Settling Into The New Look

My wife asked me why I changed the blog look. I still don’t like the big list of pages at the top, but at least it’s not obscuring the design. And readers have more organization for some of our topics here. So there’s that. I often wonder how this all looks on pads and smartphones. I have yet to acquire either, and it’s hard for me to imagine not having a physical keyboard on which to type. (The clicking of keys is so pleasing.)

I still have a few openings for this year’s Two Weeks of Worthy Women. Last year’s series is here.

I do like the cleaner look of those archived posts, like on that link.

Getting back to the women, that series will kick off a week from Friday, continuing daily with what I think will be interesting and informative mini-biographies of women who suffered deprivation of religious freedom, sometimes at the hands of the very Church to which they showed devotion, loyalty, and love.

A few guest writers will be providing posts. I hope to organize them a bit better this year, giving you a Brit on June 22nd, a Canadian on July 1st, and finishing off with a worthy American on Independence Day. I plan to include one or two Biblical heroines, plus a few women from outside Roman Catholicism.

Any suggestions?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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7 Responses to Settling Into The New Look

  1. Your site served me well as I had to select some readings for my dad’s funeral. Thank you.

  2. John McGrath says:

    Frances Perkins.

  3. Liam says:

    Well, intramurally, I suggest:

    1. St Angela Merici, founder of the Ursulines. The Ursulines were as significant a development in history as the Franciscans or Jesuits.

    2. St Jane Frances de Chantal.

    3. The Carmelite martyrs of Compiègne (July is always a good time to remember them). I had to go searching for the best online essay for background about them (including connecting the French Carmelites with the Spanish influence), and oddly can now only find it at freerepublic:

  4. Todd says:

    Thanks, all. Frances Perkins: for sure. Besides Liam’s list, these: Katharine Drexel, Marcella Pattyn, Jeanne Jugan, Hadewijch of Brabant, Marie Marguerite D’Youville, Mildred Nevile, and Judith Fenyvesi. Need three more.

  5. LIam says:

    A couple of extramural suggestions:

    Jane Addams

    Harriet Tubman (this is the centenary of the famous raid:, and there’s a nice Rochester connection.


    Eunice Kennedy Shriver (with her sister, Rosemary…): I contend the lives of these Kennedy sisters made more of a difference to more people (people with mental and then other disabilities and their families) than perhaps any other members of the Kennedy clan. While it’s difficult to attribute as much agency to Rosemary as perhaps you envision for this series, hers was a life with immense consequence nevertheless (when she had agency, she reportedly was prone to using it) and fruitfulness in that.

  6. LIam says:


    The additions would NOT fulfill the criteria. COnsider that a brainfart.

    So, extramurally:

    Anne Hutchinson would qualify.

    Mary Dyer too.

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