After many years at home as a wife and mother, and enjoying being actively involved in parish ministry, I went back to college in mid-life 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), and currently working toward a certificate in Spiritual Direction (2016). No stranger to writing or public speaking, I’ve got a BS in Communications from St. John’s University in New York (1982), and after college 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.
As a speaker, I accept several speaking engagements each year, and offer retreats, primarily for women, yet not exclusively. Read a few endorsements here.
My book for women, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, is published by Ave Maria Press. It introduces the feminine genius, focusing on the dignity, gifts, and mission of women. It won a Catholic Press Association Award in 2014. More about the book here.
As a writer, you’ll find me online and in print. I have regular columns in Catholic Digest and Catechist magazines. I’ve long contributed to online websites like the Catholic portal at Patheos, Catholic Mom, Catholic Lane, Catholic Exchange, Amazing Catechists, and elsewhere. My writer-for-hire projects include work for Catholic entities such as Ascension Press, The Christophers, the USCCB, and others.
I’m married to Bob for 30+ years, and we have raised three young adults. We stay involved in our parish in the Archdiocese of Boston leading bible studies and participate as adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.