About the Team
About The Team
Carey is responsible for 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 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!
I am Eric Jackson, Operations Manager and first full-time employee for The Catholic Woodworker. I am excited and grateful to be able to serve in this capacity. I answered a call to help make rosaries in early 2020 and could not have imagined it would lead to this opportunity. Previously, I worked full time in the green industry - doing both residential and commercial landscaping as well as estate management. Reflecting on my life experiences up to this point, I can see all the ways that God, in His perfect timing, was preparing me for this new role with The Catholic Woodworker.
Viva Cristo Rey y Madre Maria
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.
T.J. and Annmarie Schwarz
We have been married for 8.5 years. We met at a wedding back in 2008. Based on the events of the weekend, neither of us would have guessed we would now be married. Actually, we would never have guessed we would have even talked again. But, God had a plan and we are forever grateful. We have been gifted and entrusted with the care of 3 rambunctious little boys that keep us active, humbled, always learning, and often a little crazy.
T.J. works as a CPA for a tax consulting firm in Indianapolis. He had dreams of being an architect/developer but graduated the same year as the housing market crash, so he was led in a different direction. Annmarie is an occupational therapist with a passion for pediatric patients. But at this time she has been called to currently spend her days at home nurturing and raising those 3 boys.
We have both grown to have a deep love and appreciation for the gift of the rosary. Annmarie's started at the age of 9 when she found the immense power and peace it provided to her when she started battling fear and anxiety. It helped her to be able to fall asleep at night and became a nightly ritual for many years. T.J. is a convert to the faith, who joined the church in 2009 so his love for the rosary has been more recent. His love has grown from random learning of it as well as fascination with stories he had heard of the power behind it and the fruits that come from praying it. We find ourselves praying it together in our times of deepest need, a decade here and there with the whole crew, separately as T.J. drives to work, or Annmarie randomly pieces together the prayers amidst the juggling of the daily grind. No matter when, how often, whether it is spread out or completed in one sitting, we find the graces it provides are immeasurable.
We both vividly recall and often reminisce about our trip to Rome back in 2012. A part of our trip that was so special to us was when we stood in the Sistine Chapel staring and studying the alter wall covered in the fresco of Michelangelo's The Last Judgment. One part of the painting particularly stuck out to us- 2 souls being hauled up to heaven by a soul already there, with the mechanism in between being the rosary. Our number one goal that we strive for every day is working towards getting each other and our children to heaven. Man, do we struggle and fall short every day. But what an incredible gift we have been given in the rosary- a spiritual weapon to help us in this difficult life battle- a force to be reckoned with. And we are beyond grateful to now be able to help create them for all of you. Know that as we use our hands to make them, that we are praying for yours that will hold them. And we pray by God's grace, through Mary, we one day will all be hand-in-hand in heaven.
To learn more about The Catholic Woodwork and our mission, visit our About Us page.