Monthly Roundup: July

July 2, 2012 | 12 comments

July 2012



  • A young woman named Sophia would like to enter the convent of the amazing Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, but she needs to pay off the student loan debt she incurred while getting her degree in nursing first. If you feel called to help her, there is a donate button on the right-hand side of her blog here. (Either way, do take a moment to read her bio and her vocation story, both of which are touching and inspiring stories of how God moved in one young woman’s life!)
  • Here’s a great idea for a charity: The Frontline Faith Project sends MP3 players pre-loaded with inspiring Christian content to members of our armed forces throughout the world. Their goal is to send out 6, 000 of these players in 2012. If you would like to help them, you can make a donation here.
  • Marc Barnes and his pals have started a grassroots movement called 1Flesh, whose aim is to get the word out, especially among young people, that artificial contraception is not all it’s cracked up to be. The brand new website is very well done — lots of snazzy graphics and clear, powerful prose. Great work, Marc!
  • Our long, terrible wait has finally ended, and Simcha Fisher is accepting speaking gigs now. If you’re looking for a hilarious and brilliant speaker for your next event who will leave your audience laughing, crying, and standing on chairs to shout that you are the best event organizer in the universe, she’s your woman. (No pressure though, Simcha.)


Happy July, everyone! And to keep up with all the exciting news from casa Fulwiler (read: listen to me complain about how hot it is today) you can follow me on Twitter!


  1. Sarah Webber

    I wish I lived within a reasonable driving distance of either you or Simcha. Dang.

  2. Kris

    Thanks for the tip on 1flesh! Checked it out already and LOVE it!

  3. Julie Musselman

    Jennifer, Your readers in the military and their families will be further delighted to find 9 FREE MP3s from Lighthouse Catholic Media,
    see details at

    God Bless all our service men and women and their families.

    Julie Musselman

  4. Simcha Fisher

    Aw, thanks, Jen! It’s true, there won’t be a dry seat in the house.

  5. Sr Anne

    Re: more good stuff to check out, Danielle Lussier has also been trying to pay off $38,000.00 in college debt* so she can enter the convent.

    If ConversionDiary fans know anyone in Michigan who is looking for a wedding/anniversary/event photographer, encourage them to book Danielle, and bring her closer to the goal! (Donations are wonderful, too. So are Facebook shares.)

    Here’s her photography service site:
    Here’s her “Support Danielle’s Habit” site:

    *BFA in Photography (which will come in handy among the Daughters of St. Paul with their media apostolate)

  6. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    Jen, I want to have your writing career. I know it must be so demanding, but how cool is your job??


  7. Aubree

    I know this is preference on your part and you’ve already thought of it, but from the reader’s perspective it is not ideal that your links take you to the page on the same tab (thus taking me away from your site – and then I have to type the url in again or hit back however many times…) Is there any way to set up your page so that links open in a new tab? I want to come back to your page to see more good stuff but sometimes I get sidetracked and forget! 🙂 If it was still up in a link, it would be easier.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Thanks for that feedback, Aubree! I’ll consider that. Unfortunately I used to do it that way, and then I got complaints from people who didn’t like having a bunch of tabs open. But I agree, I think it’s pretty convenient. 🙂 Thanks!

  8. Tim H

    Regarding Sophia’s vocation finances… I dropped her a note about possibly looking into The Labouré Society. They help with student loan repayment for those pursuing religious vocations.

  9. Mary Therese


    I love your blog. If you could maybe add a special post of women with blogs who are trying to pay off debt to enter religious life that would be great.

    I am needing to payoff debt so I can enter a beautiful, austere Carmel that is truly following the rule, constitutions and life of Carmel that St. Teresa of Avila wanted when she reformed Carmel – the Carmel of the Holy Spirit in Kirk Edge, Sheffield in England. I live in Texas but God has called me to England to this Carmel. I am trying to sell my house – mortgage payoff is $26,000 and I have about $7,000 in other debt.

    My blog is: . I know many women who need help and are doing all they can, besides having a “Donate” button on their blogs.

    As your blog is so well read and so “out there” in the public eye and read by more people, perhaps you could do a special post for people like me like you did for Sophia in your post above. Thanks so much, God bless.

    Mary Therese

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Great idea, Mary Therese. I’ll think about a way to get more stories like yours out there!

      • Mary Therese

        Thanks Jen, if you need the blogs on these women, I can send them to you. They, like me, also have Facebook pages trying to get our plight out there too! I can send you their info (of course after asking them but I am sure that is no problem as another discerner listed myself and 2-3 others as needing help on HER blog too!).

        Mary Therese

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