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I'm a Catholic writer and speaker who's written dozens of articles in places like First Things, Plough, The Lamp, and  the Catholic Herald. I've also edited numerous books for EWTN Publishing and addressed audiences around the country.   My work is about articulating a fully integrated view of Catholic living, anchored in tradition but oriented toward the future. Read more about my vision for church, family, and society. This is my online home, but in real life I live in my hometown of Pittsburgh with my wife, Katie, and our four children: Teresa, Ambrose, Margaret, and Agnes.

Good to See You

I’m a Catholic writer and speaker who’s written dozens of articles in places like First Things, Plough, The Lamp, and the Catholic Herald. I’ve also edited numerous books for EWTN Publishing and addressed audiences around the country.

My work is about articulating a fully integrated view of Catholic living, anchored in tradition but oriented toward the future. Read more about my vision for church, family, and society.

This is my online home, but in real life I live in my hometown of Pittsburgh with my wife, Katie, and our four children: Teresa, Ambrose, Margaret, and Agnes.

I'm a Catholic writer and speaker who's written dozens of articles in places like First Things, Plough, The Lamp, and  the Catholic Herald. I've also edited numerous books for EWTN Publishing and addressed audiences around the country.   My work is about articulating a fully integrated view of Catholic living, anchored in tradition but oriented toward the future. Read more about my vision for church, family, and society. This is my online home, but in real life I live in my hometown of Pittsburgh with my wife, Katie, and our four children: Teresa, Ambrose, Margaret, and Agnes.

I’m a Catholic writer and speaker who’s written dozens of articles in places like First Things, Plough, The Lamp, and the Catholic Herald. I’ve also edited numerous books for EWTN Publishing and addressed audiences around the country.

My work is about articulating a fully integrated view of Catholic living, anchored in tradition but oriented toward the future. Read more about my vision for church, family, and society.

This is my online home, but in real life I live in my hometown of Pittsburgh with my wife, Katie, and our four children: Teresa, Ambrose, Margaret, and Agnes.

My book, The Prodigal Church, is now available from Sophia Institute Press. It’s a clear-eyed look at the Church in our time, and a hope-filled vision for what she can be, if only she embraces the reality of Christ and His grace.



I’m also working on two more 2020 releases: It is Right and Just, with Scott Hahn on the virtue of religion and the just society, and Catholic Pittsburgh: A Pilgrim’s Guide, an illustrated book on the history and present of the Church in my hometown.

My book, The Prodigal Church, is now available from Sophia Institute Press. It’s a clear-eyed look at the Church in our time, and a hope-filled vision for what she can be, if only she embraces the reality of Christ and His grace.



I’m also working on two more 2020 releases: It is Right and Just, with Scott Hahn on the virtue of religion and the just society, and Catholic Pittsburgh: A Pilgrim’s Guide, an illustrated book on the history and present of the Church in my hometown.

A New Voice for a New Time

A few examples of my work:

“Small Acts of Grace,” Plough, February 2020

“Detachment Parenting,” Fare Forward, Winter 2018

“Christ’s mercy touches our untouchables,” SCO, November 2017

“Her Name is Monroe Christine,” First Things, June 2018

Have a writing project you don’t know what to do with? A manuscript you need help shaping into a book? I’m happy to consult with you about your work, bringing my editing experience and intuition to the table to make your project a success. Let me know how I can help.

Here are some of the books that I’ve edited or contributed to:

  • Editor & contributor
  • Contributor
  • Fr. George Rutler
  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa
  • Fr. Wade Menezes
  • Fr. John Horgan
  • Fr. Charles Connor
  • Dr. Ray Guarendi
  • Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers
  • Fr. Timothy Gallagher
  • Dr. David Anders
  • Fr. Bill Casey
  • Dr. Benjamin Wiker
  • Editor

A New Voice for a New Time

A few examples of my work:

“Small Acts of Grace,” Plough, February 2020

“Detachment Parenting,” Fare Forward, Winter 2018

“Christ’s mercy touches our untouchables,” SCO, November 2017

“Her Name is Monroe Christine,” First Things, June 2018

Have a writing project you don’t know what to do with? A manuscript you need help shaping into a book? I’m happy to consult with you about your work, bringing my editing experience and intuition to the table to make your project a success. Let me know how I can help.

Here are some of the books that I’ve edited or contributed to:

  • Editor & contributor
  • Contributor
  • Fr. George Rutler
  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa
  • Fr. Wade Menezes
  • Fr. John Horgan
  • Fr. Charles Connor
  • Dr. Ray Guarendi
  • Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers
  • Fr. Timothy Gallagher
  • Dr. David Anders
  • Fr. Bill Casey
  • Dr. Benjamin Wiker
  • Editor
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Something Fresh

My goal is to deliver timeless truths in a way you’ve never heard before. The same old cliches no longer work–if they ever did. It’s time for a new wave of Catholic creativity: Let me bring mine to your event.

See and Hear Me

Television appearances: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, At Home with Jim & Joy, and EWTN Bookmark.

Fountains of Carrots | Haley Stewart & Christy Isinger

The Challenges and Joys of Catholic Fatherhood,

Why the Beauty of Catholicism Speaks to the Heart

A Revitalized Church in an Uncertain Time

The UnCommon Good | Bo Bonner & Dr. Bud Marr

Detachment Parenting

The Paradox of Individualism

Other radio appearances include NPR, EWTN Radio, Ave Maria Radio, and many more.

Upcoming Appearances

Pandemic hiatus…

Booking

Let me know what you’re looking for in a speaker, and we can craft an appearance that will suit your particular needs. While it’s no substitute for the real thing, I’m happy to do events over Zoom, Skype, or other teleconferencing software. I’m happy to speak on any of the topics listed around this site, including:

The Catholic Family in a Secular Society

The Sacramentality of Friendship

The Prodigal Church: A Vision for the Next Generation of the Church in America

Available Now

The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception

“…an essential intervention from one of our most exciting young Catholic commentators.”

“…fresh, realistic, and astonishingly creative.”

For too many decades, our Catholic Church has diluted her distinctive traditions in order to please contemporary culture, losing not only her patrimony but much of her moral authority – just when the world needs her most…

Pre-order today! 

Forthcoming

It is Right and Just (summer 2020)

Written in collaboration with celebrated author and theologian Scott Hahn, It is Right and Just argues that social justice depends on the primordial justice owed by man to God in the form of the virtue of religion. Without true religion, the foundations of society and civilization itself are insecure, and will crumble.

Catholic Pittsburgh: A Pilgrim’s Guide (late 2020)

All the striking images of churches on this website come from this project. Featuring revelatory histories, heroic figures, and humorous anecdotes, Catholic Pittsburgh will be a groundbreaking visual and informational feast for native Pittsburghers, visitors, and anyone interested in American Catholicism.

Available Now

The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception

“…an essential intervention from one of our most exciting young Catholic commentators.”

“…fresh, realistic, and astonishingly creative.”

For too many decades, our Catholic Church has diluted her distinctive traditions in order to please contemporary culture, losing not only her patrimony but much of her moral authority – just when the world needs her most…

Pre-order today! 

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Forthcoming

It is Right and Just (summer 2020)

Written in collaboration with celebrated author and theologian Scott Hahn, It is Right and Just argues that social justice depends on the primordial justice owed by man to God in the form of the virtue of religion. Without true religion, the foundations of society and civilization itself are insecure, and will crumble.

Catholic Pittsburgh: A Pilgrim’s Guide (late 2020)

All the striking images of churches on this website come from this project. Featuring revelatory histories, heroic figures, and humorous anecdotes, Catholic Pittsburgh will be a groundbreaking visual and informational feast for native Pittsburghers, visitors, and anyone interested in American Catholicism.

St Benedict statue (far)

Bold, Hope-Filled, Forward-Thinking

I see Marian processions, like the ones held by the Latino Catholics one neighborhood over, but integrated and teeming. I hear the Angelus bell like the Islamic call to prayer. I see the Divine Office being celebrated as a regular part of parish life. I see more poor people than rich, but I see them all worshipping together.

I see people in and around the church at all hours. I see unlocked church doors upstairs and a pay-what-you-can café downstairs. I see an unassuming but welcoming place to sleep. I smell incense hours after the most recent Mass. I see public fliers for Eucharistic Adoration, not just for fundraising events. I hear children before I see them – before, during and after Mass. I see the elderly helping with childcare and children helping with eldercare. I see a pastor and his assistant priest, taxed but not overwhelmed by their duties.

[Adapted from an essay in the Catholic Herald, November 2018]

In my writing and speaking, I aim not just to describe and to analyze but, in some small way, to bring into being a renaissance of integrated Catholic living. This vision is fully catholic: confident, comprehensive, and unbounded by the compartmentalization enforced by liberal modernity. It is about personal holiness and structural justice. It is about families and parishes. It is about politics and economics and technology and ecclesiology. But most of all it is about prayer and the sacraments, and thus the reality of grace–that limitless resource of peace and perfection that for too long has been left untapped, considered even by those whose business is grace to be a quaint conviction or an optional accessory to a bland “goodness.” This page might be called “My Vision,” but I can’t take credit for it. It’s the vision of the saints. My goal is simply to articulate it for our time.

 

Outdoor rose window w AMDG (cropped)

Buy Direct from the Source

If you don’t want to put a few more pennies in Jeff Bezos’s pocket, your best bet is to buy from the publisher or, even better, from your local Catholic book store. There is another option, though, if you’re looking to support authors (specifically this author) directly: You can buy from my stash.

I’ll sign your book with a personal message (drop me a line with any specific requests!) and pop it in the mail at my earliest convenience. I won’t make any promises the USPS can’t keep, but you’ll receive your book in a timely fashion. The prices below are inclusive of shipping and my hustling to and from the post office.

Clicking any of the books below will open a new site to confirm your purchase.

More to come.

Contact

Liked something I wrote? Hated something I wrote? Interested in having me speak at your event? Drop me a line here and I’ll get back to you as soon as this toddler climbs off of me.

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