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Featured Author of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Virginia Nieuwsma

Virginia Nieuwsma Virginia Nieuwsma lives in San Jose, CA, has been married to Tim for several decades, and has six children and six grandchildren. Ginny grew up in the Philippines with her missionary parents, and later graduated from evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. Since 1981, she has worked in Christian media, both as an editor and writer. Twenty one years ago she discovered Orthodox Christianity, and subsequently she edited the book Our Heart's True Home. She has served as an editor and project manager for the Orthodox Church in America, St. Vladimir's Seminary, and the Antiochian Archdiocese. For many years, she edited The Handmaiden and served as (the former) Conciliar Press Acquisitions Editor.


Lucia: Saint of Light + An Interview with Conciliar Press Author

In anticipation of St. Lucia's feast day on December 13, Ginny Nieuwsma interviews Katherine Hyde, author of Conciliar's recent release, Lucia: Saint of Light

1. What was the genesis for this book?

I've had a love for St. Lucia ever since I moved to California in 1992 and was invited to participate in a St. Lucia festival hosted by my friends, Nektarios and Anna Burkett. When the Conciliar Press editorial board (on which I serve) decided they wanted more picture books about women saints, I knew I wanted to write one, and St. Lucia immediately came to mind.

2. Who are the children you had in mind, during the writing process?