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CATHOLIC STAND provides perspectives and education on topics that matters to citizens living the truths the Church teaches. Please read our Mission statement and disclaimer. In matters of Church teaching, we tolerate no dissent; but in matters which various opinions may legitimately be held, we tolerate discussion of ideas insofar as they are taken to be intellectual explorations, and not Gospel truths. We are united as obedient Catholics, but please do not attribute the opinions of any one writer to the entire group as a whole.

Abigail Reimel

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.

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Latest Post: The Crippling Consequences of Fear

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Anabelle Hazard

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.

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Latest Post: The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

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Andrew Kassebaum

Andrew Kassebaum is the Evangelization Coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Before stepping into this role, Andrew earned a Master's degree in theology from Ave Maria University. After years of skepticism and reductionism, Andrew's life changed forever upon reading Pope Saint John Paul II's writings on the human person. Andrew is fascinated by the question of why science developed in Western Europe at a unique time in history.

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Latest Post: Scientific Geniuses and Their Jesuit Collaborators

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AnnaRose 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: Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

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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: The Identity of a Woman

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Autumn Jones

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.

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Latest Post: Lost in the city

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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 39 years. They have four children and eight living grandchildren (all age ten 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: Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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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: Richard Dawkins and Child Abuse

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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: God’s Gift to Man–The Transforming Power of Music

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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: Investing in Community

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Chelsea Houghton

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.

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Latest Post: Praying for the Media

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Christina Weber

Christina Weber helps Catholic mompreneurs achieve their God-given personal and business or ministry mission by teaching them time, money, and relationship mastery. Gain clarity (and peace) in understanding God’s will for you, your family, and your business by scheduling a FREE session here: http://www.talkwithchristina.com/.

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Latest Post: Funding Your Startup Business

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Cynthia Millen

After marrying her husband, Jim Roberts, in 1980, Cynthia Millen graduated from law school 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: Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

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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 two grandchildren (so far).

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Latest Post: When Life Begins and Why It Matters

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Diane McKelva

Diane McKelva is an American writer, essayist and columnist. Recognizing that we are all spiritual beings living a human experience, 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, and conflicts in humanity. She is a Southern writer, born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, where she resides with her husband, children, dogs and lone cat. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Arts and Communications from Memphis State University. (University of Memphis) After achieving success in marketing, she began her freelance career in 1994. Her work has been presented at such venues as the Mid-West Writer's Conference. 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. She is currently the Senior Editor of the online publication, Catholic Stand, owned by Little Vatican Management, founded by Tito Edwards.

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Latest Post: May It Be Evident to Everyone

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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: Father Ireland and the Fifth Minnesota

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Foxfier

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.

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Latest Post: Conspiracies & Catholicism: Witchcraft

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Fr. James Melnick

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.

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Latest Post: Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

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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: Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

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Gary Zimak

Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic speaker, 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 , Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. A frequent speaker at parishes and conferences, Gary is the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Eileen and daughters Mary and Elizabeth.

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Latest Post: Easing The Suffering Of Jesus…Today!

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Greg Yoko

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.

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Latest Post: Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less

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Howard Duncan

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.

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Latest Post: Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part II

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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: NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

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Jason Hall

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.

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Latest Post: The Right Way to Fight Poverty

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Jeff McLeod

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.

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Latest Post: Realism: Incarnation, Relics, and Buddy Holly’s Glasses

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Jenni Groft

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. For more information: Our Vasectomy Reversal Story, More About Me

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Latest Post: Just Show Up

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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 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.

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Latest Post: Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

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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, 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.

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Latest Post: NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

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Joel and Lisa Schmidt

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).

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Latest Post: Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

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John Darrouzet

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.

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Latest Post: Temperance: Losing and Finding It

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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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Julie Machado

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.

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Latest Post: Spouse-Sexual

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Karol Henseler Orsborn

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.

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Latest Post: The Prophesy of a Christmas Stamp?

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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 http://www.doctrinalhomilyoutlines.com/. His blog for aspiring writers is http://www.thecatholicimage.com/.

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Latest Post: Catholic Liberal Education Today

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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: Did Jesus Really Die and Rise?

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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. 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.

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Latest Post: It Is Good That You Exist

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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: Renewal and a New Set of Tires to Boot

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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 website developer. Loye and his fiancé are novices together in the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic (the Order of Preachers). He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Mary Rice Hasson

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.

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Latest Post: ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…Is a Beer?

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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: Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

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Matthew Tyson

Matthew is a Catholic convert, blogger, and fan of all things espionage. He was raised in the deep South where he resides today with his wife and son. You can check him out on The Mackerel Snapper Blog and follow him on Twitter at @MackSnapMatt.

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Latest Post: God’s Quiet Whisper

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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: Uniting With Christ Through Our Senses

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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: Frustrations in Prayer

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Michelle Fritz

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.

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Latest Post: To Lose Sight of the Shore

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Nicholas Senz

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.

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Latest Post: How Not to Run an Experiment

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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 A GPS Guide to Heaven and Earth.

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Latest Post: Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

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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: We, The Church Militant

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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: Human. Human. Human.

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Stacy Trasancos

Stacy Trasancos is Editor-in-Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of seven and a former research scientist turned homemaker, writer, editor, and educator. She earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and a M.A. in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2014. She is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki. Visit her website where she writes about science, theology, and life in the Adirondack Mountains.

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Latest Post: How A Scientist Sees God in Nature

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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: But I Don’t Know How to Pray – Being God’s Mouthpiece

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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: The Ocean of God’s Mercy

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Tammy Ruiz

Tammy Ruiz has been a Nurse for 29 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. 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.

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Latest Post: A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

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Todd Nolan

Todd was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia (Go Phils!) but now lives and works in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI. 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: What Is God Calling You To Study?

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Victor Ajluni, M.D.

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.

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Latest Post: Heaven Is For Children

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Victoria Gisondi

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

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Latest Post: Righteousness Meter: How I’m Better Than You

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