Mary Ellen Barrett

Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York.

Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog: Tales From the Bonny Blue House. She is on the editorial review board of Mater et Magistra Magazine and has had her work published in Faith and Family Magazine,, Catholic News Service, Catholic Digest and was formerly a frequent contributor to Mary Ellen has guest blogged on Faith and Family Live,, and Catholic Cuisine. She also blogs about the occult and the New Age at

Mary Ellen also owns and maintains a website called O Night Divine, which is dedicated to the Catholic celebration of Advent and Christmas. She has been heard on Relevant Radio and WTMR 800 in Philadelphia, as a webinar presenter at Homeschool Connections, a presenter at The Catholic Social Sciences Conference and a featured speaker at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Homeschool Conferences.

Mary Ellen speaks and writes on issues pertaining to homeschooling, Catholic family life, bereavement and special needs issues. She is passionate about good books and the Catholic faith infusing and informing her family’s homeschool life and is always willing to share her knowledge and experience.

2019 Speaking Circuit

Recorded Talks

Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home

Mary Ellen Barrett

An atmosphere of love, learning, and levity can change the whole game in your homeschool. Mary Ellen will share tips on how to create an atmosphere that encourages discipline, enjoyment, love of faith and family, in which the children will come to love learning.


Homeschooling in the Hard Times

Mary Ellen Barrett

Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.