Janet Patterson

Janet Patterson

Freelance writer

Janet describes herself as a writer, minister and educator. She thrives on projects that combine her background in lay ecclesial ministry with her years of experience as a journalist. She has worked for publications on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware, in the Cleveland, Ohio, area as well as northeast Indiana. After earning a master’s degree in ministry from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, Janet served as pastoral associate at a parish in the Diocese of Cleveland. She moved to Indiana with her husband Tom, a native of Kendallville, to serve as director of campus ministry at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne. She also taught in the Philosophy and Theology Department there, and was the coordinator for the annual Christmas at USF activities for 10 years. A transplanted city girl, Janet lives on a lovely lake in the heart of Amish country and is a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in LaGrange.

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Grateful for the gift of faith

Practices of gratitude make every day Thanksgiving It’s that time of the year, when Americans post gratitude lists to social media and share what they’re thankful for with the family […]

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Noble County gains Right to Life chapter

In every conversation about the newly founded Noble County Right to Life chapter, the word “providential” echoes. It all started two years ago, according to core team member Lucy Papaik. […]

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At University of Saint Francis Founders’ Day, students encouraged to seek truth

Several hundred University of Saint Francis students, staff, faculty and friends gathered Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Fort Wayne campus’ Hutzell Athletic Center to start the new academic year with […]

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Norms offer Communion options for gluten-intolerant Catholics

Lucas Cook was born with food allergies. “I didn’t sleep and I threw up all the time. It was very hard on my mother,” said the 16-year-old from Howe. His […]

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Franciscans of Mary welcomed to diocese

The move to a new home always has challenges, but when the new home has two locations, life can get complicated. Father Osman Ramos, FM, and Father Alven Fabiolas Salada, […]

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New ministry calls Father Ramenaden back to Sri Lanka

“Retirement” is not in Father Bernard Ramenaden’s vocabulary, but “returning” is. The Benedictine priest and monk, who has been pastor of St. Gaspar del Bufalo Parish in Rome City for […]

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Modlins keep Catholic Scouting in the family

You might say that Scouting roots run deep in the Modlin family. First there was Matt Modlin, who rose to the Boy Scouts of America rank of Eagle Scout during […]

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Former Vatican guard to deliver Servus Omnium lecture at USF

It’s hard to believe that a young Andreas Widmer had no idea what to do with his life. But the former member of the papal Swiss Guard admitted that at […]

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Compassionate student support program invokes St. Raphael

A person might call it a second chance or mercy or compassion, but at Fort Wayne’s Bishop Dwenger High School it’s called the St. Raphael Student Assistance Program. Also known […]

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Seven Sisters Apostolate offers prayers for priests, bishops

Every Friday afternoon, Tammie Schenkel enters the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Fort Wayne’s St. Vincent de Paul Church. While her 11-month-old daughter naps in the stroller, Schenkel spends an hour […]

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Buildings, operating expenses top list of uses for ABA overages

Sometimes a financial windfall means a grand construction project can begin; sometimes it just means being able to pay bills without stress. It’s the same for parishes that go over […]

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Annual Bishop’s Appeal, young adult ministry foster spiritual and personal growth

The scenario is familiar today: A young adult leaves home to pursue education or take a job in a place far from family and friends. Adapting to new surroundings, a […]