Joliet lay contemplative Kathleen A. Ellinger of Joliet started creating religious poetry and artwork in 2015 and has since self-published over a dozen large books of poetry, as well as a 140-page collection of her religious images.
In a 2018 Herald-News story, Ellinger described her conversion experience: "I encountered the Lord in prayer. I opened my eyes and saw our Lord crucified. ... I felt it rush through my whole being."
Ellingers' works are available on Amazon.