The Catholic Church requires all aspiring priests and deacons to request ordination, and then to be called by their bishop. Why does she do that? Because it's the Biblical model. And this explains where the women's ordination movement, and the Protestant Reformation, have gone wrong.
Why do we trust the Bible? And more specifically, why do we trust the Catholic Bible?
I have two big pieces of news to share: 1) As you might have noticed, I’ve got a new blog layout and a new web address. I’ve switched over from Blogspot to WordPress, which should give me a little more flexibility in designing the page. All of this was made possible by John Lamansky, a seminarian for […]
Laurent Okitakatshi, Archbishop Joseph Naumann,Daniel Koko Oleko, and yours truly. Several people have asked for my vocation story, but I haven’t written much on the subject. So let me share a bit about how I got to be where I am now. This is from a radio show that I did with my bishop, Archbishop […]
Yesterday morning (about 8:30 a.m. local time, but 1:30 a.m. back in Kansas City), I arrived here in Rome. This is the beginning of a new chapter in my life; as you may recall, my bishop asked me and my classmate Carter to study at the North American College in Rome. This means that we will […]
Update: See below. My friend Mary Beth Baker is entering the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecila, better known as the Nashville Dominicans. It’s a good example of God’s sense of humor, since she’s been running a blog about life as a single Catholic girl in D.C. for some time now. She’s actually the second of […]
Joe Bollig wrote a very generous write-up of yours truly in this week’s Leaven. It goes a bit more into personal back-story than I normally do around these parts, including the role of Fr. Andrew Strobl in saving my soul: There was time in Heschmeyer’s life when you could have called him a “pew potato.” […]
Thought I’d let you know that I’ll be on the radio twice in the next week: I’ll be on Son Rise Morning Show on Monday, 6:20 AM Central / 7:20 AM Eastern. You should be able to listen to it live here, and it should also be live on EWTN Radio. I’ll be talking about whether or […]
On Saturday, the Eastern Province Dominicans announced their 2013 Novitiate Class, including my good friend Shane Dunlevy. Here is Shane’s vocation story: Shane Dunlevy I was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised 30 minutes south east of the city on 2-1/2 acres surrounded by cornfields and forests. As the youngest, I would often adventure off […]
St. Isaac Jogues statue,Shrine of the North American Martyrs Today is the optional memorial of the North American Martyrs: Sts. Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf, and their companions, a group of truly heroic Jesuit martyrs. St. Isaac Jogues was influential in my vocational discernment. I knew next to nothing about him prior to winter 2010, […]