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Kelly Ramke Lardin

Kelly is available to speak on: Children in the Church, Religious Education, Family Life and more »

Additional Information: A Day’s Journey | OCN: The Sounding



Kelly Ramke LardinKelly Ramke Lardin is the author of the children’s book Josiah and Julia Go to Church, a story for the youngest Christians about why we do what we do at church. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2003 shortly after marrying her husband, who is also a convert to Orthodoxy. A formerly fervent Catholic, her journey to the faith was fraught with struggle as she tried to reconcile what she had been taught as a child with what she learned about the Orthodox Church, but she wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Together she and her husband are raising their two daughters in the Orthodox faith. Kelly firmly believes that attending the Liturgy and other services is essential to the faith formation of children, and that formation must continue outside of church, as well, both in Sunday School and at home. There is always something more to learn about being an Orthodox Christian, and she is always excited to teach children and learn along with them.

Kelly blogs about her faith, family, and life in Chicago at A Day’s Journey. She is also a featured contributor on OCN’s blog, The Sounding, where she demonstrates craft projects (with her daughters) to make religious instruction fun for kids.


  • Children in the Church
  • Religious Education
  • Children’s Craft Demonstrations
  • Readings and Book Signings
  • “What It’s Like To Be an Author” (children’s talk)
  • Family Life
  • Conversion
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