Category: Blog


For the first time ever on They That Hope, we had a guest on the podcast: Rosie, my new puppy. She is awfully cute and extremely chill for a puppy. For those who care, she is a soft coated Wheaton terrier. I talk a… Continue Reading “Bone-O”

Franciscan Multiversity

I was in Florida when I recorded this on Monday. My mom finally decided to sell her house, and with this market it went quick! Unfortunately, the highest bid also wanted her out the door quickly, so it was more of a last minute… Continue Reading “Franciscan Multiversity”

Back to School!

I always enjoy this time of year, when my kids go back to school and classes start at Franciscan. Probably because I work at a college, but the end of August feels more like “New Year’s Day” than January 1st does. We had an… Continue Reading “Back to School!”

Season Two

I really missed doing this podcast for the past two weeks, and it was great to be back with Fr. Dave! A good amount of our conversation was catching up with each other. Dave went to the beach, but I was on retreat! The… Continue Reading “Season Two”

The Importance of the Spiritual Life

Deacon James Keating is one of my favorite authors and his book The Heart of the Diaconate has had a profound impact my formation and the way I have approached being a deacon. He was one of the first people I wanted to interview… Continue Reading “The Importance of the Spiritual Life”

Die Hard

I’m not exactly sure how “Die Hard” became a recurring theme of this podcast, but there are just some things we will never know this side of heaven. I’m sure it probably had to do with us recording this podcast in the evening (we… Continue Reading “Die Hard”

Three Brothers, Three Deacons!

For this episode of Speaking with Deacons, I got to have a conversation with three brothers who are all ordained deacons! It was great to hear their stories of how they heard and answered the call to the diaconate. Since growing up I only… Continue Reading “Three Brothers, Three Deacons!”

Steubenville Middle East

I was tremendously blessed to host the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America 2 Youth Conference last weekend, even to the point of tears! A shout out to all the team, staff, volunteers, and (most importantly) youth ministers who made it such a wonderful event. Fr.… Continue Reading “Steubenville Middle East”

The Sound of Austria

Fr. Dave calls in from Austria and I learn how sensitive he is to asking about The Sound of Music. I call in from New Hampshire and we have a great conversation about the importance of leisure and spending time with family and friends.… Continue Reading “The Sound of Austria”

Summer Vacation

This week, I was the one who wasn’t in Steubenville! I called in from Grantham, New Hampshire (where my mom has a place) while Fr. Dave called from in his spartan dwelling in the Holy Spirit Friary. My surroundings inspired a brief conversation about… Continue Reading “Summer Vacation”