Category: Podcast

Sleeping At the Movies

Well, it was a bit delayed, but Fr. Dave and I finally got the chance to see Spider-Man: No Way Home together. It was my second time, Fr. Dave’s first. Man, I love that movie. But I agree with Fr. Dave’s assessment: it really… Continue Reading “Sleeping At the Movies”

Home for Christmas

Fr. Dave’s dad, Bob Pivonka, passed away on Monday. Let us keep the Pivonka family in our prayers this week. Fr. Dave wanted everyone to know that his dad was “home for Christmas,” which is a beautiful thought. Still, there will be an empty… Continue Reading “Home for Christmas”

Rejoicing Always

Squeaking this out at the last minute! It is about 10 PM on Tuesday as I’m writing this, just finishing up the edits in time for tomorrow’s release. As you will see (and the video works!), Fr. Dave is at home with family right… Continue Reading “Rejoicing Always”

The Peace of Advent

Like usual, we cover a variety of topics on this episode. I’ve been praying a lot for those impacted by the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan last week, especially the four teenagers and their families. As I share in the podcast, I am (once… Continue Reading “The Peace of Advent”

Custody Battle

I am so bummed the video didn’t work this week. By “didn’t work” I think it means I forgot to hit record on my phone. So you can only imagine the look on our faces when we opened up a package and there was… Continue Reading “Custody Battle”


It’s hard to describe how I felt about getting ordained a little over a week ago, but in this podcast I give it a try. I’m so grateful for all of you who have supported me on the journey. As I mention in the… Continue Reading “Ordained!”


I got ordained a deacon this past weekend! It was… amazing. Hard to describe. Still processing it all. I’m sure I’ll have more to say when it all sinks in, and Fr. Dave and I talk a bit about my ordination in this episode.… Continue Reading “Underdog”

Relative Envy

Is it my fault that I am related to amazing people? No, it is not. For the record, my Uncle Bob was Top Gun. And my Aunt, who became a Carmelite Hermit, was asked to audition for the Bionic Woman. My dog has yet… Continue Reading “Relative Envy”

A Life of Service

Those of you who regularly listen to Speaking with Deacons (and God bless you for doing so) might have noticed that my bi-weekly podcast became a monthly podcast last week. It was a crazy month with too many things going on, not the least… Continue Reading “A Life of Service”

Misadventures in Switzerland (and Bob, Solo)

It was only while recording the podcast that I learned what happened to Fr. Dave last week. As you will hear, they wouldn’t let him fly through Switzerland because he wasn’t vaccinated, even though he had a test that showed he had antibodies (which… Continue Reading “Misadventures in Switzerland (and Bob, Solo)”