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

Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

Jan 2, 2016 / 06:59 am

Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep's milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters.

Metal coils and furious women: The story behind a controversial birth control

Dec 31, 2015 / 17:35 pm

Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Here’s what Bishop Conley sees as the purpose of education

Dec 30, 2015 / 16:59 pm

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree.

Young people are smoking more pot than ever – and why that's a bad thing

Dec 28, 2015 / 12:02 pm

When Amendment 64 legalized the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 in Colorado, Dr. Christopher Thurstone’s work became even more complex.

A gruesome accident, a powerful faith – one Catholic couple's story

Dec 26, 2015 / 07:14 am

It was a cold December day in Nebraska, and Ashley Stevens was riding in a car with four other women.

Dating apps and the death of romance

Dec 23, 2015 / 07:14 am

This September's issue of Vanity Fair contains a pretty disheartening prediction for single people: the “dating apocalypse,” brought on by wildly popular dating apps like “Tinder,” is upon us.  

Beauty in suffering: How one woman is fighting the stigma of therapy

Dec 22, 2015 / 16:59 pm

Maura Byrne was terrified to go to therapy for the first time.

A chat with millennial Catholic artist Luke Spehar

Dec 21, 2015 / 17:45 pm

Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

'Drinking with the Saints' – book encourages Catholic fellowship, good spirits

Dec 20, 2015 / 15:17 pm

“I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”

Pope Francis was right about condoms and HIV

Dec 13, 2015 / 04:02 am

On his return flight from Africa, as Pope Francis fielded the customary questions from the press, he challenged a journalist on a question about condom use in the fight to prevent HIV.

Tough, funny and fearless: A bold new take on women saints

Dec 10, 2015 / 00:01 am

Maria Johnson has a scar behind her ear, a small memento from that time she leaped off her dresser, aiming for her bed – and missed, grazing the corner of her nightstand with the back of her head.

What does Christ have to do with cancer? One woman's path to peace

Nov 21, 2015 / 16:02 pm

Heather King never cared much for doctors.

This Catholic nun is competing on Food Network's reality cooking show

Nov 9, 2015 / 14:25 pm

Fans of the Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped” can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night’s episode – Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago.

New bill would take controversial birth control coils off the market

Nov 5, 2015 / 03:01 am

A Philadelphia congressman is sponsoring a bill that would pull an FDA-approved birth control device, Essure, off the market.

New Mexico priest, seminarians soup up car for vocations

Oct 28, 2015 / 05:01 am

Father Matthew Keller has always been kind of a car guy.

Why three gay Catholics left the Church – and why they returned

Oct 15, 2015 / 02:38 am

Dan, Rilene and Paul knew that once their stories were out, life would not be the same.

How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

Oct 8, 2015 / 02:45 am

Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church.

'You are not alone' - Oregon bishops, priests support a community in shock

Oct 2, 2015 / 15:34 pm

In the wake of a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, members of a local Catholic parish are reaching out to offer sympathy, comfort and hope.

This nine year-old wants to meet Francis – oh, and be pope someday too

Sep 25, 2015 / 03:03 am

Ever since he started attending Catholic schools three years ago, nine year-old Parker Langdon has wanted to be a priest.

Pope Francis: Imitate Saint Junipero Serra, be trailblazers for Christ

Sep 23, 2015 / 14:42 pm

Pope Francis made history Wednesday by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra.