Katie Bystedt is a wife, mom to 3 boys, a teacher, a worship leader, and a lover of liturgy. An alumna of Loyola Marymount University and Boston college, Katie worked in Northern California for several years before leaving her heart in San Francisco to relocate her family. She now works part-time as religion teacher at a Southern California Catholic high school.

Jeanette Lopez is a wife, mom, and elementary school teacher in Southern California. She believes in God’s goodness, the beauty of childlike wonder, and the incredible power of a good cup of coffee. You can find her chasing toddlers at the park or doing yet another load of laundry.

Caitlan Rangel has a master’s of divinity from the University of Notre Dame and is the director of Christian service at a Catholic high school. Her greatest joy is being anywhere with her children and husband. She loves family dinners, fresh air, yoga, the Eucharist, and badass women saints. You can find more about her here.

Catherine Sullivan serves her family as a stay-at-home mom and teaches religion and literature part-time at an all-girls Catholic high school. She holds a masters degree in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame, where she focused her studies on the female Doctors of the Church. An outgoing introvert with a heart for Catholic feminism, Catherine lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter.

“The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.” 

G.K. Chesterton

Samantha Stephenson is the creator and editor of Spirituality of the Ordinary and a contributor at FemCatholic.  A voracious consumer of books, blogs, and coffee, she loves prayer, bioethics, and a good argument. She spends her days finger painting, doing dishes, and loving her little ones. She tries to see God in the midst of the chaos, and loves sharing the glimpses of grace in the little, hidden life of her very ordinary family. You can learn more about her here.

We are so glad you’re here! This is a place for conversations of the heart. I imagine us sitting a chatting over a cup of coffee or standing in the kitchen, one of us washing dishes while the other dries. Sharing moments of this life. Sharing our souls.

Life is hard and faith is challenging. We can’t do this alone. We weren’t meant to. These are our stories. We hope to hear from you, too.