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

‘So much of this is out of our control’: Pregnancy amid a pandemic

Mar 29, 2020 / 04:00 am

Being pregnant during a pandemic isn't easy. These expecting moms are trying to trust God as they prepare for a new baby.

AA under quarantine: How coronavirus is changing 12-step recovery programs

Mar 24, 2020 / 03:00 am

12-step programs have helped millions of Americans find recovery from additions. How will those programs, and the people who need them, fare during the coronavirus pandemic?

Quarantined Sunday: How can families keep the day holy when Masses are canceled?

Mar 19, 2020 / 15:51 pm

How families can make Sunday a holy day, without being at Mass

‘Bless me, Father - but from 6 feet away!’ Coronavirus and confession

Mar 18, 2020 / 03:00 am

Demand for confessions at St. Mary’s in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, has always been high: it’s a centrally-located church with convenient, daily confession times and often multiple confessors.

The Fourteen Holy Helpers: Plague saints for a time of coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 / 02:01 am

By this time in the coronavirus outbreak, you may have cruised the empty toilet paper aisles and pasta shelves at your local grocery store, and could have had moments of panic, or at least heightened anxiety.

Why a new consecration to St. Joseph is spreading like wildfire 

Mar 8, 2020 / 03:00 am

One of the most prominent people in the life of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph, his foster father, is also one of the quietest. And as such, he can be one of the most overlooked people in the Bible and in the Holy Family.

March for Martyrs aims to raise awareness of persecuted Christians

Mar 5, 2020 / 10:00 am

This May, For the Martyrs will host the first March for the Martyrs on May 9 in Long Beach, California.

Minnesota bishops issue guidelines on transgenderism in Catholic schools 

Mar 2, 2020 / 15:52 pm

The Catholic bishops of Minnesota have published guidelines regarding gender identity and Catholic schools, emphasizing the Catholic mission of schools and the Church’s doctrinal teaching on sexuality and identity.

Friend of Jean Vanier ‘heartbroken’ for abuse victims, but hopeful for the future of L’Arche

Feb 27, 2020 / 16:35 pm

On the news that Jean Vanier, Catholic founder of L’Arche International, has been credibly accused of serially sexually abusing women, Professor Stanley Hauerwas said he is “devastated.”

Relics of Ss. Louis, Zelie Martin find home in parish named for daughter Therese

Feb 27, 2020 / 03:01 am

Fr. John Fain is getting the 19th-century family of St. Therese back together.

S. Dakota dioceses focus on healing, after statute of limitations bill fails

Feb 25, 2020 / 18:01 pm

The South Dakota legislature has killed a bill that would have opened a two-year window for childhood victims of sexual abuse of all ages to sue the organizations in which their abuse took place.

Bishop Wall: Pope Francis 'passionate about life' from conception to natural death

Feb 20, 2020 / 03:01 am

After visiting with Pope Francis for two and a half hours during his region’s ad limina visit, Bishop James Wall of Gallup told CNA that he was encouraged by the Holy Father’s passion for the pro-life movement, his love for the vulnerable in society, and his willingness to discuss anything.

Diocese of Harrisburg files for bankruptcy amid new sex abuse lawsuits 

Feb 19, 2020 / 17:30 pm

The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania announced Wednesday that it is filing for bankruptcy.

On transgenderism: Common ground, and real differences, between Catholics and radical feminists

Feb 13, 2020 / 17:10 pm

In their efforts to teach the truth in the face of the transgender ideology, Catholics are finding an unlikely ally: trans-exclusionary, or “gender critical,” feminists, who say the transgender movement hurts women.

‘Canceled’ radical feminists and the Catholic Church: These unlikely allies believe women are female

Feb 10, 2020 / 15:25 pm

Fain, along with several other women writers, intellectuals, and activists, have been “canceled” for their conviction that women are adult human females, whose sex-based rights, such as the right to female-only spaces like bathrooms or sports teams or therapy groups, deserve protection.

This unique Catholic school has served Native American students since 1927

Jan 30, 2020 / 03:31 am

In central South Dakota, along the northern jog of the Missouri River in what one might call “the middle of nowhere,” sits St. Joseph’s Indian School, a modern school with a long history.

Catholic family looks to honor late daughter with a dance

Jan 18, 2020 / 04:00 am

The family of Raffaella Stroik hopes to honor her memory with a ballet.

Will these Louisiana Cajun Catholics become saints? Diocese begins canonization cause

Jan 14, 2020 / 04:00 am

Three Cajun Catholics from the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana are on their way to becoming canonized saints after an historic ceremony on Saturday, January 11.

On St. Sebastian’s feast day, this Spanish town pummels men dressed as monsters with turnips 

Jan 12, 2020 / 05:00 am

Every year on the feast of St. Sebastian, a young man from the Spanish village of Piornal dons a suit covered in colorful strips of cloth, He puts on a large, coned-shaped monster mask, and a head covering with long horns - along with plenty of protective gear underneath.

New York governor announces $45 million marked for security at religious schools

Jan 6, 2020 / 19:00 pm

During a solidarity march with the Jewish community of New York, which suffered numerous attacks during the week of Hanukkah last month, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is spending $45 million this year on increased security for religious institutions and schools.