Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones is a staff writer with Catholic News Agency. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado. She is based in Denver.

Articles by Autumn Jones

Made in His Image founder writes book on trauma, forgiveness, and healing

Jul 29, 2021 / 10:54 am

Maura Preszler grew up in an abusive household, despite the family’s outward Catholic appearance. They went to Mass on Sundays, prayed the rosary together and celebrated the saints’ feast days, but her home was filled with domestic violence behind closed doors. She learned how to keep secrets, she said, and to internalize her feelings, which resulted in a debilitating eating disorder and depression in early adolescence.

'Bullying Redirect' provides Christ-centered anti-bullying curriculum

Jul 22, 2021 / 03:01 am

Following the Columbine High School massacre in April 1999, Catholic educator and counselor Frank DiLallo knew he had to do something. With a background in school counseling, DiLallo recorded an audio CD titled The Peace Project, a collection of introspective meditations on relaxation and self-regulation for students.

'Gay and Catholic': A Q&A with writer and speaker Eve Tushnet

Jul 11, 2021 / 15:01 pm

This spring, Eve Tushnet wrote an article about the conversion therapy in Catholic spaces. The article, included in the June 2021 issue of America Magazine, cited anecdotal evidence from interviews Tushnet conducted during her research. CNA responded to the article with a different perspective on welcoming LGBT members of the Church, supported by our own research and interviews.

Colorado law allows sex abuse victims to collect restitution in civil court from public, private institutions

Jul 9, 2021 / 18:01 pm

On Tuesday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 88, which allows victims of sexual abuse to file for restitution from public and private entities in civil court.

Eden Invitation offers reflections as an alternative to Pride Month

Jun 2, 2021 / 17:01 pm

The month of June is understood in the secular community as Pride Month. Eden Invitation, a movement for young adult Catholics experiencing same-sex desires and gender discordance, offers something different in their month-long initiative Inheritance. 

Catholic school students outperform public school peers, despite slight decreases in overall academic scores

May 30, 2021 / 15:01 pm

Catholic school students in grades 4 and 8 are outperforming their public school peers in math, reading, and science, according to two recently released reports from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

Lila Rose publishes book on pro-life activism and personal experiences

May 29, 2021 / 03:01 am

Earlier this month Lila Rose, president of Live Action and pro-life human rights activist, published Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World. In her book, Rose talks about her personal life and public activism with the pro-life movement. CNA had a chance to talk with her on Thursday. 

Father John Paul Mary: Overcoming an irrational fear of St Padre Pio

May 25, 2021 / 03:01 am

Early in his priesthood, Father John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA, employee chaplain of EWTN, had an ‘irrational fear’ of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, commonly known as Padre Pio. He had heard stories about Padre Pio being a “gruff saint” because of how he would interact with the penitent in the confessional, he said. 

Catholic doctrine preserves the life of LGBT members of the Church

May 21, 2021 / 14:18 pm

Is it possible to be gay and Catholic? After extensive interviews, CNA has found that to a silent majority, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. For those who experience same-sex attraction and want to live in accord with the teachings of the Church, there are active apostolates, support groups, and therapists who provide counsel on the integration of spirituality and sexuality to live fully in communion as a practicing Catholic.

Helena priest Father Stu to be portrayed in film starring Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson

May 12, 2021 / 17:03 pm

Father Stuart Long, who was a priest of the Diocese of Helena, is set to be the main character in a motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg as the priest himself and Mel Gibson as the priest’s father. The film is currently in production, with the release date yet to be announced. 

Just 'do the next thing': How one Colorado couple is raising four children with Down syndrome

May 9, 2021 / 06:01 am

Many things in the McGarrity household start early, including preparations for Mother’s Day. Sonia McGarrity has eight children, ranging in age from three to 18, three of whom are adopted. Four kids, including McGarrity’s third oldest son and their three adopted daughters, have Down syndrome. For Mother’s Day, McGarrity has all of her children—biological and adopted—sign cards for the three birth mothers and six grandmothers of the girls. 

Milwaukee archdiocese sues over pandemic prison ministry prohibition

May 7, 2021 / 15:01 pm

On Friday, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections after the agency refused to adjust a policy that prevents in-person clergy visits to correctional facilities. 

Montreal archbishop appoints ombudsman to oversee abuse complaints

May 5, 2021 / 19:01 pm

The Archdiocese of Montreal announced Wednesday the appointment of an independent ombudsman, Marie Christine Kirouac, to receive all complaints of abuse or inappropriate conduct within the archdiocese.