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We are united as obedient Catholics. The views and opinions expressed by one columnist does not necessarily reflect the collective policy or position of Catholic Stand as a whole.

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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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: How to Outrun Armageddon (Or 5 Ways to Stay in Spiritual Shape)

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Anna Rose Meeds

Anna Rose Meeds is a Catholic writer and speaker who wants to spread hope, truth, and awareness. After struggling through many years of depression, eating disorders, anxiety, aspergers, and numerous other illnesses, she has finally begun to to see a light at the end of the tunnel that she wants to share with all those who need encouragement and support. Currently, she is a university student studying professional writing with a minor in literature and Bible. Creativity and imagination play an important role in her life and faith. Other activities that she is involved with include Toastmasters, speech team, theater, web editing and social media marketing for several sites, writing for her university newspaper, a chapter officer of Sigma Tua Delta, and leading of the disability awareness club at her school.

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Latest Post: The Catholic Side of Disney

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Annie Deddens

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.

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Latest Post: Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

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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: Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

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Autumn Jones

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.

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Latest Post: Waiting Out the Storm

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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 eight living grandchildren (all age twevle 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: Dr. Ben Carson: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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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: How to Solve Social Problems

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Bob Kurland

Retired, cranky, old physicist. Convert to Catholicism in 1995. Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith. Intermittent blogs at Rational Catholic and adult education classes here to achieve this end. Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC. Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group. And, finally, my motivation: “It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking. Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.” St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.

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Latest Post: It Doesn’t Pay to Argue on the Internet

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Brianna Heldt

Brianna Heldt is a mother to seven, recent convert to the Catholic faith, and writer who blogs at Just Showing Up. In addition to her three biological daughters, she and her husband are also parents to four adopted children from Ethiopia, including two daughters with Down syndrome. When Brianna is not busy blogging or homeschooling, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading good books, thrifting, and advocating for orhpaned children with medical needs. She lives with her husband and kids in Denver, and is eagerly anticipating the birth of her eighth child, due in February.

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Latest Post: Pope Francis and Gender Theory

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Cecily Lowe

Cecily 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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Christina Weber

Christina Weber teaches Christian 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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Latest Post: Are You In The Habit Of Comparing Yourself With Others?

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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). 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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Latest Post: Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times, and the Racism of Low Expectations

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Colleen McCrum

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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Latest Post: Become as Little Children

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Cullen Herout

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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Latest Post: We Will Be Seen As Barbarians Because Of Abortion

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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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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 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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Latest Post: Laudato Si: Papal Economics and the Social Mortgage

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Denise J. Hunnell, MD

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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Latest Post: Embracing the Divorced and Remarried With a Mother’s Heart

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Diane McKelva

Diane McKelva is an American writer and essayist living in the Southern United States. She shares 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. She is a contributor to numerous religious and secular publications such as Catholic Online, The National Catholic Register, Shalom Media, The Tennessee Register, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, to name a few. Her editing and creative writing talent has been utilized by such clients as US Steel, Focus Magazine, Hilton, Bayer, The University of Pittsburgh, San Jose Museum of Art, Def Jam Records, Nashville Business Journal, Marathon Oil Corporation and country music artists. She also provided work for the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA). She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the online publication, Catholic Stand, owned by Little Vatican Management, founded by Tito Edwards (The National Catholic Register).

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Latest Post: OpEd: “There’s No Cursing In Evangelizing!”

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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: 800 Years of Magna Carta

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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 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.

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Latest Post: The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

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Foxfier

Wife, mother, cradle Catholic; former naval aviation technician and life-long geek who wants to help others find out how much really cool stuff the Catholic Church has to share, especially in terms of pop culture and misconceptions. A millennial who graduated in '01, former raid tank, raid healer and raid leader for a fairly casual raiding guild in the second and third WoW expansions, a Star Trek fan and fell in love with the X-Men from her uncle's comics, and even with kids a low-level MMO and sandbox gamer.

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Latest Post: Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

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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: Diocesan Deaconate Training: Does It Reflect Christ’s Mercy and Compassion?

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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: What Is Wrong With Latin?

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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: A Few Questions for Planned Parenthood…and Ourselves

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Jeffrey McLeod, PhD

Jeff McLeod holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He works as a data scientist, researcher, statistician, psychometrician, and software developer. His passion is to express the tenets of Catholicism without compromise, faithful to the magisterium, in confident dialog with the modern world. In his spare time he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and teaches at the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul. He and his lovely Catholic convert wife have been married for 25 years and share their home with two exceedingly accomplished children.

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Latest Post: Edith Stein On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

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Jennifer Hartline

Jennifer Hartline is grateful to be Catholic, and becoming more grateful by the day. She's a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of four children. She runs on dark chocolate and mochas, loves to bake, and remains fairly stunned that she gets to write for awesome Catholic websites like Catholic Stand. Only by the grace of God! She is a present-day abolitionist, praying (and writing loudly) for the day when we will abolish the evil of abortion in our nation and protect the child in the womb. The only thing that will save Western civilization from utter implosion is the Catholic Church. You can visit Jennifer at her blog, Wake Up, Deborah! Now, go get some chocolate.

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Latest Post: Whom Will You Serve?

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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, 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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Latest Post: Why Research on Aborted Babies Is Wrong

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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: Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

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John McNichol

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!

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Latest Post: Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

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Judith Costello

Judith Costello has an MA degree in Human Development/Art Therapy. She is also a Third Order Carmelite (OCDS). She is the author of two books of lessons about Mary and Prayer, written for CatechismClass.com. Her artwork and art projects can be found on her website at www.unwindstudio.com and on Facebook under https://www.facebook.com/JudithCosArt. Judith is the mother of two. She has spent the past 25+ years as a freelance writer and artist. Her Sacred Art Coloring Book for grown-ups is available as of July 2015, and Judith is available to talk about and share projects using art as meditation and prayer. Contact her at judithcostellopws@gmail.com.

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Latest Post: SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

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Julianne McCullagh

Julianne McCullagh lives in Flower Mound, Texas, having been transported from New York where she and her husband were raised. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of two. She is a former Director of Family Life minister and a long time columnist at her parish. She is working on her second novel while posting on her blog GraceNotes.

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Latest Post: Why Do I Remain Catholic?

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Julie Machado

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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Latest Post: Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

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Karen Reep

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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Latest Post: Keeping Faith While Grieving

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Kevin Aldrich

Kevin lives with his wife and seven children in Springfield, IL. He writes screenplays, TV pilots, novels, non-fiction books and articles, and English and religion curricula. His homiletic lectionary-based blog is Doctrinal Homily Outlines. His blog for aspiring writers is The Catholic Image.

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Latest Post: One Child More

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Kevin Symonds

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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Latest Post: Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

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Leila Miller

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.

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Latest Post: Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

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Leticia Adams

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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Latest Post: Why I Remain Catholic

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Lisa Shefferly-Gillay

I enjoy writing and have always found it to be one of the best ways I communicate my thoughts most clearly. I hope you enjoy and find what I have to say to be interesting, insightful, and even uplifting. I also am a big fan of marriage and believe it is one of the stepping stones and pathways God has planned for us to reach sainthood and Heaven. God's peace to you and yours!

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Latest Post: Give Praise to the Lord

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Loye Young

Loye Young is a Texas preacher spreading the Catholic faith. Loye became a Roman Catholic in 2005 after growing up Southern Baptist but spending 20 years as an Episcopalian. He received BBA and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. For the last few years, he has been a Linux system engineer and now is working as a freelance website developer. Loye and his fiancé are novices together in the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic (the Order of Preachers). He currently lives in Rochelle, Texas.

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Latest Post: Withholding Tithes from the Church is Heretical

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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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Matthew James Christoff

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.

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Latest Post: Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

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Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau is a petite wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. When the words "The Joy of Mothering on a Hobby Farm" popped into her head as a subtitle for her short stories, it was like an epiphany for her because those few words verbalized her experience living with little people.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

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Latest Post: Stand Still? I’m Wired to Fight or Run

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Michael Lane

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.

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Latest Post: Of God and Godparents

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Michelle Fritz

Michelle is a cradle Catholic, married to her high school sweetheart Mike for the last 24 years. She is an ecletic homeschooling mom of 11 children. In addition to her children on earth she is a mother to 13 saints in heaven. She is active in the prolife community and is dedicated to protecting all children, both born and unborn. Michelle is a regular writer at Catholic Sistas, a website dedicated to sharing the truths of our faith through personal stories and article that stress adherence to the teachings of the Church. She loves Apologetics and learning all she can about our beautiful Catholic faith.

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Latest Post: Why Bother Attending Mass?

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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: Where’s the Welcome Mat for Young Families?

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Nicholas Senz

Nicholas Senz is a managing editor at Catholic Stand and a master's student at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA, studying, surprisingly, philosophy and theology. Born and raised in Verboort, a Catholic enclave in irreligious Oregon, Nick grew up in a solidly Catholic family that encouraged asking questions (and boy, did he), taking him on a lifelong journey of fides quarens intellectum ("faith seeking understanding"). Nick enjoys science fiction, basketball, playing guitar, and the usual suspects: J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Church Fathers. His work has appeared at Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and his own blog, nicksenz.blogspot.com.

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Latest Post: A New Stripping of the Altars?

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Nick Hardesty

Nicholas Hardesty is currently the Director of Religious Education at Blessed Mother Catholic Church in Owensboro, KY. He has a B.A and an M. Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, KY) and an M.A. in Theology with a Certification in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH). He is also the author of "phat catholic apologetics" (http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com), a popular blog that explains and defends the Catholic faith. He lives in Owensboro with his wife and two children. When he is not busy at the parish, he likes to mow the yard with his son, throw his daughter up in the air, kiss his wife, and play video games. He also plays a mean game of Scrabble.

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Latest Post: Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

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Patti Maguire Armstrong

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

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Latest Post: The Devil is Out of the Closet and is a Liberal

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Paul Senz

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.

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Latest Post: Culture Wars: To Whom Shall We Go?

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Peter Lyons

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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Latest Post: Goodness to Greatness

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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: Claude, Death Row and the Miraculous Medal

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Richard G Evans

Away from Rome for 35 years, Richard ran the gamut from being a married Assemblies of God minister to 15 years as an “LGBT” activist before his return to sanity. After 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 and nationally shared on Gus Lloyd’s Sirius XM “Seize the Day” radio broadcast as well as more recently by Patrick Madrid on his daily program. In 2013 an updated version of Richard’s journey was posted on the “Why I’m Catholic” website and remains one of their most visited conversion essays. 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 passion of his, particularly classic jazz, blues and 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. Soon to be 60, he still sees himself as a youngster when it comes to the Faith, and is known in numerous circles online and elsewhere as “Catholic Boy Richard.” Richard resides in Minneapolis, MN and is a member of All Saints Catholic Church.

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Latest Post: Same-Sex Attraction and the “Courage” to Live

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Scott Eric Alt

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.

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Latest Post: St. Augustine: What Has Been Injured Shall Be Renewed

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Sherry Antonetti

I am a Catholic writer, happily married, and mother to ten children. Past publications include the Catholic Digest, Faith and Family Live, National Catholic Register, the Catholic Standard, East Texas Catholic and the Washington Post. I have a regular column at www.catholicmom.com and also a blog, Chocolate For Your Brain, with the I don't know what I'm doing blog address of http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com. My first foray into fiction is slated to hit the internet in May of 2013, The Book of Helen.

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Latest Post: The Pro-choice Mantra is “Every Child, a Wanted Child.”

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Dr. 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: Ganogen’s Aborted Human Fetal Kidneys and Hearts Living in Rats and Some Ethical Questions

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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 master's degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University in Chicago and a law degree 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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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: Same-Sex Marriage: Every Cake You Bake

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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 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.

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Latest Post: 14 Ways to Help Your Child Maintain Catholic Faith in College

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Susan Anne

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.

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Latest Post: Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad

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Tammy Ruiz Ziegler, RN CPLC

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.

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Latest Post: Truth: A Tool For Caring

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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 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!

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Latest Post: Planned Parenthood: The Price of Justice

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