Clare Coffey lives in the Philadelphia area. She teaches kindergarten at a small Catholic school.

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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Dorothy Day offered herself as she was to God

Young Voices: The folk hero treatment of the co-founder of the Catholic Worker reduces her as surely as does the plaster statue approach, but her granddaughter's book about her uses the needle of family memory to puncture that narrative.


At Met Gala, high fashion meets high church: two parties with similar sins

Young Voices: Fashion and Catholicism blended well at the 2018 Met Gala. In the wake of both #MeToo and the neverending clerical abuse scandal, it's hard not to see certain similarities between the two parties.


'Lady Bird' inspires memories of Catholic high school and the sisters

Young Voices: The film "Lady Bird" may not have won any Oscars, but it won the hearts of so many who watched it; it captures Catholic high school perfectly and reminds me of the sisters who taught me when I was that age.


From Christmas to Candlemas, let the light last

Young Voices: As bleak midwinter sets in, let's hunker down with our lights and candles, our rum cake and evergreens, from Christmas Eve all the way through February.