Catholic Faith & Fitness is written by Joel Whitaker. I’m a long-term writer and journalist — I sold my first magazine article at age 16 to Boy’s Life magazine while on the staff of the Shortridge Daily Echo, the world’s first high school daily, before being a reporter, editor and editor-in-chief of the Indiana (University) Daily Student.
My first professional job was as a reporter for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, where I also was an editor and editorial writer. I went from St. Pete to The Wall Street Journal, where I wrote the front page news summaries, and then to the Philadelphia Bulletin as business editor. I began writing for newsletters after attending Temple University Law School.
Growing up as an Episcopalian in Indianapolis, I didn’t really know any Catholics — or if I did, I didn’t know they were Catholic. It wasn’t until I moved to New York to work at The Wall Street Journal that I first met active, practicing Catholics.
Over the years, I found myself increasingly drawn to Catholicism, and converted more than a quarter-century ago. I’m the RCIA coordinator in my parish as well as a lector.
In addition to writing, I’ve been an elected public official, serving on the Borough Council of the Borough of Fanwood, N.J. Five of my six years on council were as council president. I’m a retired Army officer, and graduated from the Army Command & General Staff College.
I started this blog to provide insights into integrating one’s Catholic faith into everyday life.
Feel free to email me at bevnews (at) gmail.com.