About the Authors/Editors

Patti Maguire Armstrong met her husband Mark in the Marshall Islands, Micronesia where they were both Peace Corps volunteers. They live in North Dakota and are the parents of ten children, eight boys and two girls, including two adopted orphans from Kenya. Patti has degrees in social work and psychology and a master’s in public administration. She worked in these fields before staying home fulltime to raise her children. Writing began as her hobby, here and there, between kids’ naps.

 As a freelance writer, Patti wrote for both secular and religious newspapers and magazines. She has authored nine books, including: Dear God, I don’t get it! (Bezalel Books), Catholic Truths for Our Children (Scepter Publishers) as a guide to help parents pass on their Catholic faith, and served as the managing editor and co-author of the Catholic best-selling Amazing Grace book series (Ascension Press). Patti has been a guest on EWTN’s “Live” program with Father Mitch Pacwa and twice on Doug Keck’s “Bookmark” program and on Catholic Radio programs around the country. She contributes articles to The Integrated Catholic Life and Catholic Exchange E-Magazines. Her website is http://www.raisingcatholickids.com/

To invite Patti to speak at to your group contact her at pattiarmstrong@bis.midco.net .

Theresa A. Thomas is a happy Catholic, wife of David, and homeschooling mother of nine living children, ages five to 22, and five babies in heaven. She is feels blessed to be a cancer survivor and have a second chance at life. She met her excellent amateur golfer husband (who actually played in the British Amateur years ago, brag, brag) on the putting green of a golf course. When he introduced himself she did not make the putt.

Theresa has a father and many brothers and sisters who golf, two siblings-in-law who are PGA golf pros and a father-in-law who coached the Notre Dame golf team for many years. Don’t let that fool you. She still pretends to be taking a practice swing when she whiffs the ball regularly, and after more than 24 years still tries to hit her shot when her husband is looking the other way. While she is not looking for a career on the course any time soon, she does enjoy joining her husband there when they can sneak away. What does he say of her golf ability? “Good thing she can teach…and write.”

Theresa is a columnist (“Everyday Catholic”) for Today’s Catholic News, a contributor to The Integrated Catholic Life E-magazine and occasional freelance writer and speaker. Her work has appeared the National Catholic Register, Michiana Family Magazine, Catholic Exchange, Family Foundations, home school newsletters and other national and local publications. She was a story contributor to Amazing Grace for Mothers, Amazing Grace for Fathers, Amazing Grace for Families (Ascension Press).

 Theresa is used to noise (mostly happy but not always), messes and laughter, having grown up the oldest of 13 children. She graduated magna cum laude from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN with a BA in English writing, and minors in business and American history. Theresa is owner and administrator of Ora et Labora Catholic home-education message board, and was appointed by former Fort Wayne/South Bend IN Bishop John D’Arcy to serve as a member of St. Joseph High School Board of Education and Catholic identity sub-committee in 2003. She has been home schooling since the mid 1990s.

Catholic education and curriculum, fitness, healthy living, saints, homemaking, reading, and assisting her husband and children reach their goals are Theresa’s primary interests. She enjoys helping her husband raise chickens and grow organic vegetables…and kids.

To invite Theresa to speak to your group contact her here: TheresaThomasEveryDayCatholic@gmail.com

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