The Family Hearth General Store

Who Is Kathleen?

Kathleen Littleton, J.D., M.T.S

wife, mother of 14, attorney, educator, author, spiritual director

    KathleenKathleen Littleton is, first and foremost, a wife and mother of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth and five in heaven. She obtained her Masters in Theological Studies, Summa Cum Laude, from the Institute of Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University in 2014. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from DePaul College of Law in Chicago in 1983 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. Kathleen obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, English and French from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1981.

She gave up her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mother when her first child was born. When her youngest turned three, 27 years later, she accepted a part-time position as Director of Religious Education at her home parish. Over the years she has been involved in various Church ministries involving faith formation and has worked part-time for a Diocesan Tribunal.

With her husband, James Littleton, she founded a 501(c) 3 nonprofit ministry Forming Faithful Families (2008) to strengthen families in the faith. The ministry has produced a fifteen episode DVD series airing internationally on Catholic television (2015). With her spouse, she co-authored Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen (2007). Kathleen authored the sequel Better By the Dozen Plus Two, Part Two, subtitled Lessons Learned from Loss and Leukemia by a Family of Sixteen (2012), and most recently her newest book To Reflect the Truth That God Knows (2015) available at,, and in bookstores.

An author, educator, attorney, wife and mother, Kathleen currently runs the storefront ministry of Forming Faithful Families, The Family Hearth General Store, in an 1870s authentic general store in her hometown of Historic Frankfort, Illinois. As Catholic reverts, spiritual directors, and radio hosts of their own international program on Radio Maria, Kathleen and Jim are available as speakers, individually or as a couple, on a wide range of healing, marriage, and faith and family topics. Kathleen can be reached with questions, comments or speaking engagement requests at or through