Jennifer Barton

Jennifer Barton

Staff Writer

A self-labeled nerd, Jennifer describes her job as “making a nuisance of herself,” which her family agrees she is very good at. Jennifer has always had a passion for writing and is blessed to now be able to use her gifts to serve God and others. Jennifer is a veteran of the US Air Force, has a degree in history from the University of Saint Francis and is a devoted wife and mother of five beautiful children. In between family time and writing, Jennifer enjoys crafting, cooking, hiking and cultivating her Mary garden. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Fort Wayne.

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St. Vincent de Paul volunteers rush to create food boxes

Tents in parking lots sometimes signal sidewalk sales, but in the parking lot of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, a blue tent has become a […]

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Easter traditions around the world

Among Catholics in other parts of the world are numerous Easter traditions that local Catholics might consider incorporating into their own Easter celebration. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is […]

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‘I should have done this three years ago’

Sometimes God uses dramatic means to change people’s hearts. Other times, He moves in the small stirrings of the soul or in little nudges from His faithful on earth. Laura […]

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Faithful act to ‘stand up straight and strive to be saints’

Stories of hope and help, service and support — examples of living as Christ to others in new and meaningful ways — are already marking the spiritual life of the […]

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Parish celebrates African Americans on the path to sainthood

Six African Americans are currently candidates for sainthood, something Deacon Mel Tardy, chairman of the diocesan Black Catholic Advisory Board, is eager to see. “They would be the first African […]

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Walkerton parish honors Irish roots at Mass of dedication of altar

Parishioners embraced their Irish history at St. Patrick Parish in Walkerton on March 14 with a Mass of dedication of an altar to mark the church’s 150th anniversary. Bishop Kevin […]

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Parishes plan consecrations to St. Joseph

Remembered primarily at Christmastime, St. Joseph’s model of profound faith often is eclipsed by his revered family during the rest of the year. The quiet example of the foster father […]

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A visible illustration of holiness: incense

There is something almost mystical in clouds of incense smoke filling a sacred space, ascending to heaven and seemingly carrying the prayers of the faithful to God. Some people delight […]

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‘As iron sharpens iron’; 90 days to Christian masculinity

Four Warsaw residents are among the thousands of men across the globe voluntarily traversing a raw, 90-day challenge of prayer, asceticism and fraternity. It’s Exodus 90, and for the men […]

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Number of young people entering Church encouraging

Traditionally performed on the first Sunday in Lent, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend March […]

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Candidates, catechumens declare intentions to enter into full communion with Church

The Lenten season is meant as a time to focus on prayer and preparation for the highest of feasts in the liturgical year: the joyful celebration of Easter. This is […]

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A servant’s heart

Phil Hayes, Mike Plenzler, James Summers and Harry Verhiley, all members of St. Pius X Parish in Granger, are pursuing a vocation to the diaconate. They are currently in formation […]