I am the Director of Religious Education at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church in Champaign, IL, a medium-sized Catholic parish of roughly 1,000 families in Central Illinois. I also work for the Diocese of Peoria providing leadership, communication and guidance to parish religious education programs in my vicariate. Additionally, I do catechist training on[Read More…]
Elizabeth Tichvon is a Consecrated Marian Catechist, UCLA Certified Paralegal and Writer. Always faithful to the Magisterium, she spreads and defends the Catholic faith as a true witness of Christ, confessing the name of Jesus boldly; never ashamed of the Cross. Elizabeth became aware of the need for the New Evangelization while in the three[Read More…]
Deanna Bartalini is a life- long Catholic who was a catechist when it was still CCD. Her goal in life was to become a lawyer or work for the Church; guess which worked out? It was not a straight path, but she now works as the director of faith formation at a parish in South[Read More…]
When Sarah Reinhard set off in her life as a grown-up, she had no idea it would involve horses, writing, and sparkly dress shoes. In her work as a Catholic wife, mom, writer, parish employee, and catechist, she’s learned a lot of lessons and had a lot of laughs. She’s online at SnoringScholar.com and is[Read More…]
Karee Santos is a happily married mom of six and a popular writer and speaker on Catholic marriage. Karee and her husband, Manuel P. Santos, M.D., began teaching marriage preparation and enrichment classes in New York City in 2003. They are also co-authors of The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can[Read More…]
Msgr. Robert Batule is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is on the faculty of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y., where he teaches systematic theology.
Mary Lou Rosien is a Catholic, Wife and Mother to seven children plus one foster-son. She is an author and the RCIA Coordinator at St. Leo’s Church in Hilton, NY. She writes for AC in between loads of laundry, driving around kids and speaking engagements.
I’ve been sharing the faith since I was in high school and I have been a catechist in one form or another since 1991. I received my BA and MA in Theology from Franciscan University. I have a passion for passing on the Catholic Faith. I am currently the Director of Religious Formation for a[Read More…]
Deanna Bartalini uses a great, free on-line tool to create graphic images that get people’s attention!
Fr. Juan R. Vélez is a Catholic priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, presently working in San Francisco and Berkeley. He was born in Venezuela and raised in Colombia, England and the United States. He holds a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the University of Navarre. Fr. Juan has a medical degree, also from[Read More…]
Alice Gunther is a mother of nine and a columnist for The Long Island Catholic. She writes about Catholic family life at her weblog, Cottage Blessings, and is the author of “Haystack Full of Needles, A Catholic Home Educator’s Guide to Socialization.”
Tanja Cilia lives in Malta, Europe. She is an Allied Newspapers (Malta) newspaper columnist, journalist, blogger and features writer. She freelances and formulates puzzles and writes poetry, in Maltese and English, for local and foreign print and online markets. She also does voluntary work, most of which, of course, is writing-connected. Tanja has always been[Read More…]
A short morning retreat for First Communicants sounds good, but what should you do? Deanna shares her outline to give you some ideas you can use that are fun and engaging.
Dorian Speed is a former classroom religion teacher who now volunteers as a parish catechist. A writer and web developer, she bravely attempts to homeschool her children and hopes she’s succeeding. She writes about faith, culture, and catechesis at Scrutinies, and is the web editor for the Catholic literary magazine Dappled Things. Her experiences working[Read More…]
Robyn Lee is a blogger for FaithandFamilyLive.com. She received her undergraduate degree from Christendom College in Philosophy with a minor in Theology and her master’s in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College. She is currently studying for her post master’s certificate in Theology. She has been teaching confirmation prep for 8 years. Besides her Faith[Read More…]
Pat Gohn is an award-winning author, speaker, retreat leader, columnist, and host of the Among Women podcast. With a Masters in theology and a communications background, her passion for faith formation embraces digital and print media for evangelization and catechesis. Her popular book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood won an[Read More…]
Jennifer Fitz is a writer and homeschooling mom of four, who sometimes does something really crazy, like accounting, or teaching religious education. She’s always loved teaching, and cut her teeth as a catechist at the hands of the two most patient DREs in Columbia, SC. Like many lay volunteers, she started teaching religious education without[Read More…]
Peggy Clores has been engaged in Catholic Adult Education at Our Lady of Mercy Parish and in the RVC Diocese for almost 30 years. In addition to holding a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook , she is Co-Coordinator of her parish Adult Ed/RCIA Program, a catechist, [Read More…]
Elizabeth Ficocelli is a best-selling, award winning Catholic author of fifteen books for adults and young people, including Seven from Heaven: How Your Family Can Find Healing, Strength and Protection in the Sacraments and The Imitation of Christ for Children. She has spoken at the LA Congress, NCEA, and various catechetical conferences, as well as at numerous schools and[Read More…]
I am a 16-year-old young man who has a great love for God and all that He has created. I have a very loving and caring family who are always there to support me and guide me through the many stages of my life. My parents are very important to me and they have helped[Read More…]
Steve is the owner of Faith Media, a company dedicated to Catholic evangelization. He speaks to Catholic audiences on evangelization and has created several videos including the award winning “The Existence of God”. Share stories of your Catholic evangelization with Steve at http://www.TheEssentialMission.com Steve is also an Account Manager for Lighthouse Catholic Media. He offers[Read More…]
Mr. Christopher Smith, OP was born and raised in Northern Michigan. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Navy and had the honor of serving his country for almost 21 years. He retired from active duty in March 2010 and now works as a cybersecurity consultant for the Department of Defense. Christopher, his[Read More…]
If you need somebody to give your catechists a big dose of practical, Bible-based teaching methods, I’m your man.
Lisa Mladinich is an author and speaker whose dynamic presentations on faith, catechetics, and women’s issues can be heard around the country, as well as on Catholic TV and radio. Lisa’s writing can be found at AmazingCatechists.com; her blog at Patheos.com, Water into Wine; her columns for RTJs Creative Catechist Magazine; and her booklets, “Be an[Read More…]
Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. She writes a column for The Long Island Catholic called “Our Domestic Church” and speaks at conferences about homeschooling and raising a special needs child. Mary Ellen writes about the daily life and happenings in her Catholic home on her weblog, Tales from the[Read More…]
I am a new media consultant by day, and have a number of interests that keep me very busy: Love of my Catholic Faith, family, history, photography, computers, music, disc golf, my dog Mojo, and my blog. I attend an active parish–Church of the Incarnation. I also find inspiration from the two priests in my[Read More…]
Cay Gibson lives with her husband, Mark, and their five children in Southwest Louisiana and serves her church parish as the Director of Religious Education. She is the author of “Catholic Mosaic” and “A Picture Perfect Childhood” and blogs at Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks.
I am a big believer in occupying the hands of little ones as we instruct them. They enjoy doing things themselves and having a finished product to show parents and this way when asked “what did you do today?” they can show something. Of course, the hope is that parents look at it and then[Read More…]
Ellen and her husband, James, have been certified NFP teachers for the Couple to Couple League since 1984 and have worked since 1983 in marriage preparation and chastity education. Ellen’s also an award-winning, bestselling author (her books have recently topped 580,00 downloads on Kindle). Her newest book is A Subtle Grace, which just hit #1[Read More…]
Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, D.C. A native of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, his interest in the priesthood stemmed from his experience as a church musician. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained in 1989. A pastor since[Read More…]