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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Ann Budnik  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Budnik is a native Illinoisan. She has lived in the Chicago suburbs and Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to her books, Budnik authored three booklets: ''Why Suffer?'' (Scepter Press), ''A New Look At The Works Of Mercy'' (Liguori Press), and ''Examinations of Conscience For Specific Ages & Temperaments'' (R.B. Media, Inc.). Sh has also contributed chapters for books published by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. These books include ''St. Thérèse - Doctor of the Little Way'', ''Padre Pio -The Wonder Worker'', ''The Marian Shrines of France, The Marian Shrines of Italy, and The Marian Shrines of Portugal and Spain.''As a free-lance writer, Budnik has written for over 55 publications here and abroad. In 1996 she was a weekly columnist for ''Our Sunday Visitor''. She appeared on EWTN as a guest on ''A Closer Walk with Fr. Harold Cohn, S.J.'', ''EWTN Bookmark'' (1998, 2003, 2005, 2006) with Doug Keck, and ''The Abundant Life with Johnette Benkovic'' (twice in 1998 and in 2005), as well as on a series of 12 TV shows based on Raise Happy Children...Teach Them Virtues for the Familyland Network in 2003-2004 and in 2006. In 2009 She was a guest lecturer at Whitesands School for Boys and Lagoon School for Girls in Lagos, Nigeria. While in Nigeria she also did a series of TV shows as well as lectures for DVD distribution. She has also been a guest on the radio program Catholic Answers as well as other Catholic radio programs. Marquette University named her a "Distinguished Scholar" in 1991.In 1994, she was awarded "Journalist of the Year" by the American Life League for her journalistic efforts in covering the UN Population Conference in Cairo, Egypt as a member of the international press corp. From Cairo, she faxed daily news reports to 32 media outlets and organizations. While in Cairo she was interviewed live by a Salt Lake, Utah radio station. On her return, Budnik was a featured speaker at the Wanderer Forum in 1994. In March, 1995, she was a foreign correspondent at the UN Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mary Ann was the featured speaker at the 1995 Chicago Cardinal Mindszenty Conference speaking on the UN Social Summit and the upcoming UN Beijing Conference.In addition to her writing, she is the CEO of a media company that provides material on spiritual formation and family issues on CDs and MP3s as well as a small publishing house.Mary Ann is a graduate of Marquette University where she double majored in journalism and political science. A native of Illinois, Budnik now lives in Florida.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

You Can Become a Saint!
ISBN: 0970002106

R.B. Media. 2001

A Classic in its Field!

Looking for peace?: Try confession!
ISBN: 0970002122

R.B. Media, Inc. 1997

In it s third printing, this book explains why there is so much turmoil in our personal lives and in the world. Her book answers the question: How can I find peace and happiness? Until we turn back to God and live according to His laws, we can neither experience peace, nor happiness. Learn how to use this great gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation well! Author: Mary Ann BudnikFormat: 168 pages, PaperbackPublisher: R.B. Media, Inc (1997)

Raise Happy Children...Through a Happier Marriage
ISBN: 0970002149

R.B. Media Inc.. 2001

This book describes how to enrich, grow in holiness and bring more joy to your marriage as you raise happier, more responsible children. Author: Mary Ann BudnikFormat: 332 pages, PaperbackPublisher: R.B. Media Inc. (2001) ISBN: 978-0970002143

Raise Happy Children...Raise Them Saints!
ISBN: 0970002130

R.B. Media. 2002

This book explians step-by-step how to rasie your children saints. Author: Mary Ann BudnikFormat: 456 pages, PaperbackPublisher: R.B. Media 1st ed edition (October 6, 2002) ISBN: 978-0970002136

Raise Happy Children...Teach Them Virtues!
ISBN: 0970002157

R. B. Media, INC.. 0

Raise Happy Children...Teach Them Joy!
ISBN: 0970002165

N/A. 2004

Want happy children? Teach them Joy!. Raise Happy Children....Teach Them Joy! The fourth and final book in the Raise Happy Children Series, deals with the challenging teen years (ages thirteen to eighteen) as well as how to achieve the goal of joy and happiness in your family. Virtues covered in this book include: temperance, moderation, modesty, chastity, sociability, hospitality, friendship, respect for others, tact, courtesy, simplicity, patriotism, prudence, flexibility, understanding, loyalty, audacity, humility, optimism and cheerfulness. Lay the foundation for these virtues in your younger children. Learn why teens rebel and crave independence. Discover what intimacy means and how to deal with it. Study how to exercise authority through consistency, flexibility and personal prestige with your teens. Explore how to deal with a teen "in love''. Learn how to teach your children the virtues specifically covered in this book. Train your teens how to strive for joy.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

, contact author at R.B. Media 154 Doral Drive Springfield, Illinois 62704 217-546-5261