Big News …

From left: Archbishop Naumann, Pope Benedict,
Fr. Brian Schieber and Fr. Gary Pennings

I wanted to take this opportunity to let blog readers know about a big change in my own life that could have an impact on the blog.  I’ve been accepted as a seminarian by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.  My last day with the law firm is Friday, May 4.  After that, I’ll be headed off to Olathe, Kansas, to help out around the Archdiocese over the summer. God willing, I’ll start pre-theology at Kenrick, in St. Louis, Missouri, in the fall.

I’m incredibly excited for what the future holds, and wanted to share two things in particular related to this blog.  First, the parish I’ll be helping out in is Prince of Peace, under the watchful eye of one Fr. Andrew Strobl, Shameless Popery’s clerical anchor.  That’s not a coincidence, but an example of the largesse of my vocations director, Fr. Mitchel Zimmerman (who, I should add, is a blogger himself). Fr. Andrew has been a great spiritual mentor to me over the years, and I look forward to all that I can learn from him.

The second thing I’m excited for is the text that I got today, from Fr. Andrew, asking:

Is it OK if I call the apologetics series we’re doing this summer at the parish “Shameless Popery”?

Seriously… so excited!  (I said yes, of course).


  1. Congrats Joe! I always knew you’d become a priest (even if you kept denying it). Your homilies will be fantastic!! No pressure. I will keep you in my family’s prayers.

  2. Now that you say this, I wonder that I didn’t see it coming based on the excellence of your writing. As a Washington D.C. attorney myself, I was pleased to count one such as you among us, but see that God has greater plans. I rejoice.

  3. Congratulations and please keep us posted! I advocate anyone leaving “the law,” I left for mommyhood, and it’s especially thrilling to hear that you not only didn’t go to the dark side in law practice but you’re going to seminary! 🙂 God bless you for following your vocation.

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