Voices

Nick Ripatrazone has written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Paris Review and Esquire. His books include Ember Days, a collection of stories and Longing for an Absent God: Faith and Doubt in Great American Fiction.

 Father Paul Hill (Hamish Linklater) as Father Paul Hill in ‘Midnight Mass’ (photo: IMDB)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nick Ripatrazone
“Midnight Mass” feels like a throwback to the world that received “The Exorcist” in 1973.
The funeral of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera (photograph courtesy of HBO)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nick Ripatrazone
“The Art of Political Murder” reveals what happened when the government finally had enough of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera.
FaithFeatures
Nick Ripatrazone
A willingness to recognize the holiness of the ordinary might be the highest ideal of the solitary life.
Arts & CultureBooks
Nick Ripatrazone
If you think being a writer is nerve-wracking, try being a reviewer.
FaithFaith in Focus
Nick Ripatrazone
Bobcats, bears, foxes, hares, deer, raccoons, birds and the occasional coyote: Each day we capture wildlife on our trail camera, and my twin daughters continually become more entranced by animals.
Pictured from left: Mary Madeleva Wolff, C.S.C., Jessica Powers (Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit) and Madeline DeFrees (Mary Gilbert, S.N.J.M.) (photos: Saint Mary's College archives/Wikipedia/Madelinedefrees.com).
Arts & CulturePoetry
Nick Ripatrazone
In the mid-20th century, several women religious were writing and publishing ambitious poetry.
FaithFaith in Focus
Nick Ripatrazone
I am getting a window into the daily lives of my daughters, and I truly understand what my wife has always told me: Catholic schooling has defined her view of the world.
Members of the cast of ABC's 1997 show "Nothing Sacred." 
Arts & CultureIdeas
Nick Ripatrazone
The television series about an urban Catholic church was groundbreaking, and there has been nothing like it since.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nick Ripatrazone
It is a great set up for a television series—and yes, the comparisons to Scully and Mulder are warranted.
Arts & CultureBooks
Nick Ripatrazone
"An Orchestra of Minorities" is a profoundly tragic story of ambition and despair and how both come from the struggle to love.