Welcome! I’m Laura Kelly Fanucci. Mother, writer, wonderer.
This space is where I explore mothering through writing. It’s where I celebrate how God shows up in the chaos of raising children. It’s where I love to build community with readers like you.
I also publish a monthly newsletter with ideas for living out faith at home and favorite reads. Sign up here and get a free e-book of Prayers for Parenting!
Let’s get to know each other!
My husband and I have four wild boys who keep us running dawn till dark and three sweet babies forever in our hearts: one lost to miscarriage and Maggie & Abby, our identical twin daughters who died in 2016 from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).
I work as the director of the Communities of Calling Initiative for the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University in Minnesota. As part of my theological work on vocation, 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).
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I’ve also written 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, winner of the 2018 Catholic Press Award for Best Family Life Column. I also write for Blessed Is She (daily devotions and seasonal books) and contribute to the Christian Century’s blog network.
Why “Mothering Spirit”?
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 blog is for YOU:
- If you’re yearning to deepen your relationship with God in the midst of family life
- 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 big 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). Drop me a line at motheringspirit_at_gmail_dot_com. And blessings on all your callings!