The editor-in-chief of the magazine – Press room
It cannot be a coincidence that Meg McDonnell ended up editing a magazine whose very name means “really”.
“I’ve always been struck by the idea that we don’t believe certain things are true because the Catholic Church teaches them,” she says. “On the contrary, the Catholic Church teaches them because they are true. In my job as the editor of a women’s lifestyle publication, we spend a lot of time thinking about what fosters meaningful, meaningful and happy lives for women and their loved ones. Time and time again, we find that social science data for happiness in relationships, work, and life supports the teachings of faith. “
Verily, whose mission is to empower and inspire women, has become one of the first to adopt a “Photoshop-less policy”. Their posture is as follows: “We firmly believe that the unique characteristics of women – whether they are crow’s feet, freckles or a less hard-than-rock body – contribute to their beauty and n do not need to be deleted or edited with Photoshop. “Therefore, they never alter the structure of their models’ bodies or faces, never remove their wrinkles or birthmarks, or alter the texture of their skin.
“Technology has radically changed our relationships with each other,” McDonnell says, “and what is expected of us as individuals and families. For women in particular, there is still a lot of pressure to “have it all,” and women’s levels of happiness and fulfillment have not quite kept up with rapidly changing expectations. My job at Verily is to use the media to help women sort through these expectations in order to find what works best for her, her relationships and her job. … This has obvious advantages for the common good, because by empowering women, we also promote better relationships between her and those close to her.
Verily’s mission is clearly nurtured by McDonnell’s studies in St. Thomas. She recalls: “It has been said that ‘journalism is the first draft of history.’ When I think about my work, I often think of this, and in particular how my work can be an outline of how God’s people reacted to the culture and times in which they lived. Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to have a job that would allow me to help people who didn’t know or didn’t like the Catholic faith to come and see the beauty of its teachings. … I feel grateful for making this dream come true. In particular, I find my work as a writer creates this historic sketch of how people continue to desire and cling to the good, the true and the beautiful in a rapidly changing and at times very difficult culture.
It is a challenge that she takes up with great joy and Christian hope. As an undergraduate student, Catholic Studies administrative assistants Mary Kay O’Rourke and Kathy Fell affectionately referred to McDonell and her cohort as the Giggle Gang.
“We always call each other happily,” recalls McDonnell. “Catholic studies have helped us find and experience genuine joy, and we have never stopped clinging to it.”