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

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.

Traditional Latin Mass goers: Pope Francis doesn't understand us

Aug 10, 2021 / 16:32 pm

“It feels like our Holy Father doesn't understand this whole group of people who love our Lord so much," says one Traditional Latin Mass devotee.

A first-timer's guide to the Traditional Latin Mass

Aug 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Last week, I (Autumn Jones) wanted to check out the Traditional Latin Mass for the first time. I’ve always attended the Norvus Ordo and knew little about what to expect. With the Pope’s recent motu proprio, which regulates the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, I had a lot of questions.

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.