about me

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

I have three little boys who keep me running dawn till dusk, a husband who shares my birthday and Catholic faith, and a messy mix of callings I love.

I work part-time for the Collegeville Institute in theological research on vocation and calling. Check out the Collegeville Institute Seminars to learn more about the small group programs I’ve written on vocation: Called to Life and Called to Work.

My first book – Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting - will be published by Liturgical Press in November 2014 (available now for pre-order from Liturgical Press or Amazon)! I also have an essay in Power of Moms’ latest book, Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love.

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

I started this blog shortly after my first son’s birth in 2009. One Sunday I rocked him in the church’s cry room while the choir sang a hymn about God’s Mothering Spirit. I’ve been trying to figure out what that means ever since.

I do know this space is sanity for my own spirit. It’s where I wonder what it means to raise my kids in the church. It’s where I explore mothering through writing. It’s where I celebrate how God shows up in the chaos of raising children.

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

8 thoughts on “about me

    Beth said:
    January 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I would love the review that you spoke of! It would be so helpful!

    Thank you.

    Graceinmyheart said:
    April 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Great reflections. Love your blog.

    Carrie said:
    October 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    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!

      mothering spirit said:
      October 31, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Carrie, this made my day. Thank you! And thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights with all of us here as well.

    Barbara said:
    November 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    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.

    Emmie said:
    October 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Love love love this!!! Wonderful blogging. So healing.

    Tamara said:
    October 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    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.

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