Welcome to The Catholic Woodworker, Armor up with our Spiritual Weapons Built for Battle!

About The Team

About The Team


Jonathan Conrad

I’m Jonathan Conrad, the Catholic Woodworker. I grew up Catholic, and when I wasn’t at church I was building things with my dad, my grandfather, or just me. I’m married to my high-school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with three boys. I always thought it was my job to teach them how to be a man, but I think I learn more from them than they do from me. It wasn’t until we had kids that I realized how much I needed daily prayer, the rosary, and especially the sacraments. This zeal for daily prayer and the rosary is the inspiration behind the handmade wooden rosaries I create, our in-home alter sets, and all the devotional items we offer.

My wife, Carey, is responsible for inventory and order fulfillment — so when your handmade wooden rosary arrives quickly, it's all thanks to her. She is the most organized, thoughtful, funny, and beautiful person I know and has supported this crazy mission to create a Catholic online store dedicated to helping arm people for spiritual battle from day one.

Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your faith journey. We hope and pray these spiritual weapons are a blessing for you and your loved ones in the battles you face each day. To Jesus through Mary!

 


Brian Laspisa

My name is Brian Laspisa. I am a Catholic father and husband living in Phoenix, AZ. I grew up going to church on and off at different denominations but never really established a faith identity. It was in my senior year at Arizona State University everything changed. ASU is blessed to have a Newman Center on campus. I started attending RCIA and was initiated into the Catholic Church on the Easter Vigil of 2010.
This process not only brought me into the church but it introduced me to my future brother in law. We went through RCIA together, and he and his wife (fiancé at that point) introduced me to his sister Janis who is now my wife. She went through RCIA and we were married in the church February 2013.
This was just the beginning. We were blessed with our first child, Elizabeth in December 2013. Then William in February 2016 and Margaret in October 2017.
My journey with the rosary started before I was Catholic. I was going through a rough time in my life and came home to my apartment and saw a rosary just sitting on the steps. I knew what it was but that was about it. I ignored it for a long time but looking back I think that was the seed planted in my heart. For a while I prayed the rosary every now and then. I wanted to pray it daily but for one reason or another I would give it up. I have consecrated my life to Jesus through Mary and now pray everyday with my wooden rosary. I am a definite work in progress but with the help Jesus and his mother someday I hope to join them in heaven. Viva Cristo Rey y Madre Maria.

Katie Kuchar

Hi. Katie Kuchar here. Let me tell you about my love affair with Our Lady. It has been one wild and exciting adventure. I live the little town of Payette, Idaho. I was basically born and raised here. I have been a Catholic all my life. My parents instilled in me, at a very young age, a love for the Blessed Mother and we prayed the rosary often. I took up the practice of praying on the beads personally at age 16, when I bought my first rosary from a religious hermit who was selling her handmade wares after mass. I still remember the color; turquoise beads, the face of our crucified lord etched into the centerpiece, and the crucifix with a corpus surrounded by stars. I carried it with me everywhere. In my pocket. 

Fast forward to college. I was a scared freshmen diving into a very large ocean of people and philosophies I didn't know or understand. I prayed my rosary, and held the hand of my Blessed Mother each morning. Despite all the anxiety I felt, I had my mother with me. Fast forward again. I found my husband in a quiet adoration chapel (yes this is a true story) on the feast of St. Joseph. We married and now have going on 6 children and 1 in heaven. I struggled to hold onto the hand of my mother through a myriad of intense trials. But she never let go of my hand. She has been with me in all my joys and sorrows.

Let's back up a bit. At age 18 I went to daily mass with an elderly woman from my parish. She gave me my first rosary supplies. You know those little plastic beads and parts? Yeah, those. I was hooked. I soon started making them from wood beads. I eventually learned to make wire-wrapped rosaries. (Making those is so hard on the hands!) I loved giving handmade rosaries away as gifts. Then I found Jonathan's Catholic online store. I read his mission statement. Someone who sells handmade rosaries because they want people to experience the priceless relationship with Jesus through Mary. Wow. I bought a few of these from him. I studied them, and now, here I am, on the team, doing what I love. Building swords for people to win their battles. If you ask me what I do, I'll tell you that I grow people and I forge weapons.

To learn more about The Catholic Woodwork and our mission, visit our About Us page.