I am a wife and homeschooling mother of seven with a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University and a MA in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. I worked as a chemist for DuPont in the Lycra® and Teflon® businesses.
I left that career to raise children and converted to Catholicism in 2006. Now I teach chemistry and physics for Kolbe Academy online homeschool program, where our youngest kids are enrolled. In the 2016-17 school year, I am teaching Introduction to Physics and Chemistry, Core Chemistry, Core Physics, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics 1. The AP courses are College Board approved and prepare a student for advanced placement (AP) exams for college credit. In 2017-18, I will teach the same courses, plus a Theology 10 – Mass, Sacraments, Prayer, Church History I. If you are interested in enrolling your homeschooled student in a homeschool or an online course, visit the Kolbe Academy page. Enrollment is open now for next year.
At Holy Apostles College & Seminary, I teach Chemistry and a new course, Reading Science in the Light of Faith. The new course is funded by a John Templeton Foundation grant through John Carroll University for teaching science in seminaries, so seminarians and theologians will be prepared for modern evangelization. I am on the Board of Directors for ITEST (the Institute for the Theological Encounter with Science and Technology) where the essays from the course will be shared with the public. If you are interested, contact Holy Apostles to inquire about admissions and enrollment.
Last year, I developed another new faith and science course at Seton Hall University where Fr. Stanley L. Jaki was a Distinguished Professor. The course is titled Catholic Theology of Science, based in part on Fr. Jaki’s work and on that of Fr. Benedict Ashley, Dr. John Deely, and the three most recent popes. Fr. Jaki’s work was the subject of my first book, Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki.
Back in 2011, I co-founded with Tito Edwards Ignitum Today, a website for Catholic young adults, and later Catholic Stand, a website for Catholic citizens who want experience and exposure in the writing world. Those websites are still running thanks to the long hours of volunteer contributions of the editors and writers.
I have been interviewed on Catholic radio, including SiriusXM The Catholic Channel, Relevant Radio, Redeemer Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Radio Maria, EWTN Global Catholic Network, Catholic Answers Live, and Breadbox Media. I was featured on Subject Matters with Sebastian Gomes on Salt & Light TV, and have written numerous articles for Catholic publications, such as U.S. Catholic, St. Austin’s Review, the Integrated Catholic Life, and National Catholic Register.
My newest book, Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science was published by Ave Maria Press in 2016. I have several other projects underway.
I teach, research, and write from our family’s 100-year old restored lodge in the Adirondack mountains. This summer we are moving to Texas to be near my parents and siblings—a new adventure for sure! We are very excited to simplify our lives and get to warmer weather.
You can find me on Facebook mostly. I post lots of pictures of our family’s activities. I also use Facebook for discussions about faith and science, to gather ideas and learn what is on people’s minds. I have a Twitter account, but I am not so good at it.
Youngest Five Kids with My Husband and Me
Oldest Daughter and Her Husband
Oldest Son and His Wife