Today, we are most excited to introduce Diana von Glahn. She is an author, writer, editor, host and, with her husband David, co-producer of the EWTN series “The Faithful Traveler.” She adds another dimension to our Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction site by expanding how we think about and practice our faith, particularly with regard to pilgrimages and to places that are dear to our Catholicism: the Holy Land, Rome, places where saints have lived and worked, churches, shrines, etc. She explores the art, architecture, history and doctrine that are part of what makes these sites so significant to our beliefs.
Diana was born and raised in San Diego, California, the second of four girls born to Mexican parents. She was raised within this culture, steeped in observing the pious practices and traditions of the Church. So, it’s no wonder that she would sense a call to bring the beauty and excitement of lived Catholicism to others. Not only that, she grew up with the blessing of having had Fr. Junipero Serra’s Missions as part of her childhood memories and her California up-bringing. Her diversified educational background also prepared her for such a task: She developed a need for a balance of creative and intellectual pursuit at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Following this, she received a BA in English from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and subsequently earned a law degree from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. Next, Diana moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing and is today a legal editor for a major NYC-based legal publisher. She met David while in New York, and the idea for “The Faithful Traveler” came into being while planning their honeymoon. The idea grew while honeymooning and, when they got back home, they set out to purchase all the equipment needed and learn how to produce this specifically Catholic travel show.
This idea was wildly successful and resulted in a 13-part EWTN series, which aired on EWTN 2011 and which is now in reruns. Diana and David’s second series, “The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land” will air on EWTN. “The Faithful Traveler” has expanded and is also a blog, a Facebook Page, is on Vimeo and YouTube. She has been interviewed by many different publications and shows. In addition, as if this schedule were not exhausting in and of itself, Diana has written a pocket mini volume on saints. The salient links will also be present along with a short bio whenever her articles appear on our site.
Please extend a warm welcome to Diana today. We are privileged she has joined our team on spiritualdirection.com. Look for her first post for us next week.