“The Blessings of Mentorship”

My Beliefnet Guest Essay: “The Blessings of Mentorship” “During a pivotal crossroads in my early thirties, some rare grace led me back to my small hometown of St. Marys, Pennsylvania, in search of a simpler path. There, I discovered an unlikely mentor, Sister M. Augustine, O.S.B. At 87 years old, the reclusive nun—barely over five […]

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“10 Ways a Mentor Can Change Your Life”

My “One Good Thing by Jillee” Guest Blog Essay: “10 Ways a Mentor Can Change Your Life” “Sometimes mentors come to us in the most unlikely forms, and when we most need them. And on occasion, we are called to be that one good thing in someone else’s life. This became clear to me at age […]

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JOIN ME FOR… #ThankANun Day on May 5, 2015

  On Tuesday, May 5, which is release day nationwide for my new memoir Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions, my publisher Image (the Catholic Division of Penguin Random House) and I are launching a global, social media movement called Thank A Nun Day. The goal is to collectively […]

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Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” Appearance

I officially play a bartender on TV! On December 1, 2014, I was invited to be the guest bartender on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live to promote The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour. For the occasion, which happened to fall on my birthday (!!!), I created a special cocktail titled VanderPunch, a high-octane homage to the Bravo […]

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