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Lisa M. Hendey

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 and a regular faith and family correspondent on Relevant Radio. 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 LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

Barb July 2016Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer and serves as Editor for CatholicMom.com. 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.

 

Abbey Dupuy writes her life as a homeschooling mom of four. She muses about parenting, practicing gratitude and celebrating the liturgical year with her young family at Surviving Our Blessings. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys running, knitting, coffee, and cookbooks, not usually all at the same time.53 Articles


Abby Brundage is a single-mother of two little boys. Since January of 2008 she has hosted The Big, Big House Morning Show on Spirit FM 90.5, the radio ministry of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida. The show mixes inspiration, humor and family fun (and great music of course)! You can hear Abby every weekday 6-10am, EST and online at www.spiritfm905.com.12 Articles


Allison Brown is a Catholic wife and mother of seven children. She struggle s with chronic health problems and parents children with special needs. Allison depends on her faith to get her through each moment. Her faith gives her hope and she wants to give that hope to others who also struggle.2 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 Faint Hue of Grace.17 Articles


Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY); and host of A Seeking Heart on Breadbox Media weekdays 10 am ET. Allison created the "Words with" daily devotional App Series: Words with Jesus and Words with Mary. Allison offers retreats and talks on: Forgiveness; Works of Mercy; Trust and JOY!162 Articles


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.395 Articles


Barbara is a Catholic wife of 29 years and mother to four children, and a new daughter-in-law, living in central Ohio. A homeschooler of 12 years, with just one little eighth-grader left at home, she enjoys spending her days praying, cooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, making rosaries, and reading. Barbara loves our Church and living the liturgical year, celebrating the lives of great saints, and cooking for their feast days and holy days. Visit her blogs prayingforgrace.blogspot.com and blessusolord.blogspot.com.32 Articles


Bernard Toutounji is an Australian 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 is married to Jane and they have two young daughters.35 Articles


Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.19 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, 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 information on the MI and total consecration visit www.consecration.com.54 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.41 Articles


Carolyn Astfalk is a wife, mother of four young children, and a writer. Her debut novel Stay With Me, a contemporary Theology of the Body romance from Full Quiver Publishing, is available at Amazon.com. She blogs at My Scribbler’s Heart. Visit carolynastfalk.com.3 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.60 Articles


Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor which inspired her to begin writing six years ago.25 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.57 Articles


Cay Gibson is the author of Literature Alive! and Catholic Mosaic, A Picture Perfect Childhood, and several articles published in parenting, educational, and spiritual magazines. She is the literature editor for Heart and Mind Magazine, a freelance writer, a children’s literature consultant and reviewer, and a homeschooling mother of five. She lives with her husband, Mark, and family in Louisiana . Visit her blog (Cajun Cottage) at http://cajuncottage.blogspot.com/ 39 Articles


A writer, speaker, and the mother of nine homeschooled children, Celeste Behe has a rare perspective on parenting, family life, and the importance of keeping up with the laundry. If asked to describe herself in twenty words or less, Celeste will say that she’s a humorist, logophile, calligrapher, nostalgist, and Bronx-born Calabrese who walks by faith and talks with her hands. A recovering Mompostor™, Celeste is on a mission to help moms overcome their insecurities, take back their vocation, and save the world!55 Articles


Celeste is a painter and singer/songwriter who enjoys painting angels as an expression of praise and worship. She speaks at women’s retreats encouraging others to explore their talents and gifts as tools to build up the body of Christ. Her newest project is a children’s album, " Thank You Lord for Loving Me! which includes songs about the Mass and the Saints. Her work has appeared on EWTN and Catholic Radio. Please visit www.CelesteZepponi.com25 Articles


Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband Rob and five children. Charisse and 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. She also blogs at Paving the Path to Purity. Find her on Facebook.35 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.8 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.7 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 and Tanya host Chris and Tanya Play Games on YouTube.27 Articles


Christina Weber helps Catholic entrepreneurs who want to have a bigger impact make more money in less time and live a life they love. Visit her site: http://catholicwomensguide.com/91 Articles


Christina Nagy is a freelance writer and blogger at www.catholicconundrum.com. Inspired by God’s work in her life, she endeavors to bring the joy and beauty of the Catholic faith to others through sharing her experience in taking care of her domestic church of 6, homeschooling, caregiving, ministry and business. She hopes to inspire others to pursue their God-given potential on their path to holiness.3 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!41 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 about her life as a wife, mother, homeschooler, and Lay Dominican.105 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.36 Articles


Cindy Costello, married 30 years to her husband Tom, is a Catholic mom blessed with three adult and two teen aged children. She is the Coordinator of Marriage Ministry in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ and a certified graduate of the Theology of the Body Institute, in Downingtown, PA. She shares the message of TOB, formally and informally, with hungry hearts. She enjoys writing for the Gospel Reflection Team at catholicmom.com and on her blog at http://clothedwiththesunblog.wordpress.com/.49 Articles


Claire is a wife and mom of 6, mothering through the joys and challenges of teenager and toddler years, and delighting in the sacramentality of daily life. She graduated with a degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and now enjoys leading women’s studies and writing - when she can come up for air between loads of laundry. She also writes at eventhesparrow.com and womenofgrace.com.12 Articles


CM Hangout is a weekly video and audio podcast from CatholicMom.com. Join our team of contributors each week for a lively conversation on all things faith, family and fun from a Catholic perspective. Share your feedback here in the comments or use #CMHangout to be a part of the conversation.110 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 Feet18 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 read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.61 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.42 Articles


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


Cristina is a married, stay at home mother of two children. A new Etsy shop owner, she enjoys creating hangable + wearable hand embroidered hoop art designs with the right touch of whimsy. When not stitching, you can find her on Instagram. Join her newsletter and enter to win a handmade embroidery hoop every month!5 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.20 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.56 Articles


David and Mercedes have four children. They write and speak from a faith perspective as parents of a child with autism. David is a physical therapist. Mercedes is an educator. They are available to speak, and have appeared on radio and other media. They can be contacted at [email protected] Follow them on Facebook at Autism With The Rizzos. Their publications are available at LoyolaPress.com.14 Articles


Dawn Wright is an enthusiastic convert, wife, homeschooler, catechist, writer, reader, knitter, and rising graduate theology student. She deeply loves her three children, two here on earth and one in heaven. Trusting prayer, the sacraments, and the love of her community, she blogs at www.giftedgrief.wordpress.com to reach friends, family and other bereaved parents with the hope her faith. You can also find her on Twitter @luvteach2, and on Instagram at catholic_nerd.9 Articles


De is a wife, mother, coach, and women’s retreat facilitator. De is super excited about guiding women to discover the Truth of who they are – God’s chosen and beloved ones! She offers insight and experiences for mothers to cultivate resilience, self-compassion, and an unshakeable faith in our amazing God. De has lots of goodies for download at www.ConversationRevolution.com - Evolving the Conversation of Mothering!4 Articles


Deacon Tom Fox and his wife Dee are co-hosts of the CATHOLIC VITAMINS Podcast for over 6 1/2 years. Tom has also been a member of the Catholic Mom columnists team for eight years, and was a regular contributor to the Catholic Moments Podcast for three years. Most recently, Deacon Tom has been leading a project to bring Catholic radio to the north central Arizona community where he and Dee reside. Blessings!89 Articles


Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mom, writer and educator. With a Masters in Educational Leadership, another in Pastoral Administration and a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Linguistics; it seems she is always teaching someone about something especially about faith, Catholicism and how it all fits into our daily lives. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events. She also writes at NewEvangelizers.com; AmazingCatechists.com and contributed to our latest Catholic Mom title, A catholic Mom's Prayer Companion.131 Articles


Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is a wife, mother, speaker, catechist, an award-winning and best-selling journalist and author of twenty books, Host of EWTN’s “Everyday Blessings For Catholic Moms” and "Catholic Mom's Cafe.” She knew Blessed Mother Teresa. St. John Paul II blessed her work. She writes for National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Catholic World Report , Integrated Catholic Life . Visit www.donnacooperoboyle.com.46 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.30 Articles


Dr. Manuel Santos is a psychiatrist who has been helping 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. Dr. Santos and his wife Karee are co-authors of The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for a Lifetime.16 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. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.95 Articles


Elena LaVictoire has been married to her high school sweet heart for over 30 years. They have six children (from 26 to 10) who were all homeschooled. When she's not homeschooling or playing with her 2-year-old granddaughter, she blogs regularly about her issues and events that affect her family at mydomesticchurch.com.37 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 son Agustin.20 Articles


Elizabeth Pardi writes from Ohio where she spends her days wondering if she and her one-year-old will make it out of their pajamas and learning and laughing her way through the messiness of this journey. Read her work at www.lovealwaysliz.com.10 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.com52 Articles


Ellen Mongan is a Catholic writer and speaker who has been married 41years to Deacon Pat Mongan. They have 7 children and 12 grandchildren. Ellen is the founder of Sisters in Christ, Little Pink Dress Ministry, and Women-Fests. She blogs for Elizabeth Ministry, is a frequent guest on WBPI TV, and the co-host of My Miscarriage Matters Radio.20 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.24 Articles


Emily Jaminet holds a B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Mental Health and Human Services. Emily and her husband are blessed with 7 wonderful children. She tries to see Christ in the very moments of motherhood and shares daily radio reflections on St. Gabriel Radio broadcasted throughout Ohio and beyond entitled "A Mother's Moment". Her first is book titled Divine Mercy For Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina through Ave Maria Press. You can read more of Emily’s work at www.emilyjaminet.com and http://www.divinemercyformoms.com.13 Articles


Erika Marie is a simple Catholic, Wife, and Mama. She relishes snuggles and free time with her family and enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and has a slightly obsessive addiction to creating Canva graphics. Enjoy more reflections by Erika at her personal simplemama blog.74 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 marriage, family and growing in the interior life. Erin is oft-frazzled momma to three mischievous children. She always appreciates encouraging comments, gift cards to coffee shops, and free babysitting.45 Articles


Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find her books and other projects at her website.43 Articles


Flávia Ghelardi is the mom of four, a former lawyer and now an embarking on adventures in writing. Flávia 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.27 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, wife, mother of five, adventurer and techie. She enjoys sharing her zeal for technology and has served at both the national and local levels in support of Catholic social media endeavors. Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems she embraces the intentional use of technology while being informed of potential vulnerabilities. Gina nurtures her soul in nature with an active prayer life enjoying outdoor adventures such as cycling, running and hiking. She invites you to learn more about her adventures at www.tech-vangelist.blogspot.com and welcomes your comments or inquiries at [email protected]18 Articles


Ginny Kochis is a wife, homeschooling mom, and writing teacher from Northern Virginia. She writes about faith, motherhood, homeschooling and literacy on her blog, Not So Formulaic.


Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of Random MOMents of Grace:Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood and Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses. Check out her blog Random Acts of Momness (http://randomactsofmomness.com) for thoughts on faith, parenting, writing, and the occasional ode to Jane Austen.36 Articles


Our Gospel Reflections Team is comprised of over 300 volunteers. We invite you to join us daily to reflect upon the Liturgy of the Word and thank our volunteers for sharing their gifts.206 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 A. is a student who enjoys her faith and writing. Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and loves to color and work puzzles!173 Articles


We welcome guest contributors who graciously volunteer their writing for our readers. Please support our guest writers by visiting their sites, purchasing their work, and leaving comments to thank them for sharing their gifts here on CatholicMom.com. To inquire about serving as a guest contributor, contact [email protected]4067 Articles


Hannah Christensen and her husband David have been married for five years and have two lively little girls. They reside in Nebraska where they are proud to be members of the vibrant Diocese of Lincoln. A stay at home mom and medical biller, Hannah loves morning coffee, scrap-booking, themed parties, date nights, play groups, mom friends, creative writing, Husker sports, and all things organized. She has been featured on http://catholicmommyblogs.com and manages a personal blog where she explores the little lovely moments of everyday family life: lovelylittlelives.com.4 Articles


Hannah Jean Kahn is a writer living in Virginia. After self-identifying as a "recovering Catholic" for a decade, she returned to the church in 2013 and writes about Catholic sexuality, marriage, and emotional dysfunction from the perspective of a former liberal feminist at http://sarcasticcatholic.wordpress.com.4 Articles


Heather Anderson Renshaw is a wife, Mama (x5) and on-fire Catholic revert. She’s a writer (Real Catholic MomAll Things Girl: Truth For Teens, Blessed is She), radio producer/co-host (The Visitation Project), speaker/event organizer (Catholic Women RejoiceCalled to Love, retreats), nap-craver, coffee drinker, and laundry avoider. Heather prays all may experience the healing power of Divine Mercy so they can rejoice and be free.12 Articles


Heidi Bratton is a Catholic wife, a mother of six children spread over 18 years, an educational consultant, a professional photographer and the author of nearly 20 books for Catholic families. Heidi writes to encourage other woman in the adventure of living a life set apart for Jesus. Her newest book, "Finding God's Peace in Everyday Challenges" will be out with Word Among Us Press in September of 2015. Some of Heidi's other books include"Homegrown Faith; Nurturing Your Catholic Family" and the "Celebrate" series of four board books. Connect with Heidi through her website www.heidibratton.com or at her email [email protected]14 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.35 Articles


Jane Korvemaker loves food, family, wine, and God (perhaps not in that order). She holds a Certificate in Culinary Arts, which pairs perfectly with her Bachelor in Theology. A former Coordinator of Youth Ministry, she writes from the beautiful and cold province of Saskatchewan, Canada. She works from home and takes care of her three very hard-working children. Jane regularly blogs at www.ajk2.ca.17 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.15 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. His latest book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach is a guide to evangelization and ministry in the Catholic Church today.21 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.58 Articles


Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker, and grief recovery coach. She is the co-author of From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph and Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers. Jeannie was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and a dozen other podcasts and radio shows. She offers her insight from a counselor’s perspective into a variety of topics, including grief and parenting children with special needs. For more information on her professional services, visit her websites lovealonecreates.com or fromgrief2grace.com.54 Articles


Jeff Young, perhaps better known as The Catholic Foodie, is an author, blogger, radio host and podcaster. He 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." Jeff hosts a daily live radio show – The Catholic Foodie Show – on BreadboxMedia.com, and he co-hosts the Around the Table Food Show on Catholic Community Radio 690AM (New Orleans) and 1380AM (Baton Rouge). Jeff is a monthly contributor to CatholicMom.com and a contributing author of Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary, published by Ave Maria Press. Jeff Young is a proud member of the elite Catholic Speakers Organization, CMG Booking. Jeff 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 is now available. With 78 recipes and stories of faith and family (including his travels to the Holy Land), the book is sure to inspire you to get into the kitchen and to gather your family around the table. The book is available on Amazon.com, Liguori.org, and wherever good Catholic books are sold.13 Articles


Jen Frost is a Catholic quilter and crafter who evangelizes through fabric and loves talking about small business strategies. She’s a pattern writter, quilt designer, and book author. When she’s not in front of her sewing machine, she can be found at the beach with her husband and son, toes happily buried in the sand. She loves Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/faithandfabric/", and writes and quilts each week at Faith and Fabric. Join in the fun every other Monday at 12pm PST.14 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.56 Articles


Jessica is a wife, mom, writer, Communications scholar, and adjunct professor. She blogs on topics that include: Christian living, Catholicism, and culture. As a Catholic convert and former Evangelical Protestant, Jessica promotes ecumenical dialogue between Protestants and Catholics in both her writing and academic scholarship. She lives in the DC suburbs with her husband and three sons. Follow her at http://www.jessicaptomey.com.3 Articles


John Konecsni writes under the alias Declan Finn, and has published a few novels at this point, Includingl, 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. His 6th book has just come out -- Honor At Stake a Catholic, Vampire, YA novel 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.71 Articles


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


Judith Costello is the artist/author of Sacred Images: A Coloring Book for Prayer which includes 40 illustrations, 3 pages of ideas for adding color, design and borders, and a worksheet on designs. The full-color cover is one of Judith’s paintings. The book and her work can be found at www.unwindstudio.com and on Facebook under Unwind Studio:Where Art Relieves Stress. 61 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.28 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.72 Articles


Kaitlyn Mason and her husband have 3 children. Kaitlyn is passionate about sharing the beauty of Catholicism and providing hope to women in crisis pregnancies. She’s active in the Catholic Pro-Life Action Network of Charlotte and serves as co-director of Mary Garden Showers, a new Catholic ministry empowering women in crisis pregnancies. Kaitlyn shares her diary online at https://maviecatholique.wordpress.com.5 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.11 Articles


Karee Santos is a happily married mom of six and the founder of the Can We Cana? blog. She and her husband Manuel Santos MD authored The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for a Lifetime (Ave Maria Press, 2016). They also write a monthly marriage advice column on CatholicMom.com called “Marriage Rx.”53 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.49 Articles


Kate Taliaferro is an Air Force wife and mom of 3 under 4. She has a Masters in Religious Education and tries to find God’s presence everywhere, be it in cooking, cleaning, homeschooling or just the everyday ordinary. Follow her blog, Daily Graces to join her family as they strive for sainthood amidst playgrounds, art projects, and lots of imagination.15 Articles


Kate is a writer, lifelong lover of names, wife to a really good man, and mama to their six boys ages 2 to 11. She shares her thoughts on Catholic baby naming at Sancta Nomina.16 Articles


Katie O’Keefe, mother of two and Oma of two, is a great fan of nifty new tools and dusty old books. After working for 25 years as a musician, Katie decided to go back to school and graduated with the BA in Philosophy from Ohio Dominican University in 2015. You can find more of her writing at The Backs of People’s Heads and Baby Faces.36 Articles


God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.71 Articles


Kelly Pease is a wife and mother to three kids. She is an accomplished musician with several albums of original music. Kelly has traveled for the past ten years, sharing the story of God’s faithfulness in her life. She has worked closely with LifeTeen, Franciscan University, Adore and Dirty Vagabond Ministries. She lives in Louisiana and writes about the wild world of new motherhood.13 Articles


Kelly can be found at the 'politically incorrect' Kelly the Kitchen Kop blog, and she loves helping others with all she's learned from her own family's bumpy transition to real food. Kelly and her husband have been married 28 years and have four kids. She also blogs at the Christianity 101 blog, but only occasionally since they began their crazy homeschooling journey a few years ago! Read more about Kelly here.267 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.28 Articles


Kiernan O’Connor finished his first novel, St. Homeschooler’s, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can find his poetry, essays and alter ego, super-blogger Roseanne Camp, at kiernanoconnor.blogspot.com. He and his wife rear their four children in Texas, where they hang with Catholic homeschoolers and miss New York City.5 Articles


Kim Seidel is a writer and editor, specializing in parenting, faith, and fitness. She and her husband have two daughters, ages 17 and 13.29 Articles


Kimberly Cook holds a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health. She is the author of children's book, Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray. Kimberly lives with her husband and three children in Virginia. You can follow Kimberly at http://thelionofdesign.com/ where she blogs on Faith, Art, and Motherhood.38 Articles


Kirk Whitney is a retired Home Economics teacher and school administrator. He now works as a full time grandparent. He writes about Catholic life and faith at Mission Image. He writes about food and cooking at La Surly Table.65 Articles


Lance Rosen is a husband, father, writer, speaker, and currently a university student in Alberta, Canada pursuing a B.Ed/B.Mgt. He is the founder of The Silversmith Collective - A Catholic New Media Collective Answering the Call of the New Evangelization.2 Articles


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” 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”.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.21 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.46 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.53 Articles


Linda Kracht is wife to David, mother to seven very special children and grandmother to 17 little ones [presently]. Linda enjoys speaking and writing and has developed field guides for families in English and Spanish about parenting, marriage, faith, morals, and family life. Kracht founded Fortifying Families of Faith [2008] to help parents honor their role as primary teacher of their children in matters that matter.8 Articles


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.1898 Articles


Lisa Henley Jones is a former stay-at-home mom who discovered a new career as an online marketer/social media manager. She blogs at Of Sound Mind and Spirit with her sister, Shelly Kelly, about faith and family life. During the hot summers in Houston, Lisa can be found by the pool eating popsicles with her husband and three school-aged children.67 Articles


Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and is a blogger at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at Catholicmom.com. She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.98 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.61 Articles


Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd 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.310 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.78 Articles


Lydia is a happy wife, a busy mama of three cute and crazy little people, and a two-time overcomer of PPD. She loves strong coffee, dark chocolate, and all things Southern and Catholic. Follow her at http://www.flourishinhope.com, where she's building a community of hope and encouragement for postpartum women.7 Articles


Marc Cardaronella is the author of Keep Your Kids Catholic: Sharing Your Faith and Making It Stick coming in May from Ave Maria Press. By day he works as director of the Bishop Helmsing Institute for Faith Formation at the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO. By night he writes about Catholic parenting and how to share the Faith on his personal blog. Marc lives in Kansas City with his beautiful wife and two awesome boys.30 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.226 Articles


Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB is a contemplative lay hermit, author of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, 2nd Edition, and A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac. Margaret has a master’s degree in communications, a Certified Greenhouse Grower, Advanced Master Gardener, liturgical garden consultant, and workshop/retreat leader. A freelance writer with a Benedictine spirituality, she blogs at Patheos.68 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 writes regularly at DAY BY DAY WITH MARIA: http://daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com/ María 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 33 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, Jordan, 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 are expecting their sixth grandchild!13 Articles


Maria Morera Johnson, author of My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous women Who Showed Me How to Live, 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.38 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.25 Articles


Maribel Nova reveres motherhood. Maribel delights in her edible garden, exercise, nature, and simple and fresh ingredients for cooking. She strives to inspire her four children to honor God and their true selves through life-long learning and joyful service.2 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.124 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.18 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).31 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.28 Articles


Mommy to 3 high energy children, who demand her constant attention, and direction. She serves on the board of directors for a Domestic Violence non-profit. When not working, she is working out, taking the family for nature walks, adventures, or at the movies. She lives in Southern California, and feels absolutely blessed to enjoy the beauty of the area everyday.28 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. Her newest compilation is Why Should I Learn This, published by Behold Publications. Mrs. Wittmann is also co-founder and co-director of the Catholic online curriculum provider Homeschool Connections.13 Articles


As a college instructor, wife to “the Hubs”, Mom of three energetic children and a highly skilled PB&J sandwich maker, Meg shares the ups and downs of Motherhood in her candidly humorous writings and speaking programs. To learn more about how Moms can maintain a life with less stress and more peace by leaning on their Catholic faith, visit www.megbucaro.com.10 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!210 Articles


Megan Swaim lives in South Bend, IN, with her husband, Josh, and daughters, Lucy and Mary. 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 app for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. You can read more from Megan at www.myyearoffaith.com.37 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, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.168 Articles


Michael Carrillo is a retired police officer from a large California metropolitan police department. He is married to Vicki and they have five adult children between them. He is an unabashed fan of Jesuit education, though he regrets not obtaining one himself. Day hikes and walks give him opportunities and inspirations to look for and find God.8 Articles


Michele Faehnle is a mother of 4 from Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 11 years. She now enjoys volunteering for the church and is the co-chair of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. She is the co-author of Divine Mercy For Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina through Ave Maria Press. She blogs at divinemercyformoms.com, Columbuscatholicwomen.com and michelejoan.com19 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.70 Articles


Nancy Ward writes and speaks about Catholicism, her conversion and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and magazines. She loves to tell her faith story to Catholic groups and help others tell theirs. Her "Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization," is available live or DVD49 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.


Nelly Guajardo is a Catholic wife and mom who works full time. Nelly was born and raised in Southern California. She and her husband have have one child, Matthew, 11 who has autism and Type 1 Diabetes. They feel blessed to be called his parents--because of their faith they have been able to grow and accept their journey as parents.7 Articles


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!10 Articles


Nicole and her husband of fifteen years have been blessed with three children, with whom she is happy to spend her days with as a stay-at-home mom. Nicole and her family are strong advocates for life, adoption and embracing children with special needs. Read more of Nicole’s story and her understanding of faith by visiting her blog, Joy in the Journey, at www.nicolejenniferjohnson.com.15 Articles


I converted to the Catholic faith as an adult over 30 years ago. My conversion story started when I sarcastically said to my Catholic boyfriend at the time, "I suppose if we were to get married, you would want me to convert." He thought for a moment and said, "Well, I am worried about your soul." And so the journey began ...


Pat Gohn is a married "empty-nester" with three adult children. 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. Pat hosts the Among Women Podcast and is the award-winning author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. Learn more at PatGohn.net50 Articles


Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is a life-long Roman Catholic, homeschooling mom of two boys and an adopted young girl. The editor of Today's Catholic Homeschooling, she is also 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.com39 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 Families, 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. Patti is a correspondent for the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor & Dakota Catholic Action. She has appeared on EWTN 4 times and Fox and Friends as well as Catholic radio stations across the country.162 Articles


Peter Serzo, observer, listener, author, speaker, and blogger. Visit him at Dotirome.com where he shares his experiences at different Catholic Churches and listen to his popular Priest Podcast. The Priest Podcast is an environment where we have an enlightening conversation with those that lead (Not a theology conversation but a conversation on being a Priest/Leader/Human). Peter travels visiting different Catholic Churches satiating his curiosity and desire to spread each parish's uniqueness though his blog and presentations.4 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


Rakhi is a Catholic wife and mother who works outside the home part-time while trying to keep up with her husband, two young children, and cat full-time. She is a convert from Hinduism and spent many years working in young adult and campus ministry. Rakhi’s blog and artwork can be found at www.rakhimccormick.com, where her mission is to share the love of Christ with the world.5 Articles


I'm Becky... a young Catholic mom with a passion for baking, writing and DIY projects in a home with gluten-allergies, 3 fun-lovin' kiddos and a budget. From crumbs to crayon stubs, my blog is where I measure just how far a little love can go. You can find me at www.themeasuringmama.com or featured at www.CatholicMommyBlogs.com.6 Articles


Rebecca is young professional who recently graduated from Christendom College. She is a book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, lover of tradition, amateur writer, proofreader, and yes, a nerd. Through love for the power and beauty of the written word, she hopes someday to work as an editor in Catholic publishing.11 Articles


Rhonda Ortiz writes on topics of faith, culture, and family across the web. She also writes Scripture for the Scrupulous, a weekly newsletter providing guided meditations for battling the "pious problems" of scruples, perfectionism, and anxiety in the spiritual life. Follow her work at www.rhondaortiz.com.38 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 Passage" at her website, roxanesalonen.com121 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.15 Articles


Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, cooking meals and helping with homework. She and her husband Greg strive to weave the Catholic faith into their daily lives as well as into their family celebrations. Sarah blogs at sarahdamm.com. In addition to CatholicMom.com, she also is a contributor for NewEvangelizers.com and WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.68 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.177 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.262 Articles


Sherry Boas is author of the Lily Series, which began with Until Lily and has grown into a beloved collection of novels whose characters’ lives are unpredictably transformed by a woman with Down syndrome. The final in the series is A Little Like Lily. The former newspaper reporter and special needs adoptive mother of four is also author of A Mother's Bouquet: Rosary Meditations for Moms, Billowtail, Victoria's Sparrows, Little Maximus Myers, Archangela's Horse and Wing Tip. She runs Caritas Press from her home office in stolen moments between over-cooking the pasta and forgetting to dust the chandelier. Find her work at CaritasPress.org19 Articles


Sonja Corbitt is the Bible Study Evangelista. She’s a Catholic Scripture teacher with a story teller’s gift – a Southern Belle with a warrior’s heart and a poet’s pen. The author of Unleashed, Fearless, and Ignite (summer 2017), her weekly radio show on Breadbox Media and other Bible study resources are created with you in mind - bites of spinach that taste like cake - to help you create a space in your busy heart and schedule for God to love and lift you all the way up into His great lap, where all you've been given is loved and lifted too. Catch her newest audio study series on mercy now. What's an "evangelista"? Find out at biblestudyevangelista.com . Instagram | Pinterest


A Daughter of St. Paul for 40 years Sr. Margaret continues to pursue 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]35 Articles


Stephanie Stovall loves Oklahoma State University and hanging out with her husband. She keeps Holy Mary busy praying for patience with her four little boys. Stephanie loves God, Catholicism and evangelizing with all her heart!2 Articles


Sterling Jaquith is a wife and mama to three girls under 5, lives in Boise, Idaho and is the host of the Coffee & Pearls show. As an adult convert, she had to discover Catholicism on her own. She is so in love with the truth and tradition of the Church that she dedicates her life to helping lukewarm Catholics discover the passion and joy of our great faith! She writes at www.sterlingjaquith.com.21 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.com75 Articles


Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. 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.202 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 29 years.  She has 10 children:  8 boys and 2 girls ranging in age from 27 to 4. She also has 5 grandchildren.   Tami runs the Smart Martha ministry, CatholicFamilyCelebrations.com, the CatholicMosaic.com, and teaches dance classes.  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.67 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.115 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. Join the International Christian Mompreneur Network for free and receive the Ten Commandments of a Mompreneur toolkit!71 Articles


Tiffany is a wife and mother to two precious children, a native Western New Yorker, and an academic librarian. She is a cradle Catholic who rekindled her childhood faith as a graduate student in New York City via her love of books and discovery of daily Mass. She enjoys using humor in her writing, and blogs about faith, books, and everything in-between over at lifeofacatholiclibrarian.com.13 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 website: Truly Rich and Blessed.31 Articles


The fact that Tommy is writing for CatholicMom.com shows God has a great sense of humor. This 30-something husband and father of three is a Cradle Catholic brought from the cafeteria to the full banquet thanks to the teaching found in Humanae Vitae! The Sacrament of Marriage is all about getting one's spouse to Heaven, and Tommy's wife has her work cut out for her!! Visit him at The Catholic Hipster.20 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.48 Articles


Unbound is an international nonprofit founded by lay Catholics grounded in the Gospel call to put the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable first. We build relationships of mutual respect and support that bridge cultural, religious and economic divides. We bring people together to challenge poverty in 20 countries. We invite you to join us. Find us on Facebook or Twitter.12 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/.42 Articles