Blog Contributors

Judah Thomason

Judah is going to be a junior this fall and loves to write. She's super excited for the summer BeLoved meetings!

 

Therese Benz

Therese Benz will be a junior this fall at Notre Dame, and is delighted to be the BLR Intern for the summer! Her favorite pastimes include reading, feeding guinea pigs, and being the oldest of six girls!

Mary Benz

Mary Benz is a recent graduate of Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor and she will attend Notre Dame in the fall. 

 

 

Julie Schweich

A native Minnesotan, Julie is a 24 year old Marquette graduate who loves Jesus, country music and science. She currently lives and works in St. Paul, MN. 

 

Grace Schoenle

Grace Schoenle is a recent graduate of Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, MI and will attend Hillsdale College. She can be found reading classic literature or in adoration, and she swears by the Myers Briggs personality test. Someday she hopes to live in a tree house! Her favorite Bible verse is Ecclesiastes 3:11.

 

Jessie Collins

Jessie is a recent graduate of Divine Child High School in Dearborn, MI and will be going to Hillsdale College in the fall. She loves reading, adventuring, taking naps, all Harry Potter related things, and Pine Hills Camp!

 

Abby Randolph 

Abby Randolph is almost 20 and is the oldest of 11 children. She loves the simple joys of life. She is passionate about many things and is striving each day to become the strong, courageous woman of God she was created to be. Her special talents include: playing guitar, diaper changing and professional baby holding, completing tasks using only one hand, and catching and killing annoying house flies. 

 

Maggie Ronayne 

Maggie Ronayne is 21 years old and a junior at Madonna University in Livonia, MI. Her ultimate dream job is to write funny articles for for Buzzfeed. She loves spending some QT with the Big Man upstairs, serving at Pine Hills Girls Camp, feasting on gummy worms, watching the movie Holes, and sunshine. 

 

Sarah Prosser

Sarah Prosser is a 3rd year law school student at Ave Maria University in Naples, FL who thoroughly enjoys lemon ginger tea, the smell of old books, Michigan football, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and heart-to-heart conversations. Her biggest dream is to live a life full of wonderful, Jesus-filled adventures. You can read more from Sarah on her blog, Integrity

 

Bianca Collins

Bianca Collins is a 22-year-old human who still isn't quite sure what she wants to be when she grows up. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in education. Some things she is sure of though, are her desire to go to heaven, that chocolate is the best food, and that the Detroit Lions will someday win the Super Bowl.

 

 

Arie Reath

Arie Reath is an oceanographer-engineer hybrid by day, blogger enthusiast by night perched in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the sassy youngest of three sisters and an adoring aunt to four nephews and one niece. She is passionate about her faith, family, friends, community, and the written word. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, kayaking, backpacking, picking raspberries, devouring prose, and dancing to the beat of her own drum. Find her blogging at Her Free Spirit

 

Emily Gross

Emily Gross is a 21-year-old college student at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI who enjoys picking bouquets of wildflowers, binge-watching/reading Harry Potter, making cutesy Pinterest crafts, and most importantly spending some good ol' QT with Jesus. 

 

 

Julianna Macari

Julianna Macari is a twenty-something year old hopeless romantic. Lover of all things Italian, she spends her days trying to be love. When she's not trying to put Joseph down for a nap or making dinner for her hubby, you can find her planning vacations, trying new coffee shops with friends, or singing to loud music while driving in the car. 

 

Ellie Falahee

Ellie Falahee is a 17-year-old senior at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, MI who loves mountains, ice cream, sunsets, and Jesus! She is passionate about learning new things, exploring new places, and helping people see just how AMAZING they are! She has a heart for adventure and is so excited to see all the beautiful things the Lord has planned for her life!

 

 

Sam Cooney

Sam Cooney is a recent graduate from St. Catherine Academy in Wixom MI who writes too much and sleeps too little. She loves her faith and enjoys Broadway, the Office, and being weird. She is headed to Eastern Michigan University in the fall.

 

 

 

Debbie Herbeck

Debbie Herbeck is a Jewish convert to Catholicism and an English major who wishes she had more time to write. She is trying each day, to be present to the people around her and to practice loving. She loves warm weather, playing sports, cooking, and helping others, especially young people know Jesus. In addition to directing Pine Hills Girls Camp and Be Love Revolution, she also writes for Blessed is She.

 

 

Pete Burak

Pete Burak is the Director of i.d.9:16, a ministry to young adult Catholics and a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. He and his wife Cait live in Ann Arbor and are the parents of Gracie, Erin, and Donovan. Thanks to the scripts he learned from his parents, Pete is a serious disciple and a successful athlete.

 

 

Rachel Herbeck

Rachel Herbeck is a graduate of the Catholic Studies Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has worked in ministry to junior high, high school, and college age girls. She currently resides in St. Paul, MN where she serves as the policy and outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

 

 

Ava Marcarelli

Ava Marcarelli is currently a junior attending Eastern Michigan University. She is 21 and is the fourth of 8 kids in her family. Ava aspires to be a writer and hopes to bring joy and goodness to all those who read her work.

 

 

 

Claire Vogel

Claire Vogel, at the age of 19, is the oldest person ever to claim finger-painting as their favorite activity. When nursing school at the University of Michigan allows her free time, she also loves finding new adventures, long runs, avocados, and always Jesus.  

 

 

 

Iris Rhein

Iris Rhein is a 23-year old pursuing her Masters degree in theology. She and her new husband Tim live in New Jersey. Some of her favorite things include coffee dates with friends, a loaf of freshly baked bread, and being techy.

 

Brigid Lennon

Brigid Lennon is finishing up her senior year at Ave Marie University in Florida. She loves noses, feet, hugs, trees, water, boats, the smell of campfire, acoustic guitar, and many more things. She is most passionate about finding her true purpose in life and loving everyone she meets.

 

Elise McCoy

Elise McCoy and her husband Joey are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child in September. She is a freshwater-loving, native Michigander who enjoys working at ArborWoman, exploring cities and playing word games with friends.