About Us

Letters to the Pope is the brain child of an unlikely pair of friends. We met at a national Canadian Catholic Student Association conference in the fall of 2010. Since then, we met again at two subsequent conferences, and visited each other a few times. Despite living in different provinces and time zones for the better part of the last six years, we kept in touch via Skype, Facebook and the phone.RoadTrip2012_408

In January 2014 Lauren approached Meredith about blogging together. Lauren had dabbled in blogging before, but knew that she wasn’t supposed to do it alone. Although her idea was vague, she knew it should be about faith. Meredith initially refused the offer because she was scared of being hated for what she had to say. A few weeks later, in February, after reading about the staff the Vatican hired to respond to Pope Francis’ mail, Meredith fell asleep wondering what she would write in a letter to the Pope. The next morning, the format for Letters to the Pope was born.

Since starting LTP, Meredith and Lauren have grown in their faith and friendship. Both appreciate conversations with readers about subjects covered, and are excited to see LTP grow as a ministry in it’s own right and as a record of the incredible journey they’re taking.

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I graduated St. Thomas University, with a major in journalism and a minor in religious studies. I’m a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I enjoy knitting and baking in my spare time, but am less domesticated than I sound. I love to laugh, but am rarely intentionally funny.

If I were to describe my relationship status with the Catholic Church on any given day it’d be somewhere between “in an open relationship” and “it’s complicated”.

I’m a cradle Catholic who spent some time away and then wandered back. Now I’m muddling along and trying to find a balance between what I believe as a Christian and what I think as an independent-lady.



I was born and raised on the East Coast, but currently live in Toronto.

I recently completed my Master of Divinity. I also have a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Prince Edward Island.

I am passionate about doing ministry in the Catholic Church, especially with kids, youth and young adults. I love finding ways to make theology approachable and applicable to real life. When I’m not planning a ministry event, I am probably cooking, writing fiction, or out for a walk. I love to explore and have a good conversation with friends.

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  1. hi Meredith and Lauren
    Good work keep it up…i find an amazing combination here in both of you…may it have good fruits..

    thanks for your visit and likes…do keep in touch…

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