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Featured Author of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Virginia Nieuwsma

Virginia Nieuwsma Virginia Nieuwsma grew up in the Philippines with her missionary parents, and later graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois. Since 1981, she has worked in Christian media as an editor, writer, and podcaster. Twenty six years ago she was chrismated into the Orthodox Christian faith, and subsequently she edited the book Our Heart's True Home: Fourteen warm inspiring stories of women discovering the ancient Christian Faith. She has served in various roles (as an editor, project manager, and advancement associate) for the Orthodox Church in America, St. Vladimir's Seminary, the Antiochian Archdiocese, and Ancient Faith Miinistries.

Ginny and her husband Tim have six children and eight grandchildren, and make their home in Portland, Oregon, where they attend St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church.


Lucia: Saint of Light + An Interview with the Author

In anticipation of St. Lucia's feast day on December 13, Ginny Nieuwsma interviews Katherine Hyde, author of the recent release, Lucia: Saint of Light.

1. What was the genesis for this book?

I've had a love for St. Lucia ever since I moved to California in 1992 and was invited to participate in a St. Lucia festival hosted by my friends, Nektarios and Anna Burkett. When the Conciliar Press editorial board (on which I serve) decided they wanted more picture books about women saints, I knew I wanted to write one, and St. Lucia immediately came to mind.

2. Who are the children you had in mind, during the writing process?