Rita Buettner

Meet Rita Buettner:

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” After struggling with infertility, my husband and I were blessed to adopt our two sons from China. I’m a working mother who writes about family fun and faith. Oh, and I own hundreds of flyswatters. Join me on Twitter, say hello at openwindowcr@gmail.com, or follow me on Facebook

Robyn Barberry

Robyn Barberry is the doting wife of her high school sweetheart, the mother of three precocious boys, and the art teacher at St. Joan of Arc school in Aberdeen.

George Matysek

George P. Matysek Jr. has been a member of the Catholic Review staff since 1997, and currently serves as the assistant managing editor and interim web editor.

A graduate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, George holds a bachelor's degree in history and writing from what is now Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and a master's degree in history from UMBC.

A winner of numerous regional, national and international journalism awards, George has reported from Guyana, Guatemala, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Reach George at gmatysek@CatholicReview.org



Christopher Gunty

Gunty is associate publisher/editor of the Catholic Review.

Paul McMullen

Paul McMullen is managing editor of the Catholic Review.

Patti Murphy Dohn

Patti Murphy Dohn retired in 2014 after 33 years of service as Campus Minister and Religion teacher at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, MD. Committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth and their families, she has served the school community since 1981. Presently, she is working on archiving the school's history and doing bereavement outreach.  

Patti was awarded the Medal of Honor in Youth and Young Adult Ministry by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012. She continues her service to the Archdiocese on the Screening Board for the Office of Vocations. She was previously a board member for the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. and St. Margaret School in Bel Air.

Along with writing for "The Catholic Review," Patti is a member of the Catholic Press Association, as well as the Catholic Writers Guild and the Associated Church Press. She is available for speaking engagements, consulting, and retreat work.

Patti and her husband George split their time between their homes in Bel Air, Maryland and Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida.

Email: pattimurphydohn@gmail.com

Twitter: @JCSMinistry

Facebook: Patti Murphy Dohn

God is good!! All the time!!


Wendy Stewart

Wendy Stewart is a native of Baltimore and an adult convert to the Catholic Church. As a life coach and personal trainer, she works with families, children, and singles to bring together all aspects of their lives to be happy and healthy in body, mind and spirit. You can contact her for individual or group coaching at nutritioncoachwendy@yahoo.com.

Dr. H. P. Bianchi

Dr. H. P. Bianchi is an assistant professor of history at a local community college, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and Asian history. He received his master’s degree in modern German history from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate from The Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the question of secularization in Britain and the United States.

Dr. Bianchi is happily married and the father of two sons and a daughter. When not working, you might find him perusing one of his interests in gardening, disc golf, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Maureen Cromer

Follow pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Baltimore as they prepare for and take part in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland!

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is the Web editor for the Catholic Review.

Recent Comments

Jeanette, I can understand how to an outsider it would seem that the Catholic church has a skewed perspective on women. Please consider, however, that our faith has long held reverence for women, as visible in our dedication to Mary and many female saints. We don't worship them, but we respect them and look to their lives and works as examples of how to best serve God. Additionally, we were pioneers in the education of women. Catholic schools and universities have long served the demand for women seeking higher knowledge. Many of the Catholic women in my family hold advanced degrees and have dedicated our lives to meaningful careers outside of the home. We recognize that we cannot be priests, but if we feel called to serve the Church in other ways, there are plenty of opportunities available for us to do so. For many Catholic families, household responsibilities are evenly shared between spouses. In fact, I think my husband does twice as much laundry as I do. Raising children is not "women's work," rather than a combined effort between husband, wife, extended family, school and church, where our values, such as love and kindness for our fellow men and women, are passed down from generation to generation. Some women also believe that the Catholic church's teachings on contraception and birth control are misogynistic, but Catholic women share the belief that life begins at conception and that ending that life prematurely is not a viable option. We feel that the right to life bears more sanctity than our "right to choose" whether or not to become a mother to that child. In our eyes, that decision has already been made by God. I hope this helps you to understand our perspective. I'd like to reiterate that many of the points I make in my article about raising children in the rape culture are intended to empower women, and that I plan to raise my all of my children, male and female, to have reverence for their bodies and the bodies of others. Thank you, Robyn


Happy anniversary to your parents! Blueberry pie is superior to a Sapphire. Make sure to remind your kids about it when the time comes :) That list of closed stores brings back memories. (We still have an old plastic bag with the Caldor logo floating around somewhere.) A family member really misses Bibelot Books. I would love to have Mars music back. Speaking of Mars, I'm sad to hear about their upcoming closing in July. They were the first grocery store I remember going to when I was a child.