Ansel works as the coordinator of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been doing youth and young adult ministry for more than 10 years in his home of New Orleans. Ansel has spent the last few years rebuilding his archdiocese following Hurricane Katrina. He has written several articles and done conferences around the country relating to ministry. His hobbies are weightlifting, reading, and writing.
Amy Bonaccorso was born in 1979 in Washington, D.C. She is a communications professional, writer, and a dating expert. Her book, "How to Get to ‘I Do’: A Dating Guide for Catholic Women" was published by Servant Books in 2010. Amy became Catholic in Jubilee Year 2000 and her debut book covers many of her adventures in the Catholic dating scene. Amy likes her Macbook, Starbucks, fine dining, cats, cars, vinyl records, and has an interest in health and wellness.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, 66, is from Concordia, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Marian DeMarais Chaput. Archbishop Chaput completed studies in psychology at Catholic University in Washington D.C., in 1969. He earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington D.C., in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970. The following year he received a master of arts in theology from the University of San Francisco. Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997. As member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the second Native American to be ordained bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop.
Angie Francis, 36, is a zealous cradle Catholic born in Bogota, Colombia. She was raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and made the United States her home in 1999. She earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1996. She switched careers and entered the financial services industry in 2004. She enjoys playing handbells, traveling and making friends. She can be found on CatholicMatch as Angie-584510.
Bishop John Clayton Nienstedt is the son of John and Elizabeth Nienstedt of Harrison Township and the second oldest in a family of six children. Bishop Nienstedt was ordained to the priesthood on July 27, 1974, at Sacred Heart Church, Dearborn, Mich., following studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Bishop Nienstedt holds a bachelor of arts from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, a bachelor of sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University; and a licentiate and doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Institute of Saint Alphonsus, Rome. His doctoral topic was “Human Life in a Test-tube; the Moral Dimension of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer.” On June 12, 1996, Bishop Nienstedt was named an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit by Pope John Paul II. He was ordained a Bishop on July 9, 1996, by Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit. On June 12, 2001, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Nienstedt the Third Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm. On April 24, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Nienstedt the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Anastasia Northrop has been promoting John Paul II's understanding of the human person worldwide since 2000. Founder and Director of the National Catholic Singles Conference, she has been particularly involved in applying John Paul II's message to the single life since 2004. Inadvertently single herself, she has had much more practice living the theology of the body as a single woman than she had ever anticipated. Along with organizing events and writing articles related to the theology of the body and singles, she has given talks and promoted study groups in the United States and several countries in Europe and South America. She is the author of the study guide for the text of the Theology of the Body entitled "The Freedom of the Gift." For more information on the theology of the body or the National Catholic Singles Conference, visit www.TheologyoftheBody.net and www.NationalCatholicSingles.com
Amy Smith is the associate editor for the National Catholic Register. Her writing has appeared in Faith & Family, St. Anthony Messenger, Columbia and Tobias magazine, among other publications. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, rereading Jane Austen novels and watching the movie adaptations.
Arleen Spenceley is author of Chastity is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin (Ave Maria Press, Dec. 2014) and journalist. She has a master's degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the same university. She blogs at arleenspenceley.com and tweets @ArleenSpenceley. Click here to like her on Facebook.
Fr. Tony Stephens
Fr. Tony Stephens was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. In 1999, Fr. Tony graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal. Virginia. Discerning a call to religious life and the priesthood, he joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and he was ordained a priest in 2005. The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of “the Missionaries of France.” The community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now an exclusively American community, headquartered in South Union, Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats in effort to re-evangelize and revitalize the faith of those who hear.
Alyssa is a Junior at a small Catholic College in Connecticut. Apart from writing and reading, her interests include art, and drama, including both film and theater. When she isn’t buried under studying, at work, or curled up with a cup of tea and a good book, she can be found either writing, or trying to solve the latest cliffhanger from her favorite BBC shows. She hopes to pursue a career behind the scenes in both theater and film. She has had previous experience through her high school drama club, and the small indie film company, Navis Pictures.
Amy Welborn has written for Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic News Service, Beliefnet, the New York Times, and Commonweal. She has five children and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
Bryan Mercier is a professional speaker and retreat leader. He has spoken to adults and teens for the last 15 on a wide variety of topics ranging from faith formation and apologetics, to spirituality, true love, and relationships. He also runs a ministry team called; “The R.O.C.K. Group,” that does dynamic retreats for Confirmation classes and other teens venues. Bryan has run a young adult Bible Study in Connecticut for eight years, and has his own blog.
Bishop Rhoades was appointed the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend on Nov. 14, 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI, and installed on Jan. 13, 2010, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. While serving as Bishop of Harrisburg, Bishop Rhoades served as President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and on the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Seminary, the Board of Regents of Saint Vincent Seminary and the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s University. Presently (as of May 2011), Bishop Rhoades serves as Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Task Force on Health Care and as Chair of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. He serves as a member of the Administrative Committee of the USCCB, the National Advisory Council, the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism. He also continues to serves as Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Theology of the Body Institute, the Episcopal Cabinet of Catholic Charities USA, the Bishops’ Advisory Council of the Institute for Priestly Formation, the Advisory Board of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and the Advisory Board of the Augustine Institute. On the international level, Bishop Rhoades serves as Catholic Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Reformed Theological Dialogue on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Barbara Tess is a widow and the chief financial officer of a continuum of care facility in Sheboygan, Wis. Barb’s dream is to comfort and educate the widowed population by sharing the story of her journey back to health and happiness, following the deaths of her husband and eldest son. Her family includes two married sons and their lovely wives, two adorable granddaughters, and one naughty dog named after the angel Gabriel. She is currently dating a man she met on CatholicMatch.com.
Bob is responsible for the look and feel of CatholicMatch. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, but is primarily self-taught in his chosen field. Bob has designed for many different media outlets, including print, web and movie screens. His experience is both freelance and corporate, including a stint in the design department at the Giant Eagle grocery chain. Bob married his wife, Sherry, in 1998, and enjoys playing guitar, writing music, bowling and going to movies. He believes in the therapeutic power of laughter and is known for his off-the-wall jokes, saying, “Humor has been a great vehicle to help me enjoy life.”
Chris Easterly is a writer in Los Angeles and a member of CatholicMatch. A graduate of the Warner Brothers TV Writers Program, he has written shows for FOX, Cartoon Network, and the Hallmark Channel. He’s also a part-time instructor for Act One, a nondenominational network of Christian writers in the entertainment industry. He graduated from the University of Kentucky (his home state) with a degree in Telecommunications. After a decade-long spiritual search, he became Catholic in 2007.
Catherine Frank (Catherine-887798) is a music librarian and pianist, celebrating her first anniversary of being 29. She received her undergraduate degree in music from the Aaron Copland School of Music and her Master’s in Library Science from Queens College. When not answering reference questions or singing in her church choir, she can be found playing with her niece and nephews, reading a book, and/or making cupcakes. Follow Catherine on twitter @cfrank1982 and Google+
Christina is president of Mahady Creative Services, a full-service graphic design and communications firm in St. Paul, Minn. A lifelong St. Paul resident, Christina has designed numerous print publications for local religious organizations and businesses, including the Franciscan Health Community, St. Patrick’s Guild, and the Convent of the Visitation School, her alma mater. She has volunteered her services for other organizations, including Children’s HeartLink and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Christina received her B.A. in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She is an avid baker, gardener, reader and yoga student who looks forward to sharing her Catholic experience with the readers of “Faith, Hope & Love.”
Cate teaches writing for the City University of New York and is a freelance writer and editor. Her favorite Catholic writers are Czeslaw Milosz, Miguel de Unamuno, Sr. Juana Ines de la Cruz, OSH, Shusaku Endo, and Anthony Burgess. She loves being in New York City and plans on living out her days next to St. Frances Cabrini Shrine. She is (overbearingly) fond of Top 5 Lists.
Christina is an award-winning writer and editor from St. Paul, Minn. She earned her master's in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's an avid Twins fan who makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich and can beat all her neighbors in ping pong.
Dawn Franzen (Dawn-58330) is a woman on a grand adventure. After 18 years as a Catholic school educator and youth minister, God has opened up the road ahead to new endeavors. Her Catholic faith has taken her to areas she never thought possible, and CatholicMatch has been a big part of that. By using all the tools CatholicMatch has, Dawn has reaped more than she thought CatholicMatch had to offer. She enjoys people, is drawn to mountains and rainbows, loves traveling and creating worlds of fiction and still believes in the Goodness of it All.
Dustin is a Catholic husband and father of three who is living a crazy life and loving it. When he’s not engineering traffic (yes, that’s a real job) or working with the Knights of Columbus, he writes regularly for a large community of married and soon-to-be-married folks at his blog Engaged Marriage, where the topics range from sex to spirituality and beyond. He’s also helping busy couples get in shape and enjoy an active lifestyle at his new site, Fit Marriage.
Dave Sloan, 48, is a Catholic single from Atlanta. He directs Singles Serving Orphans and does marketing for Matthew Kelly.
Eileen holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she works as a marketing manager.
Ella Hadacek is a contributing writer for the Catholic Match Institute, Catholic Digest, and National Catholic Register. Among other talents, she can make the best pie you have ever tasted, knit you a warm hat, and argue good-naturedly with you about nearly anything. She is passionately Pro-life, an avid reader, and sci-fi fan. She is studying journalism at Benedictine College.
Single and 32, Elizabeth is an avid reader, cyclist, adventurer, and aficionado of wines, whiskies and mircobrews and enjoys hosting dinner parties in her apartment in an old underwear factory on the East Race in South Bend. Elizabeth currently works as the assistant director of the Gender Relations Center at the University of Notre Dame. As an office in Student Affairs, the GRC promotes moral formation by designing and implementing programs about healthy relationships, gender and sexuality that are consistent with the Catholic identity of the university. After earning a B.A. in Theology (2000) from Notre Dame, Elizabeth served in a wide array of work and ministry experiences, namely: Innkeeper for Samaritan Inns, addiction recovery program in Washington, DC; member of the Orange County Catholic Worker community; diocesan jail chaplain in Santa Ana, California; and as an archdiocesan jail chaplain and paralegal for the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago. Returning to Notre Dame for a Master of Divinity degree (2007), she served as a hospice chaplain, an assistant rector in a women’s residence hall, and as an intern for the Gender Relations Center, focusing on ministry to survivors of rape and sexual assault. After graduating Elizabeth worked at Saint Clement Parish in Chicago as pastoral associate and director of evangelization. She was responsible for faith formation and sacramental preparation for adults, young adult ministry and the pastoral care of residents at a local nursing home.
Emily Stimpson is a freelance Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio, and the author of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012). As a contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, a blogger for CatholicVote.com, and a columnist for Lay Witness, Emily writes regularly on “all things Catholic” — from politics and catechesis to higher education and the media, with a special focus on the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and femininity. Over the years, her writing has also appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Franciscan Way, the National Catholic Register, Faith and Family, and elsewhere. It has been honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and was included in Loyola’s Best Catholic Writing series. Emily holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), where she studied political science, history, and English literature. She also did graduate work in political science at John Hopkins University and theology at Franciscan University. Before moving to Steubenville, Emily worked in Washington, DC, first as a Legislative Assistant to then Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO), then later at the Heritage Foundation, where she served as Special Assistant to former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.
Erik Washam (Erik-215414) is a magazine art director and writer in the D.C. area. After spending his 20s and 30s in the pursuit of Truth, he reverted to the Catholic faith. He writes from the viewpoint of an American man trying to live as a devout Catholic. Erik and his wife met on CatholicMatch and are happily married.
Father James Martin
Father James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author and culture editor of America, the national weekly Catholic magazine. Father Martin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received a bachelor's degree in finance. After working for six years in corporate finance and human resources with General Electric Co., he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1988. From 1990 to 1992, he studied philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago. In 1995, Father Martin began his theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, Mass., where he received his master's degree in divinity in 1998, and his master's in theology in 1999. While in Cambridge, he also worked as a chaplain at a Boston prison. After completing his Jesuit studies, he was ordained a Catholic priest in June 1999. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree (D.D.) from Wagner College in 2007. Father Martin is the author of several books, including the 2010 bestseller The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything and the 2011 bestseller Between Heaven And Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, And Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. Besides articles Catholic publications like America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic and The (London) Tablet, Father Martin has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer and other national newspapers and websites, including Beliefnet.com, Slate.com and The New York Times' website. He has commented on religion and spirituality in the national and international media, and he has appeared in venues as diverse as National Public Radio's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," NPR's "Weekend Edition," PBS's "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" and Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," as well as on all the major networks, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The History Channel, the BBC and Vatican Radio.
Gerard-Marie Anthony is single and has written numerous articles and books through various publications including, Who AM I: The Theology of the Body in Prayer. He has his theology degrees from Christendom College as an undergraduate and his graduate degree from Catholic Distance University. He is a religion and bioethics teacher at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School and a professor at Christ the Teacher College. He can be reached at his website: www.gmarieforG-O-D.com or by e-mail at: gmarieforG-O-D@hotmail.com.
When not corralling her five small children or flirting with her husband, Hallie Lord is a freelance writer, frequent radio guest, and style consultant. You can find her online at her popular blog, BettyBeguiles.com, where she writes about "beauty, romance, and style...with a vintage twist."
Heather Vacca Voccola received her Master of Arts in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2011. Besides being the single mom of two fabulous teen daughters, she spends her days working in the Distance Learning office or teaching church history at Holy Apostles. Her writings have appeared in many Catholic publications. Any free time is devoted to her passion: a Catholic children's film company called Navis Pictures located in Danbury, CT. She is an avid reader and also enjoys writing, knitting and social media.
Jacob Greiner, 30, is seminarian at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minn. He is studying to be a priest in the diocese of Davenport. Jake, a middle child, was born and raised on a grain farm in Keota, Iowa. After graduating from Keota High School and attending Central College, Jake would eventually graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in political science and philosophy. He has spent the last 10 years progressing towards diocesan priesthood through discernment of religious life, becoming a high school teacher, working various part-time jobs, and being a member of the Army National Guard.
John Cotton, a native Buffalonian, is a concert audio engineer and productions manager. He’s traveled to 47 of 50 US States and a few other countries, mostly for work, occasionally for play. John returned to the Catholic Church and was confirmed at age 30. He toured with a well-known Catholic musician for nearly a decade. His interests include history, genealogy, woodworking, wooden boats and vintage electronics.
Judson Cox is a writer from the mountains of North Carolina. Judson is a musician, a country music historian, a wine maker, a student of the culinary arts, a public speaker and a Catholic scholar. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. John Guthrie, S.T.L.
Fr. John Guthrie is the Associate Director for the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.
Joy Kubik met her husband, Alex, through CatholicMatch.com in June 2005. They married a year later after Joy graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She takes her vocation seriously and her coffee black. Besides writing, Joy enjoys her family, puns, chocolate, art, music, researching women's health and child development, the beach, growing in virtue, working plumbing, electricity, and, of course, God.
Jennifer Roback Morse
Jennifer Roback Morse, a longtime marriage advocate, is founder of the Ruth Institute, a nonprofit, educational organization that promotes lifelong, married love to the young by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage.
Rev Br. John Paul Mary
Rev. Br. John Paul Mary, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. He earned an associates degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000. Feeling a call to the priesthood he became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation. During his philosophical studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, he visited the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Following his graduation from Seminary, he entered the MFVA community in October 2004 and he professed final vows on August 14, 2010. Br. John Paul completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012 and earning a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained a deacon on June 2, 2012 and is now overseeing the EWTN Pilgrimage Department, helping with various community administrative duties, and assisting with the community website.
John Sanidopoulos writes for the blog, Mystagogy, which offers insights and analysis on various matters of life and thought from a 21st century Orthodox Christian perspective, among other things.
Jessica Zimanske (Jessica-744973) is a marketing professional and freelance writer from Minneapolis, Minn. She is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities and loves experiencing everything the Land of 10,000 Lakes has to offer. Jessica is a loyal Minnesota Twins season-ticket holder and Caribou Coffee fanatic, as well as a proud University of St. Thomas alumna. She also enjoys photography and volunteering as a grief group facilitator. Follow Jessica on Google+
Kathleen Basi is a stay-at-home mom, freelance writer, flute and voice teacher, liturgical composer, choir director, natural family planning teacher, scrapbooker, sometime-chef and budding disability rights activist. She puts her juggling skills on display at KathleenBasi.com. Kathleen is the author of Joy To The World: Advent Activities For Your Family, available from Liguori Publications.
Katie Kimball is still young enough to have been single much, much longer than she’s been married, but the husband and kids do motivate her to do massive amounts of research into nutrition. You can benefit from the fruits of that labor at KitchenStewardship.com, where you’ll find baby steps to balancing good nutrition with care for the earth, time, and money, including a post written for her bachelor friend who asked, “What are three easy things I can do on the cheap to improve my diet?” and the tell-all description of the homemade deodorant.
Kevin is responsible for CatholicMatch's performance marketing campaigns. It is because of his work that you see ads running on sites such as Google, Yahoo, Bing as well as thousands of other websites. His career in Marketing started at the tender age of 21 in NYC where he worked for a Marketing Consulting firm in SoHo. After 10 years in NYC, he decided to leave the city in order to study Theology and Philosophy and shortly thereafter began working with CatholicMatch. Kevin has not only enjoyed immensely working with the team at CatholicMatch, but has also found that he loves working as an Internet Marketing specialist. He grew up in Klamath Falls, Ore., with a brother and sister. He is a musician who plays piano and has sung with many choirs, including St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir in NYC. Kevin married a woman he met on Catholic Match in early 2009, having been a member of Catholic Match since 2005. It is a woman whom he had started talking to early on and had become friends with, but never realizing that he had become friends with his future wife. They eventually planned to meet in real life in NYC in 2008 and while planning that meeting they started to talk more often. They realized there was something special developing before they met in real life and when they met in NYC, there was instant chemistry. Kevin ran a young adult ministry in Steubenville, Ohio, and the surrounding areas for several years. He would like to do more ministry work with his wife in the future.
Karee Santos is a happily married mother of six. She and her husband began teaching marriage preparation and enrichment classes in New York City in 2003. Karee has authored numerous articles on marriage and family for the National Catholic Register, Faith & Family: The Magazine of Catholic Living, CatholicMom.com, CatholicLane.com, and AmazingCatechists.com. She blogs in English at Can We Cana? and in Spanish at Comencemos en Caná
Kerry Weber is an associate editor for America magazine and the author of Keeping the Faith: Prayers for College Students (Twenty-Third Publications). A graduate of Providence College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has also worked as an editor for Catholic Digest and as a special-education teacher on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. She lives in New York City, which she believes is the greatest city in the world, except when she believes it's the worst. Kerry enjoys running, hiking, quilting, road trips, shepherding, tea, Nuts4Nuts, and anything associated with Bruce Springsteen, Flannery O'Connor or Nick Hornby. (Photo by David Chen)
Laraine Bennett co-authored with her husband, Art, The Temperament God Gave You and The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse (both from Sophia Institute Press ). Laraine has a BA in Philosophy from Santa Clara University and an MA in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Laraine and her husband have been married for 36 years and have four children -- one of each temperament. They are now doting grandparents! Her latest book is due out from Our Sunday Visitor Spring 2014, A Year Of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers.
Lori Hadacek Chaplin
Lori Hadacek Chaplin has been a Catholic Journalist for over 13 years. She and her husband, David, have been married for nine years; they have four unusually good-looking children. Lori is passionate about her family and her Catholic faith. Her hobbies are loving babies, art, Scrabble, reading aloud to her children, watching Masterpiece Theatre, and drinking kombucha.
Author and speaker Lisa Duffy has 20 years of both personal and professional experience in helping others deal with their divorces. Born and raised in Southern California, Lisa suffered through the pain of being a divorced Catholic in the early 1990s. After seven years of intense struggle, spiritual growth, personal triumphs, and finally remarriage in the church and the birth of three miracle children, her one desire was to help others who were suffering find hope and healing. Lisa has worked for the church in a variety of roles, most recently bringing her divorce support program, Journey of Hope, to parishes in the US and Canada. Lisa is a frequent guest on Catholic radio shows such as Relevant Radio's "On Call With Wendy Wiese", "Catholic Answers Live," and has appeared several times on EWTN's "Women of Grace" with Johnnette Benkovic. Lisa lives in South Carolina with her family.
Lorrie Gramer recently retired after 30 years as the co-director of the Office of Family Life in the Diocese of Rockford, IL where she and her husband Don worked extensively with youth, young adults, engaged and married couples, and families. They helped develop a pastoral strategy to implement the U.S. Bishops' National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. They are currently working on a new venture called MarriageBuilding USA which will be offering MarriageBuilding Crusades throughout the U.S. to strengthen and care for marriages and raise up an “army” of marriage-building missionaries in a Marriage-Building Church. Among other recent assignments, Lorrie spent the last two years as President of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. She was also a senior consultant to the 12 dioceses of California for Healthy Relationships CA which put marriage education and relationship skills classes in place throughout California. Lorrie and Don are consultants to the Catholic Match Institute and Ascension Press, and have been married 41 years, have seven children, 13 grandchildren and live in northern Illinois.
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. She hosts the weekly "Catholic Moments" podcast and Catholic Mom television show. Hendey is a technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show and a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s On Call afternoon show. She is a columnist for Faith & Family, Catholic News Agency, and Catholic Exchange, and her articles have appeared in National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor. She gives frequent workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics and her schedule has included the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, and the National Council of Catholic Women. Hendey resides in Fresno, Calif., with her family.
Lynn Wehner is a Catholic writer, editor, and inspirational speaker who challenges others to see the powerful blessings that flow when we say "Yes" to God’s call. She also works alongside national speaker and performing artist Sean Forrest to promote the efforts of the Catholic, not-for-profit ministry Movin’ With The Spirit, Inc., and the group’s mission in Haiti, Haiti180 (www.Haiti180.org). She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their four children, and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Mary Beth Bonacci
Mary Beth Bonacci is an internationally known speaker. Her major addresses include 10,000 teenagers in Monterrey, Mexico, 75,000 people at World Youth Day in Denver, Colo., 22,000 people at the TWA Dome during the Pope's visit to St. Louis, plus a national seminar for single adults in Uganda, Africa. She does frequent radio and TV work, and has even made several appearances on MTV. She is the author of We're On A Mission From God And Real Love, which has been translated into six languages. Mary Beth holds a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from the University of San Francisco, a master's degree in Theology of Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute, and an honorary Ph.D. in communications from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Request advice from Mary Beth to be shared on "Faith, Hope & Love" at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her web site is http://www.reallove.net.
Michael Bowes, 30, was born on a trout farm in Southwest Virginia and hopes one day to be a "fisher of men" for Jesus Christ as a Mercedarian priest. The avid fisherman entered the Mercedarian Friars in August 2010 and will enter his novitiate July 7. The novitiate is one of the most important years in religious formation, a year of non-academic study that enables a religious to grow deeper in Christ and prepare for simple vows, which will occur for Michael in July of 2012. He requests your prayers.
Meris, a native Texan, studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas She went on to pioneer a master's of education with the first graduating class of the GRACE Program (Gulf Region Academy of Catholic Educators). After teaching in Catholic schools for three years and joining CatholicMatch several times, Meris discerned a calling to religious life and will be entering the convent of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Mich on Aug. 28, 2011. Meris will miss glitter, the color hot pink, Starbucks, and her sister's dog, Molly. Of course, giving all those things up for Jesus is TOTALLY worth it! (NB: She'll miss her family and friends the most of course.)
Mark is a Catholic counselor with extensive experience working with all populations. His clinical practice orientation is cognitive-behavioral with a spiritual emphasis. He has a special interest in counseling couples and those with anxiety disorders. Mark is a husband and the father of four children. He's active in his church and often coaches his kids' athletic teams.
Mike has been designing and developing software professionally for the past 12 years, before CatholicMatch serving as the E-Business Development Manager for Marconi Communications in Warrendale, Pa. As a part of CatholicMatch he’s been the “architecture guy” working on the more technical projects and frameworks. The development team at CatholicMatch has always been small but demanded a wide range of skills. They generally stick to the open source world, with the LAMP stack (Linux / Apache / Mysql / Perl). Away from the office, life is rarely boring at the Lloyd house. Mike married Melanie in 1998 and now they have four sons – Dylan, Kaleb, Blake, and Andrew. As the boys have grown Mike has coaching them in sports, particularly soccer. He’s always enjoyed the outdoors, so when he’s away from the computer monitor, he can also be found snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, or just working on the family farm.
Meg is a freelance journalist in Chicago. Her passion for writing stems from her commitment to truth. When not writing or spending time with family and friends, Meg enjoys running, exploring cities, reading (especially in coffee houses), listening to music, and great conversation – with laughter, of course!
Molly is best known for her season on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” where she won the heart of the bachelor, Jason Mesnick, to whom she is now married. Born and raised in Michigan, she graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School in 2002. She was a member of the varsity basketball and golf teams, among various other clubs and organizations. Molly continued her education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication and culture at Indiana University. There, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi, Panhellenic Committee, and the IU Student Foundation. After graduating in 2006, Molly relocated to Milwaukee, Wis., where she began her retail career with Kohl’s Corporation. A few years later, a little show called “The Bachelor” turned her life upside down. In 2008 she competed, amongst 24 other women, for the love of a man named Jason Mesnick. Molly ultimately won his heart, and they were married on Feb. 27, 2010. She now resides with Jason and his son, Ty, in Kirkland, Wash., where she has stepped away from the world of television to continue her retail career with Onlineshoes.com. Throughout her life, Molly has not only strived for academic, athletic, and career success, but she has a passion for service to her school, church, and community through charity and service. When she’s not playing sports with Ty, cooking with Jason, or hanging “in” with her family, Molly has chosen to dedicate her free time to helping those less fortunate. “I am so excited to share my experience in finding my soul mate,” Molly said of her partnership with Faith, Hope & Love. “Growing up with a strong Catholic background, it was important to me that I find someone who not only has great morals and values, but someone who I am proud to call my husband. Though I took an unconventional approach to find love, it is proof that God works in fascinating ways.”
Mark Shea is an award-winning writer and sought-after speaker. He serves as senior content editor at Catholic Exchange, a non-profit web portal for Catholics. He is also a popular columnist, contributing a weekly feature to Inside Catholic and "Connecting the Dots" to the National Catholic Register, as well as numerous articles to many other magazines. He has been happily married since 1983 and he and his wife have frequent adventures with their four sons.
Mario St. Francis
Mario St. Francis is an international motivational speaker and lay Catholic evangelist influencing the world with his personal life experiences, humor, and devout faith. He is a former GQ model who Cosmo once named one of 50 "Most Eligible Bachelors." He has traveled the world, speaking about Christ in five languages.
Matthew Warner is a Catholic blogger, speaker and founder of FallibleBlogma.com, flockNote.com, TweetCatholic.com and QuoteCatholic.com. He was named one of the Top Ten Most Fascinating Catholics of 2009 and also blogs about New Media and other fun things happening in the Church for the National Catholic Register. If you’d like to join me in the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty, please consider subscribing. God bless ya.
Maria Wiering lives in Washington, D.C., where she divides her time between professional writing and architectural research. She holds a master's degree in art history and a bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies and she is interested in the interplay between religion, art, and cultural identity. In addition to a good story, Maria loves exploring D.C. neighborhoods, visiting farmers’ markets, and wandering through museums. She bakes a mean apple pie.
Nathan has been a programmer for CatholicMatch in Zelienople, Pa., for the past seven years. In addition to contributing to new features, he is also responsible for website security and server management. He is happily married to his college sweetheart, whom he met at Wheaton College.
Peter is a carpetect (carpenter + architect) who was recently married to the greatest woman in the world. He loves the Yankees, making stuff out of wood, yelling out the answers to Jeopardy and thinking of ways to show his wife how much he loves her. He and his wife are expecting their first this summer.
Paul Jarzembowski is the executive director for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, a nationwide ministry center that provides church leaders with training, resources, networking and consultation on young adult ministry. He also serves as a national consultant, speaker, and an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth in Washington, D.C. In addition to these national roles, Paul is the diocesan director of Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., working directly with men and women in college and their 20s and 30s across the suburbs of Chicago. He is an author, artist, syndicated columnist, and blogger on the intersection of faith and popular culture, especially film (visit www.spiritualpopcorn.blogspot.com). Paul lives with his wife, Sarah, in a southwest suburb of Chicago.
Heather is married to the luckiest guy in the world and has the privilege of being the mother to the cutest baby boy ever. She loves the Yankees, reading, doling out pearls of wisdom to her friends and yelling out the answers to Jeopardy faster than her husband.
Paul Ray (Paul-532085) was instantly healed of an addiction to alcohol by Jesus Christ on June 9, 2002, and since that moment dedicated his life to know, love and serve God within His one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. Paul is a dynamic Catholic speaker who is currently writing his life changing book, “A New Voice for a Broken Soul,” which will be published late 2011. He is currently creative director and editor for Joseph Karl Publishing and teaches catechism class to high school students at his parish.
Robyn Lee is the editor of the CatholicMatch blog, Faith, Hope & Love. She received her undergraduate degree from Christendom College in Philosophy and received her master’s in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College. She is currently the only single aunt with almost 30 nieces and nephews! Besides her faith and very close family, she loves spinning in the early a.m., drinking coffee and snacking on chocolate all day long. Contact Robyn at email@example.com or follow her on twitter @robynlee13 and Google+
Father Ron Rolheiser
Father Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than 70 newspapers worldwide. Father Rolheiser has graciously agreed to share his columns with "Faith, Hope & Love." Read archives and learn more at www.ronrolheiser.com.
Father Richard Troutman
Father Richard Troutman, 67, is pastor of St. Odilia in Tucson, Ariz., the home parish of 9-year-old Christina Green, a victim of the Jan. 8 shooting targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Father Troutman was ordained in 1968 and served as chaplain of the Arizona National Guard for four years.
Simcha Fisher blogs for The National Catholic Register and contributes to several other publications. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and nine children. Wondering about the name? It's Hebrew for "joy" and is pronounced SIM-kha. "Other less fine but common pronunciations," she notes: "Cynthia, Sim-ACH-a, Smirka, Sandra, Symphony, and Silly (that was my pastor’s rendition. At my wedding). Or you could just get frustrated, like our electrician, and decide my name is probably just Mary.”
Sue Haggerty is a freelance writer from Virginia. She is married to her best friend, Pat and they have five crazy children. When not picking up the same toy over and over again, Sue can be found making exotic dinners for her unsuspecting children, hosting friends for coffee, and potty training her toddler. She loves to read so much that she belongs to not just one book club, but two and would recommend the Couch to 5K program to anyone else that thinks they’ll never be able to run more than one block ever again.
Steve-718929 was born, raised and has always lived in southeast Michigan. He currently works as an engineer serving the auto industry. He is the father of a 14-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son who keep him busy attending different Catholic schools. He has many interests ranging from traveling to reading to board gaming (good Euro-type boardgames) to stamp collecting.
Stephanie Wood Weinert
Stephanie Wood Weinert lives in Bristow, Va., with her husband, Peter, and baby son, Mark. She works part-time from home for Family Life Center International (www.familylifecenter.net), a lay apostolate founded to spread the truths of the Catholic faith and strengthen marriage and family life around the world. She is also a freelance writer, frequent media personality, and conference speaker. She can be reached through her 4Marks Folio: www.4marks.com/stephaniewood
Fr. Thomas Berg
Fr. Thomas Berg is a priest in the Archdiocese of New York and professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie).
Tim Drake serves as senior writer with the National Catholic Register and co-host of EWTN’s “Register Radio” program, which airs on EWTN on Friday afternoons. He resides in St. Joseph, Minn., with his wife and five children.
Theresa Notare, PhD, is the assistant director of the Natural Family Planning Program, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. She provides consultation on programming issues to diocesan NFP coordinators, conducts research on human sexuality, chastity, marriage and fertility and also coordinates national seminars. Theresa is a member of the Catholic Church Historical Society, the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers and the USCCB’s Delegation to the 2012 World Congress on the Family, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. She also is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical dialogue in the USA. Theresa has taught religious education, art and Pilates. She is trained in classical ballet and enjoys cooking, sewing and listening to classical music. She is single.