Our Blogs 2017-05-22T13:16:46+00:00


Welcome to our blog page!  We hope you enjoy our posts and take the time to share your own thoughts by commenting when the Spirit moves you.

Ears of Faith

A weekly blog featuring songs both religious and secular.  Each post includes an mp3 file for your listening pleasure and a reflection about how the voice of God can be heard in the song.

Thrift Store Saints

A weekly blog featuring chapter summaries from the book Thrift Store Saints by Jane Knuth and corresponding reflections. 

2606, 2017

The Power of Prayer

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Back in Medjugorje, Jane and her tour group have the opportunity to visit the home of one of the visionaries.  While there, they have the astounding experience of being prayed for individually.  The visionary, whose [...]

Bite-Sized Faith

A weekly blog featuring parenting tid-bits written by and for Catholic parents.

1906, 2017

What faith lessons can we learn from traveling to a developing country?

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

 In the past few years I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to a number of developing countries:  the Dominican Republic, Chile, Bolivia, and Guatemala.  Based on my experiences in these places, [...]

506, 2017

How can I help my children discover their God-given vocation?

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

My personal journey as a former seminarian and my time with the vocations ministry of the Des Moines Diocese have brought me into encounters with many parents of young men and women discerning God’s call [...]

3005, 2017

3 “rules” to help your family grow in faith this summer

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

This summer I’m continuing my ‘Year of Intentionality.’ The thread that has been woven through my conversations this year at home, work, and ministry is that to grow in our faith we must be intentional. [...]

Director’s Blog

Meditations and musings from the director of the SJEC, Matthew Halbach, Ph.D.

410, 2016

St Therese

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Director's Blog|0 Comments

St Therese October is one of my favorite months, mostly because it includes the feast day of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (aka:Thérèse of Lisieux). St. Therese has been a powerful intercessor in my [...]