Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer and speaker who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She’s a writer for the National Catholic Register, is a regular guest on the Relevant Radio and EWTN Radio networks, and her story has been featured on EWTN television. She is the subject of the nationally televised reality show, Minor Revisions with Jennifer Fulwiler, and her memoir about her conversion will be published by Ignatius Press in 2014.
Before she was a writer, she worked as a website developer, and she graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Advertising with a focus on New Media. She lives with her husband and six young children in Austin, Texas.
Her personal blog, ConversionDiary.com, receives over 300,000 pageviews each month, and has won in the categories of Best Written Blog, Most Spiritual Blog, Best Blog by a Woman, and People’s Choice Blog in the Catholic New Media Awards.
Dr. Patrick Fagan
Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. The Institute has a particular emphasis on the relationship between marital stability coupled with the practice of religion and their joint impacts on our social infrastructure (issues such as happiness, health, mental health and general well being, income and savings, educational attainment and family stability as well as such negative outcomes as poverty, crime, abuse, and drug addiction).
A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree with a double major in sociology and social administration, and a professional graduate degree in psychology (Dip. Psych.) as well as a Ph.D. from University College Dublin.
Fagan started his career as a grade school teacher in Cork, Ireland, then returned to college to become a psychologist, going to Canada to practice then to Washington, D.C. to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In 1984, Fagan moved from the clinical world into the public policy arena, to work on family issues at the Free Congress Foundation. After that he worked for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush, before spending the next thirteen years at the Heritage Foundation where he was a senior fellow.
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