MaryAnn Diorio Ministries is an outgrowth of Daystar Ministries International, first founded by Dr. MaryAnn in 1984. When the Daystar Television Network began to gain prominence, Dr. MaryAnn began to receive numerous phone calls and even donations for this wonderful television ministry. Of course, she forwarded all of the donations and forwarded all phone calls. When it became apparent that the public was increasingly confusing her ministry with the television ministry, Dr. MaryAnn felt the need to change the name of her ministry to MaryAnn Diorio Ministries in order to avoid continued confusion.

Dr. Diorio’s ministry began as a writing ministry and then grew into a teaching and speaking ministry. For several years, she wrote The Daystar Devotional and  Winning with the Word, weekly devotionals addressing the common challenges of daily life from a Biblical perspective.

Today, she continues to minister through her weekly blog, Matters of the Heart, her three podcast series–Winning with the Word, A Moment with MaryAnn, and Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers— and via her fiction, non-fiction, and books for children.

The mission of MaryAnn Diorio Ministries is to exalt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through writing and teaching and, in this way, to do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Our logo is a blue butterfly, symbol of the new birth and transformation that occur when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord and allow His Holy Spirit to transform us. Our key Scripture verse is John 8:32 “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

We have available a variety of resources to assist you in knowing Christ and growing in your relationship with Him. These resources are available through our Bookstore link in the menu above. We do not take offerings, but we do appreciate your prayers.

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning author, novelist, and poet. She writes novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction for both adults and children. Dr. MaryAnn is also a fine artist and works in oils, acrylics, pastels, colored pencil, and pen-and-ink. Her musical interests include playing the piano, the mandolin, and the cello.

In 1979, MaryAnn accepted the call of God on her life to become a writer. Since then, she has written several books and hundreds of articles, short stories, and poems that have appeared in over 100 national magazines, newspapers, and journals, including The Saturday Evening Post, Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine, The Press of Atlantic City, and Human Events. She also served as head writer for the regional television series Teen Machine.

MaryAnn’s popular syndicated column, Winning with the Word, was published for several years in newspapers throughout the state of New Jersey. It is now published via the Internet and is available on this website and via her Winning with the Word podcast series.

MaryAnn has also served as a syndicated columnist for the AMY Foundation Internet Syndicate. She has authored several books of fiction: A Sicilian Farewell, The Madonna of Pisano, Surrender to Love, A Christmas Homecoming, and Magnolia Memories. Her non-fiction books include You Were Made for Greatness, The Daystar Devotional, God Speaks to Me, A Student’s Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Student’s Guide to Herman Melville, and A Student’s Guide to Mark Twain.

MaryAnn has been a contributor to several book compilations: My Turn to Care (Thomas Nelson), Religious Writer’s Marketplace (Abingdon Press)), The Young Generation Book of Short Stories, Rest Stops for Busy Moms, Rest Stops for Teachers (Broadman & Holman), The Heart of a Teacher (Bethany House), and God Answers Moms’ Prayers (God Allows U-Turns series, Harvest House, 2005). She has also authored five picture books for children: The Dandelion Patch, Candle Love, Toby Too Small, Do Angels Ride Ponies?, and Who Is Jesus? and one chapter book, Do Angels Ride Ponies? as well as three short works for adults: Beyond the Grave, After You’re Born Again, and From the Treadmill to the Balance Beam: Biblical Principles for Achieving Balance in Life.

In 1990, MaryAnn won the $4000 Third Place Award in the Annual AMY Writing Awards Program for her article entitled “From Feminism to Freedom”. Her short story entitled “The Birthmark” placed fifth in the 1990 National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest and ranked in the top 100 in the 1990 Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. She has also received an Honorable Mention award from TAKE ONE Radio Theatre for a radio script. In 1992, she was awarded the Second Place Prize in the Novel Category at the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference. In 2006, she placed third in the ACFW Genesis Contest Women’s Fiction category for her novel Sicilian Sunrise (now titled The Madonna of Pisano). In 2009, this novel placed second in the Inspirational Category of the East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest. In 2011, it took First Place in the Inspirational Category of the 2011 Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest for Unpublished Authors and Second Place in the Historical Category of the 2011 RWA Where the Magic Begins Contest. It took First Place in the 2011 Space Coast Launching a Star Contest (STAR).

MaryAnn has appeared on several radio and television talk shows, including the nation-wide LeSea Alive program hosted by the late Dr. Lester Sumrall, By the Book hosted by Debbie Williams, and Women of Grace hosted by Kelly McCausey. She has also been interviewed on WDAS (Philadelphia), WIBG (South Jersey), and WNNN (South Jersey). Articles about her writing have appeared in The Press of Atlantic City, The Daily Journal, The Millville News, The Bridgeton Evening News, and The Times Herald of her hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania.

MaryAnn has served as a distinguished judge for the annual AMY Writing Awards Program, the annual Capitol Writers Writing Contest (Washington, DC area),and the annual American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Contest. She is listed in International Who’s Who, Who’s Who in the East, International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, Dictionary of International Biography, The World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in the World, The International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, The National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. Most important of all, MaryAnn rejoices that she is listed in The Lamb’s Book of Life!

A graduate of the University of Kansas where she earned the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree  and the Master of Philosophy degree in French and Comparative Literature, Mary Ann also holds the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University.  She has taught French and Fiction Writing online for Regent University,  Italian at the University of Kansas, French at the Pitman High School in Pitman, New Jersey, English, French, Spanish, and Creative Writing at the Fairton Christian Center Academy in Fairton, New Jersey, French and Italian at Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey, and Writing and Public Speaking at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She also served as Assistant Professor of Italian and Spanish at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ, as Adjunct Professor of Biblical Business Principles at New Life Bible College in Millville, NJ, and as Adjunct Professor of Writing for Nottingham-Trent University (United Kingdom).

MaryAnn has served on the faculty of several writers’ conferences, including the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference, the Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference, and The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers’ Seminar. MaryAnn is also a graduate of the three-year program of Rhema Correspondence Bible School, a diplomate of The Institute of Children’s Literature, and a graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services). She currently serves as Hostess for the Children’s Writers’ Loop of American Christian Fiction Writers.

In 1984, MaryAnn founded Daystar Communications, later known as Daystar Ministries International. She ran this ministry until 2005, at which point it was incorporated into MaryAnn’s other ministries.

MaryAnn is also a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor. She is a gifted Bible teacher and speaker.

A a Certified Life Coach, MaryAnn has helped many people–especially writers, artists, and business owners–define their mission in life and fulfill it.

Dr. MaryAnn is a member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Coaches Network,

For all that God has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the praise and all the glory!


MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, DMin, MFA, CLC
Author of Fiction

To contact Dr. MaryAnn directly: drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com
For general information: Info@MaryAnnDiorioMinistries.com

Author and Writing Coach

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…Exalting Jesus Christ, and Him Alone…