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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

Catholic Candlemas and Punxsutawney Phil

by Ellyn von Huben . February 02, 2018 . 1 Comments

Before your neighbors say a single word or throw a little shade . . . let me tell you: you don’t need to have those Christmas decorations down so soon. Well, you have until February 2. Just wish everyone &ldqu...

What St. Tony Really Wants You to Find

by Ellyn von Huben . June 13, 2017 . 0 Comments

I hadn’t been a Catholic too long when I had my first opportunity to implore the intercession of St. Anthony for help in finding something lost. Not that I was totally sold on the idea that I could I ask a saint to...

Our Lady of Fatima and Coincidences

by Ellyn von Huben . May 12, 2017 . 11 Comments

Much like Flannery O’Connor, I have a distrust for stories of pious children. But in my quirky and occasionally pious childhood, I did have a great liking for two cinematic stories of our Blessed Mother and her app...

Bring Flowers to the Fairest

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

"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now.  It's just a spring clean for the May Queen.”   Those of us living in the Midwestern United States have had a springtime in which it really f...

The Suffering Lamb of God

by Ellyn von Huben . April 11, 2017 . 3 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...