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María Ruiz Scaperlanda
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María Ruiz Scaperlanda is an award-winning journalist and author. “The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma” is her sixth book. In the past 30 years, she has been published broadly, including the New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, Columbia, Liguorian, Our Sunday Visitor, Sooner Catholic and other diocesan publications.

In addition to the Catholic Press Association, María is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. In 2016 she received the St. Francis de Sales Award—the highest award given by the Catholic Press Association to an individual, for her “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism.”

María and her husband of 35 years, Michael, live in Norman, Oklahoma, with their Siberian Husky Diego. They have four adult children, and (so far!) eight grandchildren. María blogs at: Day by Day with Maria



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