Ann O'Donnell

Ann O'Donnell is a wife, mother, and registered nurse. She is founder of Women for Faith and Family, a St. Louis-based organization formed to support Church teachings on abortion, human sexuality and family life.

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Common Wisdom: Friendly Heresies

I have nothing against apostates and heretics. Some of the nicest people I know are apostates or heretics. In fact, at certain times in my life I was either an apostate or a heretic. I think I was about 18 when I “became” an apostate, a state I subsequently found not only unsatisfactory, but also … Read more

Common Wisdom Episkopos Eleison

Bishop Frank Harrison of the Syracuse, New .1-.) York diocese has halted the celebration of Mass in the Tridentine rite. According to news reports, the decision to discontinue this practice, allowed under the Papal Indult, was based on the belief that the Mass had become the occa­sion for dissenters to question the legitimacy of the … Read more

Catholic Women/Common Wisdom: Saying It Like It Is

On January 22nd, the thirteenth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions legalizing abortion will be memorialized by rallies, prayer vigils, and the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. Exactly one lunar month earlier, on December 25th, the nation celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. But Our Savior didn’t enter human history when He … Read more

Catholic Women/Common Wisdom: School Daze

The summer vacation has ended, and by now most 1 students have settled in to face the challenge of the year ahead. No doubt, some students are dreamily gazing out the classroom windows—wondering about the beauty of the autumn leaves, and letting their minds wander to the fun and frolic of the picnics, bike rides … Read more

Catholic Women/Common Wisdom: Testing, Testing

Editors’ Note: With Ann O’Donnell’s lively and thoughtful article we inaugurate a new monthly column written by Catholic laywomen. The column will rotate among several authors and will bring a distinctive perspective to a variety of issues. We are confident that our readers will richly benefit from the voices of Catholic women rooted in the … Read more

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