Jill Boughton

Freelance Writer

Jill Boughton holds a doctorate in philosophy from Yale, but writing has always been a central part of her life: even while raising six children and eight foster children. Her books include “You and Your Aging Parent: The Practical Side of Love” (with Julie Walters) and “God's Icebreaker: The Life and Adventures of Father Ted Hesburgh of Notre Dame.” She has written a children's Liturgy of the Word curriculum, together with her husband, John, and ghost-written several other books. She is also a parish catechist.

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Bishop Implores Nursing Students to Fully Live Their Faith

Just before the Liturgy of the Word, incense being used in the Holy Spirit Chapel at LeMans Hall at Saint Mary’s College triggered loud smoke alarms, emptying the dorm of […]

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At Holy Cross, ‘Dynamic Deacon’ Offers a Response to Racism

“The Catholic Church is not racist,” declared Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers in a talk as part of the Heart and Mind Series at Holy Cross College on Monday, January 22, “but […]

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Christ the King Partners with Parish in Bangladesh

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis’ 2020 encyclical on fraternity and social friendship, the Holy Father wrote at length about the need for communities to be willing to extend their help […]

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Hand-Crafted Items Put to Good Use

Do you love to knit or crochet? Does every child and grandchild in your family already have a handmade blanket, hat, and scarf? If their closets are already stuffed from […]

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Made in Bethlehem: Supporting Palestinian Christians in Troubled Times

No place on earth is more closely linked to Christmas than the little town of Bethlehem. In view of the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel – the images of […]

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Mass Celebrated for St. Vincent de Paul Society Members

Before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled what was once an annual event, members of all the St. Vincent de Paul Society chapters in St. Joseph County would gather for a Mass […]

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Calling All College Students: Faith-Filled Summer Jobs Await

Do you know any college students looking for opportunities to strengthen their faith as they work with children, teens, and other young adults? Across the diocese, state, and region, colleges, […]

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‘Life Is a Civil Right’: Alveda King Encourages Michiana Pro-Life Supporters

Alveda King, the niece of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., was the keynote speaker for the 32nd Annual Right to Life Benefit Dinner on Thursday, October 19. Sharing […]

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St. Joseph Parish Embraces Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

She didn’t remember it until she began learning to be a catechist herself, but Halee Williams participated in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as a preschooler. Her parents, Steve and […]

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Mary Kay Dance: Long-Serving Knight Retires from Teaching and Administration

Mary Kay Dance’s whole life has been entwined with Marian High School in Mishawaka, from her own 1970 graduation to her retirement in June from being Director of Admissions. “The […]

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Nudged by the Holy Spirit to Become a Deacon

At 91, macular degeneration makes it difficult for Deacon Eugene Egendoerfer to see, but he still prays morning and evening prayer even though he has to hold his breviary 4” […]

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Deacon Kevin Ranaghan: 50 Years of Being a Bridge

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate, Kevin Ranaghan and his wife Dorothy went to Mass and dinner at St. Bavo, Mishawaka, where he served as […]