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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Experiment in access to science successful at St. Adalbert

St. Adalbert School in South Bend has long had a family-like relationship with students at the University of Notre Dame. Students at Fisher Hall dormitory make time to tutor students […]

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Teacher MaryAnn Hinora — Marian teacher reminisces on 25 years of service

Teaching in a Catholic school means much more than ensuring good grades in the classroom; as MaryAnn Hinora knows, it also means personifying Christ’s self-giving love to one’s students and […]

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Teacher Jennifer Grindle — ‘There’s nothing God’s going to hand us that we can’t get through together’

Middle school is possibly the most difficult age of childhood development, bringing changes and struggles in all areas of preteen life. Jennifer Grindle remembers these difficulties, which is what led […]

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Teacher Kurtis Homan — Preparing students for life

Teaching in Catholic schools was something Kurtis Homan said he kind of fell into as a young graduate of the University of Saint Francis. He never expected to spend nearly […]

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#iGiveCatholic — ‘The generosity has been absolutely amazing’

No matter what difficulties a year may bring, charitable organizations still have financial needs. And although people are often generous in their giving, 2020’s Giving Tuesday made a particularly appreciated […]

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Pro-life ministry built on prayer

A year after the death of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, a ministry group located next door to his former South Bend clinic continues its mission of saving unborn babies and caring […]

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St. Patrick rectory blessed a year after fire

On Veterans Day in 2019, the rectory of St. Patrick Parish in Arcola burned down. Thirteen months after the destructive fire, Father Thadeus Balinda, who was unharmed in the incident, […]

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Diocese honors employees for years of service

On Monday, Dec. 21, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades honored several employees for their years of service at a Mass for those who work for the diocese celebrated at St. Mary, […]

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At Christmas in Steuben County, ‘food is love’

The churches in Steuben County will bring a bit of comfort to residents who find themselves alone on Christmas Day this year. Thanks to a collaboration between them and Caruso’s […]

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Parishes plan carefully to accommodate Christmas crowds

How will the season’s liturgical celebrations look this year? That’s the question that many people have been asking as Dec. 25 approaches. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has been […]

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Christmas tradition lives on for Eastern European descendants

Bread has great significance in a Catholic household. Jesus called himself the “Bread of Life.” He was born in a town named after the dietary staple. (Bethlehem meaning “house of […]

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Catholics, Methodists work together to feed community

Just west of Fort Wayne is the small community of Arcola. It may be something less than a one-stoplight town, but the community boasts a heart larger than its borders. […]