Mothers of the Church: Witness of Women


Editor’s Note: This book recently landed on my desk for review and I am working my way through it quickly. The writing is infectious and the stories delivered are amazing. This one is a “must order” for anyone interested in faith, femininity, or the saints. LMH

Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, May 30, 2012 –In a follow-up to the best-selling The Fathers of the Church, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing has just released, an inspiring companion volume on the Mothers of the Church.

Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women, (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012), by Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey, elucidates Catholics’ understanding of the role played by women in the early Church. Drawing upon a wide spectrum of sources, it profiles the women who left their mark on sacred history by responding to God’s call. Whether martyrs, abbesses, mothers, desert solitaries, or managers of large family businesses, these women’s stories will inspire anyone in the modern world.

Each chapter features a concise biography supplemented by quotes from the Fathers’ writings concerning the particular woman, poetry about her, and other ancient testimonials. The authors’ authoritative yet accessible writing style deftly explores the significant impact of early Christian women — and proves that the Catholic Church has a strong history of indelible female mentors, many of whom were both secular and spiritual leaders.

The Mothers of the Church include:

  • Holy Women of the New Testament
  • St. Blandina
  • St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
  • St. Helena
  • St. Thecla
  • St. Agnes of Rome
  • St. Macrina
  • Proba the Widow
  • St. Marcella, St. Paula, and St. Eustochium
  • St. Monica
  • Egeria the Tourist

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of 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 for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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