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|CWG Authors on EWTN Bookmark
Thursday, December 06, 2012 (23:45:58)
CWG Member Authors will appear on the EWTN Bookmark show: |
Sunday, Dec. 9, 9:30 AM & 11:30 PM; Monday, Dec. 10, 5 AM; Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:30 PM
To see the authors featured and their books click here!
|Members Lisa Hendey and Elizabeth Scalia Attend Vatican Conference on Blogging
Friday, April 22, 2011 (15:30:30)
Two members of the Catholic Writers’ Guild (CWG) have been chosen to participate in the Vatican blog meeting which is planned to coincide with the beatification of Pope John Paul II May 1, 2011, in Rome, Italy. The blog meeting will take place May 2 in Rome and is being sponsored by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications (PCCSC). An announcement from the Vatican’s PCCSC stated their hope to “begin a dialogue” among Catholic bloggers and so have chosen a wide diversity of writers worldwide who blog on a vast number of subjects.
The members of the CWG are Lisa Hendey, of Fresno, CA and Elizabeth Scalia, of New York, NY.
Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul writes the Catholic Mom blog www.catholicmom.com. Hendey said she was “excited and honored” to be among the 150
bloggers chosen. “I hope to use the opportunity to learn from the Vatican leaders and from my fellow international bloggers how the Church is using social media in evangelization around the world,” Hendey stated.
Although Hendey was not originally planning to attend the beatification, the generosity of sponsors has now made it possible for her to travel to Rome for the festivities and the meeting with fellow bloggers. “I would like to publicly thank Ave Maria Press, the Maximus Group and Bayard Press for their kind assistance in making this journey a reality,” Hendey said.
Elizabeth Scalia is the Managing Editor of the Catholic Portal at www.Patheos.com and author of Caring for the Dying with the Help of Your Catholic Faith. She will also be part of the presenting panel at the Vatican blog meeting and says she is nervous and excited about the opportunity. “I appreciate that the PCCSC is following the Holy Father's lead in taking alternative media seriously as a tool for evangelization, and think they're very wise to bring disparate bloggers together to create a sense of cohesion, familiarity and ‘community’ in this broadening, or expansion, of our Catholic interaction,” Scalia said.
Scalia also hopes that the meeting will be just the beginning of new and expanded communications worldwide. “This is, I think, a baby step toward helping the Catholic blogosphere evolve into an entity (like the mainstream media) that can interact meaningfully in future communications with the Holy See and help speed along information, corrections, responses, debates and so forth in a way that the Vatican has not yet been able to manage.”
Ann Lewis, president of the CWG said she is delighted for the members who were chosen. "The Catholic Writers’ Guild is unspeakably happy for our member bloggers who have been awarded this exciting opportunity. The recognition is well-deserved. Lisa and Elizabeth have both produced blogs that are informative and spiritually enriching for their readers, and the members of the CWG are eager to discover the wisdom they bring back from their experiences at this important event."
The CWG is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 200 writers, artists, editors, illustrators, and allies dedicated to building a vibrant Catholic literary and artistic culture. The organization is loyal to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
|New Member Book: The Miracle of St. Genevieve: Vatican II and the Victory of Fai
Friday, May 14, 2010 (18:12:56)
Here's the news straight from Woody:|
The Miracle of St. Genevieve has emerged into print. Like One Dream: The NFL and Cajun Mariners, The Miracle is a true story. But this time the subject is not football or oil but faith.
Some people have asked me, “You went from writing about those crazy oilfield boat guys to religion? What’s gotten into you?” Others have wondered aloud, “What exactly is the ‘miracle?’”
Only the book answers those questions. You can pick up a copy (hardcover, $27.95) at tomorrow’s release party (Sat., 5/15/10) at 5 pm at the St. Genevieve Family Center, 815 Barbier Avenue, Thibodaux. If you can’t make the party, please consider purchasing the book from your local independent merchant (a list of participating bayou independents is below). You can also order online at http://www.woodyfalgoux.com/. The book is listed on Amazon, but the web giant has not yet received its stock-up shipment.
For the record, I am donating 100% of my profits from this book to St. Genevieve to support its church and school and to feed its local and international ministries. The parish not only contributes to the region’s poor but also funds a twice-annual mission to Mexico and gives to relief organizations that provide necessities to the impoverished across the world. By buying this book, your dollars will simultaneously touch the needy on several different continents. Also, the people in this book will hopefully engage and inspire you as they did me.
Thanks and Godspeed,
|Tan books bought out of bankruptcy
Sunday, November 30, 2008 (16:54:42)
TAN Books and Publishers has been acquired out of bankruptcy by Saint Benedict Press, of Charlotte, North Carolina.|
Read more on their website: http://www.tanbooks.com/
|CWG Member Wins Tom Howard Award
Friday, October 10, 2008 (11:59:53)
CWG Member Arthur Powers' short story "The Bridge," won 2nd place in the Tom Howard Short Story Award Contest. "The Bridge," which originally appeared in St. Anthony Messenger and won another award from the Catholic Press Association, is about a priest working in the interior of Brazil. It is always encouraging to see an expressly Catholic story recognized in a secular forum! Another of Arthur's stories (a secular one), "Gilsa," won an honorable mention. |
|THE DEBUT ISSUE OF MY LIGHT MAGAZINE IS RELEASED
Friday, August 01, 2008 (16:18:38)
PENNSYLVANIA (August 1, 2008) -- The new Catholic E-Zine for children, My Light Magazine, just released their first issue. Inside you’ll find stories, articles, poems and more. “Thanks to our talented authors and illustrators who donated their time and work, our first issue is ready for the world,” editor Jennifer Gladen stated. |
Ms. Gladen is thrilled to announce the debut. “My Light is special to me,” she explained. “I want to help as many children as possible know and love God.” With the first issue now out, that dream is becoming a reality.
The first issue is now available at http://mylightmagazine.com.
Media contact: Jennifer Gladen editor(at)mylightmagazine.com
|CWG Member's Book Featured on Christian Fiction
Thursday, June 26, 2008 (21:22:45)
CWG member, Elaine Lyons Bach is touring her book, Gentle Journey, on line this month. Please follow a link and leave a comment of support! Here's what she told me:|
I would like to announce that Gentle Journey is currently being featured on a blog tour on Christian Fiction Review for the month of June. The first link to the tour is http:cfrblog.blogspot.com; that connects to http://forstrose.blogspot.com/ which has an interview and review. The next link is http://cathischatter.blogspot.com/. Then http://www.authorlauradavis.com.
The Regency novel is meant to appeal to people of all ages. The main character, Eden, is the daughter of a Church of England Vicar who encounters an agnostic employer as well as all sorts of circumstances that call for her faith to be employed. I am a cradle Catholic who has taught many years in Catholic schools, so the opinions expressed by Eden are from a Catholic point of view, though points where Protestants and Catholics might differ are not brought up. I wrote the book to offer an alternative to the lack of morality found in the romances so many of my students were reading.
|Catholic history/mystery writer to sign novels
Saturday, June 14, 2008 (18:19:06)
Catholic mystery writer and historical novelist John J. Desjarlais will sign books and greet readers at the “Let Freedom Ring” Festival in Mount Morris, Ill., on Saturday, July 5.|
Desjarlais will join other Illinois authors at the band shell between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
A member of Mystery Writers of America, The Academy of American Poets, and The Catholic Writers Guild, Desjarlais will be signing copies of "The Throne of Tara," a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee set in Dark Age Ireland, and "Relics, "a medieval crime novel which was a Doubleday Book Club selection.
His work has appeared in such periodicals as Student Leadership Journal, U Magazine, Student Soul, The Upper Room, On Being, The Karitos Review, The Rockford Review, and Apocalypse.
Further information on his titles and forthcoming mystery series set in rural Illinois can be found at www.johndesjarlais.com
Desjarlais is listed in Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He teaches English and journalism at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill.
|opinion - The Passion of Christopher
Monday, September 10, 2007 (16:57:55)
The Passion of Christopher|
by Lisa Milandich
Is it possible that Jesus Christ would approve of Christopher Hitchens’ new article in Newsweek (entitled, “The Dogmatic Doubter,” September 10, 2007)? Our Lord did say, after all, that He despised the lukewarm, “neither hot nor cold,” and Hitchens certainly does not give the appearance of being lukewarm. But what is he in such a red-hot passion about? Poverty? Indifference? Materialism? Why no! The plump provocateur is mad as hell at the cause for sainthood of a little Albanian nun who rose before dawn for over fifty years to pick up and tenderly care for human beings nobody else had the guts to touch. In Hitchens’ scathing indictment of Mother Teresa and what he claims to be a self-serving, hysterical obsession with working off her psychological pathologies he actually calls her “… a confused old lady [who had] for all practical purposes ceased to believe...”
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