About the book
One in every six couples in the United States experiences infertility but Catholic couples face additional confusion, worry, and frustration as they explore the medical options available to them. Filling a major void in Catholic resources, The Infertility Companion for Catholics, published by Ave Maria Press, is the first book to address not only the medical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of infertility, but also the particular needs of Catholic couples who desire to understand and follow Church teaching on the use of assisted reproductive technology.
The book describes the options that Catholic couples can pursue in seeking to conceive, many of which are not ordinarily presented by the medical community. In an encouraging and non-judgmental tone, authors Angelique Ruhi-López and Carmen Santamaría address both husbands and wives and help them recognize the emotional impact of infertility on their relationship.
The Infertility Companion for Catholics presents a variety of spiritual resources including prayers, devotions, and the wisdom of the saints and provides suggestions for further reading of reference materials, Catholic documents, and Catholic blogs about infertility.
Praise for The Infertility Companion for Catholics:
“For a couple desiring children, discovering their infertility can be devastating. This personal witness of two couples’ faith journey struggling with infertility is uplifting and refreshing. This labor of love is also extremely well researched and solidly within the teaching of the Catholic Church. Highly recommended!”
Rev. Alfred Cioffi
National Catholic Bioethics Center
“The suffering of infertility is an especially painful participation in the cross of Jesus Christ. In this thoughtful guide, the authors provide a spiritual road-map for walking through this suffering in obedience to the call of our Lord. This book provides both hope and solace to Catholic spouses who seek to follow Jesus and to be faithful to his teachings as expressed by the Church.”
Director of Theology Programs
Theological Institute for the New Evangelization
Saint John’s Seminary
“Sharing the latest in advanced diagnostic treatment options that fall within the teachings of the Magisterium and providing faith-filled tools for both partners, the authors have created the perfect primer for married couples facing the stress, heartbreak, and uncertainty of infertility. Also a fantastic resource for family members, friends, and pastoral staff who share this difficult path with infertile couples. Let this book help strengthen your marriage and your spiritual life.”Lisa M. Hendey
Author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
“A guiding light to infertile couples wishing to learn more about treatment options in light of the Church’s teaching, and how to address this suffering emotionally and spiritually. Offers great inner consolation, as it addresses the difficult topics of infertility, discernment, miscarriage, and adoption. A must-read for infertile couples!”
Author of Embracing the Cross of Infertility