Author Archive: Anna Mitchell
Anna Mitchell is the news director and anchor for the “Son Rise Morning Show” on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. As a reporter, she has covered the controversial commencement at Notre Dame that honored President Barack Obama, the 2010 Pallium Mass in Rome and the first-ever National Theology of the Body Congress. She is a contributor to the “Today’s Catholics – Young Adults” section for the Integrated Catholic Life.
Anna’s favorite hobby is collecting old books to add to her bookshelves in her trendy downtown apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 2006 with degrees in Journalism and History. She loves reading, writing, playing guitar, and watching Reds baseball, Ohio State football and Project Runway. Anna is learning Italian so she can live in Rome someday, and is also very active in the St. Gertrude 20s Group in Cincinnati.
There is no shortage of disturbing images in the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The grand jury report is not for the faint of heart. And while I ardently disagree with the decision by most news organizations to – at least initially – not cover the trial, I can still understand why they wouldn’t [...]
A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a 2-year-old girl who died tragically in a drowning accident. The funeral was heart-wrenching, particularly when the priest – wiping away tears that he couldn’t manage to stop – said to the family, “I am not about to stand here and give you a reason why [...]
Just ahead of the Papal Conclave, the so called “Room of Tears” popped up quite a bit in many news stories and reflections, as reporters began marking the days ahead of the pope’s election. In this room, we were reminded, the newly-elected pope dresses in a fresh white cassock, signs his papal name, and prays [...]
When I was studying for my history degree, I learned early and often that one of a historian’s biggest pet peeves is the counterfactual. Basically, it’s when you imagine what could’ve happened if something in history had been different. If Robert E. Lee had decided to fight for the Union instead of the Confederacy, the [...]
Let’s Regroup Sometimes when you find yourself on your heels fighting a tough battle, it’s best to step back, regroup and join forces with your allies. We are in that situation now, as our very way of life – indeed, the very meaning of who we are as women and men – is under attack. [...]
You know what I think is one of the biggest cop outs we hear in the Catholic Church? “Preach the Gospel always. Use words when necessary.” There are many variations on this adage, almost always wrongly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, and it’s a nice sentiment: The idea that we need to live in [...]
The first time I was invited to speak at a Catholic event was for local youth retreat called Credo, for which I was asked to give a talk on our universal call to holiness. At the time I was a traffic reporter in Cincinnati, and I wasn’t much exposed to the documents of the Church [...]
I’m not sure exactly when it is that each of us actually becomes an “adult” – not by age, but by maturity. I think one possibility is when you are deemed “old enough” by parents or other adults to be informed about various adult problems in your family’s circle of relatives and friends. For all [...]
Okay, I admit it: I woke up to watch the royal wedding. Keep in mind that I am usually up at 4 a.m. anyway for my job (so it wasn’t terribly difficult for me), but I still decided to wake up on my day off to see William and Kate exchange their vows. A lot [...]