Wife, Mom, Teacher, Friend, Sister, Daughter, Bioethicist, Bookworm, Secular Discalced Carmelite – I could be described by many titles. However, the cord that links them all together- the very substance of my being is my Catholic Faith. As a homeschooling mom to 8 effervescent, dynamic kids, I see life as an exquisite journey, full of joy and challenge. Increasingly I find my personal pilgrimage to be deeply influenced by line 54 of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Ut Unum Sint, in which the Holy Father declared that “the Church must breathe with her two lungs.” I invite you to join me on this sojourn of faith, as I endeavor to reflect and magnify the glory of God, and rejoice in God my Savior.


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  1. I went on line looking for a photographer for my upcoming ordination. I was looking for the guy that was the official photographer for the Milwaukee’s ordination because the other photographers we were looking at fell through. All my class mates are the ones ordained this past Saturday. I will be ordained next Saturday May 26 at St. Josaphat Basilica. As an amateur photographer, the few pictures I saw that you had taken were wonderful. I was wondering if I could hire you or entice you to takes pictures at my ordination. Or may be you could direct me to a good photographer. If you need to reference me, you can talk with Fr. Ryan Pruess.

    • Deacon Friar Hans,

      Congratulations on your upcoming ordination. We were at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral a year ago for your ordination to the transitional diaconate. You have been in our prayers since then and will remain so. God Bless You! Thank you for giving your live to God and serving His Bride the Church in such a profound manner.

      Thank you also for your kind words. Most of these photos were taken by by 11- year old daughter. She, Kenny and I are the primary photographers for this site. I would love to offer the gift of photos for your ordination. I’ll e-mail you privately and see if the timing may be feasible.

      Thank you again for your commitment to God. Your entire class is comprised of awesome, faithful men. Our Church is truly in good hands. May the Holy spirit fill you with His abundant blessings.

      ad Jesum per Mariam,

      Mary Anne

  2. Hi Mary Anne, my name is Jenny. I am the founder of a website for Catholic women, Suscipio (www.suscipio4women.com). I have enjoyed looking around your blog tonight. I’d like to invite you to guest post over at Suscipio. Contact me and I’ll get you all the details.

  3. Hi Mary Anne: Just noticed you have “400” years instead of “500” for the anniversary of St. Teresa’s birth. Thanks for the posting. Maureen

    • Thank you Jim. It is a blessing and a privilege to be able to do it. I regret not having had the time to post anything recently. But hope to post more soon.


      ad Jesum per Mariam,
      M.A. JMJ

  4. Thanks for your reply sweetheart, I’ve spent hours already today reading some of your posts.
    I was telling my sweetie, mother of seven all you have posted and still don’t know how you do it.
    Do you have an email you use or is this what Is should use. I help home school five kids here in Mayville and I might have a question or two if you don’t mind.

    Grandpa V. or Jim

  5. Good morning, Mary Anne,

    Greeting from cold and windy Massachusetts from a fellow Secular. I came across your blog just now while doing some research for a book on the Carmelite saints I am writing. Lovely posts and photos. Thank you!
    May God bless you and all your family.

    Cindy Montanaro, OCDS.

    • Good Evening, Cindy. It is a pleasure to meet you! Best wishes with the book. It’s been a bit since I’ve written on this particular blog. Thank you for the kind words. God bless you and your, Ad Jesum per Mariam, Mary Anne

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