Marge Fenelon

About the Author

Marge has been writing for a variety of both secular and Catholic publications for longer than she’d like to admit. She also spent some years as a public relations consultant. Now you’ll most often find her byline in National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor. She’s a regular columnist for the Milwaukee Catholic Herald and various internet publications. She’s a regular guest on Sacred Heart Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show” with Brian Patrick, and has appeared a number of times on “Catholic Connections” with Teresa Tomeo. She’s also appeared on “A Conversation with the Archbishop” with Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Sirius Radio’s “Busted Halo Show” with Fr. Dave Dwyer, and Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” with Sean Herriot, among others. Her list of book credits are quickly growing; her most recent being "Strengthening Your Family; A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011). She holds a B.A. in Journalism with a Public Relations Emphasis, a Certificate in Spiritual Mentoring, and a Certificate in Marian Studies. She’s a member of the Catholic Press Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Mariological Society of America. Marge is a nationally-known speaker and has presented to audiences in New York, Ohio, Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. With her husband, Mark, she assists in the faith formation of young married couples. They’re members of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement and have four mostly-grown children, who, combined with a rocket of a dog named Daisy, configure the fun-loving and sometimes outrageous Fenelon Clan. The core of her spirituality is the pedagogy of Servant of God, Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968), founder of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement.

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Three (Simple) Ways to Observe the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 21, the Church celebrates the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  You might be thinking, “Wait a minute. Didn’t we celebrate that earlier in the year?” We did indeed celebrate a presentation feast day earlier in the year – on February 2, as a matter of fact – but that was the Presentation of the […]

Hope and Promise

When I first found it, I wasn’t even sure what it was. I was going through a trunk of personal items that had belonged to my dad when I ran across a little brown jewelry box. Dad passed away when I was just fifteen; I’d gathered an array of his possessions and kept them tucked away in what came to […]

Leopard in profile

Leopard-frames and new outlooks

I’m in love with my new eye glasses. Okay, I’m not really in love with them in the way that one human being can be in love with another human being, but I do like them an awful, awful lot. Because of all the writing and editing I do on the computer, my husband and I decided that it would […]

Hope in Times of Holiday Distress

I recently had an exchange with a friend whose family will be separated for the holidays. It’s a rather unpleasant separation, and it’s difficult for everyone involved. My heart grieved for this family; I hate to see anyone suffer at any time of year, but it’s especially hard during the holidays. I wanted to offer some consolation and hope and […]

Arlington National Cemetary

Buried Treasures

Recently, I caught an article in the Milwaukee JournalSentinel that caused me to both chuckle and ponder. It’s about a WWII sailor, Ed B. Thornley, who wrote a set of six letters home to his family about being an eye witness to post-war nuclear weapons tests. Thornley was assigned to the USS Rockingham and, from aboard the ship, watched the unfolding […]

Blessed Virgin Mary with Jesus

Who’s in charge?

Oh, I can just picture him, sitting across the table from me, doodling words and symbols on his notepad and with a playful glint in his eyes. I’m in a snit about one thing or another, indignantly raging about something gone wrong in my life, and looking for justification, direction, and rectification. My spiritual director smiles, sets his pen down, […]

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Therapeutic Thrifting

Every so often, I feel the driving need to go thrift shopping. I don’t just need to go, I “need” to go. Most of the time, I’ll go and be happy I went. At other times, I’ll tell myself it’s a fanciful notion and try to ignore it, but that only lasts so long. The need is just too overwhelming. […]

Marge's Dad at Age 3

Lean on your Father

I was headed for a couple of the most stressful weeks I’ve had in a long, long, time and wondered how in the world I’d manage to work my way through them. Things were coming at me from every angle, and while I’m usually invigorated by a challenge, this time I found myself ready to crumble. My spiritual director of […]

A Kodak ® Moment

No More “Kodak Moments”

I suppose I’m dating myself by admitting that I actually used to enjoy the Kodak commercials on prime time television. They haven’t been around in quite a while. Do you remember them? Some family or group of friends would be having a great time together, doing something either adventurous or warm and fuzzy like a ski trip or a family […]