Summer Vacation

Hey all! Just to let you know that Fr. Dave and I are having a week with our families, so there is no new episode of They That Hope today. We will be back next week!

Summer Set-Lists

Hard to believe we just finished the summer conferences a little over two weeks ago! Huge shout out to the amazing musicians I was honored to work with: Dan Bozek (bass), Anna Brewer (vocal), Mary Brewer (keys and vocal), Tim Hepburn (drums), and John Paul Von Arx (lead guitar and vocal).

Many have asked for copies of the set lists we used, and I’ve included them here. They are about 90% accurate! Sometimes we had to cut things short or add time depending on the presentations.

And if you’d like to hear some of the live music we’ve done before, check out “Steubenville Worship” on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.

SUPERCUT: The Our Father

Fr. Dave is filming a new series this week about God the Father! So it seemed fitting that we’d piece together the segments we had recorded for the Our Father prayer into one episode here. Next week, we will start diving in to the letter to the Philippians.

God bless!

Father President

We did a late Monday night recording—always a dangerous thing! I’ve been a bit out of it for the past week as we finished up summer conferences, but Fr. Dave filled me in on the exciting (yawn) contract negotiations with Juan Soto of the Washington National… zzz.

Sorry, must have dozed off there. Anywho, we end up discussing more interesting stuff, like when he got to film a scene for his documentary of St. Francis, A Sign of Contradiction, in the Basilica of the Portiuncula in Assisi, Italy. Also, pray for him: this weekend he begins recording a new video series on God the Father.

So I doubt we will be in the same room for next week’s podcast (and not entirely sure one will happen), but I pray you are blessed by this one.

A Pilgrimage of Penance

It was good to be back in person with Fr. Dave this week! Two more conferences this weekend (Applied Biblical Studies and Defending the Faith) and that will be a wrap on the Summer Conference season at Franciscan.

Pope Francis was just beginning his trip in Canada, but Fr. Dave said he wanted to talk about what Francis called a “pilgrimage of penance,” especially since Fr. Dave’s order has such a focus on penance. We also talked about what was going on in Germany with the “synodal path.”

And cats. We talked about cats.

If you really like cats… I will just apologize in advance. Let’s just say that Fr. Dave and Alf have a lot in common. 100 points for your house if you get that reference (and 50 more if you got the reference to the reference).


Fr. Dave and Dcn. Bob share about their travels over the past weeks and discuss the theme of this summer’s Steubenville Youth Conferences, “Fearless.”

Yes, it is a lame but short description 🙂 Hey, at least we recorded an episode this week! Shout out to all who I got to see over the past two weeks who came up and said how much they enjoyed the show. Very blessed!

SUPERCUT: The Virtues

Hope you had a great Fourth of July Weekend! I’m on vacation in New Hampshire and Fr. Dave is still in India. Since our schedules wouldn’t line up to be able to record the podcast this week, we decided we might try something different for this episode.

As you may remember, this past Lent we decided to dedicate the end of each episode to one of the seven virtues. Thank you for all the great feedback on those! Well, just for funsies, I clipped the ends of each of those episodes and created a “supercut” that features all of them together.

I really enjoyed doing it, and it was cool to see how it all flowed together. Be forewarned, it is a bit longer than our usual episode (about an hour and fifteen minutes). Let me know at if you liked it or not. I could do the same thing with the Our Father episodes if people are interested in it.

For those of you who regularly listen, I hope it is a great reminder and encouragement on how live a virtuous life. I also wonder if this might be a good episode to share with someone who you think would be blessed by it? Perhaps that person who hates the “SportsCenter” part of our episodes 🙂 Enjoy!

Roe v. Wade Overturned!

Honestly, we weren’t even going to do an episode this week, but when the news broke on Friday that Roe v. Wade was overturned, we found time on Sunday to do it.

In this episode, we try to unpack what that will mean for Catholics in our country, and discuss ways we can share the pro-life message with others.

And, sadly, the Tampa Bay Lightning did not win the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row, losing to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening. They played their hearts out, but the Avs were the better team. There is always next year!

Deliver Us From Evil

Fr. Dave was somewhere in Maryland and I was somewhere in Virginia when we recorded this podcast, so the audio quality isn’t the best, and the video is me with a picture of Fr. Dave. But I think it came out pretty good all things considering!

I have a feeling that Fr. Dave isn’t rooting for the Colorado Avalanche as much as rooting against my Tampa Bay Lightning. Rough game on Saturday (they lost 0-7) but thankfully they won the next game, so I am still “they that hoping” they could pull off the three-peat.

I’m in Virginia playing music and giving talks to teenagers attending the Diocese of Arlington WorkCamp. During the day, these teenagers help people in need by fixing houses, building handicapped ramps, etc., and then in the evening gather for fun, fellowship and prayer. I think I first helped with WorkCamp back in… 96? I’ve not been able to be a part of it since 2015 when I took over leading worship for all of the adult and summer conferences. But now that I’m just leading worship for the adult conferences (still speaking at some youth conferences), I had the dates available and I’m THRILLED to be back.

In this episode, Fr. Dave and I finish the last petition of the Our Father, “deliver us from evil.” I’m grateful for all the positive feedback on the past few episodes! We think we will keep pulling out longer themes like this and we are happy for ideas on what you might like us to talk about. Shoot an email to

Fr. Dave is heading to India for the next couple of weeks and I’m out and about doing other summer conferences, so we aren’t exactly sure if we will be able to release any new episodes next week or early July, but we will try our best!

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

I’m in the middle of the Priests, Deacons, Seminarians retreat here on campus, so you’ll just get the episode description:

Dcn. Bob can’t stop talking about the moped he just got! He and Fr. Dave also talk about sports, last weekend’s Steubenville Youth Conference, and what it means to pray, “lead us not into temptation.”