A Catalyst for Catholic Writing

With a vision to create synergy among local and regional Catholic authors, Denise Montgomery founded the Catholic Writer’s of St. Louis Group. This effort to share information and encouragement provided networking and friendship opportunities for us fellow Catholic “word nerds.” As her responsibilities with homeschooling and with the formation of the St. Stephen Speech and Debate Club grew, Denise needed to step away from leadership of CWSTL. She was preparing to just dissolve the group and remove the website. I asked her if I could try to take the baton and carry it on in some manner. I knew my time would be extraordinarily limited,  but felt that this link among Catholic authors was worth whatever small steps I could offer to maintain it. In that spirit, I’m here to plant 3 tiny seeds and we can see what grows.

Seed #1:  The Catholic Writer’s Guild Live Conference 

With this conference being as close as Chicago, it is an opportunity you may seriously want to consider. Click on the link and get all the details. It is not too late to sign up. It is such a tremendous chance to gain insights to improve your craft, and to establish your platform using modern marketing mechanisms. Networking with authors at all stages of the writing journey, some highly established and others just emerging, is a rare and precious moment of community for we, often solitary, author types. The theme is The Catholic Imagination…something very dear to my heart. Perhaps yours too? I’ll be there and I’d love to hang out with you. If you can’t make it to the conference, I encourage you to be an active member of the Guild and join the Guild’s fun and informative Facebook group. Check out the Guild website and see what you think.

Seed #2: VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA

Dandelion seeds on stemA little over a year and a half ago, God laid a task on my heart…to create a mechanism to enable the work of talented Catholic authors to be discovered and enjoyed by a more mainstream audience. To somehow maximize the power of faith and virtue-rich storytelling to gently evangelize hearts and effectively renew culture. Gradually this work is taking shape in the non-profit ministry of Virtue Works Media. Click the link above and get a look at the preliminary informational website. Click Virtue Works Media Sneak Peek to see a brief video that gives more depth to what the ministry will do. By creating a highly searchable on-line list of quality titles, VWM will make virtue the new standard in reading and entertainment. This fall I will be engaged in some full-throttle fundraising. Creating a Catholic hybrid of Goodreads and Common Sense Media is expensive. If you know someone of means who wants to make an effective Catholic difference in our often spiritually empty and morally misguided culture, please help me connect with them. Email me at CatherineCGilmore@outlook.com. Please also pray for this effort, for the sake of your own writing success and for the sake of the souls that will be blessed by our combined efforts.

Seed #3: Catholic Writers of STL

Trying to establish a ministry of the magnitude of Virtue Works Media is not possible without the help of many hands. One way you might be inspired to help is to take on the role of shepherding this little CWSTL group and blog. I did not want to just let it disappear, but it is obvious that I can not do it justice while I’m building the foundation for Virtue Works Media. Please get in touch with me if this is something you feel nudged by God to do. Otherwise, I will continue to allow it to rest a while, like Sleeping Beauty, awaiting the kiss from our beloved Lord to reawaken it.

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I’m Cathy Gilmore, local St. Louis author, editor, ministry founder and virtue advocate. I’m currently the humble guide for the Catholic Writers of St.Louis. You can find out more about me at http://www.CatherineCGilmore.com or follow me on Twitter @PowerofParable. I’m convinced that the Holy Spirit can use the power of virtue tucked in a story to renew the face of the earth.

For a Greater Purpose (Book Review)

In Zip Rzeppa’s autobiography, For a Greater Purpose, we witness strong family bonds and the pain of familial change; athleticism and physical ailments; career advancements and disappointments; romance and heartbreak; and deep, loving spirituality to which there is no flip-side, for it is the ultimate fulfillment. Zip Rzeppa’s life journey tale inspires. He shows his readers how openness to God’s graces can create a beautiful life portrait! A great read that may help the reader find his own purpose in life.

Zip

Local Book Signings! Legendary Locals of St. Charles by Don and Dianna Graveman

Legendary Locals of St. Charles by Don and Dianna Graveman
Legendary Locals
You are invited to attend upcoming book signings by local authors, Don and Dianna Graveman.

 

Saturday, March 26th:
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Main Street Books, 103 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO

Saturday, April 2nd:
1:00 to 3:00

Coffee House Mornings

Coffee House Morning
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I don’t know about you, but a coffee-house-kind-of-morning five to six times a year helps keep my writer’s heart alive. Typically, at our CWStL meetings, we start with some hellos (and hugs), a few minutes of prayer, and catching up on “business” (contests, conferences, and other news and notifications). Then we share what we’ve been reading and writing and discuss many other topics, always centered in our identity as Catholic artists.

So, thank you, fellow CWStL members for sharing your Faith, struggles, accomplishments, minds, and hearts with our group, and for helping me personally persevere in the writing aspects of my world!

Book Signing this Saturday!

“Product Description

  • Blessed Are The Stressed: Secrets to a Happy Heart from a Crabby Mystic
  • Down-to-earth style coupled with wisdom and wit
  • Reflections on each beatitude leading to a new and deeper understanding
  • Thought-provoking questions to help readers make honest life applications

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Why does the search for happiness feel so elusive–just beyond our reach? How can we find true happiness in our often complicated and stressful lives? Let the crabby mystic show you how blessed are the stressed, grouchy, and grumpy-for they too can learn the secrets of a happy heart! We can be our true selves and follow Jesus in the world today.

Blessed Are the Stressed can help you find the opportunities for deeper happiness that lurk all around you. Best-selling author Sr. Mary Lea Hill helps you delve deeper into the beatitudes, our special passageways to joy, and unlocks their secrets for a happy life. You will find yourself smiling, if not laughing out loud, at her unique insights into the would-be blessings hidden in the ups and downs of everyday life.

Down-to-earth and insightful, this latest volume from the author of Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic can take you farther along the path of being more whole and holy, despite yourself!” (The Catholic Company)

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CATHOLIC GIFTS AND BOOKS invites you to come by and meet Sister Mary Lee Hill on Saturday, February 20th between 11 am and 1 pm.

Sister Lea will share insights from her latest book, a collection of short, down to earth and insightful essays that explore the beatitudes as special passageways to joy and the secret for a happy life. With her signature dry wit and offbeat wisdom. Sister Lea will take you farther along the path of being more whole and holy despite yourself.

If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy, please call 314-469-6700 and we will reserve your copy for you!

THE AQUINAS AWARD FOR FICTION

The Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee invites publishers of Christian fiction to submit titles for the Aquinas Award for fiction.

Any title published since January 1st 2015 qualifies.

Deadline for receipt of all titles is July 1st 2016.

The award will be presented at a conference at Aquinas College on Saturday, September 17, 2015.

Apart from the specially designed plaque, a cash award of $1,000 will be presented to the winning author.

The entries will be judged by a panel of five independent judges appointed by Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture. Professor Pearce will not be one of the judges and will have no say in the final decision.

Books should be sent to Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37205.

Read more here! Contest Info.