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Ongoing Conversion - The Podcast

I am pleased to announce my newest project, a podcast.

Why A Podcast?

I’ve spent the past few weeks noodling around the idea of starting a podcast. Most mornings on the way to work, I spend my drive time listening to other great Catholic podcasts. It’s a great way to start my day. After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to move forward.

What’s It All About?

I’m excited to share with you my own journey to faith, as well as others. I may not be the most well-versed in the scholarly aspects of our faith, but I know why it’s important to me. So, we’ll talk a little faith and explore our traditions in the Catholic faith. We’ll also talk about the world around us.

I am looking forward to joining in the conversation with the many great Catholic voices in this effort. If you don’t already listen to podcasts, I hope you will consider checking mine out and consider subscribing.

Preparing For Launch

While I am preparing for launch, here’s our trailer:

I plan to launch the first episodes shortly after Easter of 2020. I hope you’ll join us.

Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius

Cross Procession in Novosibirsk
Cross Procession in Novosibirsk

On February 14th, there are two other saints we remember other than St. Valentine. Sts. Cyril and Methodius, “Apostles of the Slavs,” are recognized for their great missionary and evangelization work in the ninth century.

Michael and his brother Constantine were born in Thessalonica, which today is located in Greece. Michael, who later became known as Methodius, was born between 815 and 820. Constantine, who chose as his religious name Cyril, was born around 827. The two brothers born to a senior official in the Byzantine Empire’s administration.

Cyril was educated in Constantinople. He and Methodius were called to evangelize the Moravian people by Prince Rastislav. They had already prepared liturgical text in what is now called Old Church Slavonic. A new alphabet was created by them, which would eventually become the Cyrillic alphabet.

They were summoned to Rome, where Pope Hadrian III approved the use of their Slavonic Liturgical books. Cyril died in Rome on February 14th, 869. While on his deathbed, Cyril urged Methodius to continue their missionary work:

“Behold, my brother, we have shared the same destiny, ploughing the same furrow; I now fall in the field at the end of my day. I know that you greatly love your Mountain, but do not, for the sake of the Mountain, give up your work of teaching. For where better can you find salvation?”

Methodius was consecrated Archbishop of the ancient Diocese of Pannonia and continued preaching the Gospel. He died on April 6th, 885, in Velehrad, Moravia.

Pope St. John Paul II wrote the encyclical, Slavorum Apostoli, detailing their lives and contributions to the Church. 

Here is today’s prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours:

Father, you brought the light of the Gospel to the Slavic nations through Saint Cyril and his brother Saint Methodius. Open our hearts to understand your teaching and help us to become one in faith and praise.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

So, today, while you are spending time with your “Valentine,” don’t forget to remember the other Saints we commemorate today, St. Cyril and Saint Methodius.



Welcome to the relaunched Ongoing Conversion website!

I have wanted for a long time to have a site where I can write about my faith. Through many fits and starts, I have launched this website and subsequently taken it down, let it die only to hear the calling to resurrect it. So here we go again!

My desire here is to build a community, a fellowship of Catholic men and women who are on fire for the faith. A community that supports and educates each other willing to fight publicly for the hearts and minds of those who long for something more. There is a mutual need between Catholic men and women to support one another in our relationships and families. Husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers must be willing to work together to create the change that our society so much needs.

Ongoing Conversion will be that space where we can honestly and frankly discuss the issues that matter. Let’s face it, there is a battle being waged in the public square. Faith and religion are marginalized daily in this increasingly secular world. We must do more to give thanks for the many gifts that our Catholic faith as given us and society.

There are many reasons why many of us in the world today do not identify with a particular faith. We are busy and distracted. We don’t take the time to reflect on matters of faith. We must give witness to why religion is so capable of dealing with life’s challenges.

I hope that you will come along for this journey. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts here. Participate fully in the discourse, but do it politely and with respect. Let’s make the change we desire.

Will you join me in this fight?

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