A reference volume of this magnitude is the collaborative effort of many people. My thanks go first to the forty-six scholars who have contributed entries to this text and whose enthusiasm for the project has been most gratifying. More than half of the entries here were recommended by contributors, and I am especially grateful for the advice I received as I created the final list of inclusions. Moreover, a delightful benefit of such collaborative scholarship is the number of personal relationships formed as a result of it; I have had the privilege of connecting with many others who, like myself, are fond readers, teachers, and scholars of Catholic women writers. I also thank Greenwood editor George Butler who encouraged the project from the beginning and expedited its production. The Aquinas Foundation of the University of St. Thomas provided me with a generous grant during the 1998–1999 academic year that was used to free up time for research. And last, I am grateful to my students in my interdisciplinary Catholic Literary Tradition class. Their refreshingly open responses to the women writers we studied have helped me grow as a teacher, scholar, and person of faith, and led me initially to conceive of this book.