about me

Hello! Thanks for visiting 🙂  

My name is Maddie, and I started this blog because I think we need to have a conversation about bodies. This includes how we relate to our own and others’ bodies, and how we understand the relationship between spirituality and the body. 

My own embodied experience has been significantly impacted by a condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. CMT is a degenerative neurological condition that impacts the nerves and muscles in the feet, legs, hands, and arms. Because of this condition, I have experienced a number of surgeries, injuries, and impairments. 

My desire to explore questions of embodiment also stems from my experience as a woman in the Catholic church. I studied psychology and theology at the University of Notre Dame and recently earned my Master of Divinity from Boston College. I am a Hoosier at heart trying to bring some midwestern charm to the east coast 😉 My theological studies, ministry experiences, and personal call to spiritual leadership have raised many questions about how Christians (specifically, Catholics) relate to their bodies. 

In my posts, I will explore questions of embodiment including the social marginalization of certain kinds of bodies, cultural narratives about bodies, disability and limitation, spirituality and the body, being a woman in the Catholic church, sexuality and spirituality, and everything in between. 

» For a condensed (video!) version of my interests, check out a recent talk I gave at Boston College on Enfleshed Hope.

Now that you’ve heard a little about me, I’d love to hear more about you! Feel free to submit comments, ask questions, or just say hi here.

 » To learn more about the title of my blog, be on the lookout for my upcoming post “this is my body.” 

Want to read more? Check out these posts and interviews:

  • A post I wrote for Notre Dame Vision’s blog, Full of Grace
  • A quick story about my experience with CMT, written as a CMTA Ambassador
  • Read my interview for HerStory blog
  • A piece on vulnerability written during my AmeriCorps year at Amate House 
  • A reflection written for the Catholic Volunteer Network