Laura Kelly Fanucci

our domestic vocations

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / October 18, 2010

“Religion never thoroughly penetrates life until it becomes domestic.” Horace Bushnell, Christian Nurture (1847) What parent, faced with washing another sinkful of dirty dishes, or cleaning up after another sick child, or folding another seemingly endless load of laundry, doesn’t wonder – is this what I signed up for? Is this how my talents are…


altars and stories

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / September 28, 2010

In the Old Testament, we read stories of people building altars to remember God’s goodness and faithfulness. Their hope and trust in God became part of the landscape, set in the earth and engraved in stone. Altars grew into sites of pilgrimage, a record of the stories of the people and their history with God.…


a baptism anniversary: the third moment

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / September 28, 2010

One year ago today, we baptized our first child.  One, two, three plunges of a wriggling baby into the waters of new life. Not just a symbolic act, but a sacramental transformation that forever changed his relationship to us, to the Church, to God. Today I’ve been reflecting on what it means to live out…



By Laura Kelly Fanucci / September 13, 2010

Last week F came up with a great idea. We have been talking about starting a growth chart for S. My family had one in an upstairs closet and as kids, we always got a big kick out of shoving aside the clothes, waiting patiently while a parent traced the pencil line above our head,…

being doing mother

what i do / who i am

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / April 16, 2010

I think a lot about vocation. I’m paid to do that, actually. Working on this practical theology project on vocation and the professions leads me – unsurprisingly – to reflect on my own vocation(s) quite often. My days flow like this, from mothering to theologizing and back again, a steady, winding stream. The baby plays,…


Easter Love, Lived.

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / April 9, 2010

“He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1) In the final year of my graduate studies, I took a course in spiritual direction. During one of the classes, we had a guest speaker, one of the monks from the abbey, who talked to us about our spiritual…


Mothering Spirit, Inspired

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / February 25, 2010

The title of this blog was inspired by a line from a new favorite hymn of mine, one that our church started singing during Ordinary Time last year. Hearing feminine imagery for the Divine always delights me, a long drink after a long thirst. So this song immediately became a favorite, and my husband and…