evangelization, and Respect Life ministries. She is also the Prayer Partners director for North Carolina Right to Life and on the leadership team with her local 40 Days for Life campaign in Charlotte, NC. She has special interests in theology, Thomistic philosophy, and politics. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and currently works as a copywriter for The Catholic Company.33 Articles


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Heidi Bratton is a Catholic wife, mother, author and photographer whose favorite superheroine is Elastigirl from Pixar’s movie, The Incredibles. This comes, in part, from having six children stretched over 18 years, three now grown and out of the house and the other three still growing and very much nestled in. Part comedy, part tragedy, part insanity, and part incredibly mundane, Heidi writes about her life as a spouse, a parent, a home educator, a friend, and more in order to encourage other woman in the adventure of living a life set apart for Jesus. Heidi has written over 17 Christian books for children and their parents, the newest of which are "Homegrown Faith; Nurturing Your Catholic Family" and the "Celebrate" series of four board books. Heidi currently calls Michigan home, but has also enjoyed living in MA, CA, NH, MN, WI, and IL. Connect with Heidi through her website www.heidibratton.com or at her email [email protected]9 Articles


Holly Rutchik is a Catholic mother and writer living in WI where she and her husband, Joseph parent 3 daughters. Holly has contributed to several anthologies including the Cup of Comfort series and has written for diocesan newspapers and several magazines including Family Foundations magazine. She holds her masters degree in religious studies and blogs about Catholic motherhood, faith and culture at fallingupwardholly.blogspot.com.17 Articles


Jake Frost is the author of Catholic Dad, (Mostly) Funny Stories of Faith, Family and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire , also available as a $0.99 e-book on Amazon. He is a lawyer in hiatus, having temporarily traded depositions for diapers and court rooms for kitchens to care for his pre-school aged children. He comes from a large family in a small town of the Midwest, and lives near the Mississippi River with his wife and kids.16 Articles


Janet is a wife and mother of three whose greatest joys in life are daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, and spending time with family and friends. She holds a MA in Theology and is an active retreat leader, teacher, writer and perpetual Eucharistic adoration coordinator. She is passionate about sharing the love of Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit – knowing firsthand that their Love heals and transforms lives! She writes at http://enteringintothemystery.blogspot.com.5 Articles


Jared Dees is an author, teacher, catechist, husband, and father of three lovely ladies. He oversees digital publishing and marketing at Ave Maria Press, but he is probably best known as the creator of the popular website, The Religion Teacher, which shares practical resources and teaching strategies for religious educators.20 Articles


Jay Cuasay is a freelance writer on Religion, interfaith relations and culture. A post-Vatican II Catholic father with a Jewish spouse, he is deeply influenced by Christian mysticism and Zen Buddhism. He regularly posts on Catholicism for examiner.com and moderates and contributes to several groups on LinkedIn. His LTEs on film and Jewish Catholic relations have been published in America and Commonweal. He currently ministers to English and Spanish families at a Franciscan parish. He can be reached at [email protected] or at TribePlatypus.com.35 Articles


Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker, and grief recovery coach. She is the co-author of Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers. Jeannie was featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and Tony Agnesi’s radio show Finding God’s Grace. She offers her insight from a counselor’s perspective into a variety of topics, including grief, spirituality, and parenting children with special needs. Jeannie resides in northern Indiana with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs. For more information on her professional services, please visit her websites lovealonecreates.com or fromgrief2grace.com.33 Articles


Jeff Young is the founder and producer of The Catholic Foodie blog and podcast where he provides "Catholic culinary inspiration to help you grow in faith around the table." Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeff has lived in New Orleans for most of his adult life and is a friend of many of the city's famous chefs. Jeff co-hosts Around the Table on Catholic Community Radio 690AM (New Orleans) and 1380AM (Baton Rouge). As The Catholic Foodie, Jeff leads unique “Food Meets Faith” pilgrimages to the Holy Land and other holy destinations. Jeff is also a conference speaker and has spoken on topics ranging from "growing in faith around the table" to "using social media in the New Evangelization." Jeff's first book, Around the Table with The Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine, published by Liguori Publications will be available November 1, 2014.7 Articles


Jen is a Catholic wife and mother to three little ones whose nose can usually be found buried in a book, learning once all the work is done. Or sometimes, even when it’s not! You can always find Jen blogging about the big 5 — God & Catholicism, taking care of yourself, serving your spouse and children and managing the home. She can be found blogging at Happy Little Homemaker and on most of the social media sites including Google+.44 Articles


Jennifer Fitz is the author of Classroom Management for Catechists from Liguori Publications. She writes about the Catholic faith at her Patheos blog, Sticking the Corners.46 Articles


Jennifer Gladen is a children’s author who lives and writes in Pennsylvania. She is the author of A Star in the Night, Teresa’s Shadow, and Angel Donor through Guardian Angel Publishing. She contributes as a columnist at Catholic Mom and is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild (C.W.G.) and the S.C.B.W.I. She has written several children’s stories, poems and articles, and started her own Catholic e-zine titled My Light Magazine.15 Articles


John Konecsni writes under the alias Declan Finn, and has published a novel, It Was Only On Stun!, a murder comedy set at a science fiction convention He also maintains a blog dedicated to his more important novel, A Pius Man. A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller is an anti-Dan Brown novel, centered about clearing the name of Pope Pius XII. The sequel, A Pius Legacy: A Political Thriller focuses on the Catholic church in the modern world. A Pius Stand: A Global Thriller has recently come out, finishing the trilogy. John lives in New York, where he has grown up Catholic, right wing, and a complete and total nerd. After getting degrees in history and philosophy, he has dedicated himself to bringing Truth, Justice, and the Roman Catholic way to anyone he meets.... or at the very least, correct their misapprehensions. It's a full time job, and the pay needs work, though there are some nice benefits attached.51 Articles


Joshua LeBlanc is the owner of Bayouland Computer Solutions and serves as a technology consultant and Web Server Administrator for CatholicMom.com.


Judith, MA, OCDS, is a freelance writer, catechist and artist. She writes four regular columns including "Learning by Heart" for Catechist magazine. She is the founder of Unwind Studio: Where Art Relieves Stress, offering fun classes and a blog. See information about this on Facebook. She shows her artwork under the name Lady in the Sky: Mom boxes, God Rocks, booklets and more. Judith can be contacted at [email protected]47 Articles


Judy Landrieu Klein, the mother of five children and grandmother of six, is an author, theologian, inspirational speaker, widow--and now newlywed! Her most recent book, "Miracle Man," an Amazon Kindle bestseller in Catholicism, chronicles her late husband Bernie's near death experience and miraculous deathbed conversion. She is a contributing writer for the Catholic Writers Guild and a member of their Blog Editorial Board. Though a Catholic theologian by training, the education Judy counts as most precious is that which life, with all of its tragedies and triumphs, has taught her. She shares her insights about the spiritual life at her blog, Holy Hope, which can be found on her website at MemorareMinistries.com.10 Articles


Julie is a spiritual director, speaker and freelance writer. She has worked at parishes and at the Archdioceses of San Francisco and Indianapolis, and presently leads retreats at Fatima Retreat Center in Indianapolis. She enjoys doing monologue performances of the saints, including the Woman at the Well, St. Paul, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Ignatius. Julie has a Masters degree in Religion in Society from the Graduate Theological Union in Berekely and is trained to give the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. She lives in Carmel, Indiana with her family and is a regular contributor to CatholicMom.com.62 Articles


Kara Klein was born on Christmas Eve, 1985, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She began singing and writing music at the age of 9, and released her first original album, A Touch of Your Grace, at the age of 18. Since then Kara has traveled throughout the United States and internationally, sharing her testimony and her music with people from all different ages, backgrounds and cultures. From the time her music ministry first began, Kara has appeared on four different international television programs, and has sung beside other widely acclaimed artists such as Aaron Neville and Matt Maher, and in venues such as Carnegie Hall and World Youth Day. In the last five years Kara has won 6 Unity Awards by the United Catholic Music and Video Association, including “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2008. Kara currently lives in Nashville, TN and is passionate about continuing to spread the message of authentic joy of life in Christ to people of all ages. For more information about her music, public speaking or ministry, please visit her website: www.karaklein.com.3 Articles


Karee Santos is a happily married mother of six. She and her husband, Manuel P. Santos, M.D., began teaching marriage preparation and enrichment classes in New York City in 2003. Their Catholic marriage advice book will be published by Ave Maria Press in 2016. Karee has authored numerous articles on marriage and family for the National Catholic Register, Faith & Family magazine, Catholic Match Institute, Aleteia, and others. She blogs in English at Can We Cana? and in Spanish at Comencemos en Caná.27 Articles


Kate Daneluk is a wife, mother of six, and co-founder of Making Music Praying Twice. With a background in music, theology and education, she contributes articles and resources to various publications.40 Articles


Kathleen M. Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children. Connect with her at KathleenBerchelmannMD.com. Dr. Berchelmann is a frequent contributor to health and parenting TV news segments including Fox New’s “Happening Now,” with Jenna Lee and Jon Scott, and St. Louis stations KTVI (Fox) and KSDK (NBC). On the radio, Kathleen has a weekly segment on EWTN’s Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick. Her written work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME magazine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Berchelmann attended divinity school at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Together with her husband Greg, she created CatholicPediatrics.org, which features a searchable directory of Catholic pediatricians. She is also a regular contributor to Aleteia as well as CatholicMom.com. Follow Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann on Facebook: ChildrensMomDocs, Twitter: @MomDocKathleen and connect with her on Google+ and LinkedIn.45 Articles


Katie O’Keefe, mother of two grown children and Oma to one grandson, is a great fan of nifty new tools and dusty old books. After working for 25 years as a musician, Katie decided to pursue a call to use her writing skills, too. Katie’s two blogs, The Backs of People’s Heads and Baby Faces and The Beautiful Music Challenge are written from her continuing experiences as a musician and mom.31 Articles


Kaye Park Hinckley writes Southern Fiction from a Catholic Perspective. Her debut novel, A Hunger in the Heart, about sin and salvation in a family, was published in April, 2013, by Tuscany Press. Her collection of short stories, Birds of a Feather was published in July 2014 by Wiseblood Books. Her short stories have appeared in Dappled Things, the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction anthology, and elsewhere. She and her husband live in Dothan, Alabama and have five children and ten grandchildren. Her website is www.kayeparkhinckley.com and her blog site is www.aworldontheedge.com. Kaye's short collection, Birds of a Feather, will be published by Wiseblood Books by July 2014.58 Articles


At the age of 20, Kelly entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN, receiving the name Sr. Anne Joachim. For five years, she lived and studied religious life. She also completed her secular education while a sister, earning a BA degree in History with a minor in Spanish and a secondary education certification from Belmont University. Sr. Anne Joachim taught eighth grade at St. Rose Academy in Birmingham, AL and fifth grade at St. Henry's School in Nashville. Upon the completion of her temporary vows, she decided to come back home to Maryland, where she met, fell in love with, and, three years later, married the man of her dreams. Kelly and her husband Paul are the proud parents of ten children, one of whom is already in heaven. Along with mothering and homeschooling until high school their nine children, Kelly has been the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima in Baltimore and is currently the youth minister at her home parish, St. Bartholomew Church, Manchester, MD.40 Articles


Kelly had a "food transformation" when she discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2004 after a long-time love affair with convenience foods. She began passionately researching how to eat and live better, and on January 1st, 2008 the 'politically incorrect' Kelly the Kitchen Kop blog was born. She now enjoys helping others with the knowledge she has gained from her own family's transition to Real Food. The source of greatest nourishment in her life is not food, but faith, and you can check out her Christianity 101 blog here for answers to basic questions about Christianity. In addition to blogging, she also teaches an online class called, 'Real Food for Rookies' and has written two e-books: the Real Food Ingredient Guide and the Real Food Party Planning Guide. Kelly lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband of 26 years and is a Weston Price local co-chapter leader. As if life wasn’t crazy enough, she also now homeschools three of their children, and their fourth is in college. :)251 Articles


Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Blessed John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis have called us into - to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization. She is the Program Manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, co-creator of and speaker for the Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization, editor of Catholicism 101 -a program by Jeff Cavins on the basics of Catholicism- and a contributing writer for CatholicMom.com, NewEvangelizers.com, and The Integrated Catholic Life, an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work. Kelly has a blog on her website www.KellyWahlquist.com that focuses on that which Pope Francis has called us to—Living the Joy of the Gospel. She, her husband Andy, and their three children live in Minnesota.23 Articles


Kimberly Cook holds a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health. She is a wife, mother, freelance writer and Blogger. You can follow Kimberly at http://thelionofdesign.com/ where she blogs on Faith, Art, and Motherhood.26 Articles


Kimberly Cook holds a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health. She is a wife, mother, freelance writer and Blogger. You can follow Kimberly at http://thelionofdesign.com/ where she blogs on Faith, Art, and Motherhood.20 Articles


Kirk Whitney is a retired Home Economics teacher and school administrator. He now works as a part time consultant and full time grandparent. He writes about Catholic life and faith at Mission Image. He writes about food and cooking at La Surly Table.49 Articles


Lance Rosen is a husband, writer, speaker, and currently a university student in Alberta, Canada pursuing a B.Ed/B.Mgt. He is the co-founder of PiousPosers.com - Canadian Catholic Speakers, Bloggers, Youth Ministers, and Collaborators who are striving to keep it real and lead people to Christ by connecting faith with everyday life, and encouraging them to accept their humanity. Motto: "Just because you aren't slipping into prayerful ecstasy or sporting stigmata, doesn't mean God doesn't love you... you too can be a saint!"


Laura Grace was a special education teacher years ago, but now she is a stay at home mom. Currently she has been teaching CCD for 16 years at Pax River Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. Since 2006 Laura has been a contributor at catholicmom.com and is part of the Gospel Team which keeps her quite busy. In 2008 Laura started her own blog “The Catholic Toolbox” (http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com/) where she posts activities, crafts, games, worksheets, puzzles, lesson plans, classroom tips, etc. for all ages. You can also find Laura sharing information about special needs children at her other blog “Moms of Special Needs Children” (http://momsofspecialneedschildren1.blogspot.com/).57 Articles


Laura Kelly Fanucci, MDiv, is a Catholic wife and mother of three who writes about faith and family life at Mothering Spirit. She is a Research Associate with the Collegeville Institute Seminars at Saint John’s University. Laura is the author of Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and the Called to Life and Called to Work series for small groups on discovering God's call in daily life.19 Articles


Laura B. Nelson is a Catholic wife and mother of three children. She is also a Catholic blogger, author, speaker, teacher and life-long student of the Catholic faith. After receiving her degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, Laura let her curiosity and enthusiasm take her down many paths including working in the world of finance, full-time motherhood, ministry leader, catechist, music teacher, speaker and author. Laura likes to be busy but she most enjoys spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Grapevine, TX. Visit her blogs at Green for God and Suburban Sainthood.31 Articles


Leticia Velasquez is a wife and mother to three girls. Christina, her youngest, has Down syndrome. She is the co-founder of KIDS Keep Infants with Down Syndrome. Leticia blogs about daily life with Christina at Cause of Our Joy, and Causa Nostrae Laetitae. is her Culture of Life blog. She reviews books and films at Catholic Media Review. Her articles have been published in Canticle, Faith and Family, and Celebrate Life  magazines, and the National Catholic Register . You can find her work online at Catholic.net, Catholic Exchange, and Catholic Online. The Velasquez family lives in rural Connecticut.51 Articles


Linda Bennett lives in Altus, Oklahoma with her husband Richard, her two cats, Marnie and Buddy and her adopted Australian Shepherd, Gracee. The Bennett family includes daughter, Misty, and grandson, Nicholas. Linda is a high school Spanish teacher with 20 years on the mission field. She enjoys crocheting baby afghans, reading Scriptures, singing praises to Him who makes ALL things possible, making inspirational cards for family and friends and writing to and about her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.4 Articles


Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaHendey and "like" her on Facebook @LisaMHendey.1694 Articles


Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a former school counselor and transplanted Jersey girl who is delighted to (finally) be a stay-at-home mom to her teenage daughter. Lisa writes both fiction and non-fiction and is the author of two books drawn from her work with her students: Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce. A community blogger for WITF (Six Children and No Theories) and a contributing blogger at The Susquehanna Writers, Lisa's personal blog is The Porch Swing Chronicles. She completely (and unconvincingly) disputes the theory that teaching and blogging are simply ways to avoid revising her novels. Lisa is also the author of one novel, Casting the First Stone.29 Articles


Lisa blogs at Of Sound Mind and Spirit with her sister, Shelly.  Several years ago, Lisa gave up the life of a family attorney to stay at home to raise their daughter, with the loving support from her husband.  She and Brian now have a busy household of three young children. When she’s not blogging with Shelly, Lisa can be found sewing, exercising, reading, driving carpool and volunteering at her children’s schools.  During the hot summers in Houston, she can be seen outside by the pool eating popsicles with her family.  At Of Sound Mind and Spirit, Lisa writes about her Catholic faith, family life, conservative politics, pro-life issues and books she loves to read.63 Articles


Lisa Schmidt writes at ThePracticingCatholic.com with her husband Joel. A proud Iowan, the Schmidts reside in Des Moines where Lisa is a full-time at-home mom. She also supports her husband in his deacon ministries for the Diocese of Des Moines. At The Practicing Catholic, Lisa enjoys writing about the things that bring her great joy: the Catholic faith, her family, fine arts, and good food.44 Articles


Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 15. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 17 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 5 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 1st year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.253 Articles


Lorrie Lane Dyer is a religious education and parish coordinator at her local Catholic Church. She is also a facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation with the University of Dayton. She is studying Theology at St. Mary of the Woods College with the intention of earning a PhD in Theology. She has written poetry and short stories for over thirty years. Her faith provides her with inspiration for many of her poetry collections, columns and short stories. Lorrie was the creator, editor and writer for The Catholic World, St. Francis of Assisi, has been published in numerous anthologies.66 Articles


Marc Cardaronella lives in Kansas with his beautiful wife and two awesome, young boys. A former Navy pilot, he gave up the fast life for a more rewarding career teaching people about Jesus Christ. By day, he's director of adult faith formation for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO. By night, he writes about why people believe in Jesus Christ (and why they don't) on his personal blog. Follow him on Twitter - @MCardaronella and Facebook.22 Articles


Marcellino D'Ambrosio earned his Ph.D. in theology from the Catholic University of America under the guidance the renowned Jesuit theologian, Avery Cardinal Dulles. His series on the Early Church Fathers is broadcast weekly on the Eternal Word Television Network. His book The Guide to the Passion, on Mel Gibson's film, hit #6 on the New York Times best-sellers list with over a million copies sold. Dr. D'Ambrosio is a world renowned commentator on Catholic issues appearing on Fox News “Geraldo Rivera At Large” and the O'Reilly Factor to discuss the legacy of John Paul II. After nine years at Loyola College and the University of Dallas, Dr. D'Ambrosio left academia to direct www.CrossroadsInitiative.com, one of the world's leading Catholic websites, and to oversee Wellness Business Ventures, a company promoting physical, mental, and financial freedom. He, his wife Susan, and their five children reside near Dallas, TX.142 Articles


Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB has a master’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University and is the author of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent and A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, in its second printing. Her third book, A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac, will be released March 2015 through Ave Maria Press. She is an Advanced Master Gardener with thirty-five years of experience as a greenhouse grower, garden consultant, and workshop leader. She is a columnist, freelance writer, a monthly contributor at CatholicMom.com and blogs about gardening and spirituality at Patheos.com.37 Articles


Marge Fenelon is a longtime contributor to a variety of Catholic and secular publications and author of Waiting with Mary; Advent Reflections for Those Who Hate to Wait, and Ecce Mater Tua - Behold, Your Mother; Marian Stations of the Cross (both self-published), When's God Gonna Show Up? and When's God Gonna Call Me Back? (both published by Liguori Publications). Her latest book, published by Our Sunday Visitor, is Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home (2011), the Foreword of which was written by Timothy Cardinal Dolan. She’s a regular guest on Sacred Heart Radio's "Son Rise Morning Show" and has appeared on many others, including "Conversation with the Cardinal" with Cardinal Dolan, Relevant Radio's "Morning Air," and Spirit Catholic Radio's "Inside the Pages." She's an enthusiastic speaker and small group leader, and has invigorated audiences in a variety of venues.50 Articles


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: www.mymaria.net and her blog http://daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com/9 Articles


María Morera Johnson escribe sobre las cosas que ama: su esposo, sus tres hijos, el perro, su fe, el tiempo, ciencia ficción, durmiendo ...en fin un poco de todo. Católica toda la vida, tambien escribe sobre la lucha de vivir en el mundo como verdadero discípulo de Jesucristo. Maria Morera Johnson writes about all the things that she loves. A cradle Catholic, she struggles with living in the world but not being of it, and blogs about those successes and failures, too.32 Articles


Marianna is a wife and mom from the Chicago area who also homeschools, teaches, and writes. This award-winning journalist contributes "Missionary Moments" to the Catholic Vitamins podcast, and blogs at Finer Fields , Dalit Journal , Catholic News Agency, Sacred Heartbeat in Kakinada, and New Evangelizers.11 Articles


Marissa Nichols blogs about all topics Domestic Church related at thetheologyoflaundry.blogspot.com. In addition to contributing to Catholicmom.com, her posts are occasionally featured at NewAdvent.org and the pulp.it at the National Catholic Register. She lives with her family in Santa Clara, California where she does the laundry.50 Articles


Mark Hart serves as Executive Vice President for Life Teen International. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry, Mark is a best-selling and award-winning author of over a dozen books, a Catholic radio host, producer and one of the most sought-after speakers serving in the Catholic Church, today. Mark’s humor and his passion for Scripture – as experienced in his DVD Bible Study Series, “T3” and “Encounter” - are helping hundreds of thousands of young Catholics, begin to read and study the Bible in engaging and relevant ways. Additionally, his weekly audio podcast (Sunday, Sunday, Sunday) and HD video spots (Beyond Words) are helping youth groups, families and classrooms in over two dozen countries enter more deeply into the Sunday Mass readings. Mark and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters (Hope, Trinity and Faith) and one son, Josiah. They live in Phoenix, Arizona. Blogs and links to audio and video podcasts can be found on www.lifeteen.com and www.catholicyouthministry.com. Visit Mark online at www.BibleGeek.com.109 Articles


Marlon currently serves as the Director of Catechist Formation and Children’s Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. He is an adjunct professor of Catechetics for Holy Trinity Seminary serving the Diocese of Dallas and Fort Worth and an adjunct professor of Catechetics for The Catholic Distance University. His published works include Screwtape Teaches the Faith. Learn more about Marlon's work at his blog Knowing Is Doing.13 Articles


Mary-Kate Warner is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove. You can often find her writing about Christian Motherhood, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, and Faith and inspiring children to love God. She is also the creator of the popular "Mom Challenge" series.16 Articles


Mary Lou Rosien is a Catholic, wife, mother to seven plus a foster son, RCIA Coordinator and writer/speaker. She is a former columnist for OSV.com and a current contributor to AmazingCatechists.com. In between making Friday cookies and laundry, she has written two books: Managing Stress with the Help of Your Catholic Faith (OSV), Catholic Family Boot Camp (Bezalel Books).9 Articles


Mary Wallace, PhD, is a devout Catholic wife, mother of 4 daughters, and college administrator. Mary’s doctorate is in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, with a research interest in faith at work. Her dissertation contains insight from women working in the public sector, who use faith to inform their leadership. This research led Mary to start the blog, The Working Catholic Mom (www.theworkingcatholicmom.com). Mary is co-host of a Catholic radio show: Faith and Good Counsel, on Baton Rouge Catholic Community Radio. The radio show is focused on women living full lives of faith. She is also a contributing writer at the Integrated Catholic Life. Mary is available for speaking engagements at your diocese, parish, or civic group, and speaks on a variety of topics. For a full list of topics, see Mary’s speaking page at www.theworkingcatholicmom.com. Follow Mary on facebook at www.facebook.com/TheWorkingCatholicMom.27 Articles


Mommy to 3 high energy children, who demand my constant attention, and direction. Co-creator and spokeswoman for MyFertilityMD a natural family planning app, which hosts www.myfertilitycycle.com, and manager for SupportiveCare Medical Group, which cares for those with life threatening illnesses. I have worked in Medicine (Ultrasound), Pro Life ministry, and Natural Family Planning minitry since my early 30's. And when I am not working, I am taking the family for a nature walks, working out, on an adventure, or at the movies. I live in Southern California, and absolutely feel so blessed to enjoy the beauty of this area everyday.23 Articles


Marybeth Hicks is a weekly columnist for the The Washington Timesand the founder and editor of OntheCulture.com, a blog for American women about the things that matter most.118 Articles


Maureen O'Shea, has been married to her husband Ed Bento since 1994, they have two great kids, Katie and Edward, who continue to be a joy and inspiration. She presently works as an Administrative Secretary. Maureen is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and is very devoted to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing and Words with Friends.33 Articles


Maureen Wittmann is a 20-year veteran of Catholic homeschooling. She is the author of For the Love of Literature as well as coauthor/coeditor of A Catholic Homeschool Treasury and The Catholic Homeschool Companion. She is currently working on a new compilation, Why Should I Learn This, scheduled for release in January 2014 as a free eBook. Mrs. Wittmann is also co-founder and co-director of the Catholic online curriculum provider Homeschool Connections.5 Articles


Meg Matenaer is a wife and mom of four little people. She loves her faith, family, and friends—and coffee—and writes about the faith at heaven’s in your corner. Like heaven’s in your corner on Facebook to receive news, updates, and Catholic inspiration for your day!151 Articles


Megan Swaim lives in South Bend, IN, with her husband, Josh, and new baby, Lucy. Together they are navigating the beautiful (and crazy) adventure of marriage, parenting, and ministering to the young Church. Megan is a high school youth minister and was one of the administrators of the My Year of Faith blog and mobile app from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. You can read more from Megan at www.myyearoffaith.com.23 Articles


Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.85 Articles


Michele is the author of twelve books for women and has published over 1600 articles, reviews, and curriculum to more than 100 different publications. Her articles and reviews have been published in Good Housekeeping, First For Women, Single Parent Family, Christian Single, and many other publications. Michele’s single parenting titles include, Going It Alone and Still Going It Alone. After having undergone five shoulder surgeries, Michele saw the need for a women’s inspirational health-related book co-authored with her orthopedic surgeon titled, Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength (and Soul), released in 2010 and from which Prescription for Life, their health, medical and surgical informational book is based. Faith, Friends, and Other Floatation Devices will be published in 2013 by ACTA Publications as well as a women's health/inspirational devotional by Lighthouse of the Carolinas. Read more of Michele's work at http://michelehowe.wordpress.com/ and contact Michele at: [email protected]39 Articles


Michelle Dawn Jones lives with her family on a small homestead in rural Ontario. When not raising four bug catching, tree climbing, happily Catholic kids, she writes. She blogs at http://countyroad21.com/ about things that are simple, true and beautiful, of which the world is so full, that she needn't walk more ten feet outside her door to see them. She walks further anyway because the woods are too glorious to miss.12 Articles


Monica, mom of 5, is usually blogging about Catholic crafts and family traditions at EquippingCatholicfamilies.com. She is the author of A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families, Hand in Hand with Jesus (a Faith Journal through the Sacraments) and a series of paper Cathletics Craft Kits and Cathletics quizzing cards to help teach the Catholic Faith. The Catholic teaching tools and gifts are available through Arma Dei, the Catholic family publishing company founded with her husband Bill. Monica is also one of the founders of the Catholic Bloggers Network, a venue to link and promote Catholic blogs.50 Articles


Nancy Ward writes about Catholicism, her conversion and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 9 websites and magazines. She loves to tell her faith story to Catholic groups and help others tell theirs.30 Articles


Naomi Owens is 18 and an intern at CatholicMom. With a passion for working in the New Evangelization, she is eager to learn all that she can from her internship, in order to better spread the good news of the Catholic faith. Her interests include Theology of the Body, writing, music, Pinterest, and spending time with her family and friends. Naomi lives with her family of ten in Pennsylvania.


Nicole Ernest is loving living out her vocations as a Catholic wife and mother. Nicole resides in Nebraska with her husband and their lovable, energy filled boys. Nicole shares about living the liturgical year, homeschooling and marriage/ family life at her blog Children of the Church. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the Catholic Mom family!2 Articles


Pat Gohn is a happily married Catholic Mom to three young adults. With a Masters in Theology, a Bachelors in Communications, and a heart for adult faith formation, Pat writes, speaks, blogs, and produces media with a eye toward faith sharing, teaching, and evangelization. Her years in women's ministries led her to produce the Among Women Podcast. Her book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood was release by Ave Maria Press in 2013. Find out more at PatGohn.com43 Articles


Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is a life-long Roman Catholic, homeschooling mom of two boys and an adopted young girl. She is the author of "The Catholic Baby Name Book" and "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother," and has a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She blogs at http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com18 Articles


Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. Her newest books are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday FamiliesM, a collection of stories to inspire family love, and Dear God, I Don't Get It and the sequel, Dear God, You Can't Be Serious, children's fiction that feeds the soul through a fun and exciting story.134 Articles


Quinn Mitchell is a sixteen-year-old high school student and foreign missionary living in Turrialba, Costa Rica. He is home schooled, and has been in the mission field for three years. Quinn is eager participate in the New Evangelization and is happy to be able to contribute to CatholicMom.com. Interests include: Theology, missionary work, the New Evangelization, web design, indie music, and video gaming. View his family's work here: http://stbryce.org/1 Articles


Greetings! I’m Rebecca Willen, a senior at Christendom College where I major in English. Between writing research papers, running the Legion of Mary, and volunteering for the Catholic Writers Guild, I retain some sanity by clinging to an e-reader full of novels. I’ve been drawn, through love for the power and beauty of the written word, towards the goal of working as an editor in Catholic publishing. I’m excited about working with Catholic Mom, most especially to become more acquainted with the online aspects of Catholic publishing, and to participate in the New Evangelization.


Rhonda Ortiz is a fiction and creative non-fiction writer and editor of Real Housekeeping. She starts more projects than she can finish, buys more books than she can read, and loves mixing metaphors – unknowingly. She is the author of The Virtuous Jane Austen: Short Reflections on Character, available on Amazon Kindle. Follow her work at www.rhondaortiz.com.27 Articles


Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five from Fargo, N.D., is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer who also enjoys Catholic radio hosting and speaking. Roxane co-authored former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino’s memoir, “Redeemed by Grace.” Her work is featured on “Peace Garden Passages” at roxanesalonen.com.104 Articles


Sarah Blake is a Philosophy and Christianity & Culture student at the University of Toronto, which means she gets to spend her days reflecting on truth, beauty, and goodness. Sarah also teaches piano and is a regular volunteer for the pro-life movement. She has recently co-founded the first virtual pro-life club for homeschooling students: the Homeschool Pro-Life Action Network. Sarah is thrilled to be sharing her young adult voice as she strives to counteract the culture and reclaim it for Christ.8 Articles


Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, ages 4 to 12, living in Minnesota. She spends her days like many moms do—driving kids around, running errands, cooking meals and helping with homework. And in the thick of it, she and her husband strive to weave the Catholic faith, in all its rich beauty and tradition, into their daily lives as well as into how they celebrate holidays and holy days. In her “free” time, Sarah enjoys knitting, reading, and a good cup of coffee with a friend. She blogs at morethanenough7.blogspot.com.32 Articles



Sharon Rayner is a Catholic wife and mother who has become increasingly aware of a call to evangelize using the new media. Her passions are Catholic education, raising daughters to embrace purity and virtue, and sharing with other Catholic women the journey through subfertility that has led to adoption as a means to expand her family. Every day she thanks God for her recently converted Catholic husband of 22 years, her two school-aged girls, her adopted two-year-old son, and her three miscarried children in heaven. She writes at Joyful Hope, http://psalm28v7.blogspot.com.14 Articles


Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.128 Articles


Sherry Antonetti is a mother of ten children, published author of The Book of Helen and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns. You can read additional pieces from her blog, http://sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com.196 Articles


Sherry Boas is author of the highly-acclaimed Lily Series, which began with Until Lily and has grown into an expanding collection of novels whose characters’ lives are unpredictably transformed by a woman with Down syndrome. The latest in the series is Things Unknown to Lily. The former newspaper reporter and special needs adoptive mother of four is also author of Billowtail, A Mother's Bouquet: Rosary Meditations for Moms, Victoria's Sparrows, Little Maximus Myers and Wing Tip. She runs Caritas Press from her home office in stolen moments between home schooling. Find her work at CaritasPress.org14 Articles


A Daughter of St. Paul for 40 years Sr. Margaret continues to pursues new ways to proclaim the Gospel: sharing the Pauline Charism with the laity, writing books (St. Anthony of Padua: Fire & Light; Strength in Darkness: John of the Cross; Prayers for the New Evangelization), & through direct evangelization. She is available for workshops on the Vocation & Mission of the Laity, Media Literacy, and The New Evangelization. [email protected]13 Articles


Here are a few of the titles which describe, but don’t define, me: daughter, wife, mother, sister, cat lover, crunchy mama, health nut, food lover, blogger, business woman, (strawberry) blonde….and that’s just the beginning. I spend my days praising God through loving my husband, chasing around my toddler, sharing with people about my health obsession via Radiantly You, blogging for the Simple Adventures Blog and wondering why they don’t make a sitcom about my life!14 Articles


Stuart Dunn was born and raised in Mobile, AL and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama. Stuart primarily does accounting and logistics at the Port of Mobile. He met his wife, Mary Katherine, in 2004 but didn’t start dating her until 2010. They were married in 2011 and welcomed their first child into the world in 2013. Stuart is a top 1000 Amazon reviewer and reviews all things Catholic including adult books, children’s books, Bible Study series, Catholic Courses, CDs, and DVDs at his blog Stuart’s Study at http://stuartsstudy.blogspot.com24 Articles


As a writer, Susan Bailey shares her unique insights from her faith walk and life interests through her two blogs, Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. After the passing of her mother, Susan began reading to fill the void and it soon blossomed into writing. On Be As One Susan shares her journey of becoming whole by pulling all the different pieces of her life together into one flow directed by God. She shares her many interests and engages conversation with readers. Louisa May Alcott is My Passion offers historical analysis, reflection and fun, drawing together a community of Alcott enthusiasts. Formerly a musician, Susan appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV and at World Youth Day. As former editor of GrapeVine, she encouraged other Catholic artists through the only e-magazine devoted to the promotion of Catholic music. She was the music editor of Catholic.net, a former contributor to “Today’s Catholic Woman” on the Catholic Exchange, and regularly contributes to Catholicmom.com. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements.  Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks  forward to corresponding with you! Join here.177 Articles


Tami is the author Smart Martha's Catholic Guide for Busy Moms and the founder of www.smartmartha.com. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband of 25 years.  She has 10 children:  8 boys and 2 girls ranging in age from 28 to . She also has 5 grandchildren.   Tami runs the Smart Martha ministry, teaches dance classes, and teaches NFP for her parish.  Thinking like a Smart Martha has helped her to constantly seek to “sit at Christ’s feet” even in the midst of piles of laundry and sinks of dirty dishes. Visit Tami at www.smartmartha.com.49 Articles


I am Tanya Weitzel, a young married Catholic with a supporting husband and an adorable little boy. My hobbies consist of walking, reading, cooking, and writing. Organizing is a new hobby I am growing into. I enjoy a good cup of coffee with time for reflection. God can be found in all instances, and I enjoy meditating on the everyday ways he connects with us. My blog can be found at CatholicSimplicities.com. It has poems, songs, and reflections that are written from a Catholic and spiritual point of view. My family life is also a big part of my blog as are my days as a stay-at-home mom. I enjoy taking care of my family and learning more about the Catholic faith.98 Articles


Terry McDermott is very happily married and is the proud mom of 6 handsome young men and 2 beautiful young women, ranging in age from mid-20s to pre-teens. She enjoys being her parish’s First Communion catechist. A Registered Nurse, Terry is the owner of a nursing related business. In her precious little spare time, she reads, hikes and enjoys family and friends. St. Joseph, St. Therese, St. Gianna, St. Monica and St. Camillus de Lellis are her go-to saints, along with Our Blessed Mother. While striving to live a life centered on the Gospel through prayer and service, she reminds herself daily that “everything is grace” (St.Therese). Terry also blogs at Catholic Insight Magazine and her own blog at http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com.45 Articles


Theresa Ceniccola is The Christian Mompreneur—a mentor to moms who are running a business that supports their values of faith and family. As president and founder of the International Christian Mompreneur Network, she empowers entrepreneurial moms to build profitable businesses with wisdom and grace. Her programs, masterminds and retreats help Christian business owners who are starting a business, working from home or growing an existing business. Join the International Christian Mompreneur Network for free and receive the Ten Commandments of a Mompreneur toolkit!58 Articles


Tina Santiago-Rodriguez is a Catholic wife and home educating mom by vocation, and a writer and editor by profession. Among her different roles, she believes that her most important "work" is to be a helpmate to her husband, and to raise her kids to be "Kingdom-Seekers." Find out more about Tina through her personal blogs: Truly Rich Mom and Teacher Mama Tina.25 Articles


Timothy Norton is the owner of 6WebDesign and serves as a technology consultant for CatholicMom.com.3 Articles


Tom Lelyo is the main author & founder of Catholicapps.com - a ministry of Catholic Worship Online. Catholicapps seeks to bring together Catholic app users & developers for more Catholic app awesomeness! Tom is a part-time blogger & full time husband and father passionate about serving the Church.11 Articles


Trish Bolster grew up in Massachusetts but now calls Harrisburg, PA home. After a few years of infertility, she and her husband Ryan have been abundantly blessed with 6 children in 7 years! Her Seasons blog chronicles her crazy yet wonderful journey as she attempts to raise up saints! Visit it at seasons-circleoflife.blogspot.com.43 Articles


Veronica is a food writer, food blogger, amateur food photographer, recipe contest winner, college graduate, bookworm, catholic, mother and wife. She is a lover of freshly baked bread, Krispy Kreme donuts, a great cup of coffee, fried chicken and all that is comfort food. Visit her at her website My Catholic Kitchen or like her on Facebook. Veronica lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, teenage daughter, two turtles and rescue dog Meeka.52 Articles


Victoria Gisondi loves living in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and 5 children. Victoria has written for several Catholic publications including Canticle Magazine and the Catholic Standard and Times, loves facebooking, reading, spending time with Jesus at Adoration, and just chilling with the family. Visit Victoria's website at http://maybeitsjustme15.blogspot.com/.32 Articles


Will Duquette is not a Catholic Mom. Instead, he's a software engineer by day, and a Lay Dominican by night…well, and by day, too. He's also the husband of Jane and the father of four kids, and he writes because he can't help it. When he's not at CatholicMom, which is virtually all of the time, Will blogs at Patheos at "Cry Woof!".20 Articles