Magazine in the Making

Magazine in the Making

On our way to the U.S. Catholic bishops annual assembly in Baltimore, St. Anthony Messenger(SAM) editor Susan Hines Brigger and I took a detour to Annapolis, Maryland, to conduct an interview for St. Anthony Messenger. We rented a car and went to Therese Borchard’s home.

It’ll be a good “SAM” story: my subject, Therese Borchard, is a blogger on on depression as a mental health issue. She has also written a number of books about being Catholic, and, most recently, Beyond Blue, including advice about her own struggle against bipolar illness.

The interview went fine—but first Therese’s husband, Eric, fixed us all a wonderful pasta dinner. Therese’s two young children were among us, peppering our conversation with their own cute insights. You’ll hear all about it in St. Anthony Messenger in a few months. As usual, I’ll sift through the interview, do a little more research on the topic, write it all up in a more careful way than I write this blog! Our art director, Jeanne, will send a photographer to catch Therese for a portrait—you never know, it might get chosen for the cover story (an honor toward which each of us writers aspire!). Stay tuned.


About the Author

John Feister is editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and master's degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and was previously an adviser to the Communications Committee of the U.S. Catholic bishops (2000-2006). His latest book, Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives is available from the Franciscan Media catalog. He has cauthored four books with Richard Rohr (Franciscan Media), and coauthored, with Charlene Smith, the biography of Thea Bowman (Orbis books).