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About Me

In September 2015, I landed a job that is tailor made fMary TU photoor me, the culmination of my professional experience as a Catholic writer, speaker, blogger, and communications consultant, and my personal experience as a lifelong Catholic: Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y. In that position, I get to tell the story of the local Church and local Catholics through social media and in cooperation with the local secular media and the various departments of our diocese. Communications meets evangelization. The perfect job for me.

In addition to that, I have been — and will always be — a writer, public speaker, retreat leader, and Catholic commentator, with an expertise in Catholic teaching, faith in the public square, and spirituality lived out in everyday life. In a career that spans three decades, I have written seven books and published hundreds of articles in both secular and Catholic periodicals on national, regional, and local levels. As an expert on the Catholic Church and its teachings, I often offer commentary on television and radio and in print on issues ranging from current events to public policy to spiritual development.

I was featured on CNN for my book Cravings, and I am frequently heard on national Catholic radio, including multiple appearances on A Conversation with Cardinal Dolan and Busted Halo on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM. I am currently a regular contributor to Morning Air on Relevant Radio, which reaches 36 markets across the United States, and I am the former co-host of Guided by Grace, a television program on Telecare in the New York metropolitan area.

I am also the creator of this blog, Not Strictly Spiritual, which focuses on the spiritual journey and discovering the divine in the everyday. Although I don’t get to post here as often as I’d like these days, it is still the place where I come to hash out some of my own spiritual struggles — and new recipes.

What else would you like to know? Here’s the resume run-down:

I graduated from Pace University in 1984 with a BA in English. I have worked for the Catholic dioceses of Albany, NY; Metuchen, NJ; and Austin, TX, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, where I served as managing editor of Catholic New York newspaper. My monthly column, “Life Lines,” has been published in Catholic New York since 2001 and also runs in The Catholic Spirit (Metuchen, N.J.)

I have written seven books, and every one of them has taken me to the next necessary destination on my spiritual journey, even when I had no idea I needed to go there at the outset. My books cover a pretty broad spectrum. Chances are you might find something you like among the mix. Here are my titles: “Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality,”  (Alpha/Penguin),  “Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God,” (Ave Maria Press), “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),  “Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One” (Loyola Press), and Not By Bread Alone 2016: Daily for Lent (Liturgical Press).

In addition to my full-time job, I continue to give retreats, workshops, parish presentations, and other public talks around the diocese and the country. Email me if you’re interested in booking an event.

I live in upstate New York with my husband, Dennis, who is Director of Communications for the New York State Catholic Conference, and our three beautiful children, two crazy cats, one rescue dog, and a very quiet Betta fish.

That’s the story. I am blessed, and I am grateful.

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