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I’ve been writing professionally for more than forty years and have a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Leadership. My background includes newspaper, advertising, marketing, public relations, and books. I strive to write pastorally, passionately, and informatively.

In addition to my blog, Midwest Mary, I also write Mary K Doyle Books.

Following are books I currently have in print. You can learn more about them and place an order on my website, or


Fatima at 100. Fatima Today
Ten Steps to World Peace

World peace is possible. The Blessed Virgin Mary shared this hope with three young shepherd children in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. She spelled out a peace plan that is outlined in the little, yet powerful booklet, Fatima at 100. Fatima Today.

The steps Mary advised us to follow include: Honor the Lord, Ask for Forgiveness, Change Our Ways, Embrace Suffering, Just Say, “Yes!” Get the Word Out, Don’t Be Afraid, Pray Continuously, Meditate on the Rosary, and Seek God’s Comfort. Each step is accompanied by a scripture verse and action response.

Fatima at 100. Fatima Today is designed for personal reflection and small group use in honor of the Fatima centennial year.

40 Pages, .99

ISBN: 978-0-87946-583-4


Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message

Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message, pairs passages from some of our favorite fairy tales (Emperor’s New Clothes, Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier) with Scripture. It’s an unusual way to pray but one that will get you thinking.

Fifty passages are taken from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales and paired with 50 passages from The Message, a version of the Bible that uses contemporary language. For example, an excerpt from The Ugly Duckling is on the left-hand page and a verse from the biblical Book of Job is on the right. The Message literally illuminates the literary passage.

Books are available in a standard paperback size and also an Enhanced-Size with large print for public readings and display.

You can order Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message through ACTA Publications, Amazon, or your local bookstore.

Standard Edition: 120 pages, $10.95, 978–087946-629-9

Enhanced-Size Edition: 120 pages, $15.95, 978-087946-630-5


Navigating Alzheimer’s
12 Truths about Caring for Your Loved One

If you are a primary caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not likely you were trained for the overwhelming demands of this role. Navigating Alzheimer’s provides solid guidance, understanding, and encouragement to assist you on this journey.

Author Mary K. Doyle speaks from a position of thorough research and experience about the differences between Alzheimer’s and normal aging, handling the perpetual mourning associated with this care, how the caregivers behavior influences their loved one, the high price of care, dealing with insensitive remarks from outsiders, finding caregivers and the best home, and so much more.

112 Pages, softcover, $14.94, ISBN: 978-0-87946-989-4

Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Illumination Awards illum_gold

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God
The Story of Mother Theodore Guerin

How do you know what to do with your life? Pray about it.

Few people know their gifts and God’s plan for them, even as adults. Saint Theodora, also known as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, knew from the time she was a very young child that she wanted to serve God. She believed the best way to do that was to become a religious sister.

Saint Theodora patiently waited until the age of 25 to became a Sister of Providence in France. After caring for her mother and sister, and then serving in her country, she journeyed to the U.S. to found the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana; elementary schools across Illinois and Indiana; St. Mary-of-the-Woods college for adult women; and orphanages. Her story was riddled with obstacles and challenges but she never doubted that when following God’s call, God’s guidance and protection leads us to success.

Brightly illustrated by Phil Velikan, Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God is an inspiring, fun, and entertaining tells story about this dynamic saint and her courage to follow God’s call.

34 Pages, hardcover, $16.99 ISBN: 978-0989739702

Honorable Mention, 2014 Catholic Press Association   blue ribbon


Young in the Spirit
Spiritual Strengthening for Seniors and Caregivers

Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Research shows that spirituality is a key to longevity and vitality. People with a strong faith do indeed live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Young in the Spirit explores the impact of spirituality on aging and caregiving as well as how to strengthen our faith, especially in our later years.

Topics include the benefits and ways of making:

  • Personal prayers and devotions part of our daily routine
  • Participating in a faith community
  • Serving and caring for seniors
  • Reaching for the Lord in our suffering and loss
  • Sharing our spiritual story

125 Pages, softcover, $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-96774-495-7

Honorable Mention, 2014 Catholic Press Association  blue ribbon

Honorable Mention, 2014 The Great Midwest Book Festival


Grieving with Mary
Finding Comfort and Healing in Devotion to the Mother of God

Grief is unavoidable. All of us encounter heartache at one point or another. But comfort can be found in our faith. We have hope in the Lord’s goodness and mercy. We also gain peace in the support of God’s saints and angels.

Mary is the greatest of all saints. We can depend on her to help us in our need, because she lived a life on this earth and encountered similar problems. She loves us all dearly and brings our prayers to her son, Jesus.

Devotion may be shown to Mary in many different ways. Words, art, sacramentals, sacred spaces, and simple acts. Pray in the way that suits you and your situation. Some days you may feel more comfortable praying traditional prayers while other days you cannot do more than meditate upon her icon. It doesn’t matter how you communicate with her, Mary is with you in your pain and hears your cry for help. She walks with you, straight to her son.

Grieving with Mary offers many ways to journey to Mary as well as an appendix with feast dates, Marian hymns and prayers, glossary of terms, and a reference list of Marian religious and lay organizations.

158 pages, paperback, $10.95,
ISBN: 978-0-87946-397-7


Seven Principles of Sainthood
Following Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Keeping on tract is challenging in this crazy world of ours but we have examples of how this can be done. In Seven Principles of Sainthood Following Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Mary K. Doyle, identifies seven ways in which Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, also known as Saint Theodora, lived a holy life. This saint had challenges, just as we do. She was a strong, courageous, and practical woman who offers us an example of how to live  a better life. You will find this saint to be a fascinating role model on your own road to sainthood.

Saint Mother Theodore’s principles include:

  • Praying with Saints
  • Trusting in Providence
  • Spreading the Word of the Lord
  • Leading by Serving
  • Being Just and Kind
  • Forgiving Like Jesus
  • Striving for Humility

156 pages, paperback, $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-87946-355-7


The Rosary Prayer by Prayer
How and Why We Pray the Christ-Centered Rosary of the Blessed Mother

The rosary is a means to peace not only because of the calming effects of meditative prayer but also because the ways in which it brings us closer to Jesus. This Catholic tradition with a thousand-year history includes prayers and mysteries that form the basis of our faith.

Whether you are saying the rosary for the first time or already on a daily basis, you will find that The Rosary Prayer by Prayer is an invaluable resource and aid to promoting a deeper prayer experience. It is a treasure chest of information about the history and benefits of the rosary, suggestions for meditation on the mysteries, exquisite artwork, and references.

Simply follow along page-by-page, prayer -by-prayer. Each mystery includes a work of art, scripture verse and reflection.

224 pages, hardcover, $14.95
ISBN: 0967744946


Mentoring Heroes
52 Fabulous Women’s Paths to Success and the Mentors Who Empowered Them

Want to reach higher levels in your professional and personal life? Get a mentor.

Mentoring is one of the most important keys to attaining higher levels of success. Mentors can identify qualities you were not aware you possessed, introduce you to the right people, and pass on their knowledge, expertise, and experience. In return, they are rewarded with the opportunity to see their protegé soar with their investment of time and talent.

Mentoring Heroes shares the stories of 52 women’s experiences with mentoring. They come from a wide range of backgrounds  and share their stories of not only how they mentor but how they were mentored as well.

236 pages, hardcover, $14.95
ISBN-10: 096774492X
ISBN-13: 978-0967744926


Also See: The Eighth American Saint by Katherine Burton

Written by Katherine Burton, this biography is a real page-turner. Also included is a Foreword and Afterword by Mary K. Doyle with her first-hand report of Saint Theodora’s canonization.

To order any of these books, go to:

Mary K. Doyle


ACTA Publications