Sharing Faith by Example

By Céline Gaeta for Family Foundations magazine. Illeane & Travis Athougies’ belief that the most important and effective way to show our children the beauty of the Faith is by example, is lived out in their ministry as a CCL teaching couple. Céline: Travis and Ileane, tell me about where your journey as a couple…

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Celebrating Food And Connection

By Amanda Rohwedder for Family Foundations magazine. Think back to the last meal that you ate…did you say grace prior to eating? Did you choose food that would nourish your body? Did you actually taste and savor your bites? Did you interact and converse with the person with whom you were sharing the meal? Food…

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Three Marian Images of Pregnancy

Written by S.J. Duca. Originally published in Family Foundations. There is a temptation to grow weary of the familiar. We see so many images of the Virgin Mary that they can begin to blur and lose significance. There’s also a temptation to tire of the familiarity of domestic life, especially in a culture that devalues…

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Support the Church, Build the Family

By Savanna Duca for Family Foundations magazine. “This will never work,” said Stacy after meeting Sean at Franciscan University and learning they had rival football teams. Yet, with grace and hard work, the Martins have been married 22 years and have six kids, even while Stacy cheers for the Browns and Sean roots for the…

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Everything Beautiful in its Time

By Heather Murphy, CCL Development Director, for Family Foundations magazine. Fall and winter are seasons steeped in tradition for my family. It begins when we go on retreat at a Benedictine Monastery, spiritually resetting ourselves. Then school and soccer begin again. Next, we look forward to the Apple Festival, trick-or-treating in our NY hometown, Thanksgiving…

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Strong Family, Strong Church

By Savanna Duca for Family Foundations magazine. In San Francisco, Sean and Christina Sullivan are welcoming their fourth child, affectionately deemed “Baby Schmuffin” by their three girls, this fall.  “While slightly unexpected, this pregnancy has brought such joy and excitement to our family,” Sean shared. “Big Sisters (10, 7, and 5) are so excited and…

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