Meet Jill Adamson

 

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Jill Adamson

Senior Trade Marketing Leader Jill Adamson has been with OSV for 29 years. Jill’s areas of responsibility include creating campaigns for trade books which includes direct mail, digital marketing, and advertising. She serves as the marketing liaison with authors supporting their efforts and supplying them with tools they need to promote their book. In addition, Jill is the public relations contact at Our Sunday Visitor helping set up interviews with authors and the media.

 

She is known as the walking encyclopedia of information on all things OSV — and for her famous frosted sugar cookies!

Over the course of her career, she has served as president on two national boards, the Association of Catholic Publishers as well as the National Catholic Education Exhibitors Association. When she’s not working, Jill is very active at her parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During the summer months, Jill can be found working in her flower gardens and yard.

Jill’s fav things

Saint: St. Francis of Assisi

Hymn: “Blest Are They”

August newsletter is out

august18enews2The August edition of the OSV Author Toolkit newsletter is out! If you didn’t receive it, just click here and you can read it online. Toolkit Team members Rebecca, Alyssa and book editor Darrin contributed to this issue.

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Toolkit team spotlight: Book editor Darrin Malone

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Book editor Darrin Malone

Darrin grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in religious studies, specializing in patterns of American religion. After that, he spent 12 years as an active-duty Air Force officer before settling in Indiana to became a book editor. It may sound like an odd transition, but if you see the massive book collection he acquired while moving from base to base in the military, it might make more sense. After becoming an editor, he continued serving in the Air Force Reserve for another 12 years.

Outside of work, he lives vicariously through his two children by attending athletic events (he was never an athlete himself) and band competitions (he was a self-professed band geek in high school and college). With his youngest now entering her senior year of high school, Darrin currently serves as the president of the band boosters parent organization at her school.

Darrin and his wife also enjoy playing team trivia with a group of friends at local venues. He rounds out their team with his knowledge of religious and military issues. Occasionally the two subjects converge, such as when they got the following question: Evangeline Booth was the first female general of what army? (Answer: The Salvation Army)

A few of Darrin’s favorite things:

  • Sweet tea
  • The space program
  • Comparative religion.

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St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalists

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St. Francis de Sales (Shutterstock image)

From “Let the saints be your guide,” by Emily Stimpson Chapman (OSV Newsweekly)

Born in 1567 in France to a wealthy noble family, St. Francis de Sales knew as a child that he wanted to serve God as a priest. His plan, however, was thrown into question when he heard a theological discussion about predestination.

The Calvinist position — that some people were predestined for hell and others for heaven — convinced the 17-year-old de Sales that the doors of heaven were barred against him. In 1587, however, while praying before a statue of Our Lady of Deliverance, de Sales’ doubts subsided, and he became firmly convinced of God’s love. On that day, de Sales resolved to dedicate his life to helping others overcome their own spiritual doubts.

Despite his father’s protests, de Sales was ordained to the priesthood in 1593. Soon afterward, he began working to win Calvinists back to the Catholic Faith, traveling throughout nearby Switzerland. By the time de Sales returned to France, more than 40,000 people had returned to the Church.

Installed as bishop of Geneva in 1602, de Sales next devoted himself to the formation of both his priests and their congregations, believing (contrary to popular opinion at the time) that holiness was as much for the laity as for the ordained. He also offered spiritual direction to whomever asked for it, counseling some in person and many more in writing.

“I have more than 50 letters to answer,” he once wrote to a friend. “If I tried to hurry over it all, I would be lost. So I intend neither to hurry or to worry. This evening, I shall answer as many as I can. Tomorrow I shall do the same, and so I shall go on until I have finished.”

In 1665, 43 years after his death, the Church declared Francis de Sales a saint. Two centuries later, in 1877, it declared him a Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists.

St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!

The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

Be at Peace

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;

rather look to them with full hope as they arise.

God, whose very own you are,

will deliver you from out of them.

He has kept you hitherto,

and He will lead you safely through all things;

and when you cannot stand it,

God will bury you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;

the same everlasting Father who cares for you today

will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering,

or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace,

and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

St. Francis de Sales, 1567-1622

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