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About Me

headshot longI graduated from Pace University in 1984 with a BA in English. Since then I have been a reporter and editor for various publications — most of them Catholic. Writing for the Church is not just a job but a vocation and a blessing. I have worked for the Catholic dioceses of Metuchen, NJ, and Austin, TX, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, where I served as managing editor of Catholic New York newspaper.

At the end of last year, I had a double book release. My fifth book, “Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality,” was released by Alpha/Penguin ┬áin November 2012. My sixth book, “Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God,” was released by Ave Maria Press in December 2012. My previous books include “Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship” (Ave Maria Press), “The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass” (Alpha/Penguin), “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism” (Alpha/Penguin), and “Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One” (Loyola Press).

My monthly column, “Life Lines,” has been published in Catholic New York since 2001 and now also runs in The Catholic Spirit (Metuchen, N.J.) On top of that, I blog regularly here at Not Strictly Spiritual and on occasion at other blogs covering spiritual topics. I also write lots of behind-the-scenes pieces for various religious communities and Catholic organizations.

Often these days, I take to the road to give retreats, workshops, parish presentations and other public talks that used to fill me with fear but which now fill me with joy and excitement.

In other words, I get to do what I love pretty much every day of my life and earn a living at the same time (and be home with my kids). Not a bad deal, even if I tend to complain about it at times. I have been blessed, and I am deeply grateful.

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