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 parishes. Elizabeth also hosts “Answering the Call” on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM 820, in which she interviews priests, deacons, and religious about their spiritual journeys and current vocations. For more information, visit www.elizabethficocelli.com
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 Bring You Joy for a Lifetime (Ave Maria Press 2016). Karee’s writing can be found at Catholic Match Institute, Aleteia, CatholicMom and her personal blogs Can We Cana? and Comencemos en Caná.
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 years of her formation as a Marian Catechist and wrote over 100 published meditations on Sacred Scripture for The Journey, www.daily-meditations.org. In 2006, she became a freelance writer for several Catholic websites, and following Jesus’ example, now teaches through her own parables so that by sharing her stories through social media, might bring others closer to the heart of Christ. As a Consecrated Marian Catechist, her spiritual life is the foundation of her writing.
Elizabeth completed UCLA’s Graduate Paralegal Program With Honors and worked in the legal field for over 30 years before retiring from Chrysler. She is now writing and catechizing daily, and lives with her husband of 39 years
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.”
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 me to become the person that I am today.
I am a junior in a Catholic High School in New York where I am encouraged to be the best person I can be, both spiritually and academically. I am involved in such activities as the National Honor Society, the Frassati Society, the school band, Boy Scouts of America and swimming. I also earned my lifeguard certification last year and I am currently working as a lifeguard and junior swim instructor at the YMCA.
I have wanted to become a pediatrician since the age of 5, and I am constantly working to make this dream a reality in the future. Helping others has always been important to me and by becoming a pediatrician, I can teach and guide young children into becoming strong and healthy adults.
My stories, which I call The Faith Series, come from my faith and love for my God and His guidance in all I have done and all that I will continue to do in my life. I know that My God is always with me and with His help I will achieve my goals and live according to His word.
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 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 Bonny Blue House and about a Catholic celebration of Christmas at O Night Divine.
She is currently at work on a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days.
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 any formal training in classroom management techniques. Week after week she struggled with one problem: How do I get these kids to behave?
The good news is that classroom management is a specific set of skills anyone can learn and master. Jennifer has put what she’s learned into a book for catechists, coming 2013 from Liguori Publications. Learn detailed, step-by-step methods for turning chaos into order so that both students and teachers can enjoy discovering the faith together.
Jennifer’s catechist formation workshops have received enthusiastic reviews. She has taught courses on Catechist 101, Classroom Management, and Choosing Activities for Elementary-Age Students. Her classes focus on the underlying principles of problem-solving and decision-making, so catechists can apply what they’ve learned to any classroom situation.
Some of her favorite topics are:
• Building your own VBS and Holiday Programs
• Using Historical Re-creation to Step into the Bible
• How to Teach the Lives of Saints to a G-Rated Audience
• Bible Study for 5th Grade and Up
• Teaching Traditional Catholic Meditative Prayer in the Classroom
• Tackling Tough Topics (Divorce, Mixed-Faith Homes, etc.)
• Purity and Self-Respect: Teaching Young Students while Safeguarding Innocence
You can find Jennifer elsewhere on the internet at The Catholic Writer’s Guild, CatholicMom.com, and NewEvangelizers.com. Download free Catechist handouts at her personal blog, JenniferFitz.wordpress.com. The easiest way to contact her is via e-mail: currentresident (at) fitzes (dot) com.
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 a great way for the laity to evangelize through LCM’s unique CD of the Month program. Many great Catholic speakers teach the faith through www.CatholicCDoftheMonth.com.
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 and very close family, she loves spinning in the early a.m., drinking upside down caramel macchiatos, and snacking on chocolate all day long.