Lisa Hendey, Catholic wife and mom, is the founder and webmaster of Catholic Mom and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul and The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, is a board member and producer for KNXT-TV, and hosts the award-winning Catholic Moments Podcast and the "Making the Grade" television show.
She enjoys speaking around the country on a variety of topics including faith, family life, social media and the New Evangelization. Lisa was selected to attend the first-ever Vatican Bloggers Meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Launched in late 1999, Catholic Mom welcomes visitors every month from around the world. The site features columns by over one hundred and twenty contributing columnists who volunteer their expertise on everything from Catholic Breastfeeding and Natural Family Planning to parenting humor. Additionally, Catholic Mom is home to a Catholic Book Club featuring monthly fiction, non-fiction and children’s selections by Catholic authors. The site’s Catholic Music Spotlights highlight the work of Catholic recording artists in an interview format designed to help promote Catholic music and aid parents in helping their children make uplifting listening decisions.
Each week, Catholic Mom offers a variety of children’s activities designed to help children learn from the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. These activities, based upon the Sunday Gospel, include age appropriate coloring pages, crossword and word search puzzles, and interactive Mass worksheets designed to help the child truly embrace the Mass. Weekly lesson plan aids are offered for Religious Education teachers, homeschoolers and families looking to teach the faith based upon the Church’s liturgical calendar. Visitors from over 100 countries around the globe have come to rely upon these free and liturgically relevant catechetical materials.
Lisa and her husband Greg, an Emergency Physician, reside in Fresno, California with their two sons, Eric and Adam. Lisa and Greg met and married at the University of Notre Dame and share a passion for Irish football. Following her undergraduate work at Notre Dame, Lisa earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University. She worked for several years in the field of Human Resources for non-profit entities including Kaiser Permanente and Vanderbilt University, specializing in recruitment and corporate training prior to “retiring” to care for her children in the home.
Today, Lisa heads a home based web design business, designing and maintaining sites for several clients. In addition to her work with Catholic Mom, she is also employed by St. Anthony of Padua parish as webmaster for the parish web site. She has done pro bono web design for Samaritan Women, a prison ministry agency and is involved in numerous community service initiatives. The Hendey family members are active parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, where Lisa serves an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
As a freelance writer, Lisa is a regular contributor to Catholic Exchange, Catholic Online, The Integrated Catholic Life, Catholic Lane, Catholic News Agency and Catholic dot net and countless other Internet publishers. Her articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Faith & Family Magazine, Catholic Digest, Canticle Magazine, Grapevine Magazine and Kids’ Ark Magazine.
Lisa’s projects include a blog site that examines the topic of personal productivity in the home and family environment, and the Catholic Moments Podcast, an interview format program which is an affiliate of the highly acclaimed Star Quest Production Network (SQPN), the home of the “Best in Catholic Podcasting”. In addition, Lisa produces and appears in “Catholic Mom – Your Gateway to Faith and Family Resources on the Web”, a television program produced by KNXT-TV and the Diocese of Fresno. The show features short video segments to be aired multiple times each week that will explore faith and family resources on the Internet. Lisa can also be found blogging each week as part of the team of writers at Faith and Family Live. Additionally, Lisa serves as a columnist for Central California Catholic Life, the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Fresno.
Lisa M. Hendey is available to speak to your group on Catholic faith, family, new media, personal productivity and healthy living topics. Lisa is domiciled in the Diocese of Fresno and has received authorization and permission from her Bishop to speak both within and outside of the Diocese of Fresno.