Jennifer Fitz

Are People with Disabilities Welcome at Your Parish?

In 1978, the US Catholic Bishops wrote, “For most Catholics the community of believers is embodied in the local parish. The parish is the door to participation for individuals with disabilities, and it is the responsibility of the pastor and lay...

Surviving the Suicide of Someone You Love

In March of 2017, Anthony Gallegos committed suicide. Since that time his mother, Catholic writer Leticia Ochoa Adams has blogged openly about the raw and unvarnished reality of surviving the suicide of someone you loved dearly. Today we’re...

Fr. Rob Galea’s Journey from Desperation to Hope

Missionary priest and evangelist Fr. Rob Galea is the author of Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope (Ave Maria Press, 2018), the memoir of his conversion, vocation, and work in the ministry. Today we’re talking with Fr. Rob about...

How to Be a Catholic Missionary

Today I’m talking with Michael Hall, Director of Ministry Training and Program Development with Catholic Christian Outreach. Michael, can you tell us in a few words what CCO does to fulfill the Great Commission? CCO is a movement dedicated to...

What Good Catholic Teens Want from the Church

At 10:30 on a school night I texted my daughter: Is everything okay? She had gone with her friend’s family to watch a ballgame. When she rolled in five minutes later (“I didn’t answer because I didn’t want to text and drive”), what followed was...

How to Help Teens Learn Their Faith

Among catechists and parents familiar with the program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is consistently ranked one of the most effective ways to help children develop a deep, personal relationship with God. That’s super, but there are two...

Tired Priests, Tired Parishioners and the Quest for Catholic Community Life

Monday morning at Ladies’ Bible Study, Father told us how hard Sundays can be. He’s young and devoted and determined to do what his parishioners need. “I know that people can’t all meet during the week. That’s why we have to meet on Sundays,” he...

Dear Mr. Bible Guy Who Tried to Convert My Son and His Friends

Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and his friends at our state’s March for Life and trying to talk them out of the Catholic faith. You were bound to talk to someone. The pro-life movement is the place of all...

Are You a Maker or a Manager?

As a young stay-at-home mom, overwhelmed by my inability to keep up with kids and chores and managing the home, something embarrassing happened to me: I had to go away on a trip. We hired a lovely, sweet-spirited college student to stay with the...

Does the Seal of Confession Help Criminals?

In the news recently: A laicized priest who murdered one of his penitents back in 1960 has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The case finally came to trial after a second now-laicized priest, who had