Philippians 1:12-30

The best thing about this episode, for me personally, was that Fr. Dave agreed to be in my fantasy football league. I WILL CRUSH HIM!

A lot of this episode centered around Padre Pio and the interview Bishop Barron had with the actor who is playing him in an upcoming movie, Shia LeBeouf. It was an amazing interview and always edifying to hear how God reaches out to people in need. However, we talk about the dangers of putting someone on a pedestal too quickly.

We conclude looking at the end of the first chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians—such an amazing text! We pray you are being blessed by our conversation.

Philippians 1:1-11

Wow, Fr. Dave really does not like Banana Ball.

If you aren’t sure about what that is, I would say it is like baseball, but actually fun. Anyway, you can hear us argue about it at the beginning of the podcast. I’m just so excited for other sports to begin.

In this episode, Fr. Dave also shares about filming his new video series about God, the Father. He went back home, which was a bit emotional for him. I’m always grateful that he is so open with his feelings on the podcast.

At the end of this episode we start to unpack St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I’m really excited to get to dive into this over the next few weeks. As a bonus, the show concludes with a song I wrote way back when (2002) about one of its opening verses, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

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!