Fran Rossi Szpylczyn is a writer, retreat leader and speaker. She is also the pastoral associate for administration at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville, New York, and resides in Albany with her spouse.

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Book Review

'The Defiant Middle' makes a case for women to be unapologetically courageous and bold

The Defiant Middle is a provocative book that will feed hearts and minds with questions and answers. Simultaneously it will challenge the cultural and religious norms that put women in bondage.

Book Review

Why believers and unbelievers must read Fr. James Martin's new book on prayer

Book review: Without judgment, Jesuit Fr. James Martin offers a road map that shows how prayer is for everyone — including those unsure if they believe in God — at all sorts of times and manners.

It all tastes like love

Jennie and Darlene are arranging name tags on a folding table in front of the church. "Be my first?" I ask them. Mom and daughter beam. I take my first picture on this special day at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville, N.Y. I'm Fran, the church office manager. It's a madcap job, but somebody's got to do it.