Randy Hain and I are excited to welcome Celeste Behe as the newest contributing writer to The Integrated Catholic Life.

Celeste Behe is a native New Yorker who grew up in the colorful Little Italy section of the Bronx.   A literature major at Columbia University’s Barnard College, Celeste has always loved books, especially the works of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. 

Her first job was at the New York Bar Association Library where she was often found loafing in the stacks with a dusty volume on her lap. Celeste also worked as a librarian at one of the city’s largest law firms before leaving New York to raise a family In Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband Mike and their nine homeschooled  children. 

The Behe household is a bit short on amenities, but life without a dishwasher has inspired Celeste’s work on a manuscript entitled “Nine Kids, No Dishwasher: A Celebration of Life, Love, and Table.”  Celeste is now a Contributing Writer at The Integrated Catholic Life, a Senior Writer at Faith & Family magazine, a columnist at CatholicMom.com, and a reporter for the local newspaper.  She also maintains a happy blog at http://celestebehe.blogspot.com

Celeste likes Italian things, public speaking, cooking, and board games, and will take on all challengers at Scrabble.  Her current project is blogging about “40 for 12,” a six-week meatless menu plan for large families.

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