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

How three dioceses are bringing NFP to Hispanic Catholics 

Jul 23, 2020 / 15:43 pm

Susana Diaz gets a kick out of watching couples’ faces during their first marriage preparation class.

These parishes took PPP loans. Here's why

Jul 18, 2020 / 03:00 am

To keep paying his small staff, Fr. Joseph Lajoie applied for a Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan through the Small Business Administration

Catholic Charities in Louisiana appeals for aid after major spike in homelessness 

May 19, 2020 / 15:49 pm

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States in mid-March, thousands of Americans were either furloughed or laid off from their jobs as non-essential businesses shuttered or restricted their operations in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

What is acedia, how do you pronounce it, and why does this priest tweet about it?

May 19, 2020 / 01:00 am

What is acedia, and why does this priest tweet about it so much.

'Is Jesus’ body in space?' And other Ascension questions you didn’t know you had

May 14, 2020 / 01:00 am

Like many mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Ascension seems to raise more questions than it answers. CNA spoke with two theologians about some of our burning Ascension-related questions.

This ministry is hosting a virtual retreat for infertile people on Mother’s Day

May 8, 2020 / 16:29 pm

Mother’s Day is going to look different for most families this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How some parishes are slowly bringing back public Masses

May 8, 2020 / 01:59 am

On Sunday, March 15, Nebraskans in the Diocese of Lincoln still had a choice of whether or not they wanted to attend Mass and risk possible exposure to coronavirus.

Flowers of the fairest: How to plant a Mary garden

May 6, 2020 / 15:49 pm

Planting a Mary garden can be a way of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary with flowers this spring and summer, while staying at home.

How quaran-teens are coping with losses and disappointments 

May 3, 2020 / 15:58 pm

Nikki Shasserre normally gets one, maybe two alerts per week from Bark, a parental monitoring app she uses to track texts and social media on her teenager’s cell phone.

Potential postulants wait and see as COVID puts convent plans in question 

Apr 30, 2020 / 02:01 am

If everything were going according to plan, Jessica would be entering the convent on August 22.

Tornado devastates new Oklahoma Catholic church, but Rother window unharmed 

Apr 25, 2020 / 03:00 am

A tornado destroyed an Oklahoma parish, and its pastor says he's lucky to be alive. But a stained-glass window of Blessed Stanley Rother was unharmed by the tornado.

Is homeschooling ‘dangerous’? Parents, former students respond to Harvard professor 

Apr 23, 2020 / 02:00 am

Homeschool parents and graduates respond to the idea that homeschooling is a public danger.

How Catholic schools scrambled to meet technology needs for distance learning

Apr 17, 2020 / 16:12 pm

It has been one month since most schools across the US closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Knights of Columbus in New Mexico, Hawaii help Native people during coronavirus

Apr 15, 2020 / 02:01 am

Native Americans have not fared well in pandemics and epidemics.

Why Christians believe in resurrection, not reincarnation

Apr 12, 2020 / 12:01 pm

Every time Christians recite the Apostles’ Creed, they affirm their belief in what will happen to them after death: “'I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.”

‘It’s a trauma for our children’: How the pandemic is impacting foster kids 

Apr 9, 2020 / 03:30 am

Foster care workers say the pandemic has put a strain on the system, and on kids.

How the Phoenix diocese is helping families celebrate Holy Week at home

Apr 4, 2020 / 11:01 am

Holy Week this year is going to look different for almost every Catholic in the United States.

Jesus, livestreamed: Priests, bishops to offer 40 Hours Devotion via Facebook Live 

Apr 3, 2020 / 03:33 am

When the plague struck the Italian city of Milan and the surrounding area in the 1570s, St. Charles Borromeo, then a cardinal, became well-known for his efforts to remind people of their faith in a time of sickness and death.

‘We’re in unknown territory’: Uncertainty follows parish and diocesan employee layoffs 

Apr 2, 2020 / 03:00 am

Parish and diocesan employees who have been laid off during the coronavirus pandemic aren't sure if they'll be rehired, or what they'll do next.

Dominican priest, microbiologist sees hope for possible coronavirus treatment

Apr 1, 2020 / 20:35 pm

In a recent blog post Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., S.T.D, Ph.D., said he sees reason to hope that the drug hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat the coronavirus, or COVID-19.