My new book, Great American-Catholic Eulogies, reflects my lifelong interest in both story telling and religious thought. It’s a personal history of American-Catholicism told through the lives of significant men and women — from colonial times to today. Their stories are revealed in eulogies and printed In Memoriam tributes, and in the prefaces I wrote for each one to place the subject in his or her era.
The deceased represent a broad range of American-Catholic ethnicity; their contributions were in social, public, church or military service, or through art, music, literature, media, and sports. I want to reintroduce these fascinating people to readers who may have forgotten — or never known — the extent of how Catholics have left their mark on America.
My prior book is Momma’s Enchanted Supper & Other Stories for the Long Evenings of Advent and I have contributed to two essay collections: Christmas Presence: Twelve Gifts That Were More Than They Seemed and Diamond Presence: Twelve Stories of Finding God at the Old Ball Park. My articles have appeared in the Miami and Chicago metropolitan dailies, and my screenplay, Pure Beholding, had a brief happy life as first place winner in a Texas screenwriting competition before dying peacefully, never produced. Before all that, I majored in journalism at Drake and did graduate studies in folklore at Creighton and Kansas Universities.
I live with my husband Stan Reinisch in Ocean Ridge, FL, and we spend hurricane season in Evanston, IL. Our ten grandchildren come and go.