Our Authors

  • Fr. Branson Hipp

    Fr. Branson Hipp is a newly ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He felt the pull towards following Christ in the priesthood his senior year of high school and immediately after graduating attended Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana, where he studied philosophy. He finished up his theological studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, his focus being Church history and Hispanic ministry.

  • Fr. Brian Doerr

    Father Brian Doerr is the founder of Those Catholic Men and the Exodus 90 program. He is a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Fr. Doerr has worked with Catholic men and youth throughout his priesthood. In 1999, while serving as the Diocesan Vocations Director, he founded a successful and growing high school fraternity called the Knights of the Holy Temple. The Knights forms young men in virtue at a critical developmental stage before college and has inspired many young men to discern priestly vocations. Fr. Doerr then served as Vice-Rector of Human Formation at Mount St. Mary’s Theological Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he formed seminarians for the priesthood. It was ...

  • Mr. Bryan Gonzalez

    Bryan, his wife, and four children live in Des Moines, IA, where he is the Director of Development for InnerVisions HealthCare, an unplanned pregnancy and STD medical clinic serving women and men with compassionate, non-judgmental, and truthful information, sexual integrity education, and free medical care.  He also assists the Benedictine monks of Norcia as an advancement consultant. Bryan graduated with an S.T.M. from the International Theological Institute in Austria in June 2010.  He has a deep love for the Church, in particular the liturgy, but he also enjoys topics on St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, Scripture, philosophy, politics, prayer, sports, parenting, and more.

  • Christopher Helle

    Mr. Christopher Helle is a contributing for the Those Catholic Men. Christopher holds an M.A in Systematic Theology from Mount St. Mary's Seminary.  He resides in Indiana (i.e. God's country)  with his wife Christine and newborn son, John.

  • Fr. Clayton Thompson

    Fr. Clayton Thompson is a parish priest. He has received a B.A. in Philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH, a Master's of Divinity (M.Div.) from Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD, and a Bachelor's of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from Mount Saint Mary's through the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. He is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and was ordained in 2013.

  • Fr. Dave Nix

    Fr. David Nix was an EMT and paramedic in Boston and Denver.  He is a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School and Boston College and is the first FOCUS missionary ordained priest.  His passions include languages, the missions, the end of child-trafficking and especially the pro-life cause.  He can be followed at www.padreperegrino.org. And you can subscribe to his homilies here.

  • Mr. David Simpson

    David Simpson is a native of Covington, Louisiana and currently resides in Mandeville, Louisiana with his wife and five children , whom they homeschool. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Louisiana State University (1986) and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law (1990). David owns and operates The Fiscal Fitness Company, an insurance, investment management and financial advisory business. He has been involved in the financial services arena for over 18 years. (www.fiscalfitnesscompany.com) He is the author of Financial Sanity in Three Easy Lessons and maintains a blog on financial matters. He also is the host of The True Money Show on the ...

  • Dr. Donald Prudlo https://www.facebook.com/donald.prudlo

    Donald S. Prudlo is Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He is also Associate Professor of Theology and Church History at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. His specialty is saints and sainthood in the Christian tradition, and he is the author of Certain Sainthood: Canonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church (Cornell, 2015) and The Martyred Inquisitor: The Life and Cult of Peter of Verona (Ashgate, 2008) and has recently edited The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Religious Mendicancies (Brill, 2011).

  • Mr. Doyle Baxter

    Doyle Baxter was born and raised in Zionsville, Indiana. He credits his parents for their unrelenting love and support that allowed him to grow into a man that is on fire for Jesus Christ and his Church. Mr. Baxter is currently an undergraduate at the Sorbonne University (Paris, France), majoring in Classical Languages (Latin and Greek), French, and Philosophy. He has a passion for language and story telling and hopes, one day, to receive a Ph.D. in Medieval French and Celtic Literature.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. Fr Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Fr Dwight spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing t...

  • Mr. Gabe Jones

    Gabe Jones is a husband, father, son, brother, a liturgical purist, an aspiring role model, a novice philosopher, and a former athlete pretending to still be athletic. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science and economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University where he was also a member of the men’s basketball team and Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity. He currently resides in St. Louis with his his wife and three children, and in his day job works in the communications office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. During his precious little free time, he enjoys a good beer, a good book, and good conversation (with a side of good sarcasm).

  • Deacon George Wunderlich

    Deacon George Wunderlich is the Vice-President of Those Catholic Men Inc. Since July 2015, Deacon Wunderlich has held the position of Assistant Director of Human Formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Ordained in the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2013, he serves at Holy Family Catholic Community in Middletown, Maryland. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and Letterman Institute where he specialized in historical leadership programs for the United States Armed Forces, private industry and religious organizations. He is also regularly seen on several television networks including History, H2, Military History, A&E, PBS, National Geograph...

  • Mr. James Baxter

    James Baxter is the Executive Director of Those Catholic Men, Inc. He grew up in the Promised Land: Indiana. Public schooled k-12 he rebelled against the conformity of secular culture becoming a son of the Church. He was exiled to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he studied Philosophy, Catholic Studies, and Classical Languages. He then studied Theology at St. Meinrad Archabbey. He dabbles in the game of golf, enjoys Maker’s Mark Old-Fashioneds, and is made whole by Jane Austen novels.

  • Mr. Jared Zimmerer

    Jared Zimmerer is a best-selling author, speaker, blogger, husband and father of 5 children. He is the founder of Strength for the Kingdom, a ministry promoting men's growth in virtue, knowledge of the Catholic faith, and the understanding of authentic masculinity through physical endeavors. He lives in Roanoke, TX and holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is currently working towards a Master’s in Theology with a Apologetics focus at Holy Apostles College and Seminary where he won a full scholarship on the Alumni’s New Evangelization program. He currently works at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine, TX as the Director of Adult Catechesis and Evangelization an...

  • Dr. Jared Staudt

    R. Jared Staudt works in the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Denver. He earned his BA and MA in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and his PhD in Systematic Theology from Ave Maria University in Florida. Staudt served previously as a director of religious education in two parishes, taught at the Augustine Institute and the University of Mary, and served as co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera. He and his wife Anne have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.

  • Mr. Jason Craig

    Jason Craig is the Senior Editor of Those Catholic Men. He works and writes from a small farm in rural NC with his wife Katie and their four kids. Jason is the Vice President of Program for Fraternus and runs a farm retreat house for boys and men called St. Joseph's Farm. He holds a master's degree from the Augustine Institute. He is known to staunchly defend his family’s claim to have invented bourbon.

  • Mr. John Henry

    John Henry grew up in the Land of Promise, Indiana. Public schooled k-12 he rebelled against the conformity of secular culture becoming a son of the Church. He was exiled to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he studied Philosophy, Catholic Studies, and Classical Languages. He dabbles in the game of golf, enjoys Maker's Mark Old-Fashioneds, and is made whole by Jane Austen novels. He is currently galavanting around Europe on his Eurail pass.

  • Fr. John Nepil

    Father John Nepil grew up in Chicago just long enough to be a Cubs fan before moving to Denver, Colorado, his home of the last 22 years.  A lapsed Catholic by middle school, he led a zealous pagan lifestyle in high school, which abruptly ended his senior year with a re-conversion to the faith.  A year later, he was in seminary and after a nine-year haul through formation, a Catholic priest.  After four years of college and parish ministry, he is now pursuing graduate theological studies in Rome.  His greatest joy is when the Colorado backcountry becomes the pastoral setting of his priestly life.

  • Mr. Matthew Rose

    Matthew B. Rose received his BA (History and English) and MA (Systematic Theology) from Christendom College. He teaches Theology and History at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA. Matthew also runs Quidquid Est, Est!, a Catholic Q & A blog, and has contributed to various online publications. He lives with his wife and son in Falls Church, VA.

  • Mr. Pat Boyden

    Pat Boyden was born and raised in the great Diocese of Peoria, where he was first exposed to the joy of being Catholic. Currently a graduate student with the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, Pat teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade religion and social studies in Sacramento, California. Pat received his BA in theology from Georgetown University, where he was also the Grand Knight of Georgetown’s Knights of Columbus council. Beyond living and sharing the faith, Pat enjoys sports, the music of Sam Cooke, and science fiction/fantasy literature.

  • Dr. Peter Kleponis

    Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., SATP-C is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Assistant Director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in Conshohocken, PA. He holds an M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in General Psychology. Dr. Kleponis has over 18 years of professional experience working with individuals, couples, families and organizations. He specializes in marriage & family therapy, pastoral counseling, and pornography/sexual addiction recovery. He is Certified in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addictions by The American Association of Christian Counselors' Light University, by Dr. Mark Laaser's Freedom Begins Here Program, and by Dr. Todd Bowman’s SATP program. ...

  • Mr. Phelim Brady

    Phelim Brady was born a Hoosier, baptized in "The Region", and currently lives near Philadelphia. In May of 2012 he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and in Catholic Studies. He now works with college-aged students for the realization and propagation of Catholic Culture through community living, aesthetic experience, and steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ.

  • Mr. Randy Hain

    Randy Hain is a devoted Catholic husband, father, business owner and an award-winning author. He is a popular national speaker, fluent in men’s issues, the New Evangelization, authentic business relationships, and the integration of work, life, and faith. He is the founder and president of Serviam Partners and a board member of Growing Leaders, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and Legatus-Atlanta. He is the co-founder of the fast-growing Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine (www.integratedcatholiclife.org) and co-founder of the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference.

  • Fr. Ryan O'Neill

    Fr. Ryan O'Neill was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and was raised in Loveland. He graduated from Regis University in Denver, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver in 2012 by Bishop James Conley. He served three years as a parochial vicar in Grand and Jackson counties, and is now the parochial vicar at St. Peter's parish in Greeley, Colorado. He enjoys reading, skiing, drinking Guinness, praying, watching Broncos football, preaching, and Star Wars.

  • Mr. Sean Fitzpatrick

    Sean Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and is the headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy, a boys' boarding school in the Catholic, classical tradition in Northeast Pennsylvania. Mr. Fitzpatrick teaches courses in the Romance and mythology. His writings on education, literature, and Catholic culture have appeared in Crisis Magazine, Catholic Exchange, the Imaginative Conservative, and Gilbert Magazine. He lives in Scranton, PA, with his wife, Sophie, and their five children.

  • Thomas Connelly

    Thomas hails from South Carolina but has moved around so much that he feels like he is part Korean, part Italian, and part Mexican. He was a seminarian for many years but now works for Fraternus and is seeking the next big adventure God has in store.

  • Mr. Thomas Wurtz

    Thomas started college at the University of San Diego where he played a season of football and joined Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He transferred his sophomore year to Benedictine College where he played rugby to stay in shape and eventually graduated cum laude with a BS in Biology. It was while at Benedictine College that Thomas was exposed to FOCUS which was a major instrument in his conversion to the Christian life. He joined FOCUS staff in 2001 and served as a missionary and Team Director at Illinois State and as Team Director at Seton Hall. After two years as Men’s Formation Coordinator and receiving his Master’s Degree from the Augustine Institute, he launched Varsity Catholic, a di...

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