From the President’s Desk

Habemus Papam! It has been an exciting few weeks with emotions ranging from sadness at Pope (Emeritus) Benedict retiring to the joyous election of Pope Francis. At his Sunday audience after the Angelus on March 17th, he ended his speech with “Don’t forget…remember this…the Lord will never tire of forgiving us, it is us who tire of asking for forgiveness.” Beautiful comments to remember as we prepare to enter the solemn time of Holy Week, the Triduum and the Easter season.

This beautiful video clip of Pope Francis (telling the story of how he chose Francis) shows his humility, holiness and humor:

The date of spring has come and gone, although up here in Canada, snow and frigid temperatures have been constant reminders that spring has not yet arrived. I have seen the occasional courageous robin so I know warmer temperatures are coming soon.

In CWG news, plans are under way to organize the Catholic Writers Conference Live to be held in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show August 7-9, 2013 in Somerset, New Jersey. Once again, I will be coordinating the CWG Booth. Ann Lewis, CWG Treasurer, will be Conference Coordinator. It’s still five months away, but I hope you will consider attending.

More information on our Catholic Writers Retreat, to be held in October, will be forthcoming.

On behalf of the Catholic Writers Guild Board, I wish every CWG member a Blessed Holy Week and Easter Season.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to email me: president(at)


Ellen Gable Hrkach
President, CWG

About Ellen Gable Hrkach

Ellen Gable Hrkach is the president of the Catholic Writers Guild. Last year, she published her fifth book, A Subtle Grace (O'Donovan Family), which reached #1 on Amazon Kindle in Religious Historical Fiction, Christian Romance and Victorian Historical Romance in January and February of this year. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama (June/July 2012) and has also been #1 in Christian Mystery and Suspense. She is an award-winning author of In Name Only, (O'Donovan Family #1) the 2010 IPPY Gold medal winner in Religious Fiction. Her books have been downloaded over 625,000 times on Kindle. In addition to serving as president of the Guild, Ellen is a busy self-publishing book coach, a publisher, an editor and a speaker. She works part-time for Live the Fast as their marketing director. Her website is She and her husband are the parents of five sons and they live in Pakenham, ON Canada.
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