Anticipating #RECongress: Finding Our Voice in the Body of Christ

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Today is simultaneously one of my most exciting and most nerve wracking days of the year. Tomorrow, I’ll head over to Anaheim to be a part of this year’s Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. I’ll make my way through crowds of catechists, Catholic school teachers, priests, sisters, volunteers, young adults and kids–and protesters [Read More...]

Georgetown’s Berkley Center Highlights Role of Women in Church

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I was honored this week to have an article published by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.  The piece, entitled “The Blogosphere as Mission Field: Catholic Women on the Web Transform What Women’s Leadership Means” ran Monday in the Berkley Forum. To give you a flavor of my comments, here is [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Google Hangout

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Today, our Holy Father employed a great tool of technology–the Google Hangout–to meet and converse with young people from around the world: Per the Vatican: Pope Francis held a Google Hangout Thursday afternoon with several disabled kids from around the world, in an event sponsored by Scholas Ocurrentes, a charity which brings together young people [Read More...]

Avoiding the Sins of the Media

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Have you sat down and watched television lately? I mean, really, truly watched it? I’d guess that I’ve spent approximately ten hours in the last month watching TV. That figure comes from my estimated five hours of watching my favorite show, Survivor, and five hours of sitting next to my husband working while he watches football. [Read More...]

3 Easy Ways to Share Your Faith when Hosting “Holiday” Parties

3 Easy Ways to Share Your Faith

My ears are still ringing this morning from the awesome party we threw at our house last night. I’ll be scraping red frosting off the floor and finding half filled plastic wine cups around the house for the next few weeks. But hosting close to a hundred of my husband’s work colleagues in our home [Read More...]

How I’ve Been “Renewed” by the Work of Father Robert Reed

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I’m a huge fan of the work being done by Father Robert Reed, who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and the president of the CatholicTV Network. Father Reed is wildly gifted at using the tools of the New Evangelization to win hearts and souls for Jesus and the Church. But more importantly, he [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Reed of @CatholicTV on Television and the New Evangelization

I wanted to share this great video interview with one of my favorite role models in the New Evangelization, Fr. Robert Reed. This interview was conducted by KNXT television, here in my own Diocese of Fresno. This is also an excellent opportunity to remind you to check out Fr. Reed’s fabulous new book Renewed: Ten Ways [Read More...]

New Evangelizers–Friends of Fiat

It’s “launch week” for my brand new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. To celebrate, we are paying tribute to seven very special examples of “The Grace of Yes in Action”, the seven winners for our “Name the Goldfish” contest. I will be making a personal donation to these organizations and invite [Read More...]

Being “A Church that Must Go Out” in the Digital Age

In the busyness of the past few days, I almost missed an incredible piece by Bishop Ricken. Along with being one of my favorite bishops to follow on Twitter, Bishop Ricken is the spiritual shepherd of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. This portion of his remarks truly [Read More...]

Mass Friends: Do You Know Their Names?

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On Sunday, I sat in my usual spot at my home parish. These days, I hesitate to call the center of the third pew “my spot” because I’m only in it about once or twice a month due to frequent travels. But when I do worship on Sundays at our home parish, I’m a creature [Read More...]


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