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Eleonore Villarrubia

About Eleonore Villarrubia

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1939, Eleonore Villarrubia is a 1960 graduate of Tulane University. She taught for 24 years in public and Catholic schools in that city, spending the major part of her career as librarian at Holy Cross Middle and High School for Boys. She was also a Spanish and history teacher, skills that proved useful in the busy high school library. She was active in the New Orleans Chapter of the Catholic Library Association for many years.

She is married to Will Villarrubia, also of New Orleans. They are the parents of three grown sons and have four grandchildren. Will and Eleonore moved to Richmond, New Hampshire in 2005 to become an active part of the lay community of Saint Benedict Center.

Eleonore is a member of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Third Order. Her name in the Order is Sister Mary Monica.

Do You Know What Your Kid Is Studying in College?

Having recently completed a fun and enlightening read of Dr. Elizabeth Kantor’s Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, then just happening on the article “Un-Donne: When Secular Students Confront Reverent Classics” by Joan Faust in the Winter edition of Academic Questions, the journal of the National Association of Scholars, I began to ask myself, what are they teaching kids these days in college, … More →

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An Indomitable Woman: Margaret Haughery, The Breadwoman of New Orleans

When one thinks of New Orleans and its people, the common belief is that New Orleanians are primarily of French extraction. Although the Mediterranean influence in the city since its founding and early history — both France and Spain flew their flags over the city — is predominant, that is not to say that people of other European nationalities did not find their home there. … More →

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Review of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything

Review of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything. Robert Reilly. Ignatius Press, 2014. Robert Reilly has tackled head-on the drastic change in our society ongoing for the past several years; in fact, one could say that he has collided with this issue by exposing the rationale of its leaders in collusion with the current national administration, pushing the “gay” agenda to … More →

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A Tale of Two Toussaints: A Catholic Legacy of Haiti

Haiti. What does the average American know of Haiti? We hear about this fellow Western Hemisphere nation when there is a disaster – a terrible earthquake; a direct hit from a tropical hurricane; the lingering aftermath to her suffering people because of lack of infrastructure and their inability to deal with such calamities, including scarcity of food, water and medicines. It seems a million miles … More →

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Review of The Church Ascending by Dr. Diane Moczar

A New Title for a First Book: Review of The Church Ascending by Dr. Diane Moczar. Sophia Press, 2014 This is not a new book by this talented author, but a reprint of her first book, What Every Catholic Wants to Know, originally published in 2006. That work, under the old title, is now out of print. The Church Ascending is Dr. Moczar’s first effort … More →

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A Review of ‘The Church Under Attack’

My favorite popular Catholic historian has done it again! How does she do it? Dr. Diane Moczar seems to have a gift not only for digging up and remembering thousands of details of Catholic history throughout the ages, but she writes with a flair that grabs our interest from the very first words of her book, The Church Under Attack: Five Hundred Years That Split … More →

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The Journey of Joseph Pearce

Review of Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, by Joseph Pearce. Saint Benedict Press, 2013 Captivated by Joseph Pearce’s spiritual biography of the great Russian writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and knowing that he has recently become writer-in-residence at New Hampshire’s Thomas More College, I was eager to read the biographer’s own story of conversion from militant racism and atheism to … More →

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‘Yo, La Reina': Queen Of Half The Globe

Isabel, or Ysabel, as was the proper spelling during her own time, was an amazing woman. She has been called by many titles: First Lady of the Renaissance, The Godmother of the Americas, The Last Crusader, The Catholic Queen (an official title given to her by the reigning Pope, along with her husband, Fernando, as the “Catholic King”). Dr. Warren H. Carroll, a recent biographer … More →

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Neither Communism Nor Capitalism — a Christian Society

Review of Solzhenitzyn, A Soul in Exile, by Joseph Pearce. Ignatius Press, 2012. Having recently been in a Russian kind of mood after my review of Dr. Warren Carroll’s 1917, Red Banners, White Mantle, when I saw this book in my favorite bookstore (at Saint Benedict Center, naturally), I eagerly picked it up and quickly became absorbed in it. Considering the fact that in between … More →

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An Army for Our Lady: the Legion of Mary

Army? Why, one may ask, do we use military terms for anything associated with our gentle Queen, like army and legion? Military terms are not new in the Church. Indeed, as children in Catholic school, did we not learn to call the Church on earth “The Church Militant” to distinguish living Catholics still struggling to earn salvation from the “Church Suffering” in Purgatory and the … More →

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A Convergence of World-Shaking Events

Review of 1917: Red Banners, White Mantle by Warren H. Carroll (1981) Christendom Press. Every once in awhile a book will come into one’s hands that is impossible to put down, ends too soon, and begs to be read again and again. This little book, at 131 pages (although the print is rather small) is such a one. It is well footnoted and a riveting … More →

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Seven Charming and Sweet Stories of Saint Luke

Review of Seven Stories for Christmas (e-book) by Henry von Blumenthal. Being a retired librarian of a “certain” age, I have resisted e-books because I love the feel of a real book in my hands. Here I reveal, however, that I am happy to have been persuaded to read this lovely and charming little e-book available from for $2.99. It is only fifty-seven pages … More →

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Sister Lucy with Fr. McGlynn's Statue

The Priest, the Sister, the Statue — and a Louisiana Connection

Catholics know and love Our Lady of Fatima. We are familiar with the miraculous happenings of 1917 when Our Blessed Lady appeared to the three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal. We know the promises of Our Lady, we know the prayers that she taught the children, Lucia, Jacinta and little Francisco. We know of the great “Miracle of the Sun” … More →

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Saint Benedicta of the Cross

‘Come, We Go for Our People’

There are probably millions of stories of personal heroism and courage during the time of the Nazi regime in Europe. We recently wrote of one heroic German Franciscan, Father Karl Goldmann, and his exploits as a German SS soldier. The heart-wrenching story of Edith Stein, now known as Saint Benedicta of the Cross, is another to come out of this horrific time of the twentieth … More →

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Father Karl Gereon Goldmann, SS, OFM

It is fascinating to contemplate the edifying life of Karl Gereon Goldmann, and to see so clearly the hand of God operating throughout it. Born in 1916, Karl was the third of seven sons of a devoutly Catholic German couple, Karl and Margareth. The older Karl was a country veterinarian, travelling with his brood of boys throughout the farm country of Fulda to tend to … More →

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