Rwanda Journal #2: Packing and Planning

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Today I did something I haven’t done any time in recent memory: I turned on my email autoresponder. Why? I’m getting ready for my upcoming trip to Rwanda. I shared back in July that — much to my amazement and great joy — I had been selected as a recipient of Catholic Relief Services Egan [Read More...]

World Travelers and What Would You Ask the Pope?

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A humongous thanks to my good friends at SQPN’s Catholic Weekend for their kind invitation to be a part of their most recent episode. Among other things, we discuss my upcoming trip with Catholic Relief Services to Rwanda. Watch all of the fun here and check out the links in the show notes here. You guys [Read More...]

Join Us Live for Catholic Weekend!

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I’m super excited to be joining my SQPN.com friends this morning for a live recording of the great show Catholic Weekend. Among other topics, we’ll be discussing my upcoming trip to Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services. The show will air live at 10:00 am ET at http://catholicweekend.sqpn.com/ – join us for the live version and I’ll [Read More...]

Raising Our Voices for Peace in Syria

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Last night, our family sat comfortably in the living room, eating takeout pizza and rewatching Hotel Rwanda. Our Adam, now an 18 year old, remarked on how the devastation had occurred shortly before his September, 1994 birth. I had to admit to Adam that during those bloody days between April and July of 1994, I [Read More...]

Ken Hackett Confirmed as New US Ambassador to the Holy See

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Upon his confirmation as the next United States Ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett — former President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services — received a strong message of support from Dr. Carolyn Woo, who followed him at CRS: “We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who through his [Read More...]

Second Madagascar Archbishop Expresses Strong Support For Catholic Relief Services

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I was happy to see yet another strong message from the USCCB today in support of Catholic Relief Services. This follows Saturday’s news that Archbishop Désiré Tsarahazana had voiced “strong support” for CRS. From the USCCB: WASHINGTON—Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of the Archdiocese of Antananarivo, which includes the capital city of Madagascar, has repudiated allegations that Catholic [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #1: The Big News

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For the past two years, I have been working in partnership with Catholic Relief Services to use my platform at CatholicMom.com to support the good work being done around the world by CRS. For those who are not familiar with CRS, here is an overview of their services: Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 [Read More...]

Why I’d Love to Win a CRS Egan Fellowship

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The following press release landed in my inbox today. Along with the fact that I’m a major fan of Catholic Relief Services (and yes, I’ve heard the speculation), reading today about Eileen Egan has me inspired beyond measure. I’m convinced that if Ms. Egan were active in media today, she would see the tremendous value [Read More...]

Random Thoughts on a Rainy Friday

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True confessions time: rain depresses me. Actually, “depresses” is not really the right word — but “dampens my spirits” seems too silly to say. Regardless, unlike others in my family who love the lack of Fresno heat and her sun that withers our raisins, when it starts raining I feel like curling up in bed [Read More...]


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