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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Faith in the storm: navigating loss

In life, there is a habit of storms occurring in the paths of ordinary people.  There is little argument that the last year brought fierce storms to many. The measure […]

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Chrism Masses emphasize mission of the priesthood

White-vested priests filled the pews of St. Matthew Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 30, as clergy from both sides of […]

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Bishop Rhoades celebrates ‘the most sacred night in the history of humanity’

“This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.” Deacon Logan Parrish […]

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Priest’s witness enhances understanding of worldwide Church

The universality of the Church unites Catholics all over the world, be they in the U.S., Africa or elsewhere. Forms of worship may appear slightly different throughout the world, but […]

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Black Catholic poet shares experience in verse

Poetry is often a personal expression of one’s life – his or her emotions, experiences and worldview. For a South Bend man, poetry has become an expression of his faith […]

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Father Phillip Widmann, ‘the good Lord’s disciple’

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has bid farewell to one of its beloved priests. Father Phillip Widmann passed from this life on March 16.  Father Widmann served as a […]

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Pastoral visit honors St. Joseph, model of faithfulness 

Saint Joseph High School principal John Kennedy welcomed Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades for a pastoral visit on March 19, stating he could feel the presence of St. Joseph, the great […]

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A journey through Lent

The end of the Lenten season is a time to reflect on the spiritual growth experienced throughout the past 40 days. It is a time to further develop those Lenten […]

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Sensory-friendly Masses welcoming for Catholics of all abilities

Imagine not being able to attend Mass as a family, worshipping God together, because the lights, sounds, crowds or any other stimuli could trigger a massive behavioral outburst in a […]

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Local podcast uses humor, friendship to explore Catholicism

What comes from a priest and a deacon who love Catholicism, and love to talk almost as much as they love God? A podcast, of course.  Somewhere between the often-humorous […]

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Faith found in the Far East brings Ballentine home

After nearly 10 years of postponements, this spring will mark the fulfillment of Brandon Ballentine’s longing. He will become a member of the Catholic faith when he is welcomed into […]

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Friends reunited through Catholic parish

In 1920, in the small town called Logansport, two little girls were born. Today, when asked who is older, Anna Marie Brough’s hand shoots straight up. With a smile on […]