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Jill and James Sherk converted separately to Catholicism, though both came by way of a methodical approach, combined with a final leap of faith. Jill was raised by her grandmother and aunt in … more
Deep peace, the kind that transforms the soul and ripples outward into the world, is not guaranteed in this life. Benedictine Sister Dolores Dean knows what it’s like to obtain such a gift, to lose … more
There is a Latin phrase, via media, or, middle road, used by the Church of England to describe its balancing act between Catholicism and Protestant denominations after the Reformation. John and … more
“I was always very curious about their lives,” said Daughter of St. Paul Sister Laura Fidelis Nolin about her early encounters with religious sisters in Vermont. She grew up in Newport, a small … more
There is nothing quite like cleaning a machete wound to make you realize you are not in Virginia anymore. For Laura Shaw, this was just one of the skills she acquired during a mission trip to … more
All Saints parishioner Richard Quintana, former vice president of SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) in McLean, had a successful career in the U.S. Air Force and the private sector … more
When I enter Ana Bonilla-Galdamez's office for our scheduled interview, she is on the phone discussing the deportation hearing for one of her students at Charles Barrett Elementary School in … more
Giving back to the community has always been important to St. Mary of Sorrows parishioner Bill Crowder, a former colonel who served 26 years in the U.S. Army. Raised in Alabama as “a good Southern … more
Terry McCarthy doesn’t look his age. At 80, he has a full head of hair with just a few traces of gray, and he has the slim physique of a runner — which he is. While most men of his age are … more
Every afternoon after lunch, Mary Wehman sits down at a table in her sunroom with a roll of stamps and an address book and picks up a pen. For the next three hours she’ll fill pages of cursive for … more
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