Hey, this novena thing works, huh?

Steve Angrisano & Sisters

Here's what I saw on the first day of our St. Thérèse of Lisieux novena.  In case you missed it, our family is praying for increased vocations to the sisterhood (there's a really cool story about an encounter with a nun at that link, too!). Joel and I spent Day 1 of our novena being spiritually fed at the Christ Our Life Catholic Conference in Des Moines. Not only did I see a whole bunch of nuns in habits, but I had a terrific conversation with a few Franciscan sisters from Peoria, … [Read more...]

Celebrating Successes — Quick Takes Style


--- 1 --- Joel and I were selected to present at the Catholic New Media Conference (CNMC) in Dallas/Arlington, Texas later this summer. Honored and excited, a nod and hat-tip like this gives us great motivation to keep up this crazy thing we call evangelization. This year's conference is stronger than ever as CNMC joins forces with the Catholic Marketing Network and the Catholic Writers Guild. The first ever International Bloggers Summit will be part of this year's CNMC and that's when we … [Read more...]

The Drumbeat for Beatification Builds


Since becoming involved in Catholic new media, I have become acquainted with a good number of inspiring Catholics who have captivating faith stories. One such person is Bonnie Engstrom --- she and I met at the Behold Conference in Peoria, Illinois a handful of weeks ago. Bonnie and her husband Travis are intimately involved in the beatification efforts for Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Maybe you’ve heard their story? It blew me away. It goes something like this: On September 16, 2010, Bonnie and … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: Here Comes the Behold Conference


The 2012 Behold Conference is a-l-m-o-s-t here! It is going to be a special event for the 500+ women attending with talks by Kate Wicker, the Sisters of Life, and Ginny Baldridge; music by Curb Records Recording Artist, Marie Miller; Mass; Adoration; and Confession. Bonus: there is a "Meet the Bloggers" segment this year, and I am honored to be participating. The other invited bloggers are women I respect and admire, and I have been pinching myself for several days in anticipation of friendships … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes Friday: Post-Partum Randomness


Today, my post-partum mommy brain brings you 7 very random thoughts... --- 1 --- I'm counting down the days for the Behold Conference in Peoria, Illinois in a few weeks. Behold is a conference on the dignity and vocation of women, and the 2012 theme is “From the Heart of God.” I love this statement by Bonnie Engstrom, Behold Associate Director: To my knowledge there is nothing else like Behold. We are Catholic, unabashedly orthodox but open to women who are not practicing the Catholic … [Read more...]