• Ursuline Sisters celebrating jubilees

    Twelve Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, based in Maple Mount, are celebrating jubilees of religious life this year, including four who ministered in Nelson County.

  • Ticket to hell? We can change

    A few weeks ago I got a letter from a woman in Louisiana who had read one of my books.

    Sometimes when you write books people think you know stuff, that you have special wisdom and answers to their problems.

    I’ll let you in on a secret: We don’t, at least I don’t. I can put words together and make them sound pretty and sometimes I have a thought or two that may or may not be helpful to some people, but mostly I think that I don’t.

  • Employee of the Month honor has its pitfalls, too

    Just in case you haven’t heard, I’m Employee of the Month.

    I’ve never, ever been Employee of the Month anywhere I’ve ever worked, although once I was Student of the Month in Mr. Taylor’s fourth grade class at Nevada Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park, Calif.

    It went to my head and I pushed my desk up front and took it upon myself to erase the board, but it turned out Mr. Taylor wasn’t finished and the class yelled at me. I was never Student of the Month after that.

  • Was your ‘worst breakup ever’ with God?

    When I was 12 I went steady with Paul Minardi.

    He gave me his blue St. Christopher’s medal, which is what boys gave their girlfriends back then, back before St. Christopher was de-sainted.

    I don’t remember how long we went steady, only that he broke up with me and shattered my 12-year-old heart.

    It was the Worst. Breakup. Ever.

    Until the next one, that is.

  • The true spirit of God out of the mouths of babes

  • First book published in a series on Sisters of Charity’s second century

    The period from 1912 to 1924 was one of change for the United States. World War I, the flu epidemic and women’s suffrage were among the events facing Americans — some welcome, some not.

    The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have always focused on community involvement and thus were not immune to the flux in which the country found itself. Now those 12 interesting years are documented in the first of a series of books chronicling SCN’s second century in existence. It will be published in segments following the terms served by SCN mothers general.

  • What face do you show to the world and God?

    The other day I read an article written by Sharon Miller, a woman who stopped wearing makeup “as an act of Christian discipleship.”

    She was getting ready to go shopping with her in-laws and as she went through her usual morning routine of blow-drying her hair and picking out an outfit, she decided to go to the mall sans makeup.

    She said she had been inspired by a book, “Dance of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Women’s Spirituality,” by Maria Harris.

  • Popular Trappist monk at Gethsemani dies at 95

    The Rev. Matthew Kelty was surprised when Bardstown artist Jim Cantrell asked if he could do a painting of him.

    “He said, ‘I can’t imagine why anybody would want to do a painting of me,’” said Jeannette Cantrell, Jim Cantrell’s wife.

    Jim Cantrell ended up doing four paintings of Kelty, which the Cantrells treasure now more than ever following Kelty’s death Friday at age 95. He died in his sleep during a nap.

  • Religion Notes — Feb. 18

    Bloomfield Church of God

    The Tacketts will be singing 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at The Bloomfield Church of God, 147 Depot St., Bloomfield.  Come early to get a good seat and hear this dynamic Southern Gospel Group. They have appeared with The Gaithers and The Talleys, to name a few.


    Community Choir Fest Feb. 20

  • We're all together in this and that's how it should be

    Every Sunday afternoon in Placentia, Calif., the Watson family gathers for Family Day.

    Although informal — most every Watson comes either barefoot or wearing flip-flops — it has its own set of rules and rituals.

    According to Jennifer (Watson) Fiamengo, the rules mainly pertain to the food served. If they grill hamburgers or hot dogs, her mother MUST make her family-famous macaroni salad. If they have Mexican food, her mother MUST make seven-layer dip.