Last week, we released our anticipated CATHOLICISM companion study program for middle and high schoolers — The CATHOLICISM Pilgrimage Journal. The program encourages cross-generational conversation and faith sharing between adults and their students or children, all the while moving everyone closer to Christ. Presenting the material in an engaging, compelling and digestible way, author and blogger Amy Welborn tackled the writing of the Journal, which is has benefited greatly from her knowledge, understanding of and enthusiasm for CATHOLICISM the series and Catholicism the faith. We asked Amy some questions about working on the Pilgrimage Journal, and today we share her thoughtful answers with you.
What is your background? How did you start writing professionally?
My background is in education, writing, and parenting. I have an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University. I've taught theology in Catholic high schools and been a parish DRE.
I started writing over twenty years ago when I had a column in The Florida Catholic newspaper. I moved to a Catholic News Service syndicated column specifically for youth, then a general spirituality column for Our Sunday Visitor. I started writing books in 2000 - The Loyola Kids' Book of Saints was my first book, followed by the Prove It series for Our Sunday Visitor. Since then I have written many books for adults and young people, and I have an online presence on my blogs. It's all just a form of communication and teaching, which I enjoy.
What was your familiarity, if any, with Father Barron and/or Word on Fire before you were tapped for this job?
I had been familiar with Father Barron's work long before he produced the Catholicism series. His book, “The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path,” has been very helpful to me. I worked with Word on Fire a couple of years ago to produce the discussion guide for the Conversion series and was delighted to be asked to participate in this project...