Stephen is the Director of Communications & Development at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands, TX. He is a graduate of both Franciscan University of Steubenville (BA,'09) and the University of Georgia (MBA, '15). Stephen is the proud husband to Ann and father of 2 boys with 1 more to arrive in 2019. He has grown up loving the Church and started as a youth minister at St. Anthony's before being the Director of Youth Ministry at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, GA. That position led him to many places including working for Life Teen Inc. as their Director of Events, completing his graduate studies, and traveling to Africa, Europe, South America, and Australia. After years of traveling, training, and evangelizing Stephen took his skills to the corporate world working for a SaaS company in Atlanta that focused on influencer marketing. While the corporate world proved to be as dry as it sounds, the skills gained from his clients such as Adidas, Cox Media, Southwest Airlines, and the Home Depot have added a creative excitment to how Stephen is now serving The Woodland's Catholic community. Stephen likes to clarify that while he is a Roman Catholic, he is also a Southern Catholic which excuses him from having to like the Kennedys or cheer for Notre Dame...Go Dawgs!
August 26th, 2019 | 39 mins 21 secs
catholic, earth, green, laudato si, nature, planet, poverty, recycling
Mike and Stephen interview Roger Ingersoll and Katie Krall on the new "Care for Creation" group that is helping implement the vision of Pope Francis' "Laudato Si" here in The Woodlands.
May 31st, 2019 | 39 mins 42 secs
boomers, catholic, chant, latin, liturgy, mass, millennials, music, sacred
Mike and Stephen discuss the push towards more traditional liturgy happening within the young Church.
March 19th, 2019 | 41 mins 10 secs
catholic, critical care, death, dignity of life, end of life, hospice, medical, medicine
Stephen and Gomer interview Dr. Garry Lambert on end of life issues and the Catholic response. Dr. Lambert has decades of experience in critical care and understands the need for clarification and deeper study of the Catholic worldview of end of life decisions by the average Catholic.
March 6th, 2019 | 22 mins 4 secs
almsgiving, catholic, confession, fasting, lent, prayer, repentance
Every Lent the Church asks three things of her members: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These are three spiritual disciplines that actually grow your faith. But often our parishioners are heard saying how they wish they had a better prayer life, or a better relationship with God, or a deeper Catholic faith – yet they do not know where to start. A few “Our Fathers” here or a Scripture reflection there – and they soon give up the effort. This year we are asking all our parishioners to join together to Give Up, Pick Up, and Offer Up the same things for Lent 2019. Through these spiritual disciplines and practices your personal faith will grow, and so will the unity of our Church community. Our prayer is that we can hold each other accountable to growing in virtue and holiness this Lenten season as parish family.
February 8th, 2019 | 36 mins 47 secs
archdiocese, bishops, catholic, church, clergy, diocese, pope, subsidiarity, vocations
Stephen and Gomer discuss the benefits and challenges that come with the modern mega-dioceses that we see in the United States. The guys don't hold back on the idea that the current diocesan model in the global church could be reducing vocations, isolating our clergy, and neglecting the principle of subsidiarity in Church governance. Stephen places himself on the Chair of Peter and creates the "Diocese of The Woodlands."
January 30th, 2019 | 32 mins 51 secs
academics, catholic, education, school, students
Gomer & Stephen celebrate Catholic Schools Week by traumatizing the young minds of two students from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School.
January 7th, 2019 | 26 mins 47 secs
catholic, marian, mary, mother of god, motherhood
Stephen and Gomer cure their "holiday hangover" by discussing the title of Mother of God and why it's so crucial. Gomer tells the lamest Canadian joke ever. Eh-men!
January 4th, 2019 | 27 mins 32 secs
2019, catholic, goals, new year, resolutions
Mike and Stephen discuss New Year's resolutions and setting goals. Mike helps Stephen set a personal theme for 2019. Stephen reminds Gomer of the importance of brotherhood in achieving goals.
December 21st, 2018 | 25 mins 31 secs
catholic, christmas, hanukkah, israel, jewish, maccabees
Gomer goes full rabbi and explains to Stephen the Jewish roots of Christmas found in the books of 1st & 2nd Maccabees. This episode makes your head spin faster than a dreidel - from Luther removing key books of the bible, to Alexander the Great's conquests, to King Herod being a paranoid jerk. It all comes to a mind blowing conclusion in the Bethlehem. L'Chaim Catholics!
December 19th, 2018 | 31 mins 53 secs
advent, baby jesus, catholic, christmas, nativity
Gomer & Stephen share their favorite Christmas traditions and take a look at the importance of the birth narratives in the Gospels of Matthew & Luke. Stephen finally outsmarts Gomer...thanks Santa!
November 28th, 2018 | 49 mins 52 secs
baby boomers, catholic, church, gen x, generations, millennials
Gomer & Stephen explain Baby Boomers, Gen Xer's, and Millennials as they relate to each other and the Church.
November 16th, 2018 | 32 mins 44 secs
catholic, confession, penance, sacrament
In this episode your fearless hosts, Gomer and Stephen, talk about the sacrament of confession- why we need it and how to do it- and address some issues and fears about going to Confession. I mean, we are only finding the holiest guy we know and telling him the worst things we've ever done. What's so hard about that?!
November 9th, 2018 | 46 mins 40 secs
We talk about Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven and what Catholic funerals are for.
October 30th, 2018 | 30 mins 26 secs
catholic, education, interview, principal, school
We interview Veronica Tucker, the new principal of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School! She gives us her education, theology, and family background while Gomer does his best to interrupt and make it all about him!
October 22nd, 2018 | 33 mins 19 secs
catholic, church, hope, incarcerated, inmates, jail, justice, kolbe, ministry, prison, texas
Stephen and Gomer interview a parishioner on the podcast for the first time! Jerry Trzeciak runs a million ministries but his pride and joy is the Kolbe Prison Ministry. The guys discuss what it's like inside the Ferguson Unit, why Jerry loves this ministry, and how Kolbe Prison Ministry is transforming the lives of the "men in white" (aka the inmates).
October 15th, 2018 | 35 mins 35 secs
advancement, buildings, catholic, church, development, fundraising, money, renovations, tithing
Gomer and Stephen discuss the awkward struggle between growing/maintaining capital assets versus growing the faith of the people in a Catholic parish setting. Gomer makes Stephen shed a tear.