Welcome. I’m Laura Kelly Fanucci. Mother, writer, wonderer.
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More about me
My husband and I are raising five children while remembering three forever in our hearts: our baby lost to miscarriage and Maggie & Abby, our identical twin daughters who died days after their birth in 2016 from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).
Drawing from our experiences of loss, my husband and I co-authored Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage (Our Sunday Visitor, 2018).
As part of my theological work on vocation with the Collegeville Institute, I’ve written To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation (Wipf & Stock, 2017) and co-authored Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling with Kathleen A. Cahalan (23rd Publications, 2015).
I’ve written several devotional books for Blessed Is She and 3 short volumes for Little Rock Scripture Study: Mercy: God’s Nature, Our Challenge, Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart, and Grief: Finding Hope in Sorrow.
I write a nationally syndicated column for Catholic News Service that runs monthly in Catholic newspapers across the U.S., winner of several Catholic Press Awards. My writing has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, On Being, and the Christian Century, and in popular outlets including People Magazine and the Kelly Clarkson Show.
Why “Mothering Spirit”?
I started this blog shortly after my first son’s birth. 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 for you:
- If you’re yearning to deepen your relationship with God in the midst of family life, work, or multiple callings
- If you’re longing for hope in grief after infertility, miscarriage, or loss
- If you’re looking for prayers for pregnancy or books on parenting
- If you love reflecting on spirituality, Scripture, prayer, and questions of faith
I also speak regularly at churches, conferences, and retreats. I’d love to hear from you if you’re looking for a speaker for your event. Learn more here.
I love to hear from readers (even if it sometimes takes me a few days to respond with kids underfoot). Contact me here.