Education and qualifications:
In progress: MA in Pastoral Studies/Spiritual Direction (Holy Apostles College & Seminary)
BA in Theology (Catholic Distance University)
Certified Wellness Consultant and Certified Nutrition Consultant (American College of Healthcare Sciences)
Various certifications in domestic violence, including Violence and Abuse in Catholic & Christian Families (Pax in Familia), Breaking the Code: Understanding the Different Motives of Those who Batter (Family Peace Initiative), Coercive Control: Domestic Abuse & Children (Domestic Shelters), and more
Certified in Christian Prayer from Institute of Catholic Culture
Certified in Classics in Prayer and Spiritual Life from Catholic Distance University
Affiliated with Catholics for Family Peace
Writer for Missio Dei.
Freelance writer for various publications including CatholicMatch.com, Catholic Education Resource Center and NC Catholics, as well as author of Create Soul Space.
What is a Prodigal Parishioner?
Alas, there are many of us. Take myself, for example. I’m a cradle Catholic, but for reasons I write about in two separate articles, I slowly drifted away from the Church, bit by bit, until one day I daftly thought to myself … I’m spiritual but not religious! (As if that’s even a thing. But anyway.)
After many years of fruitless wandering, when I (finally and thankfully) journeyed back home to the Catholic Church, I decided to get a degree in Catholic theology. After all, what I’d learned in Sunday School classes had been woefully inadequate; if it hadn’t, if I’d been taught the fullness of our faith from a young age, I likely wouldn’t have left. But that’s neither here nor there. The point is, I have a degree in Catholic theology, I love the Church (and particularly the medieval mystics), and I love to write. And so I present my newsletter, The Prodigal Parishioner. I write from an orthodox perspective on all things Catholic, with a particular emphasis on the medieval mystics such as St. Bonaventura, St. Caterina of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross … well, you get the idea.
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My name is Jenny duBay, and I’m a devoted Catholic, a mother and wife, an author, a freelance writer for various Catholic publications, a domestic abuse survivor-turned-advocate, and the founder of Create Soul Space (https://www.createsoulspace.net and http://www.createsoulspace.org) and the Prodigal Parishioner (http://www.prodigalparishioner.com)