Writers' Bios


Administrator- Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau has been the administrator of ACWB since the summer of 2013.She is a wife, writer, and mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine kids 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.
Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at Catholic Stand, a weekly columnist at CatholicMom, and has written for Catholic Lane, Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner, and Catholic365.



Adrienne

My name is Adrienne Thorne, and I’ve been working to develop a screenwriting career for the past six years. The slowness of the progress I’m making (which is typical) drove me to start something that was closely enough related to my passion that I could enjoy it. Thus my website of TV and movie reviews from a Catholic perspective was born. My goals right now are to increase my readership and eventually make money to help support my family (I have two little boys!) while my husband goes back to school. I’m definitely interested in doing guests posts on film and TV related topics for other blogs as well.






Amy


Well, I thought it high time to introduce myself here at the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. Hello! I am Amy, and I blog at This Cross I Embrace. I've been blogging for almost 5 years now, and what started as a whiny, venting Infertility Blog has morphed into a (still whiny, venting) Life Experiences through Infertility Blog. I am so happy to be a part of this blog association and look forward to sharing more! Here's a recent post from my blog to wet your whistles: Unnatural Family Planning



Ana Elena Barroso

Hello!
My name is Ana Elena Barroso and I am  a Mexican Catholic blogger since 2012 under the name of MUJER CATOLICA (catholic woman in Spanish)

Brought up catholic,member of the Regnum Christi catholic movement, mother of five strong young men and a beautiful young lady, and with more time to share my faith, I am honored to contribute to the expansión of your work to the spanish speaking community that looks for well fundamented articles that explain our reasons to believe in the Love of our God through his Son Jesus.
I have worked many years in an ONG that promotes better programs and content on tv, radio, cinema, internet and magazines while defending the rights of tv viewers and media users.
I also share the love of dogs with some of you, as I can see. I am training to become a dog therapy handler while working with handicapped, autistic and down syndrome boys and girls.
I will try to post on English as well as Spanish.
I would love to know the web adresses where each of you post your articles to promote them in social media. Mine are ;
blog :
twitter:  @mujer_catolica
face: Mujer-catolica
Instagram: mujer_catolica
Pinterest: mujer católica woman


Ann Chapin

I became Catholic in 1999 and soon after that was exposed to the iconographic tradition in the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

After doing some private study with some iconographers with the Prosopon School which teaches a traditional Russian style, I decided to embark on an experiment to create iconographic inspired art that is particularly suited for the Western eye. I’ve been working on that project specifically for the past 7 or 8 years, and don't expect to ever finish it.
I work mainly on canvas, but also on wood panels - typically works are large, as in the 9 or 10 foot range, but the wood panels are smalle

I’m very blessed to be married to David, who takes wonderful care of me, and have 3 cats, who constantly supervise all the painting.
I just started a blog called

The Holy Face Creation of art for prayer and contemplation


A. J. Avila

I am A.J. Avila, the author of three Catholic novels--Rain from Heaven, Nearer the Dawn, and Amaranth. (All net profits from these books go to charity.) I live in southern California with my husband, and since our two grown daughters have moved out, we are "empty-nesters." My blog, Reflections on My Catholic Journey, is about experiences I've had and how they have impacted my Catholic faith.
Topics include anything from my husband talking in his sleep (he thought I'd turned into a turtle!), my daughter's first ride on a carousel, to a gumball machine stealing my money. I try to keep posts light and humorous, although I do get more serious on occasion. My most popular post so far is "Your Anti-Catholic Guide," a tongue-in-cheek list of suggestions that shows how attacks against the Church are often downright ridiculous.


A. K. Frailey



Hi All! My real name is Ann Frailey but I go by the author title A.K. Frailey for no other reason that I thought it might be a little more memorable. Little did I realize that about half the authors now-a-days use their initials and books are now presented to readers by a veritable alphabet soup of names. Oh well, always trying to stay head of the curve - I once again managed to trip over the obvious: It isn't the name that makes the writer but the writing that makes the name!

Besides being an author I am also a mother. Should I restate that? Yeah, probably. Let's say - Besides being a full-time mother, I sometimes find a moment or two to scrape a couple of thoughts together and I actually write them down. There, much more honest. I feel better now. While I'm in the business of being a mother, I also love to teach. Hmmm, how awkward. How about: As a mother of 8, I find teaching a relatively safe way to save my sanity. Yes, that works. So, you get it now. I am a home schooling mother of 8 who also writes books, blogs, and occasionally cleans under appliances.

So enjoy the blogs and everything available here and let's get together again soon! For more info about me and my books visit my web site: http://www.akfrailey.com/
God bless and good reading!

Ann Murray


I am married with five grown-up children.

I am Irish and have lived in Belfast all my life. I'm an auxiliary member ( praying) of the Legion of Mary and am also active in my parish as a member of the Welcoming Team. I've been blogging for about 9 years and in my posts I witness to my faith in the public square of social media.

I have written 5 books of poetry/ reflections and expect to publish an e-book in Spring 29016.


Bonnie Way


Bonnie Way joined the Catholic Church in 2007. She and her husband have been married since 2007 and have three daughters. She has a B.A. in English (2006) and a B.A. in Writing (2014). She blogs about motherhood, homeschooling, faith, BC travel, and book reviews atwww.thekoalabearwriter.com. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, having coffee with friends, or doing crafts with her daughters.


Brian H. Gill
I have been a Christian for as long as I remember, and a Catholic for many years now.

I love our rich history and traditions: and understand that we are literally καθολικός, universal.

I'm fascinated by three things, that which:
Exists within the universe
Exists beyond
Might exist


A Catholic Citizen in America shows how I follow Catholic beliefs and practices in America today; and how faith and reason, science and religion, get along.

I've been an English teacher, a beet chopper, advertising copywriter, radio disk jockey, sales clerk, researcher/writer, flower delivery guy, graphic designer, employment interviewer, and held quite a few other jobs. Along the way I picked up undergraduate degrees in history and English: with art history, library science, and about two years of computer science on the side.

I'm married, we have four surviving kids. Three still live in the small Minnesota town I've called home for a third of a century.

One of the kids graduated with a music degree from Concordia College, Minnesota, and is married. Another graduated from Alexandria Technical College and is now an artist and cartoonist. A third is a writer, and the youngest is well on his way to being a computer geek.

More to the point, they're all fine people: and know why their parents are Catholic.

You'll find me on Google+ (Brian H. Gill), and Twitter (Aluwir).


Clare Lafferty




Clare Lafferty is a wife, mom and grandmom who is a revert to the Catholic faith. After more than 20 years away, she returned in the final days of Saint John Paul II. Now, loving her faith more than ever, Clare is a member of Our Lady of Peace parish in Williamstown, NJ where she teaches second-grade religious education. She also blogs about Scripture in her blog called Revelations and is a contributing writer for Catholic365.com


Connie Beckman


Connie Beckman resides in Helena Montana with her husband and their four cats and dog. She is an active member of the Cathedral of St Helena. She is a member of the Catholic Writer's Guild and a
small Catholic Writer's Group in Helena that meets monthly. She is a former editor and feature story


writer for a small bi-weekly newspaper. Connie has been published in a number of Catholic magazines.

Her desire as a writer is to encourage Catholic spiritual growth by sharing the truths of the Catholicfaith through the written word addressing a variety of subjects. Connie shares her joy and love of God at her website www.conniescatholiccorner.com.

“Go out to all the world and tell the good news.” Mark 16:15.

Cristina T
For my first post here at the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers, I thought it best to give you a flavor for why I write. Why I write Catholic, converted, unequally yoked, mother, Latina, Dominican Spirituality with a smattering of funny. I try to apply what I learn at mass to what I see in the secular.


I started on Pinterest - which isn't very common. As a convert to the faith married to an atheist, I wanted a place that I could gather all I could about this wonderful, rich tapestry of faith while at the same time respecting my first vocation as a wife. In the dark, I could collect images attached to websites that spoke of scapulars, saints, the Virgin Mary, Third Orders, the Mass and the Sacraments. This would be my first schooling into the faith as it happened in real life - after RCIA.



The images turned into writing on a summer day last year and I write most every day. Some of my favorite posts are funny, revealing, controversial and deeply personal. The point of all of it is, evangelization. I want anyone and everyone to know Him - even a little bit, but hopefully a lot.
If there is anything I can do to help a fellow Catholic blogger with anything, I am always around and can be found most anywhere.



Cynthia Scodova--The Mad-Eyed Monk

Because we are all Monks and our place of work is a seminary, our work a sacrament, our family a monastery, our home a sanctuary; may we learn what they are teaching us without believing God is elsewhere...





David Torkington

I am an author and speaker, specializing in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.I am also a journalist, and have written three columns for National Catholic Newspapers, two in the United Kingdom and One in the USA. I was the regular spirituality columnist for more than 10 years for the UK based Catholic Herald, for which I now post occasionally. However, I have started to concentrate on my books on Christian Spirituality, Franciscan Spirituality and Mystical Theology. I have only kept one regular column and that is as the monthly Spirituality columnist for the international Franciscan Magazine – 'The Messenger' that is based in Padua Italy.

My personal spirituality is predominately Franciscan, and my mystical theology is Carmelite, all welded together with a solid blend of Benedictine moderation.

I consider it my life's work to promote genuine Christian spirituality and prayer, and am currently working on my next book, 'Wisdom from the Christian Mystics - How to pray the Christian way''.

When not writing I love to spend time with my wife on our boat which we have kept for the past 25 years on the peaceful Beaulieu river, Hampshire, in the New Forest. We now sail out of Poole harbour exploring the quiet RSPB reserves and the Dorset Jurassic coast.

It is a privilege to be an ACWB writer and contributor and I enjoy the many gems which are published, most especially those from Melanie,the administrator, who publishes a wealth of wisdom, gleaned from being a 'mother of 9'.
http://davidtorkington.wordpress.com
http://www.davidtorkington.com
http://dtorkington.blogspot.co.uk


Debbie Gaudino

Hi! My name is Debbie Gaudino and I am new to the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers and blessed to be here.

Why Saints 365?
Saints 365 is my personal blog. Through it I provide reflections designed to encourage others (and myself) to "strive for the heights of holiness in the trenches of everyday life." My writings draw from the living word of scriptures, the wisdom of the saints and the teachings of the church and are presented through the lens of my own personal experience..

A Little About Me
I am a child of God! Through the gift of Baptism, I have been adopted into the family of the Holy Trinity. This is my primary identity, and each day I discover more and more what that really means.

I am also a happily married (17 years), homeschooling Mom to two beautiful children (my son is 11 and my daughter is 9). My husband and I were raised Catholic and had both fallen away from our faith for most of our young adult life. We experienced a major conversion at a Mass celebrated by Blessed John Paul II in Rome in 2000. Since then, our lives have been centered on knowing, loving and serving the Lord and his church.



Denise Yarrison



My name is Denise Yarrison. Everyone calls me De (pronounced Dee). I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA with my husband, Marc, and our 2 kids, Abigail (age 11) and Adam (age 9). Oh, can’t forget Sammy, our sweet little guinea pig. We are members of a loving community at St. Mary’s Parish in Schwenksville, PA. I currently sit on Pastoral Council and am active in our music ministries. I enjoy all things outdoors and active (biking, hiking, swimming, gardening…) and am astounded regularly by the miraculous-ness of God’s creation, especially nature.






Professionally, I am a coach, a retreat leader, and a facilitator of bi-weekly women’s circles. The heart of my blogging, speaking and coaching is helping women (especially mothers) live from the mindset of Sufficiency; believing themselves to be sufficient, able, and enough - as designed by God. In coaching circles and at retreats we are learning to create supportive, affirming bonds with OURSELVES – first and foremost. Learning to cultivate resilience, self-compassion, and an unwavering belief in oneself. For these are qualities that, when cultivated and thriving within the hearts and minds of every mother, will also take root in every child, and will indeed create a more gentle, compassionate, and loving society.
www.ConversationRevolution.com



Eileen Frank:

● I am filled with gratitude daily for my husband (my college sweetheart) and for our 2 children (now teens)...

●i am a dog-lover (greyhound-racetrack rescue) & cat-lover (a barn rescue); and, like Melanie, an old-house-lover...
●i am a music-lover, moved deeply by songs that mean something (especially to worship Him): and also think singing (or even dancing!) to music while doing the dishes is a must...
●i am a registered dietitian, which means I have a degree (BS) in nutrition (followed by internship & national exam). My past work experience involved both acute & long-term care; However, in recent years, I am a private consultant...
●i am revived, following a long, slow drift under, in danger of slipping into a catholic “coma” in the years following my Catholic education Amnesia & confusion had set in, till a sudden resuscitation took place upon the death of Pope John Paul II; then every cell within me awakened!...
●i am stirred; and was shaken by a wave of problems that struck me in 2010-2011; though, after 3 years, I can now say fortunately because it ultimately revealed something in need of great repair--my lack of trust in God--but He's

●ei am called "ei" for short since childhood; which helps remind me of my extreme littleness; and...

●ei am eileen, a child of God—like you! Happy to be here.


Elena:
My Domestic Church






Ellen Kolb


Ellen started her blog Leaven for the Loaf in 2012, after 30 years of pro-life activism. Ellen is based in New Hampshire, and she writes about legislation and events affecting the right to life in the Granite State and beyond. Also on the agenda: interviews, campaign news, and media reviews.


Beyond politics, Leaven for the Loaf reports on people whose life-affirming work deserves a wider audience – people who, in the words of Pope Francis, “seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel and a force for the spiritual renewal of society.”


In Leaven for the Loaf’s very first post, “Still Talking About This,” Ellen reflects on being a Catholic recovering-Republican tenacious pro-life human being. She's married to her college sweetheart, and they have five grown children. When politics gets to be too much, she hikes throughout southern New Hampshire (and blogs about that, too).

Ellen Mady




I’m Ellen. Wife. Mother. Educator. Blogger. Catholic in all I do. I combine my love of faith, family and education in my blogging and my day job. I live in Northern Iraq, where I work as head of curriculum at Mar Qardakh School. It’s quite the adventure, and a worthwhile mission!

Blogging at Eyes OnHeaven is how I relax in the evenings. I write about a bit of everything, trying to provide encouragement and resources about faith and family, catechism, education, parenting and kids.

I’m honored to be joining the team here at ACWB!


Elizabeth Reardon


Elizabeth Reardon of Theology is a Verb is currently a graduate student of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, lay minister and facilitator for the Catholic Church, catechist, mother of three and wife of twenty years. Her introduction into the world of lay ministry began, as does for many, as a catechist of the faith for her children. Over the years, she has increasingly answered the call to give of her “time and talents” to a number of other parish ministries. As the daughter and granddaughter of educators, she has a passion to inspire the love of learning and is always, through retreats, and settings outside the classroom, seeking to help others grow in faith. Her writing, often Ignatian in practice, is an invitation to seek and create space for God in the midst of the busyness of everyday life.

Grace Urbanski


Jesus said that we each must come into the Kingdom of God as a little child (Mark 10:15). So, too, children are well suited to become powerful apostles of prayer!

Grace wants to make sure children of God know how precious they are to God, and how powerful their prayer can be for the good of others, as well as themselves.

Grace and her husband David have learned a lot about the power of childhood from their own five children. Since the oldest Urbanski child was only seven years old when the fifth was born, Grace spent many years surrounded by the little ones Jesus embraced. Grace spent her young adulthood convinced she would enter religious life. God had other plans!

Grace has degrees in English and Theology and spent several years teaching English at Marquette University. She is a professional musician, an energetic speaker, and a long- devoted member of the Apostleship of Prayer.

If you would like her to visit your church, school, or playgroup, please contact her at gurbanski@apostleshipofprayer.org or call her at 414-486-1152.





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Jeanne Gruner

A Return to Elegance

www.areturntoelegance.com


In 2007, I did what my family and friends thought impossible. I quit my fancy marketing executive job with a major New York City-area publishing company, coaxed the cat into her carrier, and with my husband, drove 400 miles to a 17 acre farm in rural Virginia. Today, at our farm Seven Oaks, I grow a life instead of merely making a living.


I'm a full-time, professional freelance writer, writing for magazines and online publications, as well as tackling projects for companies and marketing agencies. My latest book is Pricing Your Services - 21 Tips for More Profit, available on Amazon and Smashwords.


My Catholic-flavored blog, A Return to Elegance, came about after I finally took the plunge into sharing my journey as a recovering feminist into a returned-to-the-fold Roman Catholic embracing modest dressing, elegant living, and homemaking. Of sorts. The dust bunnies still have an attitude around here, but I'm trying.


When I'm not writing, you can find me working in my garden, tending to my 5 rescued cats and my German shepherd dog who found most of the cats (she really did - she's the dog who rescues cats), and singing with the choir at St. Theresa Catholic Church. I welcome followers on the blogs and connections from readers through the links on my blogs.


Jennifer



I am married to my high school sweetheart and together we have three children we are raising and another three tiny saints in heaven. I homeschool my children and try hard to make everything work in a very small house. My father always wanted me to be a journalist, but I wanted to be a poet and storybook writer. Blogging is a happy medium between the two, writing articles daily like a journalist but with the pay scale of a poet. I started blogging at the urging of my friend, Jessica at Shower of Roses blog, and as an outlet for my creative juices, but most importantly because after completing a Lenten small group study on the New Evangelization, I felt called to find a way to evangelize through modern technology. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, aunt, cousin, and companion to many and I wouldn't have it any other way, even if I am really an introvert.

My blog is called Veils and Vocations because we are all called to the veils of modesty, chastity, and piety; and our vocation is our true reason for being. I hope that through my blog, I may not only develop my vocations and walk with God but also encourage others to do the same and help them to teach their children how to seek and find their true vocations. I am a sinner who must keep confessing and trying again, but I truly want to be a saint!


Kate Thompson Eschbach




Photographer, Blogger, Mom, Wife And Friend


Kate writes a lifestyle legacy blog named http://songskatesang.com Songs Kate Sang and is a http://songskatesang.com/photography/ She enjoys handwritten correspondence, and may break out into musical numbers at any time. She and her husband Brian have been married since 1999. They have two biological children - Julia, 14 and Nate, 11 - and they are in the process of adopting an adorable three year old, named Riley. She is a Texas girl and has lived in Arizona for 5 wonderful (and hot!) years. She is passionate about encouraging and serving others!


Katherine Stroud



--Having Left the Altar


http://www.havingleftthealtar.com/

"A married woman must often leave God at the altar to find Him in her household care." ~ Saint
Frances of Rome


Kelly Schreckenberger

Blogger, Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator, Youth Minister





"You cannot give what you do not have". Those simple words, spoken to me several years ago when faced with the challenge of developing a youth ministry program gently pulled me onto a path to seek out deeper meaning and direction for my own life.


Retreats, prayer, spiritual reading and direction, education, training in leading the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and the simple practice of silence have led me closer to God and placed me more in touch with my own inner life, giving me the courage to lead others on their individual sacred journey.


Aside from writing and ministering to teens, I spend most of my time with my husband David and my two college-aged kids (when they are home). I express myself in home remodeling projects and am happiest when painting (on walls, not canvas). As a child I imagined heaven as being a room filled with books and an eternity to read them; I enjoy taking long walks with David, "breaking bread" with friends, and exploring my creative side.


I believe that we all need a sacred space where we can freely share our own story with others, as we journey together on the path towards home.
Check out my blog: www.restfulwaters.net


Laura Pearl:



I was born in NJ, grew up in Upstate NY, and studied at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I earned a BA in English. After happily spending my entire adult life as a stay-at-home mother (a privilege for which I'll always be so grateful), I became a published author in 2012 when my Catholic novel Finding Grace was released by Bezalel Books. (It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.)


I have been inordinately blessed in my life--with good health, a long and happy marriage to my high school sweetheart, five fantastic sons, and now three beautiful granddaughters (so far!). The fact that I have fulfilled a lifelong dream and written and published a book (Pinch me! Am I dreaming?) is just the most amazing gift, the icing on the cake.


Finding Grace has received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, and it was a finalist for a 2013 CWG Arts & Letters Award (CALA). It was written with impressionable teen/young adult readers in mind—but it is certainly not too juvenile for adult readers. In fact, it has been added to a group of Bezalel titles categorized as “Women’s Inspirational Christian Fiction.” (And guys it’s not just “chick lit”—male readers have enjoyed it, too!) My greatest hope is that even just one young reader will be inspired by this book to stay on the right path and fight the good fight...and that when all is said and done, there will be even just one new saint in Heaven.
I have been a blogger since 2011. I blog about my family, my faith, art, books—all sorts of things, really. Stop by and visit me at String of Pearls.


Lisa


Lisa

I am a follower of Jesus, deeply devoted Catholic, a Franciscan University Alumni, and a member of the Brother's and Sister's of Charity. I have been married to a wonderful man for 20 years,have 5 beautiful daughters and 1 son whom I also home school. When I was 19 years old I learned that we can have a two way relationship with the Lord. We can speak to him as a friend and we can hear him speak to us and this does not make us crazy. Since then, I live to hear him speak and it has become my passion to help other's hear and discern his voice. This blog is mainly devoted to prophetic insight I believe the Lord has given me to share. To follow me through

Facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulThorns
http://www.beautifulthorns.com


Lisa Caporuscio


I am a Catholic wife, married to my husband for 15 years and mother of three daughters ages 14, 12 and 5.

I decided to start The Sincere Gift, where I'm known as Mrs. C., as a way to share what I've learned along the way as a wife and mother and, hopefully, to learn from other women as well. I named my blog The Sincere Gift based on Saint Pope John Paul II's writings on the dignity of women where he states...a person cannot find complete fulfillment except by making a sincere gift of self.

I write about many topics on my blog from following the liturgical year with your family and what the Church has to say about marriage to really ordinary things like cleaning house and my latest flea market finds. I believe our reach as wives and mothers, while seeming to only touch the ordinary and the small, has vast implications for society. Therefore, every aspect that concerns this vocation is important to learn more about and to share with others.

Lora Goulet
Lora Goulet is a mom, homemaker and parish and
community volunteer. She enjoys multi cultural
liturgical music and Catholic art. A revert to
the faith, Lora blogs about the beauty of Catholicism's teachings and faith traditions in rural family life.


Lynn
New Things: See! I'm doing something new! Isiah 43:1




Thank you Melanie for the invitation and warm welcome to the ACB. I am blessed to be here, and pray that God will use my experiences and thought ramblings to bless others.

I’m Lyn, aka Honey, Momma, Sis, Auntie or Grammy, depending on who’s calling me. I married Kevin in 1988. We have four great kids, and the five most beautiful, smart, and perfect grandchildren in the world. Of course, I’m biased, but it’s still the truth
...read more at http://newthingspringingforth.wordpress.com/about-new-things/


Mallory




I'm fairly new to the Catholic blogging world, and I love it! Although I've been a blogger for 8 years, I've never written a Catholic blog before.
My other blog is called, "For the Love of Beads."

In the secular part of my life, I make lampwork glass beads, polymer clay beads, fiber beads, metal beads, I crochet and make jewelry. I have been a contributor to many nationally known beading magazines.



This Catholic blog, His Unending Love, came about because the Holy Spirit would not leave me alone! He pestered me until I began to take His dictation. I have dedicated my blog to Him, and when I write, and there is peace, I know the inspiration and dictation comes from Him.
Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it! Hope to see you soon at His Unending Love.


Marianne Baker Ball

I discovered I loved to write when I won runner–up in a poem contest in 7th grade. (My prize was a six-pack of 7-Up.) I’m a Writer’s Digest School graduate and a Barry University graduate. (I didn’t get any six-packs for those efforts, but I’m OK with that.)

I was a full-time mom for twelve years, raising three children. I then worked as a writer/educator for a non-profit organization for twelve years and received recognition from former Florida Congressman Dave Weldon for my work with teens.
I’m an upcycler, couponer, thrift store fan, and part time caretaker for my folks (95 and 92.) I’ve written an e-book book called The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure about a Christmas project for families, due out July 2015.
I have an ecumenical spirit, but have always called the Catholic Church my spiritual home because it upholds eternal truths when the world is chasing every cultural whim.

By God’s grace, I live and try to serve
Stay in touch with the adventures in my life at ADVENTURES IN THE BALLPARK


Marilyn Joan Pientka,


Marilyn Joan Pientka, aka Mimi or Auntie M started her blog when she was going through cancer three years ago, which is about the time she became a Catholic. She is down to earth and has a humorous side in sharing information on her blog (www.thoughtfulreflection.com), which includes titles such as “My Cancer Story”, “Spiritual Encouragement”, “Why I became a Catholic”. Her Facebook page called “The Catholic Way” shares spiritual encouragement and information about misconceptions many Protestants have about the Catholic Church with the mission of unity and understanding.

Marilyn has been married to a wonderful husband for 36 years. They are blessed with one daughter and son-in-law along with three beautiful grandchildren. They are facilitators for “God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage”, a marriage preparation class within the Diocese of Madison WI. She has volunteered for various organizations over the years and currently volunteers for the Women’s Care Center in Madison WI and the 2014 Globe-athon - A Walk to End Women’s’ Cancer.


It is my prayer that all I say and do will honor our Lord Jesus Christ. 


Mary



The thought of starting a blog dedicated to being Catholic popped into my head in the middle of Mass one Saturday evening. During the Homily, anyway. Not that it was a bad or boring homily, in fact, it was one of the best I’ve heard that particular priest give. My initial reaction was, “I’ve already got 3 blogs; surely I’m not supposed to start another one!” Since it came to me during Mass, it couldn’t be the devil trying to make me stay on the computer longer than I already am; could it?
I decided to try this Catholic Blog and see what happens. My original plan was to shoot for posting once a week to discuss what touched me during the Sunday Homily. I’m not a perfect Catholic by any means. I have an extremely long way to go to be anywhere near the Catholic my sweet mother was. I’d love for anyone who reads my blog (Catholic or not) to leave a comment with what touched them during the Homily/Sermon they heard.
The Not-So-Perfect Catholic is beginning to evolve into more than just Homilies. It's about living the faith in the everyday life of a Southern Cradle Catholic who is also a wife, mother to 3 grown boys, full time Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools, and flutist during Mass. I'm no theologian, just a woman trying to work through my salvation!



Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND


I’m a Sister of Notre Dame from Cleveland, Ohio, who's taught every grade from first to twelfth. Now I write books (70+) and give talks and retreats. Four years ago I was invited to speak to catechists in Abu Dhabi. In my talks on Mary I encourage saying yes to God. So I’ve been to conferences in Arabia three times. This year I spoke to 200 catechists in Oman and 800 in Dubai. Their faith helps them cope with the hardships of expat workers. Each night churches are packed for Mass. Abu Dhabi's cathedral has over 100,000 parishioners. On Christmas there are 24 Masses!

I also said yes to the inspiration to write a novel. My “historical romance,” The Fisherman’s Wife: The Gospel According to St. Peter’s Spouse, tells the story of the woman married to the impulsive fisherman who leaves her to follow a controversial preacher. Because, as the Gospel says, Jesus stayed at Peter’s house, Peter’s wife witnesses his miracles and hears him teach. One woman who liked this book put up this website: www.Facebook.com/St.PetersSpouse

My most popular book is The Catholic’s Companion to Mary. It's based on scripture and discoveries of archaeologists and historians. Readers especially like the tidbits in the margins. For example, did you know that the original name of the Mississippi River was River of the Immaculate Conception?
Ten years ago I asked my community if I could write full-time, I ended up a DRE at St. Dominic Parish. Later when I was free to write full-time, I couldn’t bear to leave the parish. So today I’m an honorary staff member and do what I can, such as putting up the church bulletin boards and leading Stations on Good Friday

Now I am a blogger too at Catholic Faith Corner. This is another avenue to bring Christ into the world…as Mary did.


Mary Nicewarner
Hi everyone! My name is Mary Nicewarner. I am happily married and the mother of one beautiful "miracle" daughter - a huge blessing to us after struggling for nine years with infertility. I love my Catholic faith and share my thoughts and reflections on my blog, The Beautiful Gate. I hope you
will stop by for a visit!

God is good!


Maryann D'Amico.

My name is Maryann D'Amico. I am so excited about what the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers is doing. I've been so excited since meeting other Catholic Bloggers because it has given me hope,happiness and light.

During the Mass that was for Pope John Paul II's beatification,I prayed for his intercession for all those in the arts,to be the light and bring the light of Christ. Prior to his death,I received a Letter he wrote to Artist's in 1999. It happened during the presence of the body of St. Therese in the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia.

I prayed for three days in the Monastery to find God's Will for my life. In prayer,I was told to go to the bookstore in the Monastery basement and look on the top shelf left corner. There was a copy of ," A Letter to Artists." From Pope John Paul II. There was only one copy.
I was not an artist. I became one five years later. I did write to Pope John Paul II and received The Apostolic Blessing from him.
continue reading ....
http://maryanndamico.blogspot.com/


Melody Mercer



Hi! My name is Melody and I blog at Melody's Harmonies. I'm a newlywed to the love of my life and every day we grow more faithful and happier. I'm a Catholic NFP-advocate/instructor; an administrative assistant by day and housewife by evening and weekend. I love beautiful things and I do my best to find them on our budget. I I'm trying my best to live naturally, environmentally and health conscious. I love to cook and try new things. I'm wonderfully organized. I have a very small creative side... but I still try my hand at crafty DIY projects occasionally. I love books and beautiful music.


Mithril Una
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever.”
The Lord has indeed been good to me. His steadfast love sustains me everyday. Within the pages of my blog, A Joyful Life, I hope to express the day to day experiences of my life through the eyes of faith.


I am a wife and a mom of nine children. I have been happily married to my wonderful husband for 28 years. My children are between the ages of 27 and 10. I work part-time for a non-profit organization but I prefer to be home.


Recently, I have discovered that I have a gift in photography and am enjoying learning with my first DSLR camera. I love depicting God's gift of nature through the eyes of my lens.


I am forever grateful for the loving mercy of God that I have received through the passion, death, and Resurrection of His Son.


I am grateful for the blessings of God that each day



Monica McConkey


Monica, mom of 5, is usually blogging about Catholic crafts and family traditions at EquippingCatholicfamilies.com. She is the author of A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families,Hand in Hand with Jesus (a Faith Journal through the Sacraments) and a series of paper Cathletics Craft KitsTM and CathleticsTM quizzing cards to help teach the Catholic Faith. The Catholic teaching tools and gifts are available through Arma Dei, the Catholic family publishing company founded with her husband Bill. Monica is also one of the founders of the Catholic Bloggers Network, a venue to link and promote Catholic blogs.


Nancy Shuman





I began blogging in 2011, primarily to share my discoveries of what it means to live in the world as a "Cloistered Heart". I beganThe Breadbox Letters at the same time, mainly so I could also capture "other thoughts."


I have written for Catholic magazines, including Review for Religious, Reflections (a magazine of Catholic Guild for the Blind), the now-long-out-of-print New Covenant, Ultreya, and Salesian Light. My book The Cloistered Heart was reviewed in Laywitness Magazine in 1999, and its most recent edition is available (among other places) through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



I have been certified in Spiritual Direction by the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence in affiliation with Franciscan University of Steubenville (yes, I know that's a mouthful). I've given talks and witnesses on The Cloistered Heart to groups in the United States and Australia, and I am utterly nuts about my wonderful family, who prefer (for the most part) to remain behind the scenes. I am "GaGa" to and about my darling, talented, beautiful, exceptional, brilliant little grandchildren, about whom I am not biased at all.

I am deeply honored to be part of the wonderful team here at the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. Yay Team!


Pam Spano

Since I'm new to the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers, I thought I would introduce myself.
I started blogging at ChicagoNow three years ago. This was my very first post: Yes I'm Catholic ... Really

I hope you'll stop by and take the time to read that and some of my other posts. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.



Come join the conversation and the fun!



Ruth Ann (Keller) Pilney.

I am a native of Chicago, Illinois, where I was born and raised. My heart lives in Chicago! Currently I live in California with my husband Jim, who retired two weeks ago, from his work in manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. The two of us will have been married 33 years in June. Our daughter, Catherine is married to Andrés (Andy).

In 2008 I retired. Now I enjoy the freedom that retirement brings. Among other things, it gives me time to write, read and study. Writing is something I like to do, and I do it often.I don’t write professionally, and never have. Instead, I write letters, emails, and journals---and essays for my blog.I ventured into blogging about six months after retiring. My posts reflect my Catholic worldview.

Through daily prayer, spiritual reading, participation in daily Eucharist, and frequenting the other sacraments, I practice the Faith and deepen my relationship with God. Also, I am a professed Lay Carmelite and am zealous for the Carmelite traditions of prayer, community, and service.

With my blog I share my interests and worldview

with others.



Sheri Dursin



My name is Sheri Dursin and I’m a writer, speaker, wife, and mother of twin boys. Since 2007, I have been presenting retreat program to parishes and groups across the State of Connecticut—a ministry that inspired me to start my own blog,Hearing God’s Whisper (www.hearinggodswhisper.com).


My blog focuses on providing a safe, sacred space for my readers to come away and listen for the still, small voice of God. Kind of like a mini-retreat! I also love to write about finding Jesus in the ordinary moments of everyday life. An active member of St. John Fisher Parish in Marlborough, CT, I currently serve as the Pastoral Assistant and lead the Women’s Faith Group. I am a graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and since I was a teenager, I have served in various Catholic ministries, including religious education and music ministry.


Strahlen

I am a single mom of five amazing, wonderful,

adorable,active,loud,smelly(sometimes,really smelly!), fun boys. There are just not enough adjectives to describe our kids are there?

Being a single mom was about the last thing I ever thought I would be. I absolutely loved my husband, and, it may sound crazy, but I thought he was my best friend...right up until the day he told me he was leaving.We renewed our vows on Valentine's Day 2009. He told me he was leaving on Mother's Day 2009.Literally one week later, he moved out and never looked back. It was a day I will remember forever with a degree of nausea that cannot be put into words.
I was also five months pregnant with our 5th little boy (surprise!) at the time. My husband texted me when the baby was three days old to let me know he had filed for a divorce.I literally shook for months - and months.

Over the next few years, my boys and I would lose our home (and have a hard time finding housing for a single, stay at home mom of five boys), endure battles with a man who was now a stranger to me in a court system that still favors the monied spouse and the petitioner over the defendant, need to file for an Order of Protection, and turn to our local churches and charities for food, heat, Christmas presents, and more.


I hope you join me at Single Mom Smiling for the rest of my introduction and for the shortened version of why I speak about my faith. Faith and life…each is an ongoing process - of learning, praying, forgiving, falling down, and getting back up again.



Susan Skinner



My name is Susan Skinner and I am a lifelong Catholic. I attended all Catholic schools including the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
I am a mother to 3 children and a wonderful husband and we now reside in Tennessee. I love living in the South.
Though I have always identified as Catholic, it was the murder of my friend in 2010 that brought a transforming change to my heart and made me a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I now make it my mission to spread His Love and Good News everywhere I go.

My friends name was Veronica, and so my blog is named Veil of Veronica at Wordpress. Jesus isn’t just someone we should just know about, He is someone we should KNOW, personally. He has made me new. I am now the Adult RCIA and Faith Formation Coordinator of a Church in Franklin, TN and I know God has brought me to where I am. I am nothing without him.
http://veilofveronica.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/god-moments/

Tacy Williams Beck


Tacy Williams Beck is a wife and mother living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is a recent convert to the Catholic Church (Easter 2011), In addition to reading, sewing, and baking, and she and her husband Stephen love learning more about their Catholic faith every day. They have 3 girls, aged 6, 4, and 2, and one boy age 1.

Tacy also writes about their journey as parents and converts; she writes at tacywilliamsbeck.com and realhousekeeping.com. Thank you for reading!

Tara Baker


My name is Tara, and I run a blog called Catholic Girl Problems.
Contrary to the blog’s title, I’m really quite blessed. I enjoy horseback riding, playing piano, spooning with my pup, cooking, gardening, and horror movies. Writing has always been my passion, and sometimes, I even get paid for it! When I’m not typing away, you can catch me with my nose in a book.

My faith is essential, and my discovery of it is the contents of this blog. I’m proud to call myself a “cradle Catholic.” Dig beneath the media slander, and there is an amazing religion founded by Christ Himself. It is rich in its heritage, and unbending in its defense of morality and virtue in a world all-too consumed by evil. The more I learn from my Catholic faith, the more I want to know, yet I fear I will never have all the answers.
Suffice it to say I'm intrigued by all things Divine, so I study theology for funsies. My head is quite literally in the clouds, but if you ask me, that's where it's supposed to be. When the finite things of this world come to pass, what happens? Will I be ready when it does? What else is out there?

About a year ago, I was discerning a religious vocation. The process was long and arduous, consumed by prayer and meditation and a lot of visits to convents. At the end, I decided being a nun wasn’t for me. My calling was to be a wife and mother, among many other things. But the process of discernment changed me, and for the better. My eyes transformed, and I see the world so differently now.

I guess I started this blog to try and make sense of it all.
So in summary: I'm a former, wannabe nun now looking for love and virtue while trying to find her place in a world she often feels a stranger in. Confused?


Victor S E Moubarak





Victor is an occasional contributor to this Blog and a frequent reader too. He is well recognised in his town by the blue cowboy hat with orange feather which he always wears and colorful shirts with red tartan trousers.

He also wears different colored socks - red and blue, or yellow and orange, green and mauve - to remind him which one is the left and right foot.

He started a campaign that socks should be sold in threes rather than in pairs, to make it easier to get a matching pair when you pull them out of the drawer.

He speaks French fluently and once ordered a whole meal in a restaurant in French to impress his guests. it was an Italian restaurant.

Whilst in Paris years ago he had lunch at one of those out-door open-air restaurants where they put the tables on the sidewalk so that you may enjoy the view. As soon as he was served his meal it started to rain ... not much rain, just a light constant drizzle. It took him ages to finish the soup!

A very cautious man who always looks left and right and left again before crossing his legs. Not superstitious as such but always reads his horrorscopes to find out what he is missing in life. The other day his horrorscope said that he'll feel very tired and run down ... but they'll soon catch the motorist who ran him down.


Victor has written a number of books very slowly because a number of his readers cannot read fast.

You can download his books FREE from HERE; and visit Victor's Blog HERE.



Virginia


I am thrilled to be able to introduce myself and blog to you and to become a part of such a treasury in the catholic blogger world. I was raised catholic by my mother who above all else taught me to love Our Lady and the Eucharist. She prayed the rosary with me faithfully from an early age and often took me for "visits" to Jesus in the tabernacle. My father was protestant, so I was also exposed to many protestant groups and encountered several humble, christian people who molded my faith journey and gave me a deep love for beautiful worship through music, dance, and even art.

I met my husband, a Baptist at the time, at a Baptist university where I was attending music school. He was studying to become a Baptist minister. Though I was not fully prepared to defend my faith well, he was intrigued enough to study further, and study, he did. He consumed every book he could get his hands on about the Catholic Faith. He finally came into the Church right before he proposed to me at Easter Vigil of 1997. (Please look here if you are interested in reading his conversion story).

My husband and I both want to foster an atmosphere in our home that flourishes in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, all as relates to God and the Catholic Faith and to share that with others. This is what my blog is about.

In the past 10 years of my life there have been 2 significant influences. I have been introduced to and inundated with the beautiful life of homeschooling. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing community of catholic homeschooling families that have shaped our own family life for the better. I also sort of "stumbled upon" a formation program called Disciples of Jesus and Mary, written by our beloved, deceased Fr. Santan Pinto for all laity and religious.


Virginia at Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the Works...


Yolanda Bello



The first thing that comes to mind is that I’m a FiRD…

Those who may have read the phenomenal book by Bach Othello. Little Fird goes in search of other firds, but at the end of the book he was terrible discouraged have found no other firds. And at that moment someone that looked like himself popped up from behind a bush shushing him to be quiet and hide.


Well, it turned out that that little fird was nothing like himself, so as the story ended, he was not like the ones who raised him, nor like the ones he had found to look like himself.

That’s me.

I was born in Venezuela, came to US when I was 14 yr old, and remained in Chicago for 36 yrs, where I got married and had 2 sons. I was also born an artist, but I tried my best to not dwell in that, and went to College to pursue Psychology being so voraciously intrigued by the mind of humans; Sociology needing to know what the effect man has in civilization; Criminology to understand what makes the mind derail….. but my nature just would not buckle down.


Throughout the entire time in college I suffered from horrific migraines. One night, the headache was so fierce that my head would bounce on the pillow with each thunderous

pang. I got up about 2 am unable to sleep, and found a can of spackle and with it drew a giant Don Quijote on the wall….. in about 20 min.

My headache was gone.

So an artist I am.

In 1980, I was asked by a friend who made porcelain dolls to sculpt her 2 newly adopted grandchildren from the Dominican Republic. Those were my first 2 dolls of 600 more to come. I started Bello Creations and there I spoke of my voracious intrigue on human psyche thru countless dolls, and in 1985, I signed with the Ashton Drake Galleries and they became the largest doll company in the world.


My contract ended in 2003, ending a most phenomenal venture anyone could ever want to have. Since then, I have not done dolls, but mostly prolife work, and interpreter for Hispanics who don’t have a voice in court, or during arrests or in medical situations. Since there is no one to teach them NFP, I also got into that…..


And now, I finally have a little more time to let out of my head all the many stories, characters, impressions, but mostly the anguish it has cause that God is no longer welcomed by most of His Creation. So, for this blog, I focus on how the world is when He is not acknowledged.


So why am I a fird? When I go back home to my family they say I’m a gringa, and here….. at the hello they ask me where am I from….. they KNOW I’m not from here….


M.R. Zapp




M.R. Zapp is a mother of five, an avid fan of Regency History, artist, and writer. She's recently taken on a labor of love as Editor for Altar and Hearth Magazine, is contemplating the indie publication of her first novel, and blogs at Apostolate of The Pen. She nurses babies, wipes noses, hates ironing and folding clothes, is working to complete several more novels, and loves to cook.




To kick off her foray into indie publishing, she recently published a trio of short stories on Amazon, called Southern Trio, available for $.99 by clicking on the link.

Most of all she considers herself abundantly blessed by God and loves, loves, loves her supportive husband without whom none of this would be possible. Contact her at theregencycatholic at gmail dot com.

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  1. Thank you Melanie for preparing this page so quickly. You're brilliant.

    God bless.

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    1. now i just have to edit and polish it up but thanks victor for your constant, prayerful support

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  2. I am a happily married mother of nine and grandmother of nineteen soon to be twenty one and counting. There's something about being as opposed to not being. To be is the thing otherwise.... I am Catholic, love my Church and my Faith and have a blog .
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  3. I am a happily married mother of nine and grandmother of nineteen soon to be twenty one and counting. There's something about being as opposed to not being. To be is the thing otherwise.... I am Catholic, love my Church and my Faith and have a blog .
    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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