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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.

I have written six 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), 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.

You’ll frequently find me on national Catholic radio. I am currently a regular contributor to Morning Air on Relevant Radio, which reaches 36 markets across the United States, and I make occasional appearances on A Conversation with Cardinal Dolan and Busted Halo on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM and other Catholic programs on various stations. I am also the former co-host of Guided by Grace, a television program on Telecare in the New York metropolitan area.

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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