Mary Farrow

Mary Farrow

Mary Farrow worked as a staff writer for Catholic News Agency until 2020. She has a degree in journalism and English education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Articles by Mary Farrow

‘Restless Heart’: In new book, Catholic woman shares struggle to understand her sexuality

Oct 10, 2020 / 02:36 am

By the age of 18, Kim Zember was leading what she called a double life.

'They inspire us every day': Carmelite sisters serve women with disabilities in new home

Oct 5, 2020 / 02:01 am

When asked what life is like in a new home for women with intellectual disabilities, run by the Carmelite sisters in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Sr. M. Rose Therese laughs affectionately.

What the Catholic legal tradition has to offer the United States

Oct 4, 2020 / 16:11 pm

The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court would make her, if confirmed, the sixth Roman Catholic on the nine-person court.

St. Therese Parish in Utah ‘overwhelmed’ with support after statue vandalism

Oct 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

Two weeks after vandals toppled a statue of St. Therese at a Catholic parish in Utah, the parish said it has been overwhelmed by support and generosity from the Catholic community, both locally and globally, as it celebrates the feast of its patron saint.

Know some excellent parishes of the pandemic? There's an award for that

Sep 23, 2020 / 03:00 am

The Parish Excellence Awards this year are specifically focused on innovation during the pandemic

The Lamp: Why these Catholics are creating a print magazine in a digital age

Sep 22, 2020 / 02:01 am

When Thomas Earnest Bradley wrote and edited The Lamp, a 19th century British Catholic periodical, he did so largely from his cell in debtors’ prison, “that horrible institution that existed in those days.”

Invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’ 

Sep 16, 2020 / 15:08 pm

In the second known instance in the United States, a man who believed himself to be a validly baptized Catholic and ordained priest had to “re-receive” all of his sacraments, including ordination, after discovering that his baptism was invalid.

West coast Catholic charities prep for long-haul recovery from wildfires

Sep 15, 2020 / 16:11 pm

In areas prone to wildfires, there are three evacuation warning levels.

‘Give voice to the pain’: New Catholic ministry seeks to help adult children of divorce

Sep 12, 2020 / 15:51 pm

Snuffy the Snuffleupagus’ parents were supposed to have divorced in 1992. The brown, fuzzy Muppet-quasi-mammoth, a beloved feature character on the PBS show Sesame Street, was going to chronicle his experience of the split in an episode intended to address a difficult topic with children.

Mundelein seminary accepts nominations for 'hero priests' of the pandemic

Sep 7, 2020 / 05:01 am

In a photo from this spring, Fr. Bobby Krueger dons a black beanie, thick grey gloves, and a jacket with a hood over his clerics.

Dealing with grief in a time of coronavirus

Sep 2, 2020 / 16:03 pm

In normal times - when there is not a global pandemic - Linda Dyson assists Catholics at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, Georgia with pastoral care ministries, which are for people who are experiencing some kind of spiritual, emotional, or physical need.

'The rug was pulled from under us': Catholics fight Wisconsin county ban on in-person school

Aug 27, 2020 / 17:01 pm

Twice a week for three months, the administration of St. Ambrose Academy in Wisconsin met with Dane County public health officials to ensure that they would be ready to reopen at the start of the school year - which was supposed to happen this week.

Reader punched in the face at Sunday Mass in Philadelphia; motive unknown

Aug 24, 2020 / 16:00 pm

During the 11 a.m. Mass on Aug. 23, which was being livestreamed, two female readers concluded their readings and were walking back to their pews, when a woman from the congregation assaulted one of them, yelling and punching her twice in the face.

Wildfires wreaking ‘profound damage’ in multiple California dioceses

Aug 22, 2020 / 02:34 am

As wildfires rage across California, scorching more than 700,000 acres of land in multiple dioceses and killing at least four people, Catholics are asking for prayers and offering resources to the displaced.

'Go to Joseph': Diocese of Lafayette kicks off Year of St Joseph

Aug 20, 2020 / 02:01 am

He’s been called Terror of Demons, but even St. Joseph has to adhere to some coronavirus restrictions. The Diocese of Lafayette was going to kick off their Year of St. Joseph a couple months ago, but coronavirus restrictions bumped the celebration to this past weekend.

Eucharist processed through torn-up downtown of Wisconsin’s capital

Aug 18, 2020 / 02:29 am

Two-and-a-half months after violent rioters wreaked havoc on State Street in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, smashing in windows and looting 75 stores, a different kind of gathering took place.

Eden Invitation: A Catholic ministry ‘beyond the LGBT paradigm’

Aug 16, 2020 / 15:42 pm

Shannon Ochoa remembers recognizing that she was attracted to women from a pretty young age.

Flannery O'Connor should be studied, not cancelled, scholar tells Loyola leaders

Aug 6, 2020 / 05:00 am

Professor Angela Alaimo O’Donnell has studied Flannery O’Connor, an American Catholic author from the South, rather extensively. She wrote a book on O’Connor’s treatment of racial issues specifically, entitled “Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor.”

How Natural Family Planning is spreading in West Africa

Aug 1, 2020 / 13:46 pm

In countries throughout Western Africa, the most common religions are Islam and Catholicism. Both of these religions reject the use of artificial means of birth control, such as condoms or birth control pills.

Catholic retreat center converts to coronavirus quarantine site

Aug 1, 2020 / 05:01 am

In Washington state, one of the first coronavirus hotspots in the United States, an empty Catholic retreat center will temporarily transform into a quarantine facility for coronavirus patients, the Diocese of Spokane has announced.