Taming the Wilds is a blog about a variety of Catholic things. Our aim is to inspire Holy Living in a Wild World

Our Contributors...

Matthew Advent

Matthew is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the Catholic University of America, with an MA from Florida State University and a BA from Benedictine College. He is married and likes to be outside while puzzling over some of Aristotle's needlessly cryptic lines. Originally from Greenville, SC, he now resides in the endless suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Myriah Christine

Myriah graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Psychology. Soon after, she left her native Southern California home to marry a FUS alumnus, start a family, settle in Bayou Country with her Cajun husband, and begin a career homeschooling their ever-growing family. With seven children ranging from ages 21 – 2, her parenting experience is continually expanding.

Sarah Coffey

Sarah is a convert to Catholicism and is the owner of Coffey Copy + Content, LLC. She has written on finance, marriage, NFP, and mental health from a Catholic perspective for Grotto Network, Blessed is She, and Busted Halo. You can read more of her writing here.

Nicole Crawford

Nicole lives in Maryland with her husband and five (soon to be six!) children. She spends most of her time homeschooling her very energetic kids. Although "Mom" is her full-time title right now, she has also worked as a freelance writer and editor, birth and postpartum doula, and prenatal fitness specialist. She is an Ave Maria University alumna and received her MA in Philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Lauren De Witt

Lauren is a Catholic convert, wife, and mother of three, ages 7, 4, and 2. After practicing law for 7 years, she “retired” in March 2020 to become a full-time homemaker and homeschooler. She is also pursuing a master's in spiritual theology through the Avila Institute. In her spare time she enjoys coffee, running, and reading (though not necessarily all at the same time). You can find out more about Lauren at 

Maria Elser
Maria is an undergraduate Senior at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. She is an English Major with a triple minor in Theology, Creative Writing, and Education. Maria finds immense joy in drawing others closer to Christ by sharing her faith experiences. In providing emotional support to those in her everyday life, she hopes to reveal the unwavering love of the Father. Maria aspires to teach English or Religion in a Catholic school while also writing novels in her time off.

Joshua Feibelman

Joshua is a senior Philosophy and Humanities and Catholic Culture double major at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Attending daily Holy Mass is one of his greatest loves. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, swing dancing, playing ultimate Frisbee, and sharing stories and meaningful conversations with others. He hopes that his writing will be a vehicle whereby deeper conversion and love of Christ may be fostered in the hearts of those who read it.

Tamra Fromm, Ph.D.

Tamra is an instructor in Old Testament for the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan, an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit), and associate academic in the Bachelor of Divinity program at Maryvale Institute (Birmingham, UK). She is married and enjoys traveling, running, and entertaining. Her first manuscript "Pre-Evangelization and Young Adult 'Native Nones'", is available for purchase via both Wipf and Stock and Barnes & Noble.

Charlie Johnson

Charlie holds a B.A. in Religion and Apologetics and works in the mortgage industry by day, writing about the Catholic Faith and Taming the Wild places in the human heart in his spare time. His writing has been featured in places like the Catholic Stand,, Catholic Exchange, Catholic in Recovery, and in print at Shalom Tidings. He lives in sunny Florida with his wife and three little ones. Charlie serves as the Managing Editor for Taming the Wilds and can be reached at

Kendel Jordan

Kendel is a Florida native with degrees in Theology and Psychology. She serves as a parish director of youth and young adult ministry and is currently learning how to navigate this role at a new parish and in a new town during the time of COVID. As if this wasn't exciting enough, she is also planning a wedding and rediscovering her love for writing. She always finds that God is writing a way more exciting adventure for her life than she could have ever written for herself. She is choosing to hope that this will all make for a cool saint bio one day. 

Noelle M.

Noelle is a cradle Catholic with a love for adoration and all things football (Roll Tide). She spends her days immersed in stories and air conditioning in an effort to survive the 9-month summer of the Deep South (so far, so good). A romantic at heart, she can occasionally (always) be coaxed into ballroom dancing. For more of Noelle M., visit her blog, or email her at

David McHugh

David grew up in Germany and currently lives in northern California. He is married to Maya and enjoys spending time with their blended family. David works in banking and helps with RCIA in his local parish. He enjoys tennis, reading, and religious and creative writing. In 2020, he self-published a short suspense novel, “Point of Convergence”, and in 2021 a collection of personal writings titled “Turning Back”. He also writes a religious column for St. Peter’s Church that is published in the Dixon Tribune.

Stephen Muff

Stephen Muff, Esq, MPA is a Catholic Christian who lives in Northern California with his wife and two daughters. He serves on his parish council and is participating in a three-year faith formation program for the laity. He is licensed to practice law in Washington State and DC and currently works in-house for a financial technology company.

Sr. Christina M. Neumann
Sr. Christina is a Franciscan Sister serving at St. Anne's Living Center in Grand Forks, ND. Along with various work duties (from office work, direct care, to sacristy to PR/Communications), she also writes a blog for her Franciscan community, sharing thoughts, reflections, and stories from daily life. The link is

Emily Rogers

Emily is a wife and mother of 2 boys. She has an MA in Catechetics and Evangelization from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is beginning her 4th year as a campus minister at Eastern Illinois University. When she's not at the Newman Center she can be found puttering around her neighborhood pushing the jogging stroller, sipping coffee, or working on her new podcast called Here I am. Send me! which shares stories of how people have said yes to God. Visit her website: to find out more about her podcast and blog.

Bethanie Ryan

Bethanie is a work-at-home mom with a young son. She received her MA in Pastoral Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has been published in Ignitum Today and Patheos. In addition to TamingtheWilds, she currently writes for FemCatholic, CatholicMom, and Medium. She is a misplaced Missourian in New York.  

Harry L. Scherer

Harry Scherer is a student at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD where he studies philosophy, politics & economics (PPE) and history. He works as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Tolle Lege: Journal of Theology and Philosophy and Assistant Managing Editor of the Emmitsburg News-Journal, the local newspaper of his university town.

Elizabeth Skinner 

Elizabeth is a cradle Catholic, an English master’s student, a wife to a Catholic convert, a mother-to-be, and an office manager at a local university’s writing center. With all that, life is anything but boring for this Alabama native. She can be frequently caught sitting outside listening to the rain and thunder, writing fiction for fun, or reading her favorite fantasy author. She has a blog, but she has put it on hold for the moment while she finishes her master’s degree. 

Colleen Smitek

Colleen is an award-winning journalist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her family of four was blessed two years ago with the adoption of an 8-year-old boy from Latvia whom they met through the hosting program Project 143.

Margaret Ann Stimatz

Margaret is a retired psychotherapist and member of the Catholic Writer’s Guild. Se has published several articles and helped assemble an inspiring collection of reflections shared by friends of a beloved local priest, Father Stuart Long. Margaret is presently working with an editor on her first book, Honey from the Rock: Forty Reflections for Troubled Eaters.

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