Cynthia Montanaro was taught to read by her father before kindergarten and hasn’t stopped reading or collecting books since then. Beginning at a young age with the Junior Great Books Club and then enrolling at Thomas Aquinas College, she has been formed intellectually and morally by the basis for the Great Books: the true, the good and the beautiful.
A lifelong Catholic with a faith tested by a number of family tragedies, she has an invincible surety in the goodness of God and has endeavored to pass this along to her four sons, teaching them at home for 25 years using a classical curriculum. A compelling interest in the spiritual formation of young people has also prompted her to teach religious education to teenagers and together with her husband, marriage preparation to engaged couples.
Cynthia firmly believes in the dignity of each human person and has championed the cause of the unborn, as high school newspaper editor, pregnancy counselor and board member for a home for pregnant women.
She is an inveterate letter writer and has published articles in Catholic magazines and newspapers in addition to writing and editing for several newsletters. Diary of a Country Mother, the contemplative memoir of her son Tim’s life and death, is her first book. Cynthia’s Catholic spirituality, joy and optimism form the backdrop for this moving account that brings his life into sharp focus.
Cynthia lives and tends garden in rural Massachusetts where she also tends books in her small town library. She and Andrew have been married for 36 years and are the parents of four and grandparents of seven. Called to the life of a Secular Carmelite after Tim’s death, she has traded active mothering for spiritual motherhood.
Reveling in her fondness for the domestic arts and the peace of country living, Cynthia enjoys exploring color palettes both in her quilting and flower arranging.