Ink Slingers

Greetings! Pull up a chair and have a scroll and read about all of our authors over the years! You may discover some interesting folks who have written for us that you never knew about! Would you like to join us and become an Ink Slinger, too? Visit this page to check out our parameters for submitting a writing sample and let’s chat!


avatar for Addie GramelspacherAddie Gramelspacher (7)
A Tale of Two Snow Days
avatar for AdrienneAdrienne (48)

Adrienne is a cradle Catholic married to a devout Evangelical Christian. They have been married eleven years and have three beautiful blessings, one boy and two girls. She spends her days homesechooling the kiddos and enjoys Catholic apologetics and photography. As a former Software Engineer, writing in the English language is not her strong suit, but she’s trying her best at Catholic Sistas, well, because they let her.

Linking Confession and Purgatory [Part 2]
avatar for AlessandraAlessandra (24)

Though I am a cradle Catholic, I was a little lost sheep for sometime. Thankfully, I found my way in December of my Junior year of High school. I now write from the NE USA, where I live with my husband, a convert, and five young children. I have a Master of Science in Reading Education. In 2008, after more than fifteen years in the education field, I “retired” to begin a new career as full time mommy and home educator--a world I felt so foreign to--but now have embraced it as a total lifestyle for my clan.

September 11th, Finding Hope
avatar for Alison WaggonerAlison Waggoner (20)
Dearest Sisters…Please Pray with Me
avatar for Allen HebertAllen Hebert (19)

Allen Hébert works in the Information Technology field. Allen and his wife Denae, have been married for over 25 years and they have been blessed with nine children. In 2013, Allen and his wife Denae, founded Your Holy Family ministries to promote God's plan for family life through family retreats, workshops and family fun days. More information on their ministry can be found at

What God has Joined Let No One Divide
avatar for Allison GingrasAllison Gingras (7)

Allison Gingras shares the beauty of the Catholic Faith with honesty, laughter, and relatable examples from everyday, ordinary life. Discover how on her website: She has created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (Gracewatch.Media), which includes her book, The Gift of Invitation: 7 Ways Jesus Invites Us into a Life of Grace. Her podcast A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras distributed through She is blessed to facilitate the virtual vineyard for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization. Allison offers retreats and inspirational talks on Grace, Trusting vs Worrying, Forgiveness, and Faith in the Everyday!

The Value of Novenas [and Remembering to Actually Pray Them]
avatar for Allison H.Allison H. (74)

Allison is a 40-something mother of seven, living in Alaska, accepted into the Church (together with her husband, thank God) in 2004. She spends her days homeschooling and packaging meat that her menfolk hunt and bring home. She cannot garden to save her life but picks wild blueberries like a champ. She has been published in an edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul and keeps a blog at, writing about living out the Faith with children with cystic fibrosis.

Theological Virtues
avatar for Allison WelchAllison Welch (7)

Allison Welch lives in SW Virginia with her husband, Barry, a Deacon in the Catholic Church. They are recent empty nesters, with two boys in college. She has a Masters in Theology, has taught high school Theology for 9 years and loves to share her faith. “I hope someday to meet God, because I want to thank him for the flowers.” Robert Breault

Happy Feast of the Assumption!
avatar for Alyssa AzulAlyssa Azul (15)

Alyssa is a bona fide wordsmith in her personal and professional life with a deep love of storytelling in all forms. She lives single-minded for Christ, praying for a St.Joan of Arc-like courage every step of the way.

Modesty: A Stripped Perspective
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Amelia is a chatty cradle Catholic who has been married to her strong, silent cradle Catholic husband for ten years. They have four gorgeous children, with number five on the way and live a semi-nomadic military life. She is a professional kid-wrangler and wannabe wordsmith who spends her days homeschooling, changing diapers, and learning from her children how to be a better child of God

The Church Triumphant – Citizens of Heaven
avatar for Amy M.Amy M. (61)

Amy is a “cradle” Catholic who is trying to learn more about God and her faith every day. She is a wife and mom, trying to raise her children to know God. She works part-time as a pharmacist and leads a moms’ group and bible study at her church.

Life on Hold
avatar for AndreaAndrea (9)

As a baby Andrea was baptized in the Catholic Church, but thereafter raised Protestant- until the grace of her baptism called her back home. She is a wife, a mom, and a student. You can check out her personal blog (Tiber Tourist) to keep up with her conversion.

It’s Good to Feel Dusty Sometimes
avatar for Anni HarryAnni Harry (29)

AnnAliese is a proud Army wife to her husband Chris and mother to their two young children. She has a BA in History, a Masters in Social Work, and has worked with disabled veterans, troubled teens, and in early childhood intervention therapy. Since the birth of her children, she has dedicated her time to volunteering with Army Community Services and several military chapel communities. As a cradle-Catholic, AnnAliese has been active in the Church since she was a child. As an adult, she has spent time serving as a lector, EMHC, Adoration coordinator, and Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) chapter president and vice president. She also blogs about topics of Catholicism, parenting, and military life at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life. You can also follow her on Twitter @BeautifulCamoMe, on Instagram at beautifulcamouflagedmess, or on Facebook at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life.

Tread Softly, Pray Fiercely
avatar for AnnMarieAnnMarie (8)

Ann Marie is the wife of a retired 20 year Navy veteran and mother of seven blessings on Earth and one born into Heaven. Although not a bibliophile in the classic sense, AnnMarie loves to read, but passes on her books when she is finished so that others may enjoy them too. AnnMarie enjoys anything crafty, from crochet to sewing. When she is not working on a project, you can find her browsing her favorite fabric shop.

The Gray View From My Window
avatar for AnnMarie C.AnnMarie C. (11)

AnnMarie is a wife and mom of five children; one of whom has autism. Her family home schools, and so much of their days are spent discussing crazy things like whether or not Aragorn has Elvish blood in his ancestry, and other such nonsense. Just for the record, they also do math and grammar. The majority of her time is spent cooking, teaching, doing laundry and avoiding stepping on Legos with bare feet. Her favorite part of the day is any time she can make her children laugh. In all of her luxurious spare time, she writes. Her first novel is Angela's Song, a Catholic romance. She is currently working on a second. Other interests include her Catholic faith, reading and, of course, spending time with her husband, children and all of the good friends and family God has blessed her with.

Line-By-Line Prayer Reflection: Anima Christi, Part VIII
avatar for Antonia GoddardAntonia Goddard (13)

Antonia Goddard is a writer and playwright based in London, UK. A country girl born and bred, she’s currently learning the joys and struggles that come with life in a big city - and offering both to God. When she’s not writing or reading historical fiction, she’s probably cooking. Definitely not burning things.

What Not to Say to a Catholic Newlywed (Whether You’re Catholic or Not)
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Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She enthusiastically serves on the Diocesan Gospel of Life Committee where she chairs pro-life events and writes pro-life articles. Birgit has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 37 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren (all age eight and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Her vibrant Catholic faith colors every aspect of her life. She also sings in the church choir with her husband and daughter. Other interests include politics, as they relate to ‘Life’, and Church liturgy as well as photography, cooking, and gardening. She can also be found on her personal blog, Designs by Birgit.

Forgiveness: Is Someone You Love Poison for Your Soul?
avatar for Brantly MilleganBrantly Millegan (5)

Brantly Millegan is studying for a MA in Theology at the St Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St Paul, MN, is a Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the online journal Second Nature, and is an Assistant Editor for Aleteia. He and his lovely wife Krista live in South St Paul, MN with their two small children, Elijah and Adelaide. His personal website is

4 Reasons Getting Married and Starting a Family at Age 21 Was a Great Decision
avatar for Celeste BowenCeleste Bowen (25)

Celeste calls California's wine country home. She is a mother of four, artist, blogger, and special needs advocate.

Where Does My Help Come From?
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Charla is a life-long Catholic, married since 1995. She has three children who attend Catholic school and university. Charla has been teaching high school English literature at the same Catholic high school she attended for over 15 years. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Latin American Studies, and Secondary Education, as well as a Masters degree in Education. Charla has served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at her parish and school. She enjoys reading, cooking, running, and all activities involving her children. Her special devotions are to the Blessed Mother, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and the Holy Rosary.

The Picture of Dorian Gray – a Catholic novel?
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Christi Gareis is a homeschooling mother of thirteen, with four children still at home. Her youngest child can boast that she was an aunt before she was born. Christi has been blogging since 2005 and has three blogs. In addition to blogging, Christi has been published on as well as in CCL’s magazine Family Foundations. She also wrote the section on How to ‘Prepare Your Child for First Reconciliation’ in the book '101 Stories of Reconciliation' by Sister Patricia Proctor.

How Our Advent Tree Came To Life
avatar for ColleenColleen (33)

Colleen is wife to her wonderful husband and mama to three boys and three girls. She spends her days reading stories, practicing skip counting, and sweeping Cheerios with a baby in her arms. She enjoys sharing her Catholic Faith with others, and trying her best to live out her vocation generously, graciously, fully. She loves the Traditional Mass. She also appreciates anything crafty or chocolatey, and is blessed to reside in the great state of Kansas, which actually is not all black-and-white – she has the red shoes to prove it.

What’s In Your Mass Bag?
avatar for Darcie NielsenDarcie Nielsen (5)

Darcie is a wife and mom of two little girls. Before she met her husband, Christian, she discerned religious life with a community. She now splits her time between working as a Catholic religious advisor at a secular college and a marketing director for a distribution company. She was the Director of the Catholic apostolate Live the Fast for three years and is still on the board. Darcie loves to share her journey in the faith and her writing can also be found at

Do You Need Jesus?
avatar for Deirdre CooperDeirdre Cooper (10)

Deirdre Cooper and her husband live in Tennessee with their six children. She is a public policy analyst for Texas Alliance for Life, one of the leading pro-life organizations in Texas, where she successfully lobbied for the sonogram law, Choose Life license plate, defunding Planned Parenthood, and HB 2. She is also a board member for And Then There Were None Pro-Life Outreach. She enjoys coffee, soccer, home schooling her children and playing board games with her family. The opinions presented here are her own.

Unity and Name Calling Within the Pro-Life Movement
avatar for Devon WattamDevon Wattam (19)

Devon is a cradle Catholic, proud Navy wife, and stay-at-home mom. She and her family currently live in Key West where she enjoys participating in their parish and squadron communities, hosting visitors, and writing.

Mass, How I’ve Missed You
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The Mass is EVERYTHING (so why doesn’t it feel that way?)
avatar for EmilyEmily (70)

Emily is a cradle Catholic, wife of over 12 years to her hilarious husband, and a mother of 4 kids. Emily loves all things Catholic and stays busy volunteering at her children's Catholic School and parish. She also works full time as an Electrical Design Engineer.

Splendid Sundays – June 30, 2013
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Erika V. is a thirty-something mother of two (with four saints in heaven). With a degree in molecular biology, she works for her state’s police crime lab; although her dream is to stay home with her children and homeschool them. Her newly converted husband is a sometime auto mechanic and primarily a stay-at-home dad. Passionate about pro-life issues and science, she is a survivor of breast cancer while pregnant. At 20 weeks pregnant with her daughter (pregnancy number six), she was diagnosed with BRCA1 stage II breast cancer. When local doctors we stumped with the diagnosis, she traveled to MDAnderson where chemotherapy on pregnant women has been done for over twenty years. After delivering her baby girl and undergoing more chemotherapy, Erika has had a whirlwind of surgeries to combat the cancer as well as the complications of cancer treatments. Three years and eight surgeries later, she continues to be passionate about pro-life endeavors, even winning the local Right to Life group’s Life Award and serving on their working board of directors. She authors two blogs, one a mommy blog Biology Brain-Simon Says and one a breast cancer while pregnant blog Erika’s Miracle Journey. Blog posts are often filled with pro-life references, including medical journal articles supporting the pro-life position. While there isn’t often time, she also enjoys horses, reading, gardening, and KY bourbon.

Why It Matters
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Sisters of Life Liven Up Texas
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Here I am, Lord…Broken
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Hannah is a cradle Catholic who happens to be most at home in the kitchen. She’s been married three years, but has only just started her job as a stay-at-home-wife and is investing her time in learning to sew and improving her housekeeping skills. She is the mother of two, Rita in Heaven and Edmund on Earth. She’s also an import to the States – originally from Canada – and she doesn’t miss the snow.

Come Holy Spirit, Give Us Goodness
avatar for Hannah M.Hannah M. (5)

Hannah is a stay-at-home mom to Emma, (12-09-08) and Silas, (03-07-12). She lives in Central Texas, but both her and her husband consider the Central Coast of California to be their true home. In the little amount of spare time she has, Hannah loves to knit, sew (poorly) and try new recipes. However, her favorite pastimes are playing with her children and spending time with her husband. Her family is currently on their journey to join the Catholic Church, and they love learning more about the faith every day.

Celebrating Lent with A Homemade Candle
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Heidi is a convert to Catholicism, confirmed with her husband in August of 2011. She is a teacher turned homeschooling mom to five children on earth and a beautiful baby girl named Kenna who was stillborn in 2007. You can read more about Heidi and her family at Work and Play Day by Day.

Not This Family
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Jaclyn spends her days playing jester to her three-year-old princess and 18 month old female gymnast. She has one more daughter in heaven who is her youngest daughter’s twin who died when they were five weeks old. She loves to sing, especially classical, spiritual and Broadway music. Her sweet husband must want to be a saint because he has been married to her for five years.

Walking the Way of the Cross without Samantha
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Refrigerator Catechism {Saint Teresa Magnets}
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Jeanne is a happily married wife (to Ryan, July 2008) and mama of two beautiful biological children (Maximus 2009 & Caroline 2011). In 2014, Jeanne and Ryan finalized the adoption of Harlei (2012) into their family. As a “Cradle Catholic,” she spent years going through the motions before she actually came to understand and fall in love with our beautiful faith. Now, she enjoys discussing it with others, trying her best to live it.

Why we DON’T use Birth Control
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Karen is a Catholic stay at home mom to three kids and wife to handsome hubby, J. Since getting married in 2010, Karen and J have lived in four different towns spread across three states and have had two daughters and a son. When not chasing a baby, toddler, and preschooler, Karen enjoys reading, learning new facts and hobbies (sewing and crocheting are the latest hobby crafts), and diving into homeschooling the oldest kiddo, while trying to keep Jesus and Mary at the center of daily life.

October- The Most Holy Rosary
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A Catholic Sistas Interview with Artists Daniel Mitsui
avatar for Kathleen KirchnerKathleen Kirchner (9)

Kathleen is a cradle Catholic, but on a journey to greater understanding and reverence.
Formerly a historian specializing in Vatican foreign policy and Jewish-Catholic relations, now
she homeschools her two young children and tries to get them interested in...anything other
than Netflix. Married to Matt, her engineer and personal Geek Squad for five years and
counting. If it's not the school day, you can usually find her playing with makeup, reading a
book, or napping. You can read her personal blog at

How to Take Your Kids to Mass in 10 Easy Steps!
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Katie spent her girlhood in a cult, where she was sexually wounded and nearly crushed by sorrow. Katie is here today because she belongs to a Father who turns tears into dancing and darkness into light. She earned her undergraduate degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, which is also the place where she met Jesus in the Eucharist and took Pope John Paul II as her spiritual father. Katie ministered at a Honduran orphanage, had her heart pierced in India, and served as a pro-life lobbyist before marrying and becoming a full-time mother. Amidst her days of washing dishes, chasing chickens, and kissing babies, Katie is earning her Master of Arts in Theology at the Augustine Institute. The mother of two precious toddlers and three babies who have run ahead to heaven, Katie lives with her beloved husband, Devin, on a farm outside Austin, Texas, and serves as the co-director of Feminine Genius, Inc.

Career or Kids? What’s a Girl To Do?
avatar for Kerri BaunachKerri Baunach (121)

Kerri Baunach is a Catholic wife and mother of three boys (plus three in heaven). She and her family live in beautiful central Kentucky where she is active in her church, a member of Cursillo, and a Benedictine Oblate. Kerri often writes on her Catholic faith, pregnancy loss, her kids, and pro-life issues. Kerri is a former music librarian (16 years) now stay-at-home mom, was a musician for over 20 years, loves taking her kids to the library (and loves that they love it), is passionately pro-life, can’t cook, and has lived in six states. In additional to writing at Catholic Sistas you can also find Kerri on her own blog at Journal of a Nobody.

The 2018 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Sacrifices
avatar for Krista SteeleKrista Steele (7)

Krista is a licensed social worker living in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Jeff and their dog, Hank. She believes the best moments in life happen around the table, there's always room for one more book in your Amazon cart/suitcase/purse, and that every load of laundry folded is an hour out of purgatory. You can find her on the trails with her boys, on the couch with a novel, or on her knees in front of the blessed sacrament.

Dear Distracted Mom of Littles
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Leticia is a 35 year old Catholic wife and mother. She has four kids of her own and three step kids. In the last two years her family has been on a amazing journey into the Catholic Church. She and her kids were received into the Church Easter of 2010. In October of that same year, she and her husband were married in the Church and he was Confirmed that November. The following May her three step sons were fully initiated into the Church and they became a family of nine fully Catholic people. They have learned a lot about God and their Faith in the last two years. She hopes to share some of what she has learned with anyone who is willing to listen.

Where is the Cry to Ban Porn?
avatar for Linda DeliaLinda Delia (12)

Linda is a Catholic wife to her childhood sweetheart, Mike and mother to four adult children, Nicole, Brooke, Kristin, and Michael. After studying computer technology in college, she had several careers that allowed her the opportunity to combine her passion for young people, her faith, and her knowledge of technology.

Linda enjoys gardening, cooking, and tending to her little parcel of land in NY's scenic Hudson Valley region. She has been actively involved in numerous ministries at her parish of over 25 years. In her free time, she enjoys sharing life and the great outdoors with her family and friends. She blogs about family, gardening and the Master Gardener in her spiritual journey at

Nourish My Body, Nourish My Soul
avatar for Liz S.Liz S. (13)

Liz Schleicher is a Midwestern Catholic wife and working mama of one. Mental illness has visited her family to the third and fourth generation, and she battles to see the truth and beauty of each day. She blogs at St. Dymphna's Daughter and leads the conversation on Facebook at Catholics with Depression.

The Danger of Being “Fine”
avatar for Lynette BryantLynette Bryant (18)

Frequently referring to her life as a divinely-orchestrated, beautiful, but chaotic symphony,
Lynette is a wannabe monastic, contemplative soul who is often found laughing at God’s
unending sense of humor in her life.  Married for 36 years to a man who is the most tangible
witness of God’s infinite mercy, Lynette is blessed to be called “Mom” by 5 and “Nana” by 2. A
veteran of 25+ years of homeschooling, she will tell you the biggest and best lessons in life have
nothing to do with academics and everything to do with our Catholic faith.  She is a strong
advocate for mental health awareness, having experienced her own “dark night of the soul”, and
currently leads a weekly peer-to-peer self-help support group as a member of Recovery
International. Both a professed Lay Carmelite and a Marian Missionary of Divine Mercy, she
strives to live out her contemplative life with a merciful outlook.

Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?
avatar for LynneLynne (13)

We can never know where God's amazing plans for our life will take us, and Lynne is a perfect example. Growing up, she was a Baptist girl in deep East Texas. After college, she married, converted to Catholicism and spent the next fifteen years growing in faith in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado. Now, she lives with her husband and seven children on a farm in a tiny Midwestern town. Though twenty years have passed since her conversion, she still feels like she's only scratched the surface of the glorious riches of the Church. She has a special love for Teresa of Avila and Blessed John Paul II.

Lean on Me
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Lead Me: Letting Go and Letting God
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A Wave of Light, A Wave of Love
avatar for Martina KreitzerMartina Kreitzer (280)

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to eight kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-12/19. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools and is currently transitioning out of homeschooling. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

The One Thing You CAN Do To Dismantle Racism
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Mary is a lifelong Catholic, a wife to an incredible man, and a homeschooling mother of two girls and two boys. She loves studying theology and apologetics and is very passionate about our beautiful Faith.

Four Myths About Catholicism Even Catholics Believe
avatar for Mary Beth WeisenburgerMary Beth Weisenburger (16)

Mary Beth is a 50-something magazine editor, a family humor columnist and an author, but her favorite form of writing is prayer journaling. Praying with a pen every morning for years
dramatically strengthened her spiritual life, even drawing her back home to the fullness of the Catholic Church after several decades away! She recently published a book with Beacon
Publishing/Dynamic Catholic titled, “Praying with a Pen—the Girlfriends’ Guide to Stress-Free Prayer Journaling.” Married for 30+ years to her witty and wonderful husband, she's a mom to two adult children: one a seminarian studying in Rome and the other a happily married school social worker who promoted Mary Beth to grandma status in March of 2018. Mary Beth is a member of her church choir, loves to sing at big Catholic weddings and has recently begun facilitating Catholic book studies and retreats for women. With a background in corporate communications and marketing and a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Leadership, she has spoken to over 100 groups on the topics of leadership, family humor, writing and prayer journaling. Mary Beth has a borderline unhealthy attachment to her little dog, Sammy and, when the mood strikes her, she blogs about prayer journaling (and Sammy) at

Even If
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I am happily married to a wonderful man and mommy to three great rambunctious kids. I am blessed to stay home with my kids and also work from home doing sewing. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up in the Church and went to 12 years of Catholic school, but may have learned even more about my faith in the four years of liberal colleges surrounded by people who challenged my beliefs and sent me to research what I believed, and more importantly, WHY! I love reading and learning about just about anything, but also love just sitting back and tickling my kids until none of us can breathe!!

I’m (not enough of) a Special Needs Mom
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Maurisa is a Catholic convert from a non-denominational Evangelical background, happily married to a “retread” cradle Catholic. Chris and Maurisa have been married since 1991 and have 7 amazing and unique children. In 2012, Chris retired from the Air Force, took a corporate pilot position, and the family moved to beautiful Utah. Her interests include creative cookery, photography, reading, singing, apologetics, homeschooling, traveling, hiking, gardening, and caring for her 7 laying hens.

What to Read for Lent 2021
avatar for Michelle FritzMichelle Fritz (149)

Michelle Fritz is a daughter of God, a cradle Catholic, a Georgia peach, a devoted wife of almost 30 years to amazing husband Mike, and an eclectic homeschooling mother to eleven living children. She has experienced the loss of 16 babies in her call to be open to life, but knows that God is always loving and always gracious. She and her husband know that they have an army of Saints already in heaven!

In addition to her vocation as wife, mom, and homeschool teacher she also holds a Masters in Theology and has recently taken on the role of Youth Minister for both the middle school and high school groups at her parish.

The Sanctity of Life and Our Catholic Response
avatar for Michelle HamelMichelle Hamel (5)

Michelle Hamel is a cradle Catholic who tries to keep up with the chaos of raising eight kids with her high school sweetheart. She spends her days trying to make sure everyone feels loved and squeezing in adoration visits. She blogs about faith and family at Normal Chaos.

Going Deeper
avatar for Michelle SchroederMichelle Schroeder (10)

Michelle lives in Baton Rouge with her husband and two kids. She is a cradle Catholic and runs a small business. Michelle is slightly obsessed with St. Padre Pio and 80s music.

The Best Gift from Jesus
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Mindy Goorchenko lives in Eagle River, Alaska with her husband and seven children, as well as foster children who may be living with them at any given time. Her favorite subjects to write about are Catholicism, adoption, foster care, and parenting.

Our Rest from the Toil
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Misty converted to Catholicism from atheism 13 years ago, just a week after becoming a mother to her first child. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked full-time as a magazine writer and editor. She has been married to her best friend for nearly 20 years and looks forward to many more decades by his side. Her days are now spent cooking, doing laundry, freelance writing, and homeschooling her five children. After spending so much of her life in spiritual darkness, she revels in the joy of being Catholic. Without a doubt, the Lord’s greatest gift to her has been saving her from a life without Him.

A Teacup of Grace is Enough
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Molly is a cradle Catholic, wife, and mother of 6 girls. Besides staying at home to be wife and mom, Molly works in the music programs of local high schools, helps teach Irish dance at a local studio, and spends time tending to the special needs of one of their daughters, who was born with severe congenital Hydrocephalus. You can follow their journey at Molly has always loved writing, so the opportunity to contribute to this blog and combine that love with the passion she has for her Catholic faith has been a welcomed opportunity.

Seeing Faith: Believing as a Special Needs Parent
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Natalie is a 22 year old Catholic wife and mama to two boys, Augustine and Ignatius. She met her husband Stephen through and they’ve been married since June 4th 2009. She is a cradle Catholic and comes from a family of 12 (seven brothers and two sisters) and considers herself a “natural” mama, or “crunchy” as some say. She loves to make sure the lifestyle of her family is as healthy, organic and natural as possible. She absolutely loves her vocation of wife and mother more than anything. She is also crafty and enjoys creating things with her hands. Her favorite hobby is playing her lever harp and creating music videos. Every time she plays, it reminds her of angels in heaven!

In Honor of St. Joseph: Our Guide, Our Intercessor, Our Friend
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Mary, did you know?
avatar for Nicole BrinkmanNicole Brinkman (5)

Nicole Henning Brinkman is a cradle Catholic who was raised in a Catholic/Lutheran home. She was educated in Catholic schools kindergarten through master's degree (Go Irish!). Born and raised in the Midwest, she has lived throughout Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. In 2015 her faith was tested, and forever strengthened, when her husband suddenly left her and their two young boys; shattering, but not destroying, her belief in the Sacrament of Marriage. Today, she lives near family in northern Illinois (think corn fields, not Chicago). She is a fourth grade teacher, wanna-be writer, perfectionist, and a single mother who strives to live a Catholic vision of family life no matter the circumstances.

Striving, Growing, Rejoicing: Be Your Own Holy Family
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Patty is a cradle Catholic RN partial to the Traditional Latin mass, wife to an amazing farmer/rancher, the mother of 7 children ranging in age from 15 months to 26. I went from being a 'city girl' to country wife in a very short period of time in 2010. Instead of enjoying coffee shops, sushi and local shopping I now delight in managing my dairy herd including both goats and cows. Then there are the 50 or so beef cows, the chickens, cats, dogs, pigs and a blooming population of adorable but annoying field mice.

Unbound Sponsorship–A Love that Crosses Oceans
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Rachel is a stay-at-home mother to five beautiful children ages 4, 3, 2, 1, and her newest blessing, born in October. By the grace of God, she converted to Catholicism in 2004, and soon thereafter married her high school sweetheart. She strives every day to do the little things, as St. Thérèse did, and to live her life pleasing to Him.

Ode to Feminine Genius: An Industrious Woman
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RaisingSaints is a group of Catholic Mothers throughout the United States that chose to bring their children home to educate them. "Catholic homeschooling is the planned and organized teaching and training of children at home, for their peaceful and effective life in this world, and for their eternal salvation in the world to come." ~Father John Hardon

13 Years of {Catholic} Homeschooling ~ 13 Simply Great Ideas
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Randi is a wife, mother, Cradle Catholic and lifelong runner. She finds deeper spiritual connection through her running and loves helping others along their running journey as a personal run coach. As a first responder wife and boy mom, running is a means for Randi to find God in the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

Running – My Holy Hour
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Journey Through The Desert: Lent 2021 Photo Journey
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Mama to seven little wild things and wife to one adventurous husband, Sarah spends her days trying to calm the crazy. She's the quiet one. When not being (willingly) coaxed into her family's schemes and ideas, she enjoys curling up with a good book, creating something beautiful, and writing tales of her families adventures. You can also find her blogging at

God Always Provides
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My name is Sarah Bailey. I converted to Catholicism four years ago. My favorite Catholic devotion is Eucharistic adoration. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing board games and going to concerts. I write weekly at

Navigating Heartbreak: Novena to St. Valentine
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Shiela is a widow and mother of five children from elementary to High school. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and art therapist but her primary vocation is to be a mom. She discovered apologetics while cruising around social networks and finding her faith under attack. She approaches apologetics with humor and everyday stories and hopes to ignite a fire of joyful catholic culture that will spread throughout the world. In the wake of her husband's death, she will be sharing her grief journey.

Loving the Restless Heart
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As part of our blogging schedule we have agreed as a group that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. Our Sistas Weekly is set to auto-post so that we can keep holy the Sabbath and spend time with our families.

Sistas Weekly No. 5
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Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D. is a scientist turned homemaker raising seven children with her husband in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She is pursuing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and she is Editor-in-Chief at Ignitum Today and Catholic Stand, and a Senior Editor at Catholic Lane. She writes about popular science, dogmatic theology, and mountain life at her website.

Angelic Fallacies: Why Science is Hard to Learn
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Improving My Relationship with the Real Presence
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I have been a wife for 22 years, am a mother of three great kids, and a Catholic convert for 20 years. I am blessed to homeschool my two teenage daughters, now for almost five years. I live with struggles of anxiety disorder, constant fatigue, and food difficulties which were worsened by my previous illness with Lyme Disease. These opened a path for me to learn from God what real motherhood, simple life, and silent prayer really are. God has been very good to me. I owe Him All.

“You Shall Not Pass!”
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Tiffany P. is a 23 year old wife and Mommy to two babies born 16 months apart. Tiffany’s relationship with God began when she was 14, where she was baptized at a large Baptist church in her Texas hometown. She spent the next five years growing closer to God through daily prayer, Scripture meditation, and her active membership in her Baptist youth group, where she made lifelong friendships. At 18, a burden was placed on her heart for the lack of unity in the Body of the Christ, as evidenced through the existence of multiple Christian denominations. Thus began a search for Truth through a re-evaluation of Scripture and history, and she found that the fullness of Truth is found in the original Church established by Christ Himself. On April 11, 2009 at 19 years of age, Tiffany took the next step in her 5 year-old Christian journey by receiving the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist, entering into full communion with the Holy Catholic Church. Her passion is to see all Christian brothers and sisters reconciled and unified once again.

Defending the Canon of the Bible–All 73 Books, Part 2
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Victoria is a Navy wife who left her beloved Shenandoah Valley for wherever her husband’s chain of command might send him (currently beautiful, hot South Carolina!). Between the Navy and her newborn baby girl, this organized, plan-oriented girl is working to discover joy when the Holy Spirit throws her plans out the window. She writes primarily for the blog Housewife // Savagelife, which presents the eye-opening dialogue between herself and a prison inmate. You can read it here:

Talking About Sin


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  • Janalin HoodNovember 28, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    I would like to see a post about setting up a home alter (or church). My background is in interior design and I am new to the faith… I need some ideas and sources if you have any to share!

    Thank you for your wonderful blog and all you do! xo JanalinReplyCancel

  • Kimberley DierdorfJanuary 9, 2013 - 9:58 am

    I am part of a ministry that makes prayer quilts for those who need them- How would I get a prayer quilt to Jenifer Fulwiler?ReplyCancel

  • Theresa RosenFebruary 1, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Hi everyone. I’m glad to have met you all through our FB webpage. I just turned 70, live in Wisconsin by the Mississippi River, had 3 sons, have 6 grandchildren. I’m presently helping one son care for his children. I would like to ask that you all pray for the return of my children and their families to the Catholic faith, as well as my “lost” friends and other family members. I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic schools, had about 3 years college, maybe four, but not in one place, so it was difficult to get the degree. I am pro-life, and a real Catholic, that is, I believe in what the Church teaches.ReplyCancel

  • Janine GonyaFebruary 5, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Hello all,
    It was such a blessing to come upon this site. I am a 46 yr old cradle Catholic mother to 16 living and 2 in Heaven. I am married to my best friend for 25yrs and our first grandchild is due any day now. Please pray for my Erin, that she has a beautiful delivery and her child is healthy. I am so happy to find such great blogs from women that share our beautiful Faith. God Bless you all.
    Janine GonyaReplyCancel

  • Renee BaranekFebruary 7, 2013 - 12:35 am

    Worn out mom of four who homeschooled for years before life got too crazy. Orthodox Catholic, not feeling very much like a powerhouse of prayer recently. Inspired by wee little examples of your daily reaches Heaven-word.ReplyCancel

  • sarah amigoMarch 3, 2013 - 1:50 am

    Such is the grace of God that am having browsing and in your website…am catholic from the philippines am sarah 49yrs. old …got 3 grown up children and 1 beautiful and smart grandchild she s 6yrs old now..please pray for us and my family we would like to come back again in catholic faith…I desired it and pray for our protection against all evil intentions…were recently fire victim we lost our home last year and pray we can build our own home again…thank you for your prayer assistance…ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie HermanNovember 15, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Would it be possible to request a book review of a Catholic fantasy that was written to evangelize pop culture? It’s called League Of Angels and can be found as an ebook here:

    Why bring this to your attention? Because beyond apologetics, theology and traditional Catholic literature, the truths of Christianity should also permeate pop culture. There are sufficient tomes written to inspire the human heart and mind, but not enough written to evangelize the imagination.

    And yet, it’s pop culture that influences many people today, through comics, movies, and lifestyle choices. In recent times, Marvel and DC Comics caved in to social pressure and celebrated gay superheroes getting married in their storylines. Given this culture war, shouldn’t popular fiction also be redeemed by faith, dignity and holiness without losing the cool that makes pop culture so fun?

    League Of Angels celebrates the wisdom of saints, the rituals of the Church, and the heroism of faith, and draws readers who might not otherwise pick up a Catholic book to discover the awesome coolness of the Catholic faith. In terms of styling and concept, this book straddles the mystical graphic world of comics like Constantine with movies like The Matrix, with the depth and intensity of supernatural faith. It also conjures a climate not too different from our own in its religious, political and cultural crisis.

    I enjoyed it very much and thought it would be great if you could introduce it to more Catholics as well. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • KimJanuary 16, 2016 - 8:57 am

    Sign me up for future posts, please!ReplyCancel

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  • Cynthia HaurisMay 11, 2016 - 12:43 pm

    My name is Cynthia Hauris. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as oldest of ten children. I am a cradle Catholic and was devoted to the Eucharist and Blessed Mother as a child. I became disillusioned with the adults in my life as a teenager and began to search for my own way. I ended up making a big circle that ended with the Catholic Charismatic movement. Jesus wanted to have a personal relationship with me and I with Him. I am not a mistake and I can find who I am and my destiny only in Jesus. In praising and thanking God for everything that comes my way, my misery is replaced with joy. When I forgive, I am healed. It has been a long, healing and wonderful spiritual journey with Jesus, Mary, Holy Spirit, Father God, angels and saints. I attend Mass and receive the Eucharist as often as I can. I find healing and hope in saying a daily rosary and chaplet and reading Magnificat, Bible, and other spiritual reading. I build community in Spirit of Love Prayer Group, Contemporary Choir and Al-Anon.
    My husband and I have resided in Manassas, Virginia for the last 37 years. We have raised five children (Four of our children miscarried) and worshipped at All Saints Parish. I have worked as a registered dietitian and substitute teacher. We homeschooled for nine years and were able to give children good foundation. Our children are now grown and we have seven grandchildren. God is doing a new thing in my life as I daily renew my consecration to Jesus through Mary, and discern God’s Will for me as an empty nester.
    My favorite author is Rev. Peter John Cameron who edits Magnificat. I also love the work of Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, Matthew Kelly, Dr. Greg Popcak and Bishop Robert Barron. I love Catholic worship music by Julie Carrick, Connie Salazar, Lynn Cooper, Donna Cori Gibson, Mark Forrest and Matt Maher. I listen to Our Lady of Guadaloupe Radio and especially like the shows Women of Grace, More to Life, The Doctor is In, Al Kresta in the Afternoon, Catholic Answers Live.
    I keep a journal, but do not have a blog or website. I am very interested in promoting healthy lifestyles, recipes and the New Evangelism. I love to write about the Rosary and how relevant the mysteries are to the modern woman’s dilemmas. I enjoy reading Catholic Sistas!ReplyCancel

    • Martina KreitzerMay 11, 2016 - 1:03 pm

      Welcome, Cynthia!

      I lived in Manassas for a short time and we went to All Saints as well. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia HaurisMay 11, 2016 - 12:51 pm

    I have discovered that in praising and thanking God for everything that comes my way, my misery is replaced with joy. When I forgive, I am healed. I find healing and hope in saying a daily rosary and chaplet and reading Magnificat, Bible, and other spiritual reading. I build community in Spirit of Love Prayer Group, Contemporary Choir and Al-Anon.

    My favorite author is Rev. Peter John Cameron who edits Magnificat. I also love the work of Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, Matthew Kelly, Dr. Greg Popcak and Bishop Robert Barron. I love Catholic worship music by Julie Carrick, Connie Salazar, Lynn Cooper, Donna Cori Gibson, Mark Forrest and Matt Maher. I listen to Our Lady of Guadalupe Radio and especially like the shows Women of Grace, More to Life, The Doctor is In, Al Kresta in the Afternoon, Catholic Answers Live. It is such a difficult time in human history to live, but God in His mercy has provided much inspiring media to educate us in faith and inspire us to participate in the New Evangelization.ReplyCancel

  • Arlene CarratalaApril 26, 2017 - 6:56 pm

    We think that we are free since we are used to having what we want when and how we want it however, we are not free, we are just slaves of all these thing’s we have.ReplyCancel