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Same Show, Different Day

When I recorded this on Monday, my wife and my son were both in quarantine because they had COVID, and the fear of infection for the rest of my family as well as the challenge of trying to do my job and run the… Continue Reading “Same Show, Different Day”

9/11, Conversion, and Prayer

This past Father’s Day, I got a few copies of Deacon Kandra’s book, A Deacon Prays. Though not yet a deacon, I was blessed by many of its beautiful reflections, especially the “deacon’s rosary” of the Luminous Mysteries. So without knowing anything else about… Continue Reading “9/11, Conversion, and Prayer”

Preaching for Conversion

I’ve always been impressed by how Fr. Dave preaches. To this day, I can remember specific things he said in his homilies, even from over a decade ago. And as I think about how I will get the chance to preach homilies (in just… Continue Reading “Preaching for Conversion”

Authentically Licensed Prop Replica

Doctor Strange has always been one of my favorite superheroes. Maybe it is was because I loved the magic elements of Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. When I played Dungeons and Dragons as a kid my character was usually a wizard… Continue Reading “Authentically Licensed Prop Replica”

The Power of Baptism

I think Baptism is a pretty underrated sacrament. Perhaps it is because many “cradle” Catholics don’t have a memory of it since they were infants when they were baptized. Though the Eucharist is rightly considered the “sacraments of sacraments”, the Catechism emphasizes that Baptism… Continue Reading “The Power of Baptism”

They That Hope… now on video!

So excited to be able to share videos of They That Hope! This will hopefully (no pun intended) be a weekly thing. In this episode, Fr. Dave and I talk fashion (or lack thereof), the inauguration, the importance of Christian Unity, and the witness… Continue Reading “They That Hope… now on video!”

Barbara Morgan, friend and mentor

I moved to Steubenville in 1994. Though I got accepted into the Master of Arts in Theology program, it was only as a part time student. My main purpose, or so I thought, was to do youth ministry in the Steubenville area. I wasn’t… Continue Reading “Barbara Morgan, friend and mentor”

Calling all in youth and young adult ministry!

I’m incredibly excited to share with you something amazing that will happen on our campus at the end of July. It is called VOICE + VISION: The National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults. With the completion of the Synod for Youth,… Continue Reading “Calling all in youth and young adult ministry!”

I (Still) Love Franciscan

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had many reaching out to me asking a variation of this question: “What is going on at Franciscan?” So allow me to share, from my perspective, what I see happening. I’d like to emphasize the phrase, “from my… Continue Reading “I (Still) Love Franciscan”

Planes, Boats, and Ambulances

I’m an optimistic person. I not only think the glass is half full, I’m glad that it isn’t totally full so that there is room for growth. But I was already debating the value of 2018 before my son fractured his femur on our… Continue Reading “Planes, Boats, and Ambulances”