Having raised nine children in a house with no dishwasher, Celeste Behe has a rare perspective on parenting and family life. That perspective has been shaped by a homeschooling journey that began 27 years ago and has continued through 10,619 extra-large loads of laundry. It’s no wonder that, in the Behes’ bustling domestic church, the phrase “smells and bells” means that dinner is burnt and the smoke alarm is ringing. When Celeste isn’t putting out fires – either literally and figuratively – she is writing for the National Catholic Register, Today’s Catholic Teacher, or Catholic Digest. A former columnist for CatholicMom.com, Celeste is a contributor to the Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion (Ave Maria Press, 2016). She is also a speaker for the IHM homeschooling conferences, and has given presentations for the Catholic Conferences 4 Moms. Celeste has founded a speaking apostolate, “A Perpetual Jubilee,” to spread the message that there is nothing as joyful as the Catholic life. A “Perpetual Jubilee” takes its name from the words of St. Theophane Venard: “Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity.” Celeste speaks on Italian Catholic traditions, the fun of cooking for a large Catholic family, and how to stay merry when the dog eats your kitchen Madonna.
2019 Speaking Circuit