Welcome to A Catholic Moment!
My name is Laura Kazlas and I’m the creator and founder of A Catholic Moment. Catholics read a lot of different things on the internet these days, but this website is a place for Catholics to read, reflect, and discuss the daily readings for Mass. Our website is run entirely by a group of volunteer writers who have a genuine love for the scriptures that we have for Mass every day. I personally was raised as a non-believer, but came to believe in God when I was 12 years old and was baptized because of the words in sacred scripture. I later became a Catholic because of the Mass. The first time my husband took me to Mass, I thought it was the most holy, beautiful sense of worshiping God that I had ever experienced. I still do. My husband John and I have been married for 30 years. We have a son, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a cat. I currently serve as the program coordinator for Catholic ministry at a men’s prison in Salem, Oregon in the USA, and also at the Prison Ministry Office in the Archdiocese of Portland.
Author Bob Garvey lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in religious education and has been an active leader in the Catholic charismatic renewal for forty years. After retiring as a high school teacher, he began to write daily commentaries on the Church’s liturgical readings and other topics relevant to Catholic spirituality. He is married to Linda, has three daughters and four grandchildren.
Carolyn Berghuis, MS, ND, CTN
Hello! My name is Carolyn Berghuis. I am a board certified traditional naturopath, founder of Trinity Holistic Wellness and creator of The L.I.V.E. Method (Love is Victorious Everywhere) and modality that brings about resolution through forgiveness and acceptance. My husband, Scott, and I have been married over 25 years. We enjoy a rich and wonderful life together with three children and five grandchildren! Then there are our beloved family dogs who also bring much joy into our lives. We live in Carmel Indiana in the USA and are parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. I enjoy often participation in daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration where Christ sweeps me away. I hold several degrees and am currently pursuing a Masters in Pastoral Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. I believe forgiveness is the cornerstone to emotional healing and you will see this reflected often in my writing. In addition to my writing, my work as a Naturopath, the continued creation of The L.I.V.E. Method Transformational Retreats (TheLIVEMethod.com) and related materials, and my family life, I enjoy being an inspirational speaker, especially when speaking on the topic of faith and forgiveness.
Dan McFeely is a Carmel, Indiana, writer, communications business owner, book editor and a former professional journalist at The Indianapolis Star. A “cradle Catholic” who once felt the call to the Priesthood, he is now happily married to his wife, Sue, and enjoys spending time with his three granddaughters (and two cats). For the past decade, Dan has worked as an Adult Faith Formation Minister, currently serving as a spiritual director for the men’s and women’s Christ Renews His Parish program at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Carmel. He is a graduate of the Ecclesial Lay Ministry program offered by the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana through St. Joseph’s College; and has studied theology as a student at Marian University. He previously studied journalism and political science at Indiana University. Currently, Dan loves to read and study the Catholic faith on a daily basis. He is particularly fond of the works of Thomas Merton and modern day scholars and theologians.
My name is Joe LaCombe, and I am a writer in Indianapolis, Indiana in the USA. My amazing wife Kristy and I have been married for 15 years and we have an awesome little boy, Joseph, who is in 1st Grade! We are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carmel, Indiana where we volunteer with Adult Faith Formation, most recently with the marriage enrichment ministries. To see adults, and married couples embrace the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a beautiful thing, and being able to tap into my experiences and bring the message of God to people through the written word is a passion of mine. I am an avid runner! I love to run and be out in the nature that God created, so you will find me running not only on sunny days, but rainy days, and even snow! I love to train for and compete in distance races, and find a deep spirituality in running, and I see distinct parallels between running and spirituality and life. I am excited and extremely blessed to be able to contribute to this website and look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences!
John Ciribassi, DVM, Dipl. ACVB
Hello! My name is John Ciribassi. I live in Carol Stream, IL in the USA. My wife Elise and I are parishioners at Corpus Christ Catholic Church. We have two adult daughters. One lives in Washington DC and the other attends Cornell University in New York state. My wife and I are both veterinarians, and my specialty is in animal behavior. I attended college and veterinary school in Illinois, where I met my wife who is from the Chicago area, and the rest is history! My hobbies include Racquetball, Off Road Motorcycle Riding, Hiking and Camping. I have never written reflections before and look forward to the opportunity to offer what little insight I have on the scriptures. But I have always felt that the scriptures can speak for themselves. My job is just to shine a little light on them for people who maybe don’t have the time to look into the readings deeply. I hope you enjoy and find value in my writings. I certainly am grateful for the opportunity.
Julie Young is an award-winning writer and author from Indianapolis, Indiana in the USA, whose work has been seen in Today’s Catholic Teacher, The Catholic Moment, and National Catholic Reporter. She is the author of nine books including: A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin, The CYO in Indianapolis and Central Indiana and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism. She is a graduate of Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis and holds degrees in writing and education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She can be found online at www.julieyoungfreelance.com
Mary Ortwein recently graduated with a Masters of Pastoral Theology degree from Saint Meinrad School of Theology in the US. She is a former teacher, but currently serves as a licensed clinical therapist in a non-profit agency. Mary and her staff provide relationship classes, therapy and educational materials to people in need, regardless of their ability to pay. Author of several secular programs to teach relationship skills, she now focuses her attention on writing articles that help people foster a deeper relationship with God. For many years Mary went to Mass, but felt like her heart really wasn’t in it. God seemed far away and her faith was not very strong. However, by questioning her faith more deeply, she discovered “the joy of the Gospel” and the strength and support of the Catholic Church. Mary is now very active in her parish. She serves as a Eucharistic minister and the coordinator of her parish’s Respect Life Ministry, and is an active member of a parish prayer group. She is a widow and the mother of two adult children and grandmother to their children. She lives in Frankfort, Kentucky in the USA.
My name is Bob Burford and am married to my lovely bride, Anna. I am a cradle Catholic and worship and serve at Saint Paul’s Catholic Chuch in Saint Petersburg, Florida. I am active in the Knights of Columbus and a non denominational Cursillo movement called Via de Cristo. I have six grandchildren and one great grandson.
Despite being a professional writer and editor for over 15 years, Steven Marsh is more-or-less winging it when it comes to writing about matters of faith. Steven entered the church in 2005, and since then he’s been involved with various ministries, including Pre-Cana marriage prep for engaged couples, religious education for kindergarteners, and Stephen Ministry’s one-on-one caregiving. Steven lives in Indiana with his wife and son. Despite having read the entirety of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he’s still surprised at elements he rediscovers or reflects upon in new ways. The more Steven learns about the faith, the less he feels he knows; he’s keen to emphasize that any mistakes are his own.