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Fr. John LoCoco

Fr. John LoCoco serves the faithful of the Holy Family Catholic Community in Fond du Lac, WI. He was born and raised in Elm Grove, the fourth of eight children. After spending five years in Rome, completing degrees in general theological studies and ministering at the U.S. Naval Base in Naples, Italy, Fr. LoCoco was ordained a priest on May 19, 2018, for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He holds a license in Dogmatic Theology and continues to serve as an associate pastor in Fond du Lac. 

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Leticia Ochoa Adams

Leticia Ochoa Adams is a 43-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and loves her family’s three pit bulls. She is a born and raised Texan. She is Hispanic, Catholic, Whole Life, anti-racist and is dedicated to helping people make space in their lives for their own grief or for the grief of those they love. She speaks and writes on parenting, her Catholic faith, learning how to process childhood trauma and suicide loss. She lived the worst day of her life the day that her oldest son Anthony died by suicide, and honors his life by telling people about him and helping others who have also suffered a huge loss.

 

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Dr. Eric DeMeuse

Dr. DeMeuse has a Ph.D. from Marquette University, a B.A. in History and a minor in Latin from Hillsdale College, and an M.A. in Theology from Villanova University. Dr. DeMeuse has experience teaching at Marquette University, Villanova University, and at the high school level at Hillsdale Academy in Michigan. 

 

Dr. DeMeuse brings a tremendous amount of educational leadership, knowledge of youth, and practical administration abilities to his position and is well-suited to fulfill the mission of the school and foster an ideal learning environment for students.

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David Mills

David Mills is the Senior Editor (US) of The Catholic Herald and writes widely for Catholic publications, including the New Oxford Review, OSV, and Commonweal. The editor of a volume titled C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness, he's written Knowing the Real Jesus and Discovering Mary. He served as the editor of Touchstone and the executive editor of First Things and is now the consulting editor for Sacred Architecture.

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Sherry Antonetti


Sherry Antonetti is a published author and freelance writer for multiple Catholic publications.  She works part-time as a public high school teacher and lives with her husband and children just outside of DC. 

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Grace Mazza Urbanski

Grace Mazza Urbanski serves as principal of Christ King Parish School.  Before that, she worked as an English teacher at Brookfield Academy and as the national director of children’s ministry with the Apostleship of Prayer.


Urbanski earned a master’s degree from Marquette University, where she was formerly a lecturer in the English department. She is a Phi Beta Kappa member.

Urbanski is the author of Pray With Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children.


Urbanski and her husband, David, have five children. They live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

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Jennifer Fitz

Jennifer Fitz is a freelance writer, instructor, and sometimes-accountant.  She is the author of The How-to Book of Evangelization: Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You (OSV 2020), and blogger at the National Catholic Register, Patheos, and The Catholic Conspiracy.  

 

She studied international politics and economics at the Institut d’Etudes Politques in Paris, France, and at the University of South Carolina before completing her masters degree in business administration. Find her online at JenniferFitz.com.

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Melanie Bettinelli

Melanie Bettinelli is a native Texan who has a BA in English from the University of Dallas. Twenty years ago she moved to Massachusetts to study Irish literature at Boston College and has never left. She has taught literature and composition as an adjunct professor at Salem State University and Montserrat College of Art but currently is a full-time homeschooler. She is passionate about poetry, good writing, and effective communication. She has blogged for the past fifteen years at The Wine-Dark Sea, writing about literature, faith, family, art, and homeschooling, as well as about shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages and kings. She also talks about pirates, penguins, and the adventures of life with five children with her husband Domenico on their weekly podcast Raising the Betts.

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Br. Joe Hoover, SJ

Joe Hoover, SJ, is a religious brother in the Society of Jesus working in
the arts. As an actor he has appeared off-Broadway off-off Broadway
and in several regional productions. His own plays have been produced
off-off Broadway and regionally. He founded Xavier Theatre and Film to
produce new works in the Catholic arts tradition. His essays and short stories have appeared in several publications
including America, Image, Agni, The Sun, Best Catholic Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. His first book, O Death, Where is Thy Sting? A Meditation on Suffering, came out from Orbis Books in December of 2020. He is the poetry editor at America Magazine, works with Crown Heights Mutual Aid and lives in the Brooklyn Jesuit community.

A quest to rebuild the Catholic writing community. 

Be challenged, be reconciled, and be inspired.

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