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Ellyn von Huben

Ellyn von Huben is a native of Wisconsin, and has never lived more than five miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. She has a degree in art history from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Married just a month after graduation, Ellyn devoted many years to motherhood and family life, emerging as a matriarch of a family of eight plus a few extras who have found a home in her heart, flophouse concierge, and headmistress of an excruciatingly exclusive school (i.e., a homeschooling mom whose home always had room for one more.)

Fascinated with the Catholic faith since her childhood, Ellyn, her husband, four children (plus one in utero) were received into the Catholic Church in May of 1988.  Never one to keep her opinions to herself, her interests in the Church, family issues, and an eclectic array of topics led to her branching out into blogging, writing, and speaking. 

Ellyn lives in the suburbs of Chicago, and still has her ‘day job’ as an administrative assistant in a large Catholic parish on Chicago’s North Shore.


Ellyn von Huben Latest Blog Posts

The Suffering Lamb of God

by Ellyn von Huben . April 11, 2017 . 2 Comments

With this being Holy Week, my mind is drawn to the exquisite Tenebrist painting by Francisco de Zurbarán — “Agnus Dei” (or “Lamb of God.”) It’s not surprising that I would be dr...

Why the Feast of the Presentation is More Important Than You Think

by Ellyn von Huben . February 02, 2017 . 0 Comments

"Down with the rosemary,and so Down with the bays and mistletoeDown with the holly, ivy, all,Wherewith ye dress'd the Christmas Hall" — Ceremony upon Candlemas Eve by Robert Herrick There is one mor...

St. Vincent de Paul and the Tricky Balance Between Frugality and Charity

by Ellyn von Huben . September 27, 2016 . 2 Comments

Repurposing has become a popular term.  It does have a certain je ne sais quoi that “reusing for a different purpose” or “wearing a hand me down” does not.  I am currently repurposing a ...

The Doctor of the Church Who Was There at My Birth

by Ellyn von Huben . August 01, 2016 . 0 Comments

I’ve shared my conversion story before, but this time I should really go directly back to the beginning. In the words of Charles Dickens: “Chapter 1: I am Born.” I was born in March 1955 at St...

How to Achieve the Martha/Mary Balance

by Ellyn von Huben . July 29, 2016 . 0 Comments

Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Mar...