Maura Byrne, Nicole Kidman, and Twitter: A Story of Initiative, Social Media, and a Celeb Who Cares

A few months ago, I interviewed Maura Byrne, a young woman who started a ministry called “Made In His Image” which offers support and counseling to women who have endured eating disorders and abuse. Maura herself is a survivor of both of these devastating harms, and found healing only after a Catholic therapist approached her issues from a physical, emotional and spiritual perspective. (Read the full story here.)

“Made In His Image” is a new ministry to which Maura is devoting all her time because she needs to raise awareness and money to make it a success (though she’s already helped a good number of women as the testimonials on her blog show). She knew that some kind of celebrity endorsement would be a big boost to her efforts. As a Nashville resident, she’d seen Nicole Kidman around town because the Academy Award-winning actress is married to country music star Keith Urban. ‘Wouldn’t it be great to get Kidman’s endorsement?’ Maura thought. She decided to approach her through Twitter. What happened next is pretty cool.

Read Maura’s blog about it for the full story.

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.


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