Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., recently announced the first annual recipients of the “Catholic Leaders Scholarship” in its Master of Arts program, according to the College’s website.
Awardees T.J. Burdick, Julie Baldwin, Leila Miller, and Abby Johnson are four “extraordinary Catholic leaders” who have a “dynamic presence within Catholic social media.”
The profiles for Burdick and Johnson, respectively, read:
T.J. Burdick is a Lay Dominican located in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI, columnist at Ignitum Today, and lead author of the recent ebook One Body, Many Blogs, which is designed to help guide Catholic online evangelists and features advice from well-known authors such as Brandon Vogt, Devin Rose, Lisa Hendey, Marc Barnes, Deacon Greg Kandra, Frank Weathers, Jeff Miller, Katrina R Fernandez, Kevin Knight,and Susan Windley-Daoust. He is the founder of both Youcatholic.com, a catechetical site for young truth-seekers, and CatholicSnacks.com, where people get to know the most well-known Catholic evangelists on the digital continent. He is also a speaker whose talks span from online evangelism, teaching, Hispanic ministry, and the Dominican spirituality. Most importantly, he is a dedicated family man whose prime purpose in life to see his wife and kids become saints. He blogs at tjburdick.com.
…Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. Planned Parenthood did not take Abby’s exodus sitting down. They are fully aware that the workers who leave are their greatest threat. Instantly, they took action to silence Abby with a gag order and took her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham it was and thrown out of court. The media was, and continues to be, intensely interested in Abby’s story as well as her continued efforts to advocate for the unborn and help clinic workers escape the abortion industry. She is a frequently requested guest on Fox News and a variety of other shows and the author of the nationally best-selling book, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit.
Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the Founder and President of And Then There Were None, a ministry focused on helping abortion clinic workers leave the industry and find healing. Abby works on projects for the various pro-life organizations and lives in Texas with her husband and precious children. She is grateful to God for her calling to speak for life and considers herself to be incredibly blessed. Follow her Facebook page, Abby Johnson: Pro-life Advocate.
Holy Apostles College and Seminary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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