IGNITUM TODAY provides Catholic perspectives on every topic that matters to young adults–life, religion, relationships, and entertainment. Meet our columnists.
Abigail C. Reimel is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Among other things, she enjoys playing the violin, reading and re-reading books, watching movies, spending time with her family, and driving around town, listening to music with the windows down. She has been published in the St. Austin Review, and posts regularly on her blog, a "A Catholic Teen's Perspective". She adores living by the ocean, but traded salty winds for mountain air to attend Christendom College, where she plans to major in English and master swing dancing.
Latest Post: Open the Door…
Abram Muenzberg is a 28-year-old husband and father. He holds a M.A. in Theology and a B.A. in Philosophy. His passion for the Catholic faith, vocations, and liturgy is the inspiration behind much of his writing. His background as a Lay Campus Minister and former Director of Liturgy for a parish in the Benedictine tradition influences his writing. His website is Men Like Wine.
Latest Post: A Catholic Approach to No-Shave November
Amanda Mortus is a woman after the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. Amanda is a Colorado native, who graduated from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina with a B.A. in Theology, as well as minors in Psychology and Philosophy. Amanda, a director of faith formation, is the author of Worthy: See Yourself as God Does, available now on Amazon, Kindle, and CreateSpace. Signed copies can be ordered through her website. Her blog can be found at worthy of Agape.
Latest Post: Not the Most Important Day
Arleen Spenceley is author of a forthcoming book about chastity, to be released by Ave Maria Press in Fall 2014. She has a master's degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the same university. She works as a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times.
Latest Post: Emotions: A Human Thing, Not a Woman Thing
Bernard Toutounji is an Australian Catholic writer and speaker. He writes a fortnightly column called Foolish Wisdom (www.foolishwisdom.com) which takes a contemporary issue within news, culture or faith and examines it through the lens of reason and Judeo-Christian principles. One of Bernard’s favourite quotes comes from Edith Stein who said "All those who seek truth seek God whether this is clear to them or not". Bernard’s passion is leading people to discover this truth for themselves.
Latest Post: What is the Point of Suffering?
Bethanie Ryan is a housewife, mother and writer. She recently graduated with a MA in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Originally from Missouri, she currently calls upstate New York home. She writes for several websites including her own, Syrophoenician Woman.
Latest Post: Hidden Light in Syria
Bonnie Engstrom is a cradle Catholic and stay-at-home mom. She married her dashing husband in 2006 and they now have five children: one in Heaven and four more wandering around their house, probably eating pretzels found under the couch. Bonnie lives in central Illinois and gets excited about baking, music, film adaptations of Jane Austen books, and the Chicago Bears. She was a cofounder of The Behold Conference and she blogs at A Knotted Life.
Brianna Heldt is a mother to seven, recent convert to the Catholic faith, and writer who blogs at Just Showing Up. In addition to her three biological daughters, she and her husband are also parents to four adopted children from Ethiopia, including two daughters with Down syndrome. When Brianna is not busy blogging or homeschooling, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading good books, thrifting, and advocating for orhpaned children with medical needs. She lives with her husband and kids in Denver, and is eagerly anticipating the birth of her eighth child, due in February.
Latest Post: The Great Divide
Caitlin Marchand is a stay at home mom of four. She is a graduate of Christendom College in Virginia and a Canadian ex-pat. She currently resides in Louisiana where her husband is stationed as an Air Force pilot.
Latest Post: A Sacrifice Freely Given: A Homemaker’s Choice
Chelsea Zimmerman editor-in-chief for Catholic Lane and a managing editor for Ignitum Today and Catholic Stand. She often writes about life issues and Catholic spirituality and has been featured on EWTN's Life on the Rock. Last year she started the pro-life video series BioTalk. Her website is Reflections of a Paralytic.
Latest Post: Good News About Down Syndrome
Chelsea Houghton is a 27 year old mother who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and four children under the age of five. She has a Media and Communications degree from the University of Canterbury and in the past has worked for the Journey of the Cross and Icon for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, for the Christchurch Catholic Youth Team and running the Theology of the Body for Teens programme and training to various groups. She a managing editor for Catholic Stand and also is a columnist for Ignitum Today and NZ Catholic. Chelsea blogs at Grow the Roses
Latest Post: Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of
Is this where I tell you how amazing I am and list all my impressive accomplishments? I am just a guy. On a daily basis I betray God and the Faith I claim to profess through thought and deed forcing me to beg His forgiveness on an often weekly basis. All of my talents are unearned and all of my accomplishments merit me nothing. I am completely at the Divine Mercy of Jesus the Redeemer who is willing to erase my daily sins when I am sensible enough to confess them.
Latest Post: Mass Confusion
Cindy Bird is a young wife and mother who lives in Arizona. She dabbles in writing, cooking and dancing. She spent a year in Italy, where her daughter was born, which was a life changing experience. Although she misses the beauty of Rome she is constantly looking for the Beauty of the Lord in all corners of the world, even in the hot desert of AZ. She also authors a blog for her parish that her pastor asked her to start. She is a proud graduate of the University of Dallas.
Latest Post: Losing Interest in Religion?
Colin Gormley is a 30 something Catholic who is married. By day he is a contract worker for the state of Texas. By night, or whenever he’s trapped with his wife in her biology lab, he blogs about the Catholic faith from an apologetics perspective. He often strays into politics given the current debates in the country, but he tries to see all issues with the eyes of the Church. His website is Signs and Shadows.
Latest Post: The Happy Warrior
Cristina Montes, from the Philippines, is a lawyer, writer, amateur astronomer, a gardening enthusiast, a voracious reader, a karate brown belter, an avid traveler, and a lover of birds, fish, rabbits, and horses. She is a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan who reads the entire trilogy once a year. She is the eldest daughter in a large, happy Catholic family.
Latest Post: When Attending Mass is Tedious
Devin Rose is a Catholic writer and lay apologist. After his conversion from atheism to Protestant Christianity in college, he set out to discover where the fullness of the truth of Jesus Christ could be found. His search led him to the Catholic Church. He blogs at St. Joseph’s Vanguard and has released his first book titled “If Protestantism Is True.” He has written articles for Catholic News Agency, Fathers for Good, Called to Communion, and has appeared on EWTN discussing Catholic-Protestant topics.
Latest Post: Romancing the Religion
Edmund Mitchell is a Catholic youth minister with a passion for Jesus, evangelization, and rugby - especially when all three happen at once. For now he enjoys being a Catholic hipster, until too many people start enjoying it with him, then he'll probably go mainstream. He blogs over at CatholicYouthMinister.com and tweets at https://twitter.com/EdmundMitchell.
Latest Post: The Annoying “Yes” Lady at Mass
In 2005, at the age of 16, the Blessed Mother touched Edward’s heart in a profound way through two different pilgrimages to her shrines—one in Europe and the other in Champion, Wisconsin. Today, Edward has responded to a special mission he believes he has received from Our Lady to spread the message she gave to Adele Brise in 1859. To this end, he has authored four books on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help available through Tau Publishing. When he is not busy with seminary studies, he travels throughout the country raising awareness of Our Lady’s first and only approved Marian apparition in the United States. Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, they neither reflect those of the diocese he studies for nor the seminary he studies at. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.
Latest Post: Are We a Well Read Culture?
Elizabeth Hoxie is a 2010 graduate of St. Vincent College where she studied Catholic Theology and biology. She is a freelance health and nutrition by trade and amateur theologian when both children nap simultaneously. She lives with her family at Beale, AFB in sunny California where her husband serves in the United States Air Force.
Latest Post: Parish Life on a Military Base
Elizabeth Teixeira is a 30 year old wife and part time stay at home mom. She is a cradle Catholic raising her son in New York. She holds a B.S. in Special Education and a M.S. in School Counseling. When she's not busy chasing her toddler around, she enjoys cooking and crafting.
Latest Post: “Dashing” Through The Christmas Season
Emi Parker is a graduate of George Mason University, where she majored in English and concentrated in Medieval Renaissance Literature. A Washington-state native, she currently teaches English and Computers at Paul VI Catholic High School in Virginia. With help from G.K. Chesterton and others, she converted to the Catholic Church in 2009 and has been blessed by the communities in the Arlington Diocese ever since.
Latest Post: Painting People
Emily C. Hurt is a 2012 graduate of Christendom College with a Bachelor's in Theology. She wrote her Senior Thesis on "Redemptive Suffering in the Theology of the Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen." When she's not job-hunting or reading Fulton Sheen, she writes about the writings of Fulton Sheen, redemptive suffering, and her alma mater at her blog, www.theological-librarian.blogspot.com.
Latest Post: What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?
Emma Smith graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Philosophy from Hillsdale College in May, 2013. While in school she served as Vice President of the Pro-Life club for 3 semesters and sidewalk counseled and trained sidewalk counselors for 3 semesters. She was also the On-Campus Mass Coordinator and Events Director for the Catholic Society for 4 semesters. Her work has appeared on Catholic Exchange, Catholic Lane, ProLife Magazine, and is regularly featured in local papers and publications. She is passionate about her faith, God, and all things Pro-Life.
Latest Post: Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three
Erin Karlovich graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English in 2012. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she works as the assistant director for North Carolina Right to Life, an affiliate of National Right to Life. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and starting crochet projects. All opinions expressed are her own.
Latest Post: What Pro-Lifers Can Learn From “My Abortion”
Compelled by Jesus' missionary mandate, and filled with the Holy Spirit, Family Missions Company missionaries proclaim Jesus Christ and His Gospel to the poor. Always working in concert with the pastors of the Catholic Church, we strive to live the Gospel that we preach. We believe the Lord is calling many Catholic lay people, both singles and families, to serve in foreign missions, "the greatest and holiest duty of the Church." The need is urgent; we must go!
Godwin Delali Adadzie is a Christian living in Africa. He is the founder of Do You Know Africa? and CATHOOLIC. Most people know him for his work Let’s talk about the Rosary. He can be reached on his Twitter handle @Apologetics.
Latest Post: Christmas–the Good, the Pretence and the Hypocrisy
J.Q. lives in the country of Texas with his wife Denise, a Southern Belle from Trinidad and Tobago, and his three children. He holds two graduate degrees from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, an MBA and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Having taught for five years in Catholic education, he now works in the construction industry in Victoria, TX. He is a parishioner of Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Parish in the Diocese of Victoria.
Latest Post: Context: God’s Great Liberating Event
Jason is a Catholic youth minister who thinks that love casts out all fear. He is a diehard Chicago Bulls fan and dabbles in following hockey while doing his best to ignore baseball. He wants everyone to know that the Christian life is worth living and tries to write in a way which shows how true that is. Read more from him at jasonjtheobald.com
Latest Post: Lent and the Kingdom of God
JC is a cradle Catholic, and somewhat of a traditionalist conservative. He is currently a physics Ph.D. candidate. He is a lay member of the Order of Preachers, with a three year commitment to the Order. JC has been happily married since June of 2010. He has at times questioned – and more often still been questioned about – his Faith, but he has never wandered far from the Church, nor from our Lord. “To whom else would I go?”
Latest Post: Hell in the Scheme of Things
Joseph Jablonski is a 20-year old Catholic writer, blogger and radio show host studying philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He currently blogs at, Spark of Joy, and began writing by founding Gaudium Dei, a blog centered on discussing the rhetoric of the New Evangelization. He has also begun a new project on the Facebook page for his own WCUA radio show, Indie Catholic Radio, through which he hopes to bring together the infinitude of heaven with the poetical wonder of today's music. All his writing could never happen without the support of God, his family, and his girlfriend.
J.R. Baldwin is the Editor-in-chief at Ignitum Today. A former statehouse reporter and nanny, she is one of the three Bright Maidens, and is a regular contributor for The Mirror Magazine and The Imaginative Conservative. She blogs at The Corner With A View, and tweets from @thejulieview. A Midwesterner by birth, she lives in the South with her husband and bebe.
Latest Post: When Dating Is Hard
Julie Machado is a 27-year-old Portuguese-American who grew up in California, but moved to Portugal for college and has been there ever since. She has a degree in Theology from the Catholic University of Lisbon, is currently teaching English and has special interest in Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. She blogs at Marta, Julie e Maria.
Latest Post: Five Ideas for Lent
Laura is a baby Catholic, research student, writer, tea-drinker and aspiring countess from Sydney, Australia. Formerly an Evangelical Protestant, she came back to the Catholic Church in 2012. She disturbs the universe at Catholic Cravings.
Lauren Meyers is a 27 year old wife and a mother. She experienced the love of the Lord on a high school retreat, picked up a Bible and the Liturgy of the Hours, and hasn't turned back since. Holding a BA in Classics and Religious Studies and an MA in Education, she currently teaches Theology and Latin at an all-girls high school in northern New Jersey.
Latest Post: Made You Look
Mariella Hunt is 20 years old and lives in the Treasure Valley. She writes fiction and reflections on the Catholic faith. In 2014, she is self-publishing an anthology of short stories and a Young Adult novel, Dissonance. A practicing Catholic, she is actively involved in the New Evangelization. She’s an associate editor for Catholic websites Ignitum Today and Catholic Lane, and is a book reviewer for Catholic Fiction. Recently she has also started a vlog for the New Catholic Generation video movement.
Latest Post: Book Review: Go in Peace by Pope John Paul II
Matthew Heinrich is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He enters his 11th year in seminary. He attended the high School seminary (Archbishop Quigley), went to St. Joseph (at Loyola), continued at Theological College in Washington DC (Catholic University of America) where he earned his PhL. He currently studies at Mundelein Seminary working towards his STB, STL. He loves philosophy, has studied Greek, and fell in love with Patristic thought. He is a huge Chicago fan--Cubs, Bears, Hawks (2013 Champs!), and Bulls. The views expressed by the author are his alone, they neither reflect those of the diocese he studies for nor at the seminary where he studies.
Latest Post: Good for its own Sake?
Matthew Higgins serves as Assistant to the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Newark. He holds a Master's degree in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University. His 10 year ministerial experience ranges from Junior High faith formation to Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry. He lives with his wife, Olivia and son, Noah in Northern NJ and has aspirations of earning a doctorate degree in Theology.
Latest Post: Time to Fly
Matthew Olson is a college student in the Diocese of Little Rock. He was raised in multiple Protestant denominations before eventually converting to Catholicism on 7 April 2012. His primary interests are theology, Church history, and ecumenism. He is privately discerning the possibility of God calling him to the priesthood. He has a blog, Answering Protestants. He also has a Twitter account, @crucifixwearer.
Latest Post: Charismatics in Context
Matthew is a Catholic convert, blogger, and freelance writer living in Alabama with his wife and baby son. After joining the Church in March of 2013, he started the Mackerel Snapper blog as an effort to reach out to other possible converts and help educate non-Catholics about the faith. Outside of writing, Matthew is an avid reader, hockey fan, and devout Whovian. You can follow Matthew on Twitter at @MackSnapMatt, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Post: Catholic Youth, Unite!
Meghan is a 24 year old graduate student of English Literature. She has a passion for reading and writing, in tandem with a big mouth (though you'd never guess that). She has four younger siblings, a wonderful fiance, two dogs, and a penchant for Scottish accents, fairy tales, and baking. She overachieved in undergraduate by also majoring in Medieval History. She's also Catholic, a woman, and, thanks to a combination of homeschooling and college, prone to logic, and so is in the unique position of being sensitive to moral/cultural issues like feminism, abortion, marriage, etc, and being able to comment clearly, if not insightfully, on them.
Latest Post: Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0
Miriam Brower is happily married and lives in Montana. Although she holds a B.A. in Criminology she has primarily worked in the financial industry and utilizes this background and experience to assist her husband, Matthew, in his solo law practice. She also has experience working for a very large Catholic media company and has enjoyed sharing the faith with others as a catechist and mentor through local RCIA programs. Her particular interests are focused on the New Feminism and how she can bring her pro-life activism to a new generation of women.
Latest Post: Wendy Davis and the Planned Parenthood Mob
Molly M graduated from Texas A&M University and has served the church as a Youth Minister, Director of Religious Education and Campus Minister. She currently lives in northern Wisconsin where she spends her time writing, photographing and praying her way through the day. She has a passion for women's ministry and is a founding member of Authentic Catholic Women Conference. You can find her at singlecatholicgirl.com
Latest Post: From Precious Moments to Ignatius Press
Nic Davidson and his wife joined the Church in ’08 after growing up in the Assemblies of God. He was a youth minister in Duluth, MN and is currently working as a missionary on the Caribbean island of Dominica while his wife attends Med School there. He is also writing a 3-year youth ministry curriculum for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. While on-island, he and his wife adopted two wonderful boys, hence the bio pic. He blogs at Death Before Death and keeps you updated on his family at The Dynamic Davidson Duo.
Latest Post: Nic Davidson’s Black Friday Shopper’s Companion
Rachana Chhin is a 24-year-old Catholic convert (via Buddhism and Evangelical Christianity) from Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelors degree from Baylor University where he studied International Affairs and the Great Books. He is now pursuing a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota. In his down time, he enjoys reading, listening to classical and folk music, and playing strategy games on his computer.
Rachel Zamarron works for EWTN in Customer Service and Admin. Support for the National Catholic Register. Rachel grew up in a large Catholic family that made her who she is today. She is passionate about her Catholic Faith, working with youth, and cowgirl boots. Recently married to her sweetheart Sam, the two of them are enjoying the adventures of life hand-in-hand.
Latest Post: Growing In Love
Rebecca Frech is a Cradle Catholic who came back to the Church in 2000, and thanks God for it every day. She lives just outside Dallas with her husband, the brilliant Computer Guy, their 7 not-quite-perfect children, and an ever-multiplying family of dust bunnies. When she’s not teaching math, neglecting housework, or reluctantly training for a marathon, she’s blogging at Shoved to Them.
Latest Post: We Need to Hear More from The Dads
Bob Waruszewski is a cradle Catholic from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from St. Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and economics. Currently he works for a natural gas distribution company in the Steel City and is enjoying life as a married man. In his free time he enjoys playing sports and hiking. When in need of help,he frequently asks St. Joseph for assistance.
Latest Post: Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle
Ryan Eggenberger is a partner at Little Flower Strategies, LLC. He writes about travel, marketing, and his terrible parking skills. Follow him on twitter at @RyanEggenberger.
Ryan Kraeger is a cradle Catholic homeschool graduate, currently serving as an Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant, stationed on the West Coast. He enjoys reading, thinking, and conversation, the making and eating of gourmet pizza, shooting and martial arts, and the occasional dark beer. His website is The Man Who Would Be Knight.
Latest Post: If You Let Them, They Will Build
Sarah Babbs is a married mother of a toddler girl, writing from Indiana where she moved for love after growing up on the east coast. Sarah and her husband, a lawyer, lead marriage prep classes for their parish in addition to daydreaming about becoming lunatic farmers. During stolen moments when the toddler sleeps and the laundry multiplies itself, Sarah writes about motherhood, Catholic social thought, and ponders the meaning of being a woman "made in the image of God". Her website is Fumbling Toward Grace.
Latest Post: Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home
Sean is a teacher of Church History and Music at the high school level and parish music director. He keeps his domestic church in ordered disarray with an equally beleaguered and altogether lovely lady.
Latest Post: Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?
Seth Evangelho serves as a fulltime evangelist and youth minister in Laconia, New Hampshire. Originally from California, he holds a masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is married with two young children. Read more on his blog: From the Trenches.
Latest Post: 7 Reasons Pope Francis Makes Me Want to Be a Saint
Shaun McAfee is a veteran of the Air Force and current civilian in the Army Corps of Engineers as a Contract Specialist. He blogs at ShaunMcAfee.com. Currently he is pursuing a Masters in Dogmatic Theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary where he also serves as the Social Media Director. A convert to Catholicism, he loves learning, explaining, sharing, and defending the faith. He is married and has two boys named Gabriel and Tristan. They live in Omaha, NE.
Latest Post: Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014
After growing up near Kennett Square, PA, the Mushroom Capitol of the World, Siobhan knew she would always live in a bustling capitol city. She earned a B.A. in Theology, History, and Classics at Mount St. Mary's University and an M.A. in Theology (specializing in Systematics) at Villanova University. Now she lives in Washington, D.C. with her wonderful husband where she is still getting used to living with a boy, right down to playing video games and watching football. When she's not hanging out with him or reading novels, she uses her spare time to earn a PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America.
Sister Lisa Marie Doty is a Canossian Sister. She enjoys giving retreats and vocational talks to teens and young women, and providing on-going formation to her Institute’s Lay Canossian Associates. She is a director of youth and young adults in the Diocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the national director of vocations for her religious family. In her spare time, she enjoys graphic design, playing with new media, learning guitar, taking walks and making rosaries. Her website is Nunspeak.
Latest Post: The Lord’s Hidden Message
Born a hop, skip, and jump from the Chesapeake Bay, Stephanie now resides in Appalachia, thanks to love. Her sweet husband Andrew teaches English there. She delights in bike rides, good books, puddle jumping, The Avett Brothers, hammocks, avocados, and the notes Andrew sneaks under her pillow. She is thirsty. Knowing so many others are, too, she spent a missionary year with Generation Life speaking to students about human dignity and authentic love. Her passion is telling young women they possess immense worth and that pure, sacrificial love is real; she thinks a truthful understanding of sex and love is medicine for an aching culture. Upon noticing there were few resources for Catholic brides-to-be, Stephanie decided to make a humble attempt at filling the void. Her blog,Captive the Heart, is a collection of wedding ideas, spiritual reflections, inspired dates, and general ways to plan a sacred, stylish celebration and a holy marriage.
Latest Post: Can A Woman Pursue A Man?
Sr. Theresa Noble is a novice, aka nun in training, with a religious congregation of sisters in the US. She left her job in California with eBay to follow God two years ago. She currently lives in a convent in Boston where she prays, evangelizes, bakes bread and blogs at Pursued by Truth (http://pursuedbytruth.blogspot.com/).
Latest Post: Is Religious Life Repulsive?
Tim Glemkowski believes that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He teaches high school sophomores about the Sacraments and morality. His first love, American football, has in recent years been replaced with a love for futbol, as it were, and you can find him most Saturday mornings watching the EPL matches that week. He loves to find the "seeds of the word" in our culture as a means for the re-evangelization of that culture and will often write about that very thing.
Latest Post: Vocations: We’ve Got It All Wrong
TJ Burdick is the lead author of One Body, Many Blogs, Advice for Christian Bloggers. He is also a school teacher by trade, a lay Catholic by grace and a husband and father of two by vocation. He writes to help support Catholic charities and to put food on the table for his family as his teaching wages are very humble. When he is not enjoying time with his family, you can find him planning his next big lesson or locked inside an adoration chapel. You can find more of his work at @ tjburdick.com.
Latest Post: The Liturgy of “Ours”