Columnists

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

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).

Alyssa Morrisroe

Alyssa Morrisroe is blessed to be a wife and mother with the most incredible family, including animals that are occasional challenges. She has spent nearly two decades as an investment banker focused on the aerospace and defense industry. She is a lifelong Catholic and is consistently amazed at the spiritual mysteries that continue to unfold in study and in life.

Anthony S. Layne

Tony was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He 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

Betty Parquette

Betty Parquette is a convert to the Catholic Church from the Baptist tradition. She is a deacon’s wife, enjoys serving as a cantor, and is a homeschooling mom. Favorite Catholic authors include Caryll Houselander and Lucile Hasley. Drinking good coffee from vintage percolators and going on trail rides with her horse and dog are at the top of her favorites list. She often thinks of herself as a reluctant hobbit being drawn into some unknown adventure. Betty can also be found at her blog: bettyspercatory.blogspot.com

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, <a href=”http://theyhavenowine.wordpress.com/”>They Have No Wine</a>.

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 <a href=”http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/”>Rational Catholic</a> and adult education classes <a href=”http://home.ptd.net/~rkurland”>here</a> 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.

Brandon Schild

Brandon Schild is currently in the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea. 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 towards his Master’s Degree in Human Resources and has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He has been a Catholic his entire life but had fallen away from the Church. He came back to the Church and went through the RCIA program to become familiar with the faith once again. He also was chosen to help teach Confirmation classes on Ft Riley for two years up until he departed the area. He is married and has one son. When Brandon isn’t busy working or studying, he likes to spend time with his family and write stories for pleasure.

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!

Cathy G. Knipper

A cradle Catholic, Cathy first realized she loved the written word when she read the “Our Father” one Sunday in church when she was six. She has been reading and telling stories ever since. She hopes to help others grow in their faith by promoting quality Catholic books and doing a little writing when she can.

Cecily G. 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.

Christian Daru

Christian Daru is currently an academic advisor at Marymount Manhattan College. He holds a BA in philosophy and Spanish from Regis University and an MA in philosophy from Fordham University. He is interested in giving an exposition and defense of the Catholic philosophical tradition with particular attention given to metaphysics and ethics.

Cynthia Millen

Cindy and her husband Jim were blessed to have five kids in four years (2 sets of twins), and are looking forward to grandchild number 3. 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. She enjoys growing things in her garden, knitting, the teaching (and learning) from the students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio, and attending Mass there with marvelous parishioners and priests. She also writes for Catholic Mom.

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

Daniel Demers

David Roney

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

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 extramural lecturer in Mystical Theology at the Dominican University in Rome (The Angelicum). His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, and his Mystical Theology Carmelite. He has sold over 300,000 books in more than twelve different languages.  David’s website is http://www.davidtorkington.com
His three most recent books are ‘Wisdom from the Christian Mystics – How to Pray the Christian Way’,’Wisdom from the Western Isles – The Making of a Mystic’, and ‘Wisdom from Franciscan Italy – The Primacy of Love’  He is at present working on three booklets commissioned by the Catholic Truth Society: Prayer Made Simple (March 2018), Meditation made Simple and Contemplation made Simple.

Dom Cingoranelli

Dom is a Benedictine-educated cradle Catholic, a revert to the faith, and is an Oblate of St. Benedict. 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.

Dr. Howard Kainz

Howard Kainz, Emeritus Professor at Marquette University, is the author of twenty-five books on German philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, and religion, and over a hundred articles in scholarly journals, print magazines, online magazines, and op-eds. He was a recipient of an NEH fellowship for 1977-8, and Fulbright fellowships in Germany for 1980-1 and 1987-8. His website is http://academic.mu.edu/phil/kainzh.

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. 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.

Fionn Shiner

Fionn Shiner is a twentysomething writer based in London. He has written for the Daily Mirror, Private Eye, the Huffington Post, the Independent and Conservative Woman. His heart was restless but how it rests in the Lord!

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 <a href=”http://www.renewamerica.com/”>RenewAmerica.us</a> and <a href=”http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/authors/detail/gabriel-garnica-esq”>FamilySecurityMatters.org</a> and is proud and honored to bring his contributions to Catholic Stand. 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 <a href=”http://deussolus9.wordpress.com”>Deus Solus</a> and hopes to add a life to coach blog and website in the near future as well. Gabriel has a J.D. from New York University and an M.S. Ed. in counseling from Fordham University.

 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.

Gene M. 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 .

Guy McClung

Guy McClung lives with his wife of 44+ years south of Houston, Texas helping inventors develop and patent their inventions. Following two stints in the seminary with the missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, total 5 years (for which he is truly and forever thankful), 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.

James Hooper

James Hooper is a lifelong Catholic and is blessed with a wonderful wife and child. Jim 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 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 is a regular host for “St. Joseph Radio Presents.” (http://saintjosephradio.net)

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).

Janet Meyer

Janet Meyer is a cradle Catholic who didn’t understand the gift of Catholicism until undergoing a crisis of faith. She is now ardently Catholic. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services and worked for many years as a psychometrist. Janet and her husband, Gerry, live in Wisconsin with their dog, Kolbe. They have an adult daughter, Marissa, who you can hear serving God as she cantors at St. Mary’s and Assumption parishes in Nashville. Janet is particularly interested in learning to better hear God and what He desires of her.

Jeffrey Stevens

Jeffrey’s greatest blessings and responsibilities in life are his wife and their children. He studies theology at Aidan University and is the Founder and President of Gospel Grammar. His goals as a writer are to inspire others to seek a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and encourage them to live a Gospel-centered life.

Deacon Jim Dougherty

Deacon Jim Dougherty is a married permanent deacon for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) serving in the Diocese of Honolulu. Dougherty has a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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.
Dougherty has recently published a spiritual memoir about his son’s death entitled: A Place for Us to Meet. The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1549858076/ . He and Karol have been married 43 years and have four children and six grandchildren.

John Paul 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 <a href=”http://jpnunezcath.blogspot.com”>JP Nunez: Understanding the Faith Through Scripture</a>.

Julie Machado

Julie Machado is a 32-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 <a href=”http://martajuliemaria.blogspot.com/”>Marta, Julie e Maria</a>.

Ken Kniepmann

Ken has been with the John Paul II Healing Center since its inception and has functioned in a variety of roles, including Board Chairman, Executive Director, and presenter. Ken is the author of Lenten Healing: Fasting the Seven Deadly Sins, published by Ave Maria Press. He has several conference offerings, including “The Deep Heart of God”, “The Faces of My Family- Healing for Blended and Adopted Families”, and “Closer to the Kingdom- Connecting and Belonging to God”. He is a bi-monthly guest on Divine Mercy Radio in east central Florida. He co-developed the Centers’ “ABLAZE!” men’s conference. Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and M. Ed. in Counseling, both from St. Louis University. Ken has been married for more than 25 years to his wife Sharon. They have two children.

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.

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. She was a guest on EWTN’s The Journey Home on December 18, 2017, and Lorelei currently blogs at <a href=”http://www.thiscatholicfamily.com/”>This Catholic Family</a>.

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.