Are you a fan of online shopping, but want a way to shop Catholic and shop small? Check out this family-based online retailer Catholic Door, a business with a heart for ministry.
This post was sponsored by Catholic Door. I received a shopping credit in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
My husband and I are daydreamers.
What if we won the lottery?
What if we bought and restored an old home?
What if we both quit our jobs and opened the school of our dreams, one perfect for quirky, gifted kids?
Dream number one is pretty out there, and dream number two is mostly mine (Dan’s not a fan of DIY). But dream number three? Definitely a possibility. We’ve had personal and professional experience, and we’ve been tossing the idea around for years.
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time at all, really, you’ll notice we haven’t closed up shop and built a school. That’s because as much as we could do it, and, probably, would do it, we don’t feel that’s where God is calling us right now. The dream will stay a dream; our hearts will (hopefully) stay open. If – and when – it’s time, God will let us know.
So why am I telling you this little story?
This past summer, an intern for a company called Catholic Door sent me an email. He had found me on CatholicMom, and wondered if I’d be interested in working with his employer, David Whitworth, a Catholic father of four.
Whitworth walked away from a six-figure salary because he heard God knock on his heart.
A Heart for Ministry – and Business
In 2016, Entrepeneur David Whitworth launched Catholic Door, a one-stop shop for Catholic books and gifts. He and his wife, Laurel, homeschool their four children, running the small Catholic business out of their Texas home. One year post launch, their website features a wide variety of hand-selected products from major and independent retailers. Laurel is Catholic Door’s main buyer: her selections come almost exclusively from US artisans and countries with a large Catholic population (like Brazil, Mexico, Poland, and Italy).
While David and Laurel consider Catholic Door a family business (their children love unloading packages and helping out around the office), they’ve also made it a point to craft a for-profit ministry. What does that look like, exactly? According to Whitworth, the longterm goals of Catholic Door as a ministry include
- Donating 10% of every purchase to Catholic organizations (Catholic charities, schools, scholarship funds, and more)
- Bringing the “dignity of work” to those who struggle to find it (like the homeless and those formerly incarcerated)
- Remaining faithful to the Magisterium through created and curated content
- Creating a Catholic culture in the workplace through daily Mass and Adoration
Through their current business practices and strong goals for the future, the Whitworth’s heart for ministry remains abundantly clear.
Shopping Small, Shopping Catholic at Online Retailer Catholic Door
I love supporting small Catholic businesses, but I love it even more when those businesses provide a flawless experience for me as a consumer. Our budget is tight, my time is limited, and the quality of customer service a business provides factors greatly in my decision to buy. Fortunately, Catholic Door meets and exceeds all three of those requirements. Their prices are competitive, and consumer relations are foremost in the Whitworth’s minds.
If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, you’ll find the Catholic Door interface easy to navigate. You can search for products by name or browse the categories with the option to filter by cost, recipient, occasion, and more. Shipping is always free with Catholic Door, and no membership is required. And because I’m a diehard Amazon Prime girl, I was pleasantly surprised when my order arrived two days after I placed it!
What was in my order?
The Little People Nativity Set from Fisher Price ($39.95)
I have wanted one of these for years. All three of my kids have loved playing with it.
A lavender Rosary Bracelet from ChewsLife ($14.95)
This is going to my sister’s newest little one, due to arrive in the next few weeks.
Curious what else you can find at Catholic Door?
Peruse their selection of hand-crafted rosaries in a variety of finishes, colors, and devotions.
Take a gander at their collection of statues, wall art, ornaments, and decor.
Catholic Door truly does have something for everyone, across budget, need, and style.
It’s a beautiful way to shop small and shop Catholic. Thank God the Whitworth family answered His call.
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