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About the Author

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
University of Mary

Ann Brodeur, PhD, is an assistant professor of history and Catholic studies. She is a social historian of the medieval world, focusing her research on the intersection of religion and culture in medieval communities. She teaches courses on medieval history, medieval pilgrimage, religion, culture, and courses on the history of education. Dr. Brodeur has published papers and book chapters on history, anthropology, law, economics, and education. Her most recent work focuses on mechanisms of solidarity in local communities and on new approaches to the person in disability history.

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Brodeur serves as an advisor and board member to various educational and non-profit initiatives that support the development of the dignity of work, the home, women, and children. She has served on academic advisory committees for schools and dioceses and as an advisor to NGOs on United Nations policy. She currently serves at the University of Mary as the Catholic Studies Student Leaders formation program director and as the University's faculty representative to the NCAA.

Published Pieces

Interior of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina

Why and How We Pray

In the ninth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores restoration and liturgical renewal by focusing on St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
May 10, 2023
Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Body Language, God-Talk, and the Visible Invisible

In the eighth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the masterfully decorated Sistine Chapel, which shows forth the grand drama of salvation history and threatens to pull back the veil of the spiritual realm.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
May 4, 2023
Castle Howard

Brideshead Revisited and the Ladder of Love

In the seventh chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, to reflect upon the choice offered to us all: submit to reality or fly into fantasy.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Apr 26, 2023
Portrait of G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton's Pub and a Sacramental World

In the sixth chapter of Letters to a Young Catholic, Weigel explores Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese to reflect on the life and vision of G.K. Chesterton.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Apr 20, 2023
A portrait of John Henry Newman, 1844

Newman and 'Liberal' Religion

In the fifth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the Birmingham Oratory to reflect on the conversion, life, and theology of St. John Henry Newman.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Apr 13, 2023
Fra Angelico's "Annunciation"

Mary and Discipleship

In the fourth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem to reflect upon Mary's unhesitating "fiat" to the will of God.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Mar 29, 2023
Sunlight pouring into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Face of Christ

In the third chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores two places that confront us with the reality of Christ: a monastery on Mt. Sinai and the Holy Sepulchre.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Mar 22, 2023
The Façade of St. Peter's Basilica

The Grittiness of Catholicism

In the second chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the grittiness and historicity of Christianity, focusing on the bones of St. Peter in the Vatican excavations ('Scavi').

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Mar 8, 2023
Jules Breton

Acquiring a 'Habit of Being'

In the first chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," George Weigel explores what it means to grow up Catholic, growing into a common way of life with shared customs and a shared symbolic world.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Mar 1, 2023