Submissions to the McGrath Institute Blog

The McGrath Institute Blog covers a wide range of topics that generally adhere to the framework displayed at the bottom of this page.

Ideas and submissions do not necessarily need to fit one of the listed categories, but all content will be evaluated through the lens of the blog's mission statement:

The McGrath Institute Blog helps Catholics live and hand on their faith in Jesus Christ, especially in the family, home and parish, and cultivates and inspires everyday leaders to live out the fullness and richness of their faith in the simple, little ways that make up Church life.

General submission guidelines

  • Write with a clear and concise voice that remains authentic to your style and personality. 

  • Provide practical insights to help others live and hand on their Catholic faith.

  • Assume an audience of committed lay Catholics who desire to deepen the lived expression of their faith with authenticity and intentionality.

  • Aim to accomplish the task of your piece within the allotted 300-600 words, but do not allow the word limit to hinder your writing either.

  • Submissions centered on a personal story should recount an occasion (extraordinary or mundane) that changed the way you live or the way you view some part of life.

  • Submissions centered on a reflection (Scriptural or otherwise) should function like a great homily, providing both helpful insight and the potential to move the hearer's mind, heart or will.

Process for submitting a blog post

  1. Writer contacts Stephen, Editor of the McGrath Institute Blog, with one or two ideas for a blog post.

  2. Stephen reviews the suggestion(s) and helps the writer select and focus the topic of their piece. (That way, writer and editor are on the same page from start to finish, and the writer can proceed with confidence that the piece will work well on the blog.)

  3. Writer submits a draft to Stephen (typically within 10-14 days of deciding on a topic) along with an author headshot, short 1-2 sentence biography for the author's page and a recommendation for a photo to accompany the published piece.

  4. At this point, Stephen creates a Google doc to serve as a common editing space, edits the piece in conversation with writer and situates the piece in the larger blog schedule.

Ideas for blog posts

To get an idea of what generally works well on the blog, consider the following:

  • Visit mcgrathblog.nd.edu and check out previous posts.

    • Our most successful posts have generally accomplished a simple task: An introduction to a feast/saint/tradition/concept/etc followed by ways to celebrate/honor/practice/participate/etc.

  • Look ahead to the Liturgical Calendar and see what's coming up in the Church. Posts related to saints, feast days, liturgical seasons and how to honor/observe them are especially relevant for our audience.

  • Ask yourself: If you had the opportunity to speak for 4 minutes on any topic to 30-40 committed Catholics from your parish, what are a few things you'd consider speaking about and how would you make it relevant to the faith life of those in attendance?

  • Ask your friends and family: What would they want to read? What would they ask you to speak about? What gifts do you have to share with the Church through this writing opportunity? You might be surprised at what you hear.

General framework for blog topics

Living the Faith

Traditions Family Life Spirituality Culture
Liturgical, Seasonal Insights from Kids Devotions or Guides Movie Reviews
Sacramental Parenting, Marriage Insights Works of Mercy Book Reviews
Projects/Activities Home Ideas Reflections Outdoors, Sports
Recipes Relationship Building, Friendship Calls to Action Art Commentary
Profile of Person/Saint Best Practices Best Practices Art/Essay Contests

Handing on the Faith

Teaching Resources Working in Ministry
Sacraments Work-Life Balance
Classroom, Catechesis Ideas Insights from Experience
Questions Answered Ministry Ideas
Primers, Lesson Plans Best Practices

Ownership of Content: Authors will always receive credit for their work. However, the McGrath Institute for Church Life will be the owner of all content produced for the McGrath Institute Blog.