Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones was a staff writer with Catholic News Agency through 2021. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado. She is based in Denver.

Articles by Autumn Jones

Archbishop Cordileone ties Eucharistic reverence to respect for life

Oct 30, 2021 / 10:50 am

In a new reflection, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone identifies a common thread linking abortion, homelessness, and the urgent need for Eucharistic revival among Catholics: a challenge to look beyond outward appearances and see “the deeper spiritual reality.” 

The Hero Art Project connects artists with families of healthcare workers lost to COVID-19

Oct 30, 2021 / 00:01 am

Daisy Doronilla worked as a nurse at Hudson County Correctional Center for 21 years before she died of COVID-19 on April 5, 2020—the same day she was supposed to be in Israel touring the Holy Land with her church group, the Filipino Apostolate of the Holy Family. Doronilla is one of more than 100 healthcare workers honored in The Hero Art Project, a digital portrait art exhibit curated by family members with the help of ARTHOUSE.NYC.

Abortion is failing women: An interview with Angela Wu Howard

Oct 25, 2021 / 15:50 pm

Legal scholar Angela Wu Howard is one of the signers of an amicus brief in the Dobbs abortion case that argues that women’s “social, economic, and political opportunities” were already increasing before Roe v. Wade, and that abortion is not necessary for women’s socioeconomic success. 

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Oct 22, 2021 / 08:00 am

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for canonization. He was the first priest to be ordained who was a quadriplegic. Father Bill was paralyzed from the neck down in a sledding accident during his first year in the novitiate for the Order of Saint Augustine, also known as the Augustinians.

'Sancta Nox' album of Christmas Matins debuts at #1 on Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart

Oct 8, 2021 / 17:01 pm

On Sept. 28, a community of seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s European seminary released an album of Christmas Matins, “Sancta Nox: Christmas Matins from Bavaria.” This week, the 17-song collection topped the Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart.  

Two new books aim to provide anti-racism reflections, resources for Catholics

Oct 6, 2021 / 17:03 pm

This year, two Catholic religious published books about combating racism from a Catholic perspective. Father Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M, encourages his fellow white Catholics to engage in “the hard work” of introspection and reflection on racism and privilege in "A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege." Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J., offers a 30-day retreat based on the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in his book "The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice." 

Notre Dame to host 31st Annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Oct 3, 2021 / 15:00 pm

On Oct. 7, the University of Notre Dame will begin to host the 31st annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) on its campus. The three-day symposium will feature lectures by M. Shawn Copeland and Bishop Edward Braxton, and a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wilton Gregory.

PHOTOS: POW Father Emil Kapaun honored, laid to rest in funeral Mass

Sep 30, 2021 / 11:12 am

On Wednesday, the Diocese of Wichita held a funeral Mass and procession honoring Servant of God Emil Kapaun at the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. Bishop Carl A. Kemme delivered the homily, in which he recognized Father Kapaun’s willingness to “lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 

PHOTOS: Funeral vigil for Father Emil Kapaun

Sep 29, 2021 / 09:20 am

On Tuesday, the Diocese of Wichita held a vigil and rosary for Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, who died in a prison camp May 23, 1951 at 35 years of age.

Watch: Father Emil Kapaun's funeral Mass

Sep 29, 2021 / 07:51 am

The Diocese of Wichita will hold a rosary and vigil for Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Central Time, and a funeral Mass and procession on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. Both events will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Wichita’s YouTube channel and on EWTN.

USCCB, Catholic Charities ramp up efforts to welcome Afghan refugees

Sep 23, 2021 / 15:01 pm

Over the next several months, the USCCB and Catholic Charities locations across the U.S. will welcome upwards of 7,500 refugees from Afghanistan.

Local artists add beauty to Los Angeles exhibit ‘250 Years of Mission’ to celebrate Jubilee Year

Sep 20, 2021 / 15:34 pm

On September 11, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles began a Jubilee Year, Forward in Mission, to mark 250 years since the opening of the region’s first church, Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, founded in 1771 by Saint Junípero Serra. An exhibit titled 250 Years of Mission will be on display at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels through Sept. 10, 2022, to tell the story of the Catholic faith in the region.

CMMB provides medical relief, long-term recovery in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Sep 14, 2021 / 12:00 pm

On August 14, Josette lost everything. A single mother, she had gone to the supermarket to sell items to support her four children when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. She returned home to find her house collapsed, with her mother and her children crushed beneath the rubble. Without hesitation, she began assisting her neighbors and went to the local church to ask the priest what he needed.

Papal Foundation's new executive director hopes to expand philanthropic giving

Sep 4, 2021 / 06:00 am

The Papal Foundation recently named David Savage to the role of executive director. Savage, who has a background in marketing and nonprofit leadership, will be responsible for addressing Pope Francis’ priorities for relief, education, and services for vulnerable and underserved communities around the world.

Amy J. Cattapan looks to wisdom of the Gospels to combat teacher burnout in new book

Aug 25, 2021 / 14:28 pm

Amy J. Cattapan is entering her 26th year of teaching this year. In her book Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet?, Cattapan shares how the Gospels can help teachers at any stage of their career fight burnout. CNA had a chance to learn about Cattapan’s experience as an educator, the inspiration for her book, and why teachers look with longing toward the month of June.

COVID vaccines: Spokane bishop supports conscience rights, but says priests won't provide religious exemption

Aug 24, 2021 / 03:00 am

After Washington state announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school employees, the Bishop of Spokane said that conscience rights should be respected, but that priests shouldn’t sign documents regarding the conscience of another.

Police chaplain 'mortified' he mistakenly gave Chicago mayor Communion at Officer Ella French’s funeral

Aug 20, 2021 / 13:22 pm

"You know something, I am to blame for that and I am mortified," Fr. Dan Brandt told CNA Friday, explaining how he came to administer Holy Communion Aug. 19 to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a non-Catholic Christian who is in a same-sex marriage.

Catholic Relief Services, USDA work together to provide food for school children in Guatemala during pandemic

Aug 18, 2021 / 15:05 pm

In a normal year, Maria Quiró’s children would eat a meal at school as part of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Learning for Life Project, supplied in part by the United States Department of Agriculture’s McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. With the onset of the pandemic, the program pivoted to provide take-home rations for the children.

Pope Francis, Ad Council collaborate to promote COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas

Aug 17, 2021 / 22:30 pm

Pope Francis worked in collaboration with the Ad Council to produce a public service announcement promoting COVID-19 vaccines. The PSA is part of the Ad Council’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative to encourage vaccination against the coronavirus.

NCBC: Church teaching calls for respect of both common good and conscience with vaccine mandates

Aug 17, 2021 / 10:28 am

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Tuesday recalled that its guidance on vaccination against the coronavirus is drawn from the full range of Church teaching on the common good, conscience, and charity.