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Women for Faith & Family
Board of Directors, President
Voices, Editor

Helen Hull Hitchcock

August 19, 1939 - October 20, 2014

Helen Hull Hitchcock was founding director of Women for Faith & Family and editor of its quarterly journal, Voices. She was also editor of the Adoremus Bulletin  a monthly publication of Adoremus - Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, of which she co-founded. She is survived by her husband James Hitchcock, professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University and their four daughters and six grandchildren.

She has published many articles and essays in a wide range of Catholic journals, and is the author/editor of The Politics of Prayer: Feminist language and the worship of God, (Ignatius Press 1992), a collection of essays on issues involved in translation. She has contributed essays to several books, including Spiritual Journies, a book of "conversion stories" (Daughters of St. Paul).

She also lectured in the US and abroad, and has appeared frequently on radio and television, representing Catholic teaching on issues affecting Catholic women, families, and Catholic faith and worship.


Voices articles online

The Domestic Church: The Covenant and the Cross -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIX, Pentecost Season 2014

Gestures of Worship — Relearning Our Ritual Language — by Helen Hull Hitchcock -- Eastertide 2011

Gestures and Postures of the Congregation at Mass -- Eastertide 2011

Partial list (see Inside Voices column in each issue)

Catholics and Political Responsibility Resource -

"In 2004, a presidential election year in the United States, an issue that surfaced early on is the responsibility of Catholic politicians, Catholic voters, and bishops to support Church teaching." - by Helen Hull Hitchcock Pentecost Season 2004 -Vol. XIX: No. 2

Bible Road Signs of Faith — Review by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Voices, Pentecost 2007

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Fox-Genovese -- Eastertide 2007, Vol XXII, No 1

Theology of the Body — New Translation — Helen Hull Hitchcock -- Eastertide 2007, Vol XXII, No 1

Questions (and Answers) About Study Groups - Michaelmas 2003 Vol. XVIII, No. 3

"Familiaris Consortio - on the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World"

Holy See Instruction: A "New Era" in Liturgical Reform - Pentecost 2001 Vol. XVI, No. 2

Bishops and Theologians: Round Ten a Draw? Advent 2000 Vol. XV, No. 4

Jubilee Day 2000 Winter 2000 Vol. XV, No. 1

Vatican Instruction on Lay Ministry Distinct Roles of Priests and Laity Reaffirmed - Winter 1997/Spring 1998 Vol. XIII, No. 1-2

INSIDE VOICES COLLECTION:

Inside Voices: Women, Faith -- Concern, Conflict, Action -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIX, Pentecost Season 2014

Inside Voices:  Joy and Hope — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, Christmastide 2013-2014

Inside Voices: The Year of Faith in the Light of Faith: Taking Stock — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3, Michaelmas 2013

Inside Voices:  The Year of Faith, the New Evangelization, and the Spirit of Truth — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, Pentecost 2013

Inside Voices: Signs of Contradiction — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, Lent - Easter 2013

Inside Voices: Women and the New Evangelization in the Year of Faith-- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVII, No. 4, Advent-Christmas 2012

Inside Voices: Religious Liberty and the Year of Faith -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVII, No. 3, Michaelmas 2012

Inside Voices: Be Not Afraid! -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, Pentecost 2012

Inside Voices: Religious Freedom, Conscience, Government, and Responsibility -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, Lent - Eastertide 2012

Inside Voices: Watch, Hope and Wait — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, Advent-Christmas 2011

Inside Voices: Remembrance, Recollection, Renewal — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVI, No. 3, Michaelmas 2011

Inside Voices: Pray without ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, Pentecost 2011

Inside Voices: Faith, Hope — and Life — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXVI, No. I, Eastertide 2011

Inside Voices: Christ, Light of the World — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXV, No. 4, Christmastide 2010

Inside Voices: Amid the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on-- Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXV, No. 3, Michaelmas 2010

Inside Voices: The Year for Priests: Grief and Anguish, Joy and Hope -- Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXV, No. 2, Pentecost 2010

Inside Voices: “With the Gospels in our hands and in our hearts” — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXV, No. 1, Eastertide 2010

Inside Voices -- “And this will be a sign for you …The Language of the Christmas Crib” — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIV, No. 4, Advent-Christmas 2009

Inside Voices: Catholic Women Affirming the Faith for 25 Years — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, Michaelmas 2009

Inside Voices: The Spirit of Truth — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, Pentecost 2009

Inside Voices: Learning to “Walk as Children of Light” — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Eastertide 2009

Inside Voices - Fear and Hope — by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIII, No. 4, Advent - Christmas 2008

Inside Voices: On the Present Position of Catholics in America -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIII, No. 3, Michaelmas 2008

Inside Voices: Christ Our Hope Indeed! — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, Pentecost 2008

Inside Voices: Hope Springs Eternal — Spring of Eternal Hope by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Eastertide 2008

Inside Voices: Our Joy, Our Hope — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXII, No. 4, Christmastide 2007

Inside Voices -- Darkness and Light -- Why would a Christian like Mother Teresa undergo extreme desolation of faith -- and how could this persist for many years? -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXII, No. 3, Michaelmas 2007

Inside Voices: Discipleship Has a Cost — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXII, No. 2, Pentecost 2007

Inside Voices -- "The Meaning of the Body" -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXII No. 1, Eastertide 2007

Inside Voices -- Gift of Truth and Love -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXI No. 4, Christmas 2006 - Epiphany 2007

Inside Voices - Industrialized Human Cloning Looms -- Inside Voices -- Review of Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cell Research amendment before Missouri voters, by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXI No. 3, Michaelmas 2006

Inside Voices, Talking About Talking About Touching -- And Unsafe “Safe Environment” Programs in Catholic Schools -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXI No. 2, Pentecost 2006

Inside Voices -- Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XXI, No. 1, Lent-Easter 2006

Inside Voices — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XX No. 3, Christmas 2005 - Epiphany 2006

Inside Voices — Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XX, No. 2, Michaelmas 2005

Inside Voices - by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XX, No. 1, Eastertide 2005

Inside Voices - Advent 2004, by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. X1X, No. 4, Advent/Christmas 2004

Inside Voices - Advent 2004, by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. X1X, No. 4, Advent/Christmas 2004

Inside Voices: Marking a Milestone - ...This year, Women for Faith & Family observes a milestone anniversary -- our 20th...., by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XIX, No. 3, Michaelmas 2004

Inside Voices - Editorial - by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XIX, No. 2, Pentecost Season 2004

Inside Voices - Redemption is such a familiar term in Christianity that we may not always be fully aware of what the word means, and what it says about the human condition and the relationship of human beings to God our Creator and Redeemer. Why did Jesus "come to redeem the world"? Why do we need to be redeemed? From what?, by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Eastertide 2004

Inside Voices - Editorial, by Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVIII, No. 4, Christmastide 2003-Epiphany 2004

Inside Voices - Editorial, Vol XVIII, No 3, Michaelmas 2003

Inside Voices-- Editorial, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol XVIII, No 2, Pentecost 2003

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol XVIII, No 1, Lent/Easter 2003 

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVII, No. 4, Advent/Christmas 2002

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVII, No. 3, Michaelmas 2002

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVII, No. 2, Pentecost 2002

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVII, No. 1, Lent/Easter 2002

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVI, No. 3, Michaelmas 2001

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVI, No. 2, Pentecost 2001

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XVI, No. 1, Lent/Easter 2001

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XV, No. 4, Advent 2000

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XV, No. 3, Fall 2000

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XV, No. 2, Summer 2000

Inside Voices, Helen Hull Hitchcock, Vol. XV, No. 1, Winter 2000

Inside Voices -- Page 2, Voices, Vol. VII, No. 1--April 1992

Inside Voices - Page 2, Voices, Vol V, No.4 and Vol VI, No 1 - Fall 1990-Winter 1991

 

(More of Helen Hull Hitchcock's articles can be found on the Adoremus web site.)

Articles from other publications:

US Bishops Focus on Family, Religious Freedom at Spring Meeting, by Helen Hull Hitchcock, June 18, 2014, The Catholic World Report

Archives from Crisis Magazine

Archives from Touchstone Magazine

*** Memorials***

This is devastating news. Helen is one of the few people I consider irreplaceable. She was a great mentor to me as well as a good friend.
I remember when I stopped reporting for the National Catholic Register after my editor left and I became too busy as a home health nurse. Helen immediately asked me to write for Voices. When I told her I was too busy with work, single motherhood, etc. and only wanted to do my email lists and some occasional free-lance work, she told me that I needed to write regularly and that I wouldn’t have the discipline to do this unless I wrote for Voices. She was right, as usual. -- Nancy Valko

We’re keeping Helen and Jim and their family in our prayers. She will be missed. -- Colleen Campbell

Helen Hull Hitchcock was a true Daughter of God. I recall a visit to her home, early in my association with Women for Faith and Family, where she showed me a stained glass window in the little room set aside for her prayer. Everything Helen did for the Church began with prayer. 

Helen's love for the Church was fierce. It could never be business as usual in the Hitchcock household when the Church was maligned. Helen had a warrior's heart and feared no battle to defend Holy Mother Church.

Helen Hitchcock inspired so many of us. She taught me the value of taking action, no matter how great the odds against victory--because the Victory is in God's hands, not ours. She is irreplaceable. 

May God shower the Hitchcock family with consolation. -- Mary Jo Anderson

 

Helen's death leaves us all terribly bereaved. God will reward her for the great and good work that she has done, for her faith, her example, her courage and the warm charity she showed to all. Helen had patience and great good humor, and was a wonderful companion. She spoke on controversial issues - the role of women in the Church, the debates on abortion and the sanctity of human life - with conviction and with knowledge, always teaching the full Catholic message and never with anger or with ill-will to those whose understanding was less than hers or who opposed the Church.

I remember with gratitude the wonderful hospitality given to me by the Hitchcocks’ when I was in St Louis, the house full of books and music, wonderful meals around the family table, and conversation so interesting and so exciting that it was extremely hard to finish the evening and accept the necessity of going to bed...a family united in faith and in affection, with a welcome that was a joy for every guest.

Helen leaves us with a vision of Christian women's authentic role in the Church and in society: forward-looking, active,  joyful in adherence to the Catholic Faith and the consistent and unchanging teachings of the Church, and keen to evangelize.

So many of us with be remembering Helen before God today, giving thanks for all that she taught us, and accompanying her with our prayers as she goes to meet the Father.... Joanna Bogle

This hasn't sunk in to me yet.  I can hardly believe it's possible.  What a hole in my life --- in our lives.  May she be welcomed and made glorious in Heaven, may she be blessed forever.  In Jesus' Name.... Julianne Wiley

Helen Hull Hitchcock was one of the most remarkable persons that I have ever known. I have valued her friendship and leadership for more than 30 years. She was an amazing witness to the faith and a true evangelizer.
Her many gifts and talents, her great intelligence, her leadership and her insights into the nature of the crises, ( especially the feminist crisis) facing the Church and the culture provided a light in the darkness for so many. She loved truth, goodness and beauty and knew that the foundation of all these essentials was found in the Church founded by Jesus Christ.
Of her life, she could truly say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Tm 4:7)

Love and blessings,
Margaret Whitehead

 


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