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Abigail C. Reimel is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Among other things, she enjoys playing the violin, reading and re-reading books, watching movies, spending time with her family, and driving around town, listening to music with the windows down. She has been published in the St. Austin Review, and posts regularly on her blog, a "A Catholic Teen's Perspective". She adores living by the ocean, but has traded salty winds for mountain air to begin studying at Christendom College, where she hopes to study English and master swing dancing.
Latest Post: Prayer: A Season for Everything
Anabelle Hazard is a practicing Catholic, non-practicing attorney, happy homeschooler, penniless novelist (of Catholic novels “Sand and Water” & “Fireflies Dance”), and long-winded blogger at Written By the Finger of God.
Latest Post: Parental Bragging and Legacy
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.
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.
Latest Post: Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church
Autumn Jones is an aspiring author and an all-around contemplative, striving to live out Christ's mission in her every day life. She writes often about her lived experiences, the people she meets and the places she finds inspiration. Currently, Autumn is a graduate student, freelance writer and educator. She tweets @faithful_writer and blogs at The Faithful Writer regularly.
Latest Post: Show me your #ashtag
Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic whose vibrant Faith colors every aspect of her life. She is passionate about the pro-life movement and enthusiastically serves on her Diocesan Gospel of Life. Birgit has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 39 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren (all age nine 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 her pro-life memes.
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.
Latest Post: A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth
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.
Latest Post: Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*
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.
Latest Post: Pope Francis and Reconciliation
Chelsea Houghton is a 27 year old mother who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and four children under the age of five. She has a Media and Communications degree from the University of Canterbury and in the past has worked for the Journey of the Cross and Icon for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, for the Christchurch Catholic Youth Team and running the Theology of the Body for Teens programme and training to various groups. She a managing editor for Catholic Stand and also is a columnist for Ignitum Today, NZ Catholic and various other Catholic media. Chelsea blogs at Grow the Roses.
Latest Post: 10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of
Christina Weber helps Catholic Mompreneurs fully engage the power or their calling, earn more in less time, and get back to enjoying their families. Get a boost with her complementary special report, “The Catholic Momprenuers Guide to 12 Things You Can Do Today to Earn More in Less Time” at http://www.catholicwomensguide.com/moretimeandmoney.
Latest Post: The Secret To Win-Win Business Deals
David L. Gray is a Catholic author, radio host, and founder of DavidLGray.INFO Inc., where he blogs at regularly; giving his fresh Catholic perspective on all things relevant and interesting. DavidLGray.INFO Inc. is a ministry that is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. "My calling from God is to the John the Baptist Ministry; meaning that I’m here to live in truth, through word and action, and point people to Christ Jesus through the lenses of the Catholic Church." David is a part-time Disneyland dad and full-time father to three beautiful daughters, an ecstatic 2006 Catholic convert, an indifferent 1997 graduate of Central State University, a proud 2002 dropout of Antioch McGregor Graduate School, and a mild mannered graduate student at Franciscan University of Steubenville; working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Theology and Christian Ministry.
Latest Post: Who Cares Who Michael Voris Isn’t Talking About?
Deacon Jim Russell is a lifelong St. Louis resident, "cradle" Catholic, husband, father of eleven, and grandfather of two. Ordained to the Diaconate in 2002, Deacon Russell serves as Director of Liturgy for Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, the second-largest parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He remains an active supporter of Catholic radio and the Catholic blogosphere and has just begun blogging here at Catholic Stand. Deacon Russell’s theological interests include the sanctity of marriage and the work of Blessed Pope John Paul II, particularly his “Catecheses on Human Love” (Theology of the Body). Follow Deacon Russell on Twitter at @MarriageSTL.
Latest Post: Traditionalism and Theology of the Body
Diane McKelva is an American writer, essayist and columnist, sharing stories of the human experience that touch each one of us in our life’s journey. She is a Southern writer, born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, where she resides with her husband, children, dogs, and a lone cat with an attitude. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Arts and Communications from the University of Memphis. After achieving success in marketing, she began her freelance career in 1994. Her work often reflects her Roman Catholic faith, and frequently examines issues surrounding moral and ethical dilemmas, and conflicts within humanity. She is a contributor to numerous publications such as, Catholic Stand (where she is also Managing Editor), Shalom Media, The Tennessee Register, a subsidiary of The National Catholic Register, as well as numerous literary, consumer and trade publications. She is the editor of The Essential Catholic. Diane McKelva: www.dianemckelva.com
Latest Post: Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn
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.
Former sailor and technician, current geek, "three prong" conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Happily married to TrueBlue. Ranch raised in rural Washington, currently settled in the Seattle Blob.
Latest Post: Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special
A priest of Little Rock, a fan of St. Philip Neri, Pope Benedict XVI, the New Evangelization and the Washington Nationals. Addicted to coffee and mexican food.
Latest Post: Breaking Lenten Fasts
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.
Latest Post: Good Friday Should Not Just Be Good Theater
Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic Evangelist, author and radio host. In addition to hosting Following The Truth on Blogtalkradio (M-F at 8 PM Eastern), Gary is a frequent guest on EWTN, Relevant and Sirius/XM Radio. He is the author of A Worrier's Guide To The Bible and Listen To Your Blessed Mother (coming in August 2013), both from Liguori Publications. A frequent speaker at parishes and conferences, Gary speaks about a number of topics pertaining to the Catholic Faith. He is nicknamed "The Worrier Warrior" and is known for using the Bible to combat anxiety. Gary lives in New Jersey with his wife Eileen and daughters Mary and Elizabeth.
Latest Post: Have I Grown Closer To Jesus Today?
Greg Yoko possesses almost 30 years of experience in a variety of communication-related positions, primarily as a communication and marketing strategist. He has served as an author, editor, publisher, educator, consultant, entrepreneur, marketing manager, and speaker throughout the United States and Canada. His focus is on practical implications and results, not the theoretical. With an extensive career in marketing, Greg has worked in numerous industries. For over 10 years, Greg published international digital and print magazines, newsletters and books in the land development industry. He has authored hundreds of articles for numerous newspapers and magazines. Currently, Greg is the Director of Business Development for a custom plastic manufacturer and is an adjunct professor at the University of Dubuque. He is also owner of Thy Will Be Done Publishing (ThyWillBeDonePub.com). In his spare time, Greg is a licensed youth, high school, and college official. He earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies (Message Design) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication-Journalism from Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) in 1985. A native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Greg currently lives in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife of 26 years, Kim, and two college-age sons.
Latest Post: Catholic Education: A Missed Opportunity?
Howard Lee 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.
Latest Post: What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?
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.
Latest Post: Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent
Jason Hall is an attorney and Catholic convert. After spending some time working in the political world followed by a brief sojourn in seminary, he apparently discovered the value of moderation and now works as a lobbyist for Kentucky's Catholic bishops. In his spare time, he likes to read great books, analyze political and social trends, and cheer on his beloved Cincinnati Reds. Jason's contributions to Catholic Stand primarily focus on the principles and application of Catholic Social Teaching.
Latest Post: The Right Way to Fight Poverty
Jeff McLeod holds a Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the University of Minnesota. He works as a research scientist, a statistician, and software developer, focusing on problems in education and psychological measurement. He is well versed in philosophy of science and Catholic theology, and is a devoted student of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and serves on the faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota, where he teaches at the St. Paul Seminary in the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. Jeff is a 53 year old cradle Catholic. He and his lovely Catholic convert wife have been married for 23 years. His goal is to help Catholics become more confident in their faith and to draw daily strength from it.
Latest Post: Good Friday and the Two Mobs
I'm Jenni. Wife to my hero, mom to 9 great kids ranging from 2-24 years old. I stay busy washing their clothes and driving them everywhere. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and I'm on the RCIA team at my parish. I love photography, writing, beadwork, sewing, reading. I dabble in science fiction TV and movies and am an avid fan of J.R.R Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. I write at CirclingJericho.com and try to keep a photo blog of the family at GroftZoo.com.
Latest Post: What are My Jars?
Jennifer Hartline is grateful to be Catholic, and becoming more grateful by the day. She's a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children. #4 coming soon! She runs on dark chocolate and mochas (better yet, dark chocolate mochas), loves to bake, and remains fairly stunned that she gets to write for awesome Catholic websites like Catholic Online and 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. She knows that the only thing that will save Western civilization from utter implosion is the Catholic Church. She and her husband and crew make their home wherever the Army sends them. You can visit Jennifer at her blog, Wake Up, Deborah! Now, go get some chocolate.
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, two saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 12 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 http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.
Joel and Lisa Schmidt co-founded The Practicing Catholic, an antidote to the perception that piety is boring or that the Church is filled with “sour-faced saints”. In their writings, the Schmidts provide witness to the adventure of living an integrated Catholic life ... not just on Sundays. For more about the Schmidts, please see their individual bios (Joel's bio; Lisa's bio).
John Darrouzet is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, an accomplished lawyer, a student of decision-making, and a deeply committed Roman Catholic layman who is FINDING FAITH AT THE MOVIES. Read more about John here.
Latest Post: Surprised by The Real Present
Julie Machado is a 27-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 and her husband. She teaches English to children and has a special interest in Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. 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.
Latest Post: Playing with Dolls and Delayed Motherhood
Karol Henseler Orsborn M.D., OCDS is a pediatrician of 20 years, as well as a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. Her husband, Dave, works for St. Gabriel Catholic Radio and they are the parents of three daughters. In December 2012, she felt called to leave the field of Pediatrics, in order to fight attacks upon the family and the parent/child bond becoming especially prevalent in Pediatrics. Additionally, she has a desire to work towards maintaining and restoring Purity and Innocence in Youth, and exposing them to Virtue, Beauty and Truth in their homes, schools and communities.
Latest Post: The Prophesy of a Christmas Stamp?
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. He blogs for the Year of Faith at http://www.doctrinalhomilyoutlines.com/.
Latest Post: A Life of Service and Cheerfulness
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 loves to debate atheists, advocate for special needs orphans, and attempt the matchmaking of young Catholic singles (not necessarily in that order). All of the above is accomplished on her three blogs: Little Catholic Bubble, Orphan Report, and the invite-only Catholic Moms Matchmaking.
Leticia is a convert who came into the Catholic Church at Easter 2010. She is the mother of 4 kids. She is homeschooling her youngest child, has two in Jr High and her oldest is grown up and about to have a child of his own this summer. Leticia is on her Pastoral Council, blogs at Catholic Sistas as well as her personal blog, is a full-time student, a wife, and helps with her parish's Jesus is Lord adult faith formation class and RCIA. In her spare time she sleeps.
Latest Post: Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale
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!
Latest Post: How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent
Mary Rice Hasson is a Fellow in EPPC's Catholic Studies program. Mrs. Hasson is currently working on a book that offers new data on and explores the views of Catholic women on sexual morality and reproduction and on the Catholic Church's teachings on those topics. She recently co-authored an article on media ratings in the June 2011 issue of the professional journal Pediatrics. She writes commentary for the Catholic News Agency, which also distributes her columns to diocesan newspapers throughout the United States. She also writes from a natural law perspective for the international human rights website, MercatorNet.com, and for a variety of Catholic parenting websites. She blogs at Words from Cana. The mother of seven, Mrs. Hasson previously co-authored with Kimberly Hahn the leading book on Catholic homeschooling, Catholic Education Homeward Bound (Ignatius, 1995). She has spoken at numerous family conferences over the past 15 years, and has appeared on CNN, EWTN, and numerous local radio shows. A lawyer and member of the D.C. and Indiana bars, Mrs. Hasson graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1984 and from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, with a BA in Government.
Latest Post: ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…Is a Beer?
Melanie Jean Juneau is a petite wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at Joy of nine9 http://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/. 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.
Latest Post: Living a Holy Life Is Child’s Play
Michael is a Texan living in self-inflicted exile as he finishes his PhD. in the history of early modern Britain. After completing his undergraduate degree at Baylor (Sic 'em!!), he decided his faith life needed re-evaluating and reinvigorating. He quickly realized that spiritual growth is a life long affair and not a quick fix. This created a thirst for a deep knowledge of the faith and a desire to share every nugget with others who may benefit. Michael is addicted to movies and books and enjoys quality time with friends and family.
Latest Post: For Whom Do I Run the Race
Michelle is a cradle Catholic, married to her high school sweetheart Mike for the last 22 years. She is an ecletic homeschooling mom of 11 children. In addition to her children on earth she is a mother to 12 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.
Latest Post: Evil is Beautiful
Nicholas Senz is 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. Nick blogs at nicksenz.blogspot.com.
Latest Post: God is Not a Vending Machine
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. She has just released 2 new books. Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families is a collection of stories on love and life. Dear God, I Don't Get It is children's fiction that presents faith 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 A GPS Guide to Heaven and Earth.
Latest Post: Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk
Age 58, but still a young "boy" in the Lord and His Church!!! I returned at age 49 after 35 years away, and this Easter will celebrate my 8th anniversary of being sacramentally confirmed in Christ at the April 15, 2006 Easter Vigil Mass at St Olaf Catholic Church here in Minneapolis, MN where I live. I currently attend an FSSP (Priestly Fraternity of St Peter) Roman Catholic parish by the name of All Saints and am learning to love the traditional Tridentine Mass I attended as a young child--the beautiful Extraordinary Form which was all I knew until age 7 while growing up. And brushing up on my Latin to be sure! I am also an associate member of the breathtaking Cathedral/National Shrine of St Paul, the mother parish of the Archdiocese of St Paul/Minneapolis. Music is a passion with me as well, including everything from classic jazz/blues to Gregorian chant. And some 50s/60s rock and roll! I collect old phonograph records going back to the 1920s, with nearly 2000 thus far, and work as a Patient Care Representative for the HealthEast Clinics on the east side of the Twin Cities. For 12 of my evangelical Protestant years I was a licensed Assemblies of God minister, and in a heterosexual marriage, and oh did I mention that for 15 years following that time I was an LGBT "gay" activist? Then God woke me up to the pitfalls of that world and brought me back home to Rome in 2005, and I was confirmed at age 50 instead of 15! I label myself one thing only however--a Catholic Christian man. And definitely a committedly celibate one in love with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Very excited to be here and look forward to sharing together, both our struggles and triumphs! We need each other.
I am first and foremost a devout Roman Catholic. I am also a happily married mother of four children. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, and recently graduated from St. Mary's University @ San Antonio with a Master's degree in Community Counseling. As an active member of my parish, I am the pro-life coordinator who loves our Catholic faith, and is constantly seeking to grow as close to our Lord as possible..
Latest Post: Humility: From Both Sides Now
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.
Latest Post: Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home
Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D. is a wife and mother of seven, raising five children with her husband in the Adirondack Mountains, and laying awake at night worrying about the two grown ones. She is a chemist turned homemaker and joyful convert to Catholicism who is currently pursuing an MA in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She is Chief Editor at Ignitum Today and Catholic Stand, and writes about popular science, dogmatic theology, and mountain life at her blog.
Latest Post: Pecan Pie Protestantism
A cradle Catholic, I was born and raised in eastern Ohio, and attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was there I fully realized the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and my heart grew on the Faith. Afterwards, I became a nanny in the greater D.C. area, and I had the good fortune of attending Christendom College where I gained knowledge of Church Doctrine, teachings of the fathers, and Tradition. My mind nearly burst! Residing in rural New Hampshire, I'm a full-time homeschooling mother to my ten children.
Latest Post: Calvary’s Crosses and Conversations
Tammy Ruiz has been a Nurse for 28 years and spent most of her career in Neonatal Intensive Care. For 9 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. A convert to the Catholic Church, she was widowed after 26 years of marriage. She has 3 quasi-adult children and one super-cute grandchild.
Latest Post: Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant
A cradle Catholic and married father of 2 sons. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Detroit, MI whose responsibilities include the formation of resident psychiatrists and junior medical students preparing for a career in medicine.
Victoria Garaitonandia Gisondi is a resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and mother of five children. She recently went back to school to pursue a BSN. With God's help, she and her husband manage to live in unity in an inter-faith marriage. Her hobbies include homework, reading, Facebook and talking religion and politics. She loves big families, Christmastime and chocolate. She blogs at www.maybeitsjustme15.blogspot.com
Latest Post: When God Spits On You