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superheroes and saints

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in courageous saints, formidable women | Comments Off on superheroes and saints

I thought I’d share some of the Super Girls and Halos that have filled up my new bulletin board in my new office. It was fun getting to know them!

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Who is Hawaii’s Queen Kapiolani?

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in formidable women | Comments Off on Who is Hawaii’s Queen Kapiolani?

Queen Kapiolani

A. A. Montano – Hawaii state archives. Call Number: PPWD-15-7.024

One of the best things about having written My Badass Book of Saints is the number of people who have contacted me with stories of courage in their families and recommendations of amazing women. We are surrounded by so many courageous people living extraordinary lives!  Reading about Saints new to me and following links to fascinating historical figures delights me.

I recently received an invitation to follow a travel log by Colette Higgins, a long-time listener of Catholic Weekend. Although the show is over, we’ve kept in touch. Colette is a history professor at the University of Hawaii and has embarked on a 59-day pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of Queen Kapiolani’s journey to attend Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Celebration in 1887. Her travel log not only includes the places where Queen Kapiolani went, but also includes churches along the way where Colette and her husband are attending Mass.

Check it out here.

About Queen Kapiolani

Queen Kapiolani has fascinated me. Her great aunt, Chiefess Kapiolani, converted to Christianity in the early part of the 19th century and courageously stood her ground against the challenge of a high priestess. Chefess Kapiolani’s courage in the face of a cultural challenge opened many to conversion. Queen Kapiolani followed in that family tradition of courage in the face of tribulation. She suffered a great deal of personal pain in fractured relationships over the death of a child in her charge, the Crown Prince, especially because she had suffered from several miscarriages and had no living children of her own. Her story speaks to a quiet long-suffering and noble life. I hope you enjoy Colette’s entries as much as I do.

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Super Sale all Week at Ave Maria Press [updated!]

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in courageous saints, formidable women, reviews | Comments Off on Super Sale all Week at Ave Maria Press [updated!]




Day 2 code: MERCY15


Get your shopping on!sale

click on picture to go to website

Please note my tiny little book is nestled in there between some other awesome titles! At these prices, get them all!

I’ll update each day’s code here.

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a conversation about saints and stuff

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in courageous saints, formidable women | Comments Off on a conversation about saints and stuff

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jared Dees from Ave Maria Press today. I got to share a little bit about myself and my family, and talk about some of my favorite Saints and courageous women featured in My Badass Book of Saints.

It was great fun — especially getting to talk with Jared face-to-face. I’m having so much fun with this project — I just wanted to tell some stories. I did, but more than that, I’m getting to meet some wonderful people. I’m blessed!

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happy halloween!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in courageous saints, formidable women, fun | 4 comments

Amidst threats of giving un-costumed teens treats of root vegetables for Halloween, I took the badass saints quiz a couple of dozen times so I could get Nancy Wake and dress up, too.

I figured that if I cheated to get this:

Nancy Wake


So I could pretend to be this:



Then I’d replace this (seriously, who thought it’s a great idea? we’d get egged!):



With a real treat — regardless of the kids’ sizes.


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The Feast of St. Teresa of Avila — and a special offer

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in formidable women | 4 comments


Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila. She’s the very first saint I talk about in my book — a love/hate relationship when I was young and my mother dragged me to her Teresiana school reunions.

I rediscovered St. Teresa a few years ago when I was looking for a patron saint. I wanted a saint that was formidable, strong, and matched a lot of my personal interests. Imagine my surprise to discover the same  St. Teresa of Avila whom I had rolled my eyes at and thought was too holy to emulate could be a friend to me. My favorite story about her reminds me of my own shenanigans as a child. She ran away with her brother to fight the Moors — hoping she’d be beheaded and made a martyr.

Ok, well, maybe I wasn’t thinking of martyrdom, but adventure — yes!

Ave Maria Press and I invite you to pre-order a copy of the book today in honor of St. Teresa of Avila. With your purchase you’ll get a PDF of chapter one, which includes my story about St. Teresa. You’ll be able to use this code through the month of October!

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