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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Cathedral School of St. Matthew Students Meet to Work on Becoming Saints

When Campus Minister John Fyrqvist asks the 50 second, third, and fourth grade students who come to the after-school Chiara Luce Badano Club at Cathedral School of St. Matthew in […]

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Churches and Saints Go Together

In the three kindergarten classes at St. Pius X school in Granger, there is a “letter of the week” with a corresponding “saint of the week” whose name starts with […]

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St. Margaret’s House – A Closeknit Community of Women and Their Children

“What do women do at St. Margaret’s House?” a reporter once asked its founder, Episcopalian Deacon Sarah Tracy. “It’s not what we do,” Tracy shot back. “It’s who we are […]

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OSV Scholars Program Provides a Way to Earn a Master’s Degree

“There hasn’t been a single course I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed,” says Julie Schleitwiler, Director of Religious Education at St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne, who is in her final semester of […]

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Saints on Parade at South Bend Grade School

St. Joseph Parish, South Bend, worked hard to make the Solemnity of All Saints into a holiday the whole parish could celebrate together, with plenty of learning, praying, and singing […]

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Disciple of Jesus Keynotes Founder’s Gala for St. Vincent de Paul

The Oct. 19 Founder’s Gala at the Armory in South Bend was a celebration of the way members of St. Vincent de Paul conferences, spread across 18 parishes in St. […]

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A Decade of Song Brings Children Into Church Liturgy

Mark and Hillary Doerries co-founded the Notre Dame Children’s Choir 10 years ago at the urging of Margot Fassler, a medievalist brought to the University of Notre Dame from Yale […]

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Family-owned Businesses Support Terminally Ill

On July 29, Tom’s Car Care Center in South Bend sponsored their 17th Lube-A-Thon, with all proceeds going to the Hospice Foundation and the Center for Hospice Care.  At the […]

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A pathway into Catholic schools for families in the diocese

Since Indiana expanded the household income threshold for its Choice Scholarship (“voucher”) program in 2021, a great majority of families in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend can send their […]

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Full circle: Father Thomas Zurcher, CSC

After 50 years of serving God’s people as a Holy Cross priest, Father Tom Zurcher, CSC, is right back where he started, at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend. That […]

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Father Thomas Jones, CSC: A life of service to the diocese

In his 50 years as a priest, Father Thomas Jones, CSC, has only been assigned to a position outside the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for one year, except for […]

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Co-salutatorians celebrate years together at Marian

It goes without saying that Marian High School’s co-salutatorians, Victoria Tellez and Elizabeth Rhee, are excellent scholars. Their English teacher Jane Wageman notes, “They are both thoughtful students who engage well in class […]