about me

Welcome! I’m Laura Kelly Fanucci. Mother, writer, wonderer.

I have three wild boys who keep me running dawn till dusk and three sweet babies in heaven: one lost to miscarriage and Maggie & Abby, our identical twin daughters who passed away in February 2016 from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

I’m grateful for my husband who shares my Catholic faith  and a messy mix of callings I love.

Professional work: I work part-time in theological research for the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University in Minnesota where I earned my Master of Divinity degree. Check out the (free!) small group programs I’ve written on vocation for parishes and congregations: Called to Life and Called to Work.

Writing: My book Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting is available from Liturgical PressAmazon, and Barnes & Noble. My latest book, Mercy: God’s Nature, Our Challenge, is forthcoming in 2016 from Little Rock Scripture Study.

I’m also the co-author with Kathleen Cahalan of Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, available from  23rd Publications or Amazon.

I’m a contributor to the Christian Century’s blog network and the Blessed Is She daily devotionals for Catholic women. You can read more of my writing at CatholicMomPracticing FamiliesPower of Moms, and Notre Dame’s FaithND.

Blogging: I started this blog shortly after my first son’s birth in 2009. As I rocked him in the church’s cry room one Sunday, the choir sang a hymn about God’s Mothering Spirit. I’ve been captivated by connections between faith and parenting ever since.

This space is where I explore mothering through writing. It’s where I celebrate how God shows up in the chaos of raising children. And it’s where I love to build community with readers like you!

Speaking: I’m available for speaking engagements in churches, retreats, and parents’ groups on topics related to parenting and spirituality, as well as celebrating sacraments in the home. Please contact me for information about presentation topics, fees, and availability. I love to speak to both Catholic and ecumenical audiences.

I’d love to connect with you on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please take a moment to subscribe, and feel free to contact me at motheringspirit@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by.

17 thoughts on “about me

  1. This has truly become a space for me… for consolation during desolate moments, for support in times of question, for celebration at times of achievement. Thank you — keep it up!

  2. Laura—I am so renewed by your writing, your mothering and your sense of imagination. What a sacred joy it must be for those in your family–F, T and S.

  3. Just discovered your blog…I too am early thirties, masters in theology, three little ones under the age of 5, staying at home, and grading college philosophy papers while building train tracks…your blog has been incredibly moving for me, a beautiful reminder that this is indeed a path to holiness, if we see it that way. Thank you for your reflections…I know how precious free time is.

  4. Hi.
    Your blog about Mother’s Day really hit home for me. Thank you for sharing.
    I always feel a sense of loss and loneliness on Mother’s Day and I think it is the sense
    of loss that so many of my friends have felt in trying to conceive and still having trouble.
    And also the brutality of innocence lost in the hospitals and planned pregnancy centers across the country. So thank you for your honesty and for sharing what I have felt for years but didn’t quite know how to put those thoughts and ‘nudgings’ into words.
    I just signed up to receive your updates so I hope to continue to be stretched as I try to be a better mother, sister, daughter and friend.

    1. Thank you, Sonya. I’m so touched to know that my words connected with your experience. We do have so much to hold in our hearts, today & always, don’t we?

  5. I have known you since Elementary school. It is very refreshing knowing your spirit and grace have remained a constant. From leading the laughter in volleyball practice with your on point humor to offering your warm embrace during difficult, tear filled Kairos moments, you have always been ( and continue to be) such a calming force. Your experience, honesty, intellect, grace and openess serve as a perfect combination. It is a true gift that you continue to bless others with your God given talents! Now the “masses” (no pun intended) are able to partake and and gain hope, insight, knowledge and strength through your continued work. Before my current illness, I suffered with infertility issues my entire marriage. Like you, I feel my greatest blessing in life was becoming a mother to my Jackson. Your blog/website have been a go-to for me when I need a boost of faith or strength…or even just a smile. Thank you for always truly being YOU! Please know I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, especially during this difficult time.
    With Love,
    Your Kairos Sister, Leesa

  6. Just a note to say I found your website by chance! I was looking for a lovely meme to post on a facebook page of someone very special to us who is pregnant.
    I then saw, your blog reference at the bottom and wanted to see if there was more…

    The link landed on the page with a picture of your face. I just wanted to say thank you – your face radiates Gods love and you are such a blessing!
    Keep up the awesome ministry, sharing your story has touched my life today in New Zealand!

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