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Abigail Reimel Gripshover

Abigail Reimel Gripshover is a writer, editor, and dreamer living in the city with her husband, Robert. She loves to keep herself busy, and recently added "business owner" and "wife" to her ever growing list of titles and responsibilities. The beach, her family, coffee, books, and date nights are some of her favorite things. She is always learning, and strives to grow in love every day.

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Latest Post: The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

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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: “Be Not Afraid”: Having Faith Despite Fear

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Alex Wolke

Alexander Wolke is a husband, writer, and theologian. He currently works for a Catholic non-profit organization in Denver, Colorado.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 to be with his wife who shows him every day what it means to be a saint.

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Latest Post: Holy Communion as Source of Life

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Alita Maria Covel Ngo

Alita is the proud mother of two wonderful adult daughters, and a retired school teacher of both public and parochial schools. She credits her mom with the strong Catholic faith she enjoys today, and wishes to share the wealth of mercy and experience of divine love encountered in the Heart of Jesus throughout her life, in order to return praise and thanksgiving to Him, and draw others to know and love Him, too. She is a Secular Carmelite of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Community in the St. Joseph Province, and holds a B. A. in Liberal Studies from CSULB, and a M. A. in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.

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Allison Gingras

Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY) and host of A Seeking Heart. 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: Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

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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: “Fake News” – The Paganization of the Church

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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: Freedom Is Not Born from Evil

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Anne DeSantis

Anne DeSantis is a wife and mother, 50+model/actor from the Greater Philadelphia area. She has been writing with The Catholic Stand since 2014. She homeschooled her two daughters all through school, and embarked on a career in modeling, acting, and writing in recent years. She is a 2012 graduate of "The Church Ministry Institute" within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She treasures her Catholic faith and enjoys spreading God's love through her writings with this publication. She also writes articles for CatholicMom.com. Her daughter Alaine DeSantis is a writer with The Catholic Stand.

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Latest Post: A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

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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: In the Tangle of Our Minds: “Thoughtful Theism” by Fr. Andrew Younan

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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: God is Good and “Everything Happens For A Reason”

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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: Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation

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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: A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

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Carol Monaco

Carol Monaco is the writer, editor, and publisher of "Journey to Our Lady," a spiritual publication that helps readers develop a deeper understanding and closer relationship to our Blessed Mother. Carol also is a member of Association Jeanne Jugan, a Catholic lay organization that provides individuals with an opportunity to share in the spirituality of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Carol is a member of the World Apostolate of Fatima. Carol also enjoys photography!

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Cecily Lowe

Cecily G. Lowe received her B.A. in History in 2016 from a faithful Catholic college, which she credits as having a great impact on her faith. (Her least favorite thing about her college career was that it ended after four years.) She now has hopes of one day earning an M.A. if God wills. She began at CS in 2015, and greatly appreciates the opportunity it has given her. Though having been physically disabled from birth, she does not let that limit her, and counts interpretative dance among her hobbies along with singing, reading, and maintaining a mental encyclopedia of eclectic quotes.

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Latest Post: Four Years of Grace

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Chris Brune

I am a 70 year old cradle Catholic. Some would say I am a Baby Boomer although I really do not identify with that demographic’s values. Six kids, seven grandchildren, married to Dottie 40 years on April 16, Viet Nam veteran, and musician.

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Latest Post: The Art of Praying With Art

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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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Latest Post: Your True North

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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: Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

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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: Miracles Happen All The Time – Part II

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David Roney

David is a cradle Catholic, 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, he is selling Arizona real estate, volunteering at various Catholic charities, studying his faith, writing, or spending time outdoors. 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 and Adoration regularly.

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Latest Post: I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

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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: Practice Makes Perfect in Life and Prayer

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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: God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

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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: Fr. Francis L. Sampson: Paratrooper Padre

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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: I Object to Evil Profanation

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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: A Catholic Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

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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: Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

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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: Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

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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 he and his wife Kathy currently serve. Deacon Greg 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: “Fight or Flight” And The Wings Of Prayer

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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: Hanoi Jane Excepted, Ora Pro Nobis

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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: We Are Different Than Butterflies

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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 is a married permanent deacon for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in the Diocese of Honolulu. Dougherty received a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri – Kansas City; an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven; and a BA in Psychology with minors in English and Philosophy from the University of Delaware. For 27 years, he served as Executive Director of the DeLaSalle Education Center in Kansas City, Missouri, a national model of excellence in education for central-city high school students who needed another opportunity for success. Dougherty participated in a Catholic healing ministry in Kansas City from 2006 to 2013. He has been published in American Jails and Deacon Digest. He has finalized an unpublished spiritual memoir about his son’s death and healing after tragic loss in an encounter with police in Kansas City in 2002, entitled: A Place for Us to Meet. He and Karol have been married 42 years and have four children, three of whom live in Hawaii, one of whom, Aaron, in eternity. Their six grandchildren also live in Hawaii. He is currently caring for his aging parents in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Latest Post: The Joy of Pentecost(s)

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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 six terrific kids here on earth, four saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband who supports her in all things. She enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund, and her role as Senior Editor of Catholic Stand). She blogs at www.catholicworkingmother.com and more sporadically at http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.

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Latest Post: Breastfeeding Is Not Immodest

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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: 40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

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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: Why Priests Are Men

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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: Pornography and Mortification

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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: Making God Your Goal

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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: The Deadly Cancer of Anger

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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: Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

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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. You can also follow her on Twitter at @LauraRDeMaria.

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Latest Post: Finding Your True Self in Marian Devotion

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Lorelei Savaryn

Lorelei is a passionate Catholic Convert, 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. Lorelei currently blogs at This Catholic Family.

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Latest Post: Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

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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. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry to children, youth and families, In the past 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, a DRE, and a youth minister. Mark was also a Christian radio host and producer for 8 years at a small Christian radio station. He has written for a number of Catholic magazines and websites including St. Anthony Messenger, Emmanuel Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and Catholic Exchange. He currently lives in Connecticut with his Proverbs 31 wife and three incredible children, 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: Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

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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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Latest Post: Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

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Megan Dahle

Megan Dahle is a Catholic Blogger who likes to emphasize in her writing both the life of prayer and how to live bravely as a Catholic in modern society. She is a devoted mother and wife and a Catholic business owner. Before this eCommerce adventure, she was an accountant. She enjoys coaching robotics for her daughters' FLL teams and gardening.

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Latest Post: The Lessons of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

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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: Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?

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Michael Cretaro

Hello. My name is Michael Cretaro. I live in upstate New York. I am a parishioner of St. Agatha's Catholic Church and have been all of my life. My brother John was an ordained Deacon. My Catholic faith is more than just something that is important to me. It defines who I am and why I am here. It defines where I am going and how I view the world and treat others. It is the very reason that I am able to make sense of how things work in the world today. My catholic faith gives me wisdom and understanding. And with God's grace it helps me to explain these things in writing to those who are drawn to them by the Holy Spirit. I have self published a book entitled "Questions from the Creator". It takes 63 questions from the bible and answers them in a way that enables the reader to understand what is really being said. In my writing I remain true to the teachings of the Church for I do not believe in things otherwise. I have had experience in doing radio shows and writing for the local diocesan Catholic newspaper. Some of the people who have been a influential blessing on me are Dr. Scott Hahn of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and EWTN as well as the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whom I love. I am 53 years old and live with my sister Mary. I am single and have no children, leaving my free time to serve the Lord and his Church according to his will. I am very thankful for and excited about this opportunity. Thank you.

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Latest Post: Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

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Michele Boyer

Michele is retired, happily married, the mother of two adult daughters and has one granddaughter. As a lifelong Catholic and writer, she has managed to find a way to write in most of her career positions. She spent 35 years as a registered respiratory therapist, during which time she was given opportunities to write for the hospitals where she worked. She earned her Certificate in Healthcare Quality in 1994, which led to more writing opportunities. Some of this writing included grant proposals, educational materials, brochures, patient home care materials, policies and procedures. Later, she wrote articles and blogs for websites on legal, medical, genealogy, and RVing/camping topics. Noting that Truth, Jesus, and God have been increasingly disregarded, she hoped for an opportunity to write about the Church, Truth, and the wonderful things she's learned, with God's guidance, from a Catholic point of view.

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Latest Post: The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part I

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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: Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

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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: The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

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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: Strength in Weakness

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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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Latest Post: Reclaiming the Ancient Beauty of the Latin Rite

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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 Coffin

The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of "Catholic Answers Live," and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.

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Latest Post: The Enduring Perils of Divorce With Dr. Diane Medved

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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: The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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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: Believing in a God who Acts in History

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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: Our Dynamic YOUths are Hungry for Christ

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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: Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

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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: The Catholic Church and Science

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Sarah Greydanus

Sarah Greydanus graduated in May 2016 from the amazing Christendom College, receiving a B.A. in literature. Now living with her family in New Jersey, Sarah seeks to produce and share well-crafted Catholic writing for God's glory and readers' benefit. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces may be viewed on her site, gildedweavings.com. May the grace and peace of Christ be with you!

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Latest Post: Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

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Sarah Huntzinger

Sarah is a student, wife and mom with a passion for the Catholic faith, writing and dark roast coffee. She was inspired to return to the Church of her childhood faith after reading a worn book on prayer which she dug out of a box of books, late one evening. She was still awake in the wee hours of the morning, enchanted by beauty and truth. She holds a degree in Sociology. She is studying Bioethics, M.S. at the University of Mary. She is a member of Women Speak For Themselves and blogs at lightoflifewomen.com.

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Latest Post: What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

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Scott Nolan

Scott is a husband and father of three. He works for a local university, and in his spare time produces and hosts "In the Lead", a TV show he created on a local cable channel. He enjoys the outdoors, old cars and travelling. He is always looking for meaningful ways to serve God.

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Latest Post: Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

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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: Solitude Among Millions

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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: Reflections on the Law

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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: The Problem With Instant Gratification

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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: Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

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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: The Catholic Church CAN Help Single Parents

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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: Have the People Recline

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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: If You Want Healing

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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: “Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

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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: Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

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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: Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

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