Rowan WIlliams’ letter, as reported by Ruth Gledhill: Rowan Williams has at last issued his letter to the primates in the wake of The Episcopal Church general convention, as TimesOnline reports on its front page. Never again can anyone accuse him of failing to give leadership, or of not speaking plainly. Read the six-page commination…

Jody Bottum at First Things today: After four years in the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II, he settled down to become a writer—quickly establishing himself as the “boy wonder” whose radio plays were enormously popular in Australia. A pair of novels, Gallows on the Sand and Kunda, somewhat uneasily combined artsy pretensions with…

Vaticanista Sandro Magister on hints of things to come: Among the prelates of the Roman curia present at the concert were Marini and Liberto. But Benedict XVI’s attention was entirely dedicated to maestro Bartolucci – a vigorous 89 years old, – his choir, and the superb quality of their performances. The pope defined these as…

Here’s the text of the DIocese of Saginaw’s implementation of the GIRM, just sent out by Bishop Carlson. Oh, and the "Saginaw Blessing?" Buh-bye. Done very well, with the proper context of sound catechesis. The Saginaw blessing: The Saginaw blessing was started by Bishop Untener shortly after his arrival in late 1980. Everyone in the…


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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