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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Teaching the ‘truth, beauty and goodness’ of Catholicism

History is messy. It is filled with imperfect people motivated by morals and values that sometimes differ from those of modern society. Yet these historical figures and institutions, some of […]

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Business leaders unite in faith through Legatus

In the sometimes-merciless business world, devout Catholic executives need a way to blend their business skills and their faith: That was the vision of Domino’s Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan when […]

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Kearns retires from diocesan finance council chair 

Jerome Kearns is a humble man, one who is pleased to have served the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for many years, but who gives greater credit to others. His […]

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The office of the tribunal: work that ‘touches people’s soul’

Father Jacob Runyon, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, admitted that even practicing Catholics are often confused when he tells them he is in charge of the […]

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Adults complete initiation into Catholic Church

More than 50 adults were fully received into the Catholic Church May 30 and June 12 as Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades confirmed them in Fort Wayne and South Bend, completing […]

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Mission trip a pilgrimage of discovery

Why would a group of teens give up a week of their summer vacation to do service work in the heat, miles from home, for a cause from which they […]

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Renovator priest looks back on 40 years

Over the span of 40 years, a person can gain a reputation for much good. In Father John Delaney’s case, his reputation is well-earned. He has become known as the […]

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Twenty-five-year vocation began in illness

Most priests look back on their ordination day with great joy and fondness, but Father Mark Gurtner recalled that he was so ill that “ordination and even my first Mass […]

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‘Harvest day’ for the diocese as seven ordained

Ordination of a new priest is always an extraordinary event, but this year on June 5, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne was packed full as seven men […]

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Beekeeping a form of contemplative prayer for candle-maker

The prolific writer St. Francis de Sales, a doctor of the church, once wrote of bees: “The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the […]

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Enlightening summertime reads

The long days of summer approach, complete with visions of lazy days on the beach, relaxing nights around a campfire – and bored kids on car trips. Hot and humid […]

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St. Mother Teresa Program walks with moderate-abilities students  

Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne is making strides to accommodate students with special needs, debuting the St. Mother Teresa Program this year. A new initiative, the program is […]