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Mary Clare, Editor, has been married for over 15 years and is the mother of seven children. She grew up bouncing around the country, but has enjoyed living in the Arlington Diocese for over twenty years.  Though a cradle Catholic, her understanding of and devotion to the faith began in high school when her family was taken in hand by a devout priest and a sibling discerned a religious vocation.  She lived and taught in Europe for years, returned to teach in the U.S., and gave it all up to follow her vocation of marriage and motherhood. Her experiences with frequent pregnancies and multiple miscarriages have encouraged her to reach out to other women struggling to live the teachings of the Church.

Emily, Editor-in-Chief, has been married for 27 years and is the mother of 3 children and 2 intercessors in heaven, her babies lost to miscarriage.  After 30-some years as an uneducated lukewarm Catholic, she moved to the Arlington Diocese and was exposed to the truth and riches of the Catholic faith.  Though it was initially jarring, she is very grateful for that exposure.  You will generally find her trying to bring the faith, with its incumbent joys and struggles, to anyone who will listen (including the dog).  Emily is a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Arlington and holds an Advanced Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Diocese of Arlington in conjunction with the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Our Advisors

Sr. Clare Hunter, FSE, Director of Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Arlington
Rev. Randolph W. Sly, Chaplain, St. John Fisher Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

How it all Began

Conversation with Women was conceived by three friends. It started at a local level in one Northern Virginia parish in the Summer of 2012. “Stories” were run in the parish bulletin on a regular basis. It didn’t take long for the Conversation to begin: Women started talking about their stories, sharing their stories, and supporting each other in their journey of faith.

This website is an attempt to share those stories with more women and to encourage others to contribute their own story. It is an effort to create an on-line community where we can learn and draw support from each other. And since these conversations are even better when held in person, we hope the stories told here provide the kindling to start many meaningful conversations with your own friends on sexuality, marriage, and society, as well as the gift and beauty of the teachings of the Catholic Church.