Welcome to this website! I am a full-time free-lance writer with 17 years of parish staff experience with small groups, RCIA, adult faith formation, and social justice ministries. I have been a passionate believer in small church communities since the first RENEW arrived in Minnesota in the late 1980s. My husband Jim and I have been in small groups ever since, and most recently helped establish small groups in a brand new parish in a Minneapolis suburb, where we lived for two winters, and a small, two-parish cluster in Wisconsin. We moved to the Washington, DC, area last summer after spending almost all our lives in the upper midwest. Always the new experience!
I was born in Newark, NJ, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, with a major in English and minor in journalism, and from the University of Minnesota with an M.A. in English. I worked in advertising and public relations agencies and as the director of student recruitment for the University of Minnesota's 45,000-student Minneapolis campus, and I've been a free-lance writer for most of my adult life. My magazine articles have appeared in Minnesota Parent, Catechumenate, Church and Today's Parish magazines. I've completed my third novel, a mystery (literary agents and publishers can form a line to the right).
From 1989-2006, I was the Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation at St. Rita's Catholic Church, Cottage Grove, Minnesota, a suburban parish of 1,600 families. My ministries there included small groups (the basis of St. Rita's adult faith formation); RCIA, which my husband Jim and I co-facilitated; the social justice and sister parish ministries, retreat planning, and large-group adult faith formation opportunities. I began writing the Gathered In His Name meeting guides in 1999 for the 25-30 small groups then at St. Rita's. St. Anthony Messenger Press published the first eight meeting guides and a Leader's Guide in spring of 2006. I was the keynote speaker at a communications conference sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and spoke on ministry to sponsors at an Archdiocesan gathering of RCIA facilitators and on small group formation at a Superior Diocese meeting of parish staffs.
We have three amazing children, Chris, Becca, and Mark, who live on the East and West Coasts.