From NRO, Robert George on an important pro-life philosopher: Earlier this month, the discipline of philosophy lost one of its finest teachers and the pro-life movement lost one of its most brilliant intellectuals. John M. Dolan, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, died on September 14 after a courageous ten-year battle with prostate…

Pope announces that World Day of the Sick will be held in Australia The World Day of the Sick will bring hundreds of religious leaders and health experts to South Australia from around the globe. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who leads the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, arrived in Adelaide…

This one is a couple of weeks old, but I neglected to blog it at the time – an LA Times examination of the intentions and consquences related to Roe v. Wade Last year, on the fifth anniversary of Blackmun’s death, the opened his papers to the public. His thick files on the abortion cases…

Russian cult leader exploits grieving mothers of Beslan Susanna Dudiyeva and Anneta Gadiyeva, who complained to President Vladimir Putin at a Sept. 2 meeting about the handling of the hostage-taking crisis, joined nine other mothers at the Kosmos hotel last Saturday for a gathering of 400 followers of Grigory Grabovoi. "I believe in the miracle…


Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn was born in 1960, the only child of a now-retired professor of political science, a teacher-librarian-artist mother,deceased since 2001, was a teacher, librarian and artist. The Catholicism comes from her side.

Amy grew up in a number of places - Indiana - Washington, DC - Lubbock Texas - Arlington, Virginia - DeKalb, Illinois - Lawrence, Kansas - and Knoxville, Tennessee, where the family settled in 1973. She attended Knoxville Catholic High School, then the University of Tennessee where she majored in history. She received an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University, where she wrote a thesis on the changing role of women in 19th century American Protestantism, and the ways Scripture was used to justify those changes.

She worked as as a teacher in Catholic high schools and a Parish Director of Religious Education and started writing for the diocesan press - the Florida Catholic - in 1988. Amy has written columns for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service at times over the past twenty years. Her articles have been published in venues ranging from Our Sunday Visitor to the New York Times to Commonweal. She has written 17 books. 18, if you included the as yet tragically unpublished novel.

Amy has five children, ranging in age from 26 to 4 and was married to Michael Dubruiel, who died unexpectedly in February 2009. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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