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Abigail Reimel

Abigail C. Reimel is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Though her more immediate dreams include successfully completing college and securing an editing position, she ultimately hopes to live in a little beach house with her future family while writing books that present "the good, the true, and the beautiful" to the young adult generation in an exciting way. She has been published in the St. Austin Review and hopes to be published many more times in the future. She adores living by the ocean, but traded salty winds for mountain air to attend Christendom College, where she is majoring in English.

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Latest Post: Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican?

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Alaine DeSantis

Alaine is an undergraduate student at DeSales University. She is pursuing a degree in Theology with minors in both Ethical Leadership and Professional Communication. She hopes that her writing will inspire readers to gain a new perspective on the Catholic faith.

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Latest Post: My Journey Away from Perfectionism

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Alex Wolke

Alexander Wolke is a happily married Kansas boy who attempts to live a life of balance, love, and holiness. He studied Theology and Philosophy at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas (Go Ravens!). He loves to read, write, play rugby, watch his siblings grow up, and take part in strength sports. His favorite thing to do though is be with his wife who shows him everyday what it means to be a saint.

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Latest Post: Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

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Allison Gingras

Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY); and host of A Seeking Heart on BreadboxMedia.com weekdays 10 am ET. Allison is an writer and inspirational speaker. She is a contributing author in "The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion" and the "Created to Relate" Journal and Author of the CareNote from Abbey Press entitled, "Being a Good Enough Parent". She presents the Catholic faith lived in the ordinary of everyday life through her experiences and humor.

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Latest Post: 5 Conversations You Can Have with God

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Allison Low

Allison Tobola Low is a lifelong Catholic, passionate for sharing Christ and the Catholic faith with others. She works full time as a physician in Tyler, Texas, and also received a Master's degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Allison finds time to teach and share the Catholic faith every opportunity she can find, including being a catechist for Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at her local parish. Allison enjoys giving talks in parishes on a variety of faith-related topics and is also a regional leader for St. Paul Street Evangelization. Her website is www.pillarandfoundation.com where you can find short simple Catholic videos she creates (that are especially for children/young adults).

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Latest Post: The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

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Anabelle Hazard

Anabelle Hazard is a practicing Catholic, non-practicing attorney, learning homeschooler, penniless novelist (of Catholic novels “Written in the Sand and Stars” & “Fireflies Dance”), and unpredictable blogger at Written By the Finger of God.

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Latest Post: 5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

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Ann Casey

A cradle Catholic, who did go AWOL for several years, I returned home with more sense. From which, led to my writing for the Church. The value in one's examination of conscious where the collected litter of chaff is stripped, leaving the richness of the wheat. However much is our capability for being elusive in hiding the truth from ourselves, the written at all times demands the truth.

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Latest Post: A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

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Anne DeSantis

Anne has a heart for bringing the love and joy of the Lord to all through uplifting and inspiring writings which she hopes will draw others to experience God's love in a greater way. She is a wife and the mother of two daughters whom she has homeschooled for many years. Her background is in education and in fitness, and she has embarked on a new career in recent years in 50+ modeling and acting. In addition, Anne is a 2012 graduate of The Church Ministry Institute within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Bringing a smile, a laugh and encouragement to others through her writings, her prayers and her life are among her favorite things. She hopes to inspire her readers to make a difference for God by loving more and reaching out to those in need and having eyes open enough to see how God is working in each and every person. She believes that through prayer and the perseverance of Christ, all can be accomplished through God's will and the Holy Spirit. Anne loves her Catholic faith and the gifts of the Sacraments of the Church which give her strength. She recognizes that the word "catholic" means "universal", and the universal love of God is the gift we offer to all people. Her oldest daughter Alaine DeSantis is a columnist with "The Catholic Stand".

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Latest Post: A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

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Anthony S. Layne

Born in Albuquerque, N. Mex., and raised in Omaha, Nebr., Anthony S. Layne served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corps, and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a sociology major while holding a variety of jobs. Tony was a "C-and-E Catholic" until, while defending the Faith during the scandals of 2002, he discovered the beauty of Catholic orthodoxy. He currently lives in Denton, Texas, works in the home-mortgage industry in Dallas, participates in his parish's Knights of Columbus council, and bowls poorly on Sunday nights. Along with Catholic Stand, he also contributes to New Evangelization Monthly and occasionally writes for his own blogs, Outside the Asylum and The Impractical Catholic.

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Latest Post: Remember that You are Dust

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Bart Schuchts

"Bart is one of the most passionate men for God that I know.... His heart is for the Church to live into the fullness of who She's called to be." Bart has been involved in ministry for over 28 years and has vast experience across the Body of Christ. Following a desperate plea while in an NFL Locker room, over 29 years ago, Bart encountered the Father's love. His passion has remained the same since – to love and please God in all that he does. Bart is an instrumental member of the John Paul II Healing Center. He is a regular speaker at conferences and retreats, and has a deep passion to see people encounter the Father's love. Bart has been married for over 20 years. He and his wife, Brooke, have four children: Hannah, Gabrielle. Kailey and Joshua.

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Latest Post: On Earth as In Heaven

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Birgit Jones

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 40 years. They have four children and nine living grandchildren (all age twelve and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Birgit can also be found on her personal blog Designs By Birgit and Facebook fan page Designs By Birgit, where she shares the pro-life memes she creates.

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Latest Post: Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

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Bob Drury

Bob Drury is retired. He has been fascinated with the reasonableness of the Faith since his junior year in high school in the mid-20th century for which the religion text was entitled, "Faith and Reason". That fascination has continued throughout his education in philosophy, math and science. In his essays he hopes to share that fascination with others. Read more at his website, They Have No Wine.

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Latest Post: Turning to God, the Creator, or Acting Out a Parable

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Brandon Schild

Brandon Schild is currently in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft Riley, KS. He is a Military Policeman and has been a Squad Leader, Desk Sergeant and U.S. Army Recruiter. He was stationed at Ft Myer, Virgina; Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea; Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Ft Riley, KS. He is working currently on Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He has been a Catholic his entire life but had fallen away from the Church. In the past three years, he came back to the Church and went through RCIA to become familiar with the faith once again. Brandon is now teaching youth Confirmation classes on Ft Riley.

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Latest Post: Do You Love Me?

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Cecily Lowe

Cecily G. Lowe is a senior majoring in History at a Catholic college she dearly loves. Though completing her first poem around the age of eight, she never thought she would end up a writer… until now! For everything she accomplishes, she is grateful to her supportive friends and to the Holy Trinity. When she isn’t praying, studying, or writing, she can be found criticizing the thinking of the Enlightenment, singing under her breath, and joyfully befuddling those nearest her by spouting off random movie quotes.

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Latest Post: The Problem with Participation Awards

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Christine Roe

Christine Roe is a senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with minors in Law and Legal Reasoning and History. As a devout Catholic, she has an incredible passion for religious freedom and protecting religious liberty in America. She has interned for First Liberty Institute and hopes that through her writing she can inspire others to stand up for their faith in every situation.

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Cynthia Millen

After marrying her husband, Jim Roberts, in 1980, Cynthia Millen graduated from law school, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and practiced in Ohio for a short while. Excited about having a large family, Jim and Cindy were blessed more quickly than expected with the birth of five children in four years (two set of twins), and she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother. Her love for reading and writing grew into the publication of several children's books (under the name C. M. Millen), poems, short stories, and a short book about the Natural Law while earning her M.Litt. from Trinity College, Dublin. (Thank you dear Professor William Binchy) Now she relishes the teaching (and learning) from the students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio, attending Mass there with marvelous parishioners and priests, visiting Ireland whenever possible, and staying close to her two wonderful grandchildren in Vermont.

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Latest Post: Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

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Colleen McCrum

Colleen is a Literature major at Christendom College where she enjoys serving as an RA, leading the Students for Life club, writing for the Rambler, and enjoying the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge mountains.

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Latest Post: 10 Reasons Catholics Should Vote For Trump

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Dan Byron

Dan and his bride, his gift from God, have been married over 50 years, and they have recently moved to East TN to reduce the distance to family. He is a 4th degree Knight, is active in the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and several other ministries. He has been listed in the "Who's Who Directory of Global Business Leaders".

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Latest Post: Call No Man Father

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David Roney

David converted to Catholicism at the age of nine days, but finally immersed himself into his faith a few decades later. He takes his vocation as a single dad seriously, despite having what he claims is a sense of humor. When he's not parenting and driving his kids 5000 miles per day to & from school/soccer/football/other, he is selling Arizona real estate, volunteering at various Catholic charities, studying his faith, and writing. He is currently studying at the Kino Catechetical Institute in Phoenix. David is a member of the Order of Malta Auxiliary, and a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. He attends Mass almost daily, Adoration weekly, and loves the outdoors.

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Latest Post: The Good Witness of Not Receiving Communion

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David Torkington

David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. He was educated at the Franciscan Study Centre, England, and the National Catholic Radio and Television Centre, Hatch End, London where he was later appointed to the post of Dean of Studies. He was extra mural lecturer in Mystical Theology at the Dominican University in Rome (The Angelicum). His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, and his Mystical Theology Carmelite, all welded together with a solid blend of Benedictine moderation. He has sold over 300,000 books in more than twelve different languages. His book ‘Wisdom from the Western Isles’ teaches the reader how to pray, from the very beginning to what St Teresa of Avila calls the Mystical Marriage. His personal conviction is that there is only one way forward for the serious searcher who wishes to be transformed into Christ in this life, and that is, in the words of St Teresa of Avila, “There is only one way to perfection and that is to pray. If anyone points in another direction then they are deceiving you.”

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Latest Post: Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

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Dawn Carpenter

Dawn Carpenter is a banker with the heart of a teacher and scholar. She is a veteran of Wall Street who studies what Christian theology has to tell us about the nature and value of work and the responsibilities of wealth. Using the experience of her nearly 25 year banking career, Ms. Carpenter serves as a Practitioner Fellow at Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. She is also a founding Advisory Board member to the School of Business and Economics at Catholic University of America, chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Finance Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Black and Indian Mission, and as the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of DC Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Carpenter is currently working toward a doctorate in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University where her groundbreaking research investigates the nature of work and the responsibilities of wealth. She has previously earned a M.A. in systematic theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College, a M.P.M. in public finance from the University of Maryland, and a M.A./B.A. in political science from American University. Ms. Carpenter and her family reside in Washington, DC.

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Latest Post: St. Teresa of Calcutta and the Resurrection of Labor Sunday

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Diane McKelva

Recognized as the former Editor in Chief, Diane McKelva is now the Editor Emeritus of Catholic Stand. You can learn more about Diane and her work here.

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Latest Post: EDITORIAL: The Father Pavone Controversy

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Dom Cingoranelli

Dom is a Benedictine-educated cradle Catholic, and something of a revert to the faith. In addition to consulting to management in the CPA profession and elsewhere, he and his wife of 40 years attempt to live according to the three pillars of Church authority--Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. They are both active at their parish where he is an Instituted Acolyte and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

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Latest Post: Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 30 years. Small town lawyer. President of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center. Easily amused as demonstrated by the fact that he blogs for amusement.

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Latest Post: Athanasius Contra Mundum

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Dr. Edouard Belaga

Dr. Edouard Belaga, Israeli, French and Canadian citizen born in Russia, is professional scientist, PhD in Mathematics, theologian, and father of family. After 40 years of life and work in Russia without any possibility of professional visits abroad, he was expelled as a religious dissident, and lived and worked in Israel, France, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, and USA. Edouard is a restoring member of the Marian Congregation of Men in the Cathedral of Strasbourg whose 300th anniversary is celebrated this year. He is also the founder and president of the Fraternity dedicated to Saint Joseph.

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Latest Post: My Dear France: The Tender Daughter of the Sacred Heart

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Edward Monti

Ed is a devout Roman Catholic who loves people, animals, nature, cooking and of course all things Catholic. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York of first generation Italian American parents. He is married to a wonderful faith filled woman and they share their lives with a beautiful Great Pyrenees rescue dog named after the Arch Angel Raphael. Ed works on Wall Street and assists at Daily Mass during his lunch hour. He enjoys spending time with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, Lectio Divino and praying the Holy Rosary.

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Latest Post: God’s Gotcha

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Felix Whelan

Felix Whelan is both a Catholic convert and a revert, having entered the faith in the '80s, fallen away, and found his way "home to Rome" in 2010. In addition to his essays published on Catholic Stand, he writes novels, poetry, non-fiction, and even (co-authored with his lovely wife, Carol Ann) vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.

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Latest Post: G. K. Chesterton on the Lunacy of Self-Esteem

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Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC

We love Jesus because he loved us first. Fr. Matthew wants to help you experience Jesus and become his apostle. He is a priest with the Legionaries of Christ ordained in 2013, and lives in the Washington DC metro area where he studies at STL and helps out with a few ministries. Fr. Matthew is also one of the top priests on social media with over 35,000 Twitter followers. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Fr. Matthew has worked throughout North America.

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Latest Post: Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent

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Gabriel Garnica

Gabriel Garnica has been an educator for over 30 years and a Catholic and conservative writer for over half that time. He is presently a columnist for RenewAmerica.us and FamilySecurityMatters.org and is proud and honored to bring his contributions to CatholicStand. Although he is both a licensed attorney and has a counseling degree, Gabriel is excited about his new career effort as a life and business coach. He shares his insights and perspectives on faith at Deus Solus and hopes to add a life coaching blog and website in the near future as well. Gabriel has a J.D. from New York University and a M.S. Ed. in counseling from Fordham University.

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Latest Post: Humility vs. Humiliation: The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

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Gene Van Son

Gene M. Van Son is retired after spending 35 years in the automobile business working for two of the Big 3 Automakers as a writer and editor, and then as a project manager in the areas of satellite communications and wireless technology. Originally from the Chicago area he has now resided in the Detroit area for more than half his life. He is a cradle Catholic who attended a Catholic grade school, high school and university. He has been married for 42 years to the love of his life, who is a certified Catechist, and they have three sons. He is now putting his BA in Journalism to use researching and writing about topics and issues that interest him. In addition to writing for Catholic Stand he has also had articles and essays published at www.AmericanThinker.com and at www.crisesmagazine.com .

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Latest Post: The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

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Deacon Greg Lambert

Deacon Greg Lambert was ordained in 1997, in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and served as a deacon at St. Paul Church in Tampa for 10 years before transferring to St. Lawrence, Tampa in 2007, where they had originally been parishioners in the 70’s and 80’s. Deacon Greg now serves at St. Lawrence and assists in the areas of RCIA, Adult Faith Formation, and Sacramental Preparation. In addition to his service at the parish level, Deacon Greg is a staff member of Diakonia newsletter for the diaconal community of the diocese, and is a member of the Focus 11 committee for vocations. He is also part of the teaching faculty for the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute in the diocese of St. Petersburg. His articles have been published in Deacon Digest Magazine as well as Diakonia.He has a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Theology from St. Leo University.

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Latest Post: The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

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Guy McClung

Guy McClung lives with his wife of 43+ years in San Antonio TX helping inventors develop and patent their inventions. Following two stints in the seminary with the missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, total 5 years, he came to the realization that God was not calling him to that type of vowed obedience; so he left the seminary and got married. Seven children and eleven grandchildren later, he decided to try to write some words that would convey his thanks to God almighty for blessing after blessing after blessing.

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Latest Post: Jane Austen’s Morality Of Marriage

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H. L. Duncan

H.L. Duncan is a senior citizen widower in his 8th decade of life (70s) who was married for 36 years to his only wife Jill. He lives on 40 acres of the Great Basin Desert in an owner built solar powered home. He has three children who have left the nest and are now too far away. After an Episcopalian childhood, his teen years brought on the disease of agnosticism with occasional bouts of atheism. He entered the Church in 2010 and says he has felt at home ever since. His working life included Forest Fire Truck Driver, Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa building schools, Motion Picture Cameraman in industrial films and while in the U.S. Army, production assistant to a Producer in Hollywood, Professional Still Photographer, Photo Lab Technician, Postal Service Letter Carrier, Computer Systems Analyst in business and government, Computer Consulting, Owner of an Internet business, Web site creation. His educational background is mostly self directed reading and experiential but does include; A graduate of the London School of Film Technique, London, England, AA degree in Business Data Processing with an additional course in accounting, Seminars and technical classes. He now spends his days in local parish church work and Right to Life groups, Internet conversations with new friends and old enemies of the Church.

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Latest Post: Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

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James Hooper

James Hooper is a lifelong Catholic, and is blessed with a wonderful wife and child. Jim was was graced with a profound reversion experience in 2011, with a strong calling to know God, obey His Church, and spread the Gospel to seeking souls. His evangelical outreach has focused on online apologetics, street evangelization, and communications strategies. Jim is a team leader for Saint Paul Street Evangelization in Downtown St. Louis and Belleville, IL, and the Director of Communications for St. Mary of Victories Church in St. Louis. Jim is a fervent supporter of the Covenant Catholic Radio Network in St. Louis (http://covenantnet.net), and has evangelized on the air several times. Professionally, Jim is the Leader of a Business Architecture team at a large Catholic Health Ministry. He has a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Saint Louis University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Latest Post: Church History: The Four Horsemen of Apologetics

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Jamey Brown

Converted in 2007—the greatest day of my life—by the miracle of EWTN. Off the drink and drugs for 17 years—by the grace of God. Bible Study group leader and guitar player 5 years. RCIA assistant leader 2 years. Former atheist and then a crystal-gazing New Ager. Former musician (guitar) raised in Indiana, now I use the big bucks I make writing Catholic blogs to finance my dream of driving a cab in New York City.

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Latest Post: Life Trumps Death, Always

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Jim Dougherty

Deacon Jim Dougherty, Ph.D. is a married permanent deacon for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) on temporary loan to the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware. He and Karol have been married 42 years and have four children, three of whom live in Hawaii, one of whom, Aaron, in eternity.

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Latest Post: Brother Ass: On the Holiness of Our Body

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JoAnna Wahlund

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton's birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, four saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 14 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs at www.catholicworkingmother.com and more sporadically at http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.

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Latest Post: How Does the Pope “Force” Me to Have Children?

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Joe Bissonnette

Joe Bissonnette teaches Religion and Philosophy at Assumption College School in Brantford Ontario. Joe and France have 7 children.

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Latest Post: Words: Rough-Hewn Symbols or the Stuff of Thoughts?

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John C. Connell

Author of the non-fiction titles: Catholics Mean Business & Catholics Have Courage, and the Novella - Eyewitness! A practising Catholic concerned with building bridges, not walls, with people from all walks of life, speaker, business grad from the school of hard knocks and book lover, John uses his outlook and experience to reach, encourage, motivate and "nurture the soul at work."

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Latest Post: Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

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JP Nunez

JP Nunez has been a theology nerd since high school. He has master's degrees in both theology and philosophy (with a concentration in bioethics) from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and he spent three years in Catholic University of America's doctoral program in biblical studies before realizing that academia isn't where he wants to be. During his time in Steubenville, he worked for two years as an intern at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, where his responsibilities included answering theological questions and helping to format and edit their Journey Through Scripture Bible studies. He blogs at JP Nunez: Understanding the Faith Through Scripture.

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Latest Post: St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

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Julie Machado

Julie Machado is a 30-year-old Portuguese-American who grew up in California, but moved to Portugal to study theology. She now lives there, along with the rest of her family, her husband and her children. She believes the greatest things in life are small and hidden and that the extraordinary is in the ordinary. She blogs at Marta, Julie e Maria.

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Latest Post: A Reflection on La La Land

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Karen Reep

Karen Reep is a Catholic wife and mother to seven children. She lives in a small town in southern Kansas. She has a degree in health science, but prefers to be a stay-at-home mom. She teaches catechism to the tenth grade girls of her local parish. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and running.

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Latest Post: Your Lenten Journey

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Ken Kniepmann

Ken is the Executive Director for the John Paul II Healing Center, based in Tallahassee, FL. He is a frequent speaker at Center events and his extensive ministry experience includes teaching apologetics, retreat presenter and volunteer youth ministry. Ken holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling, both from St. Louis University. Ken has been married for more than 25 years to his wife Sharon. They have two children.

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Latest Post: My Three Me’s

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Kevin Aldrich

Kevin lives with his wife and seven children in Springfield, IL. He is currently doing freelance curriculum and research projects and teaching. In his free time he writes screenplays, TV pilots, novels, and non-fiction books and articles. His homiletic lectionary-based blog is Doctrinal Homily Outlines. He is also pursing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary via distance learning.

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Latest Post: The First Beatitude: Poverty of Spirit

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Laura DeMaria

Laura DeMaria is a nonprofit management professional and writer living in the metro Washington, DC area and is a recent "revert" to the faith. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Master's in Public Administration at the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Her personal website, where she writes on topics including her experiences with the Legion of Mary, prison ministry and spiritual study can be found at www.laurademaria.com.

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Latest Post: Gratitude is a Prayer

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Lorelei Savaryn

Lorelei is a passionate Catholic Convert, is a mom to three, and wife to one. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Education. She loves writing, singing (mostly in church, sometimes at karaoke), reading, fair trade chocolate, and spending time with her family. Her conversion story can be found at Protestant Interrupted, and she currently blogs at This Catholic Family.

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Mark C McCann

Mark C. McCann is an author and Ministry Consultant with a BA in Theology from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA with more than 30 years in ministry to children, youth and families. He has served as an Associate Director of Youth Ministry and Family Life Ministry for the Diocese of Norwich, CT, as well as a high school religious studies teacher and campus minister, and a youth minister. Mark was also a Christian radio host and producer for 8 years at a small Christian radio station. He currently lives in Connecticut with his Proverbs 31 wife and three incredible children who are growing up way too fast. He has written for a number of Christian magazines and websites and lives out his call each day to be a man of words. His ministry website is www.wordsnvisions.com.

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Latest Post: “It is Finished” — The Witness to the Culmination of a Promise

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Marsh Fightlin

Marsh Fightlin is a husband, a father, a father-in-law and a grandfather. These relationships are at the center of his life and he enjoys them immensely. For the rest, his interests are shaped by his academic background: He is a licensed psychologist and has a licentiate in theology. He is a staff psychologist at a mental health clinic and operates a telephone consult service (www.catholicpsychconsult.com). His approach to his work is mostly shaped by Thomistic psychology, a dash of Freud, and a large dose of common sense. His theological interests are "catholic" and he's especially interested in Scripture study, The Summa of Aquinas, and the writings of JPII and BXVI. He is also an incurable film-watcher. With help from Act One of Hollywood, he has written a screenplay and his dream is to have it produced. He enjoys good food, particularly Italian and the Jewish deli kind. Two of his grandchildren are teenage boys. He regularly discusses issues ranging from deep mysteries of the Faith to the back stories to the latest super-hero flicks with them. He says he has a lot to learn.

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Latest Post: Whole Food and Sex: Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

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Mary Pesarchick

Proudly Catholic, Mary has been happily married for 20 years, is Mom to four teenagers, and primary caretaker for her 170 lb. Newfoundland dog named Bear. She is steadfastly committed to the pro-life cause, and serves as the chairperson of the Respect Life committee at her parish. Mary lives in Buffalo, NY where she is a passionate fan of the Bills, and writes about them for the website NFLFemale.com. She is hopeful that her long-suffering loyalty to the team might help reduce her time in purgatory.

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Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at  joy of nine9 and mother 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 and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood

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Latest Post: Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

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Mike Eisenbath

Mike Eisenbath has been married to Donna for 30 years; they have four adult children and two grandsons. He was an award-winning sportswriter for 23 years, including 18 at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with duties that included covering the St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball. Severe depression forced him out of that career. He continues to write, with a monthly column in the St. Louis Review, his www.eisenbath.com website and several Catholic websites featuring reflections on topics such as his faith and mental illness. Mike is a frequent speaker on those subjects and among his three books is “Hence My Eyes Are Turned Toward You: Confronting Depression With Faith and the Prayer of Jehoshaphat.”

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Latest Post: Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

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Nada Mazzei

Nada Mazzei is a freelance writer from Toronto, Ontario. She has an MA in Theology from the University of St. Michael's College and a ThM from the University of Toronto, with a focus on New Testament Studies. She is fluent in Italian and French. Born and raised a Catholic, she is interested in the lives and writings of St. Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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Latest Post: Lent: A Season of Conversion

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Nathaniel Lauer

Nate is a cradle Catholic hailing from the rolling grasslands northeast of Denver,Colorado. He has an MA in a theological field from The Augustine Institute, a BA in Theology from Franciscan University and has a desire for serving others in the confluent spheres of theology, business and politics. He has worked as a College Financial Aid Advisor as well as having owned his own Catholic goods & bookstore among other job titles. His great passion is moving others through reflective writing on the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of our Triune God and the Catholic Faith.

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Latest Post: Hurry Up, Easter!

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Nicholas LaBanca

Nicholas is 20-something cradle Catholic who wears many hats, (husband, father, tradesman, religious education catechist, liberal arts college graduate, et al.) and hopes to give a unique perspective on life in the Church as a millennial. His favorite saints include his patron St. Nicholas, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Mary Vianney and St. Athanasius of Alexandria. He currently writes for the Diocese of Joliet's monthly magazine, "Christ Is Our Hope".

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Nicholas Senz

Nicholas Senz is a husband and father who tries every day to live Galatians 2:20: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." He is Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mill Valley, CA, a managing editor at Catholic Stand, and a Master Catechist. A native of Verboort, Oregon, Nicholas holds master's degrees in philosophy and theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. His work has appeared at Catholic Exchange, Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and his own blog, Two Old Books. Nicholas is a science fiction afficianado, Tolkien devotee, avid Anglophile, and consumer of both police procedurals and popcorn in large quantities, usually together.

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Latest Post: The Day That God Was Dead

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Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone has been writing for Catholic Stand since March 2016. He has a BA (Honours) in English, and is particularly interested in secularism and the exploration of faith in literature and film, especially the works of Terrence Malick, the McDonagh brothers, Flannery O'Connor, and Cormac McCarthy.

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Latest Post: Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

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Paul Kniaz

Currently living in the Boston area, Paul recently completed his Masters in Teaching English as a Second language. Raised in Catholicism, he deepened his faith by completing his undergraduate degree at a Catholic liberal arts school. There he became familiar with inseparability of faith and reason even with a deeper realization of the ideological warfare faced by the faithful. A passionate educator and learner, Paul has taught in Mexico and Chile, as well as Boston. Faith and obedience to the teachings of the Catholic Church remain the core of Paul's life. Encouraging others in their walk with Christ, he hopes to share the joy and peace of the Gospel by following in the footsteps of Pope Francis who reaches out to sinners with humility and compassion.

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Latest Post: The Case for Chastity

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Paul Oakes

Ever the creative type, Paul is an avid writer, actor, filmmaker, artist, and musician. He's also extremely passionate about his Catholic faith. Currently, he resides on the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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Latest Post: Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

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Pete Socks

Pete Socks converted to the Catholic faith in 1996. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews, author interviews and weekly giveaways at The Catholic Book Blogger (www.catholicbookblogger.com). Pete is also passionate about how technology can aid in building ones faith. You can find his writing on this topic at Biblezon (www.biblezon.com) the home of the Catholic faith building tablet. He hopes to combine what he finds between the covers of books and in leading Catholic technology to share insightful topics with the audience here at Catholic Stand. When not reading and writing, Pete is the happily married father of five working his way through life in rural PA.

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Latest Post: The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

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Ramon Antonio A. Aldana

Mon hails from the Philippines and currently works as a school head in an affordable private high school in Manila. His passion lies in bringing educational opportunities to young people who have less in life. Someday, he dreams of writing his own book that relates the Gospels to the daily life of teachers and educators.

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Latest Post: Social Teachings of the Church: Building a Better Society

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Ray Sullivan

Retired engineer from Texas, because the cowboy thing on the ranch growing up didn't work out. Actually rode the Vomit Comet at NASA in Houston once, being totally weightless for 20 minutes! Married with two kids and Vinnie the Wonder Dog. I love the Church and what it stands for. Without the sacraments, I am nothing.

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Latest Post: Baptists at the Door!

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Roseanne T Sullivan

Roseanne T. Sullivan is a writer from the Boston area who currently lives in San Jose, CA. Sullivan studied art, journalism, fiction, and poetry writing while completing a B.A. in Studio Arts and English and an M.A. with creative writing emphasis at the University of Minnesota. She has a deep interest in sacred music, sacred art, and liturgy. Many of her writings and photographs have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, New Liturgical Movement, Dappled Things Deep Down Things Blog, Latin Mass Magazine, Regina Magazine, National Catholic Register, and other publications. Her own intermittently updated blog, Catholic Pundit Wannabe, is at http://catholicpunditwannabe.blogspot.com.

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Latest Post: Lives Interrupted: Six Women and Abortion

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Sarah Huntzinger

Sarah is a wife and mom with a passion for the Catholic faith, writing, and dark roast coffee. In the wee hours of the morning, she rediscovered her childhood faith in a treatise on prayer, after too much coffee. Some of her favorite books are by C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. She has a degree in Sociology and is a graduate student in Bioethics at the University of Mary.

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Latest Post: Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

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Sean Morrisroe

Sean Morrisroe is husband to a wonderful woman and father of to an 11-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. He served 10 years in the US Marine Corps as an infantryman and in his post Marine Corps career has worked at investment banks, business valuations firms and public companies focusing on mergers & acquisitions. Sean graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in History, attended the London School of Economics and received a certificate in Finance from UCLA.

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Latest Post: Anchors of Faith

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Sr. Christina M. Neumann

Sr. Christina serves at St. Anne's Guest Home, an assisted living-type facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota. There, she helps in a variety of roles, including receptionist, sacristan, activities, and occasional personal care aide. Along with these duties, she also manages the web page for the facility, writes their weekly blog, and edits their resident newsletter. Sr. Christina also authors "Our Franciscan Fiat" , the blog for her religious community of Dillingen Franciscan Sisters in North Dakota. She also finds time for embroidery, baking, biking and liturgical music. Before entering religious life, she received a bachelor of arts in written communication, with some coursework also in graphic arts and theology.

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Latest Post: A Devotional: You Know When I Sit and When I Stand

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Stacy Trasancos, PhD

Stacy Trasancos has a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University and a MA in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, is a chemistry and physics instructor for Kolbe Academy, adjunct professor at Holy Apostles, and author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki. Most of her time is devoted to raising her youngest five children, and worrying about her two oldest, with her husband in a 100-year old restored mountain lodge in the Adirondack mountains. Interact with her on Facebook or Twitter. Visit her website.

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Latest Post: A Woman Changed by Grace

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Steffani Jacobs

Steffani is a wife, a mother, and a devoted Catholic. She has written for various publications, both print and online. Previously, she was an editor and writer for a military history magazine. She holds a B.A. from DeSales University in English and Communications. Steffani has a deep appreciation and love for good rhetoric. Always searching for a deeper understanding of Truth, she has never backed down from a good debate or discussion.

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Latest Post: True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

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Stephanie H. To

Stephanie To has worked for the Archdiocese of St. Louis's Respect Life Apostolate since 2014. Previously, she was a litigation attorney in a mid-sized law firm in St. Louis for nearly six years. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, a M.A. in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University in Chicago, and a J.D. with certificates in health law and health care ethics from Saint Louis University. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing the violin and singing in her parish choir.

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Latest Post: Will He Find Faith on This Earth?

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Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a Catholic convert, husband, father, Catholic writer and speaker on matters of Faith, culture, and education. He teaches, theology, philosophy and Church history at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta. Steven is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board and writer of curriculum at the Sophia Institute for Teachers, a contributor to the Integrated Catholic Life, Crisis Magazine, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, The Imaginative Conservative and Catholic Exchange.

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Latest Post: Faith, Reason, and the Transgender Movement

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Strahlen Smith

Strahlen is a single mom of five boys. The fifth little guy was a surprise pregnancy and her husband left suddenly in the middle of it for a woman he met on Facebook. The next few years would bring financial, emotional, and spiritual challenges beyond her imagining, but they would also bring a faith she never knew existed. Strahlen is now a life coach working with women in transition and hopes to reach out to other divorced Catholics to let them know there is Hope and Love in the Catholic church. Today, she and her five sons work hard for everything that comes their way, but they are also successful, happy, and faithful. They enjoy camping, sports, and (highly competitive) board games. And if you're wondering about that last little Baby Boy - He is a bundle of giggles and goofiness. He is such a gift to his mother and brothers and he constantly proves that God's plans are greater than our own! Check out more of their story at Single Mom Smiling.

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Latest Post: Marian Consecration is Not a “Nice” Thing to Do

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Suellen Brewster

Suellen Brewster is a middle-aged wife and mother, secretary, happy "revert" to the Catholic faith, and most importantly, beloved daughter of the Father. She writes from her home outside of Buffalo, NY where the long winters invite souls into quiet, prayer and reflection.

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Latest Post: Lowering the Bar

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Susan Skinner

My name is Susan Skinner and I am a lifelong Catholic. I attended all Catholic schools including the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I am a mother to 3 children and a wonderful husband and we now reside in the South. I love living in the South. Though I have always identified as Catholic, it was the murder of my friend in 2010 that brought a transforming change to my heart and made me a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I now make it my mission to spread His Love and Good News everywhere I go. Jesus isn’t just someone we should just know about, He is someone we should KNOW, personally. He has made me new. I am now the Adult RCIA and Faith Formation Coordinator of a Catholic Church where I live and I know God has brought me to where I am. I am nothing without him.

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Latest Post: Suicide, Divine Mercy and Gregorian Masses

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Todd Nolan

Todd was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia (Go Phils!) but now lives and works in Michigan. He has been involved with the Church, and working with youth, for over 15 years in the areas of ministry, athletics, and education. He has a M.A. in Theology from Catholic Distance University, with a concentration in Ecclesial Service (special thanks to the intercession of St. Joseph of Cupertino). He is a proud family man and has a passion for all things CATHOLIC!

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Latest Post: Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

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Tom Collingwood

Tom Collingwood Ph.D. is an exercise psychologist who has installed exercise programs to prevent substance abuse for at-risk youth and in developing physical fitness programs for law enforcement agencies nationwide. In addition, he has instituted numerous environmental education projects while serving as a Master Naturalist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife and as a volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. A convert to the Catholic Church he serves as a catechist in the RCIA program and adult ministries such as “Renew” and “Why Catholic”. Working with CREATIO, the faith based stewardship organization affiliated with the Christian Life Movement, he provides lectures and seminars on “A Catholic Ethic for Stewardship of the Environment and the Body” (physical fitness)” His guardian angel is St, Michael the archangel, the patron saint of paratroopers and law enforcement officers in which he has served in both those capacities. He has authored 10 books and is the recipient of the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as one of the top 10 fitness leaders in America.

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Latest Post: The Catholic Church’s Coaching Tree

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Wendy McMahan

Wendy is a lifelong Catholic and a daily communicant with a great love and appreciation for the faith. She has been married for 32 years, and has two adult children. She is grateful to be able to share her love for God with others through her writings.

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Latest Post: The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

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