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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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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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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. 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.
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Annie is a Catholic wife and writer. She used to broadcast the news as a TV producer, but now she broadcasts prayers. She works from home on a prayer ministry she and her husband run, Pray More Novenas. They pray one or two novenas together each month with more than 140,000 people around the world. She also writes at Catholic Wife, Catholic Life. She and her husband live in Dayton, Ohio.
Latest Post: Called to Serve The Least Among Us
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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Autumn Jones writes often about her lived experiences, the people she meets and the places she finds inspiration. She strives to live out Christ's mission in her every day life. Autumn is a digital content editor for a public university in Colorado. She freelances for the National Catholic Register, American Cowboy magazine and various university publications. She tweets @faithful_writer and blogs at The Faithful Writer regularly.
Latest Post: When In Doubt, Get Out(side)
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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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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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.
Latest Post: In Defense of Childhood
Charlie hails from the deep green, southern reaches of Birmingham, Alabama. Inspired by Catholic thinkers to re-write his Reformed-Protestant view of the world, he fell head over heels for the Catholic Faith and entered the Church in January of 2015. He is soon to wed a lovely gal from Florida and hopes to populate the earth with as many exuberant, Catholic children as he can. You can find him writing at CatholicJuice.com.
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Christina Weber teaches Catholic Women Entrepreneurs how to confidently do God's will by unpacking messages and patterns that block them from earning more money in less time while embracing their many roles in life. Jumpstart your biz and life success with her complimentary special report, “12 Things You Can Do Today To Earn More in Less Time,” by clicking here.
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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). Her love for reading and writing grew into the publication of several children's books (under the name C. M. Millen), poems and short stories (including a 2014 Tuscany prize winner). Millen earned her Masters in Literature from Trinity College, Dublin, and relishes the teaching (and learning) of reading, writing, and grammar with middle school students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio. Most of all, she treasures attending Mass there with wonderful parishioners and truly marvelous priests.
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I'm a sophomore majoring in English at Christendom College in the beautiful Front Royal, Virginia. I am on the basketball team, involved in Students for Life, Shield of Roses, the Rambler, and love reading, writing, and having adventures on the side!
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Cullen is a husband, father, writer, and lover of Truth. He has a Mental Health Practitioner License in the state of Nebraska, and has years of experience working with persons struggling with mental illness and addiction. For the past four years, he has also been involved with Rachel's Vineyard ministry for post-abortive women, serving as the counselor for their weekend retreats. Cullen has a passion for writing about pro-life issues, Marriage, fatherhood, and building a culture of life. He lives in Omaha, NE, with his wife and two sons.
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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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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. David is a member of the Order of Malta Auxiliary, and a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. He attends Mass almost daily, loves the outdoors, and is a cancer survivor.
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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 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 research interest is the intersection of philosophy, theology, business and work. 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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Denise's vocation is being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her occupation has wound its way through being a practicing family physician to studying Catholic health care ethics to writing and teaching about all things Catholic. She is a fellow with Human Life International and regularly contributes to the HLI Truth & Charity Forum. She also writes a monthly column for Zenit.org. She and her husband John have been married for thirty years and have lived all over the United States, courtesy of John's Air Force career. They are now settled in the suburbs of Northern Virginia and blessed with four children and three grandchildren (so far).
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Diane McKelva is the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand, taking over the reins from now Editor Emeritus, Stacy Trasancos. Diane is an American creative non-fiction writer and essayist, producing stories that compel her readers to challenge their potential in life. Her work often reflects her Catholic faith, and frequently examines issues surrounding moral and ethical dilemmas, injustice, conflicts within humanity, and resilience of the human spirit. Diane has over 30 years of experience writing, editing and producing marketing collateral for major corporations, small businesses and country music artists. She is currently working to complete her first book of historical fiction - to be released in late 2016.
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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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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 blogging at Catholic In My Write Mind, he also writes novels, poetry, non-fiction, and even (co-authored with his lovely wife, Carol Ann) vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.
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.
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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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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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.
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, three saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 13 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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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."
Latest Post: Look For The Writing On The Wall
John McNichol is a Catholic, Husband, Father, Teacher, Writer and Speaker living in the Pacific NorthWest. He is the author of three published novels: Books 1 and 2 in the Young Chesterton Chronicles series ('The Tripods Attack!', and 'The Emperor of North America'), as well 'The King's Gambit', an adventure novel for the 9-12 year old crowd. Email John to have him as a speaker at your parish or event!
Julie Machado is a 29-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 baby girl. 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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Karen Reep is a Catholic wife and mother to six children. She lives in a small town in southern Kansas. 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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Kari is a wife, mother and homeschooler who passionately promotes the glorious vocation of being a mother with honesty, humility and hilarity. She completed her B.S. in Education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, spent a year teaching as a missionary in Nicaragua, completed her M.A. in Educational Leadership along with a Certificate in Special Education. She taught for nine years at the grade school and high school levels in both public and Catholic schools before God blessed her with children. Since then, Kari has used her educational gifts in her home to raise her kids while also homeschooling some of them. Kari is a weekly co-host with Tom on his radio program, Sound Insight, and also speaks with Tom at conferences and retreats on themes of marriage and family life.
Kevin lives with his wife and seven children in Springfield, IL. He is heading an initiative to create a K-8 theology of the body curriculum for Catholic schools through Ruah Woods in Cincinnati. 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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Kevin Symonds was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology with emphasis in the classical languages. He has published Internet and magazine articles and resides in Texas. His first book, "Refractions of Light: 201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions and the Catholic Church" is now available at Amazon.
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Leila Miller is a wife and mother of eight children who has a penchant for writing and a passion for teaching the Catholic Faith in simple ways. This summa cum laude Boston College graduate also enjoys debating secularists, and in her spare time she fancies herself a bit of a Catholic matchmaker. She manages two blogs that accommodate those hobbies well: Little Catholic Bubble, and the invite-only Catholic Moms Matchmaking.
Leticia is a convert who came into the Catholic Church at Easter 2010. She is the mother of 4 kids and has 3 stepsons. She is also a grandmother to a beautiful two year old. Leticia sat on her Pastoral Council, blogs at Catholic Stand as well as her personal blog, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree of Philosophy, is a wife, and helps with her parish's "Jesus is Lord" adult faith formation class and RCIA. Leticia has a radio show at Real Life Radio and is a volunteer with an organization that helps women in prison come to terms with their past and gives them the tools to cope with life when they are released. In her spare time she sleeps.
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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.
Matthew James Christoff is a Catholic convert. He is the founder of The New Emangelization Project (NewEmangelization.com) which is committed to confront the Catholic "man-crisis" and to develop new ardor, methods and expressions for the re-evangelization of Catholic men. Matthew is also a co-founder of CatholicManNight (CatholicManNight.com), a parish-based men's evangelization effort that has drawn thousands of Catholic men into Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, fellowship and lively discussion. Matthew lives in Minnesota with his beautiful bride (and childhood sweetheart); they have 4 adult children, 3 "in-law" children and two grandchildren.
Latest Post: The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews
Melanie Jean Juneau 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. Melanie serves as a Managing Editor at Catholic Stand.
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Michael is a Texan living in self-inflicted exile as he finishes his PhD. in the history of early modern Britain. After completing his undergraduate degree at Baylor (Sic 'em!!), he decided his faith life needed re-evaluating and reinvigorating. He quickly realized that spiritual growth is a life long affair and not a quick fix. This created a thirst for a deep knowledge of the faith and a desire to share every nugget with others who may benefit. Michael is addicted to movies and books and enjoys quality time with friends and family.
Latest Post: Lord, Open My Lips and I Shall Yawn
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.”
Latest Post: Jesus Waits: God’s Presence In The Blessed Sacrament
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 a managing editor at Catholic Stand, a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Sacramento, and the Faith Formation Coordinator for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio Vista, CA. 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 Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and his own blog, DomiNickan. 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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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. Read more at Catholic News and Inspiration and follow her at Twitter. Please "Like" her Facebook pages: DearGodBooks, BigHeartedFamilies, and CatholicNews&Inspiration
Latest Post: Endangered!
Paul Senz is a graduate student at the University of Portland, in Oregon, earning a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. He has recently written for Catholic Exchange and the Oregon Encyclopedia. Paul lives in Oregon with his wife and children.
Latest Post: The Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Pete Socks is a converted Catholic still learning the faith after 19 years. 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). He hopes to take what he finds between the covers of books and share insightful topics with the audience here at Catholic Stand. When not reading and writing Pete is the happily married father five working his way through life in rural PA.
Latest Post: Introduction: Humility In the Combox
Peter Anselm Lyons is a homeschooled high school student with a penchant for Liturgical Theology and Apologetics. He is an enthusiastic chess player, and is studying the Great Books of Western Civilization, Thomistic philosophy, and the writings of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. Peter is looking seriously at seminary formation, and enjoys competitive volleyball in his spare time.
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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.
Latest Post: Loving Jesus: The Ultimate Blessing
Away from Rome for 35 years, Richard ran the gamut from married Assemblies of God minister to 15 years as an “LGBT” activist before seeing the non-gaiety of his former lifestyle and religious choices. He reconnected with the Church in 2005 and was confirmed at age 50 during the 2006 Easter Vigil. His story was first featured in This Rock/Catholic Answers magazine during 2008 and nationally shared on Gus Lloyd’s “Seize the Day” radio broadcast in 2009. Richard’s journey was later posted on the “Why I’m Catholic” website and remains one of their most visited conversion essays, and presented on Patrick Madrid's daily radio program in 2015. Besides Catholic Stand, he shares occasional pieces for Public Discourse, ChurchPOP, and manages his own blog to boot. His studies include 8 years of theology, divided evenly between Protestant and Catholic perspectives. Music is another of his passions, particularly classic jazz, blues early rock—and Gregorian Chant. He has worked in various facets of healthcare for nearly 40 years and is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Richard resides in Minneapolis, MN and is a member of All Saints Catholic Church.
Latest Post: All Saints, All Souls, All Strivers
Sarah is a wife and mother with a passion for dark roast coffee sipped at sunrise in the company of her husband, and the family’s 90-pound English Labrador Retriever (who thinks he is a lap dog). She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado. As a 3rd grader, she dreamed of becoming a lawyer. She declined law school admission to embrace the joys and trials of stay-at-home motherhood. It was then that she rediscovered her Catholic faith, and began her journey as a writer. Her primary writing interests are apologetics, Saint JP II’s Christian anthropology, and married and family life.
Latest Post: The Human Drama: Truth as an Encounter with Mystery
Scott Eric Alt is a Catholic convert and blogger. He has an M.A. in English literature (1998) from Southern Illinois University, and in a past life taught introductory college composition and literature. In 2011, after many years of Protestant church-hopping, he was received into the Catholic Church. He is a Third Degree Knight of Columbus and Benedictine oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and blogs mainly about apologetics here.
Latest Post: The Truth About the Crusades
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.
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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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.
Latest Post: Thanksgiving: Our Duty and Our Salvation
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.
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 hopes to reach out to other divorced and hurting Catholics and 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.
A cradle Catholic, Susan was born and raised in eastern Ohio where she attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Afterwards, she moved to the greater D.C. area, and attended Christendom College. It was there that she gained knowledge of Church Doctrine, teachings of the Fathers, and Tradition. Residing in rural New Hampshire, Susan is a full-time homeschooling mother to ten beautiful children.
Latest Post: Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad
Tammy Ruiz Ziegler has been a Nurse for 30 years and spent most of her career in Neonatal Intensive Care. For 10 years, she has been a Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator - caring for women and families suffering miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and SIDS. Part of her work involves assisting parents in preparing for births when the baby has received the diagnosis of a life limiting condition (often called "Perinatal Hospice"). In addition to her Nursing education, she studied (but did not become certified in) Clinical Pastoral Education at a Catholic Hospital in the midwest. She has been on EWTN and speaks regularly to Physicians & Nurses on the topic of perinatal loss care. Her work has been translated into Polish, Spanish, Czech, French, Italian & Japanese. Her career was both fragmented and enhanced by having 14 different jobs because of moves for her husband who was an active duty Officer in the USMC. She has 3 quasi-adult children and one super-cute grandchild. A convert to the Catholic Church, she was widowed after 26 years of marriage but recently married a man she met when they were both children.
Tom is a husband, father, Catholic theologian, author, popular speaker and radio host. He has produced and hosted more than a dozen programs that have aired on EWTN and other Catholic stations, and produced more than 100 presentations on CD, DVD and in digital download formats through the non-profit ministry he founded, My Catholic Faith Ministries. Tom has given more than 2000 presentations to hundreds of thousands of Catholics around the world since 1989. His bestselling book, The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life has sold over 60,000 copies. He received his graduate degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and his Ph. D in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. His doctoral dissertation was on the Trinitarian Foundations of Interreligious Dialogue in the Papal Teaching of Pope John Paul II. Tom has been a consulting member to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (now USCCB) Committee for Evangelization. He served as the Evangelization 2000 Continental Director for North America and the Caribbean, a worldwide effort sponsored by the Vatican to promote a decade in evangelization in anticipation of the Great Jubilee Year 2000.
Todd was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia (Go Phils!) but now lives and works in Michigan. He has worked with youth for over 15 years in the areas of ministry, athletics, and education. He is a proud family man and has a passion for all things CATHOLIC!
Latest Post: Being Thankful for a Catholic Education