BIO: After many years as a wife and mother, who was also involved in parish ministry, I went back to college in mid-life and worked for my MA in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville (2008). I’ve also earned a Certificate in Adult Formation Leadership from University of Dayton (2011). No stranger to writing or public speaking, I’ve got a BS in Communications from St. John’s University in New York (1982), and in my younger days I enjoyed several years in radio. Yet today, my favorite subject matter to teach and write about is the Catholic faith and its application to daily life.
I accept several speaking engagements each year, and offer retreats. You can find out where and when on my speaking page.
Today, you’ll find me in Catholic media online and and in print with regular columns at Patheos, Catholic Mom, Catholic Digest, and my blog, “The Back Porch“. I’ve long contributed to online faith-based sites like Catholic Lane, Catholic Exchange, Amazing Catechists, and elsewhere. I’ve been a grateful guest on radio and television networks.
My podcast, Among Women, is a program for Catholic women that celebrates their faith and life. With over 185 episodes, Among Women focuses on faith sharing, teaching, and conversation. Each episode spotlights the lives of women saints, and the lives of contemporary Catholic women. Find it on iTunes or at AmongWomenPodcast.com.
My book for women, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, was published by Ave Maria Press. The book extends the conversations I have with my Among Women listeners and readership. It is an introduction to the dignity, gifts, and mission of women. It won a Catholic Press Award in 2014.
I’m an affiliate with SQPN, an international apostolate serving Catholic new media and podcasting interests with its Catholic New Media Conference. My media company, Behold Communications, is a sole proprietorship featuring my writing-for-hire, audio production, and voice-over skills for commercial and non-profit clients.
In prior years, I’ve held church staff positions in ministries with adults and youth. I’ve founded and nurtured prayer groups and fellowships for mothers, married couples, and cancer survivors, for over twenty-five years. I love bible study and sharing the Catechism. I have a special love for working with women’s ministries.
I’ve been married to Bob for over 30 years, and together, we have raised three young adults. We are quasi-empty nesters with our youngest college-aged son who goes away to school. We enjoy travel, music, and motoring around New England in Bob’s restored MGB. We are involved in our local parish leading bible studies and are regular adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.