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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”

Do You Believe?

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” These are the words we hear Elizabeth say to Mary at the end of the Gospel today. About ten chapters and thirty years later in the Gospel of… Continue Reading “Do You Believe?”

The Opening Act: a faumily for the Third Sunday of Advent

When I was about 15, my older sister took me to see U2 live in concert. It was their Joshua Tree tour. I had actually only been to one other concert before that, which was the Monkees 25th Anniversary Tour. So, yeah, this was… Continue Reading “The Opening Act: a faumily for the Third Sunday of Advent”

The City and the Desert: a faux homily for the second Sunday of Advent

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.  Glory to you, O Lord.  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and… Continue Reading “The City and the Desert: a faux homily for the second Sunday of Advent”

Taking a Stand

Yesterday I officially became a candidate for the diaconate in the diocese of Steubenville. It is a great honor! After posting some pictures of the Candidacy Mass on Instagram, I received a number of congratulations from friends, as well as comments asking, “had you… Continue Reading “Taking a Stand”