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!
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.
October 9th, 2018 | 18 mins 57 secs
catholic, josé sánchez del río, martyr, mexico, saints, texas
In preparation for an upcoming relic tour, Stephen and Gomer discuss the extraordinary life of St. José Sánchez del Río, also known as "Josélito" by Mexican Catholics. Josélito is a 20th century saint who was martyred by the Mexican government during the Cristeros War at only 14 years old for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith. His relics will be on display in The Woodlands and Houston in mid-October 2018.
October 5th, 2018 | 37 mins 53 secs
faith, parishioner question, sacraments
Parishioner Question: In light of the revelations about the wicked lives of people like Archbishop McCarrick, what's the deal with all of those sacraments he did? Surely they cannot be valid in God's eyes? Are those babies now to be considered unbaptized, Eucharists unconsecrated, priests non-ordained? Answer: Ex Opere Operato!
September 28th, 2018 | 20 mins 41 secs
catholic, church, college football, faith, parish, sports
Stretching Gomer's comfort zone - Stephen & Gomer discuss the culture of college football and other sports in the South and how sports played through the lens of faith can bring about world peace.
September 21st, 2018 | 39 mins 40 secs
catholicism, faith and reason, thomist moment
Stephen and Mike are joined by our staff Thomist, Brian Jones, Coordinator of Liturgy, to discuss the relationship between Faith and Reason, between Science and Religion, and Stephen reminds us all about the distinction between Public and Private Revelation.
September 12th, 2018 | 24 mins 35 secs
finance, healing, hope, offertory, sex trafficking, tithe
Stephen and Gomer interview Cheryl Ray about origami in the offertory, the fight against sex trafficking, and hope from a non-Catholic perspective.
September 12th, 2018 | 29 mins 24 secs
angels, archangel, catholic, church, demons, evil, prayer, st. michael
Gomer and Stephen welcome back Brian Jones to the "padcast" to discuss the St. Michael Prayer, angelology and the reality of evil.
September 12th, 2018 | 26 mins 3 secs
abuse, bishops, catholic, church, healing, laity, parish, popes, scandal, victims
Stephen and Gomer welcome Brian Jones to the table to recap and dive deeper into the Restore Town Hall addressing Church scandal.
September 8th, 2018 | 20 mins 14 secs
believe, belong, bless, catholic, parish, service, vision statement
Your hosts unpack our new parish vision statement - that all may belong here, believe in Jesus Christ, and bless others - and apply it to individuals, ministries, and the parish as a whole. As a vision statement, it is simple enough to be memorable, but specific enough to actually provide direction for our parish.
September 7th, 2018 | 23 mins 52 secs
alpha, catholic, evangelization
We discuss why we are bringing Alpha back to our parish, why it originally left, and what purpose it serves for the life of our parish.
September 6th, 2018 | 13 mins 43 secs
catholic, parish, st anthony of padua, the woodlands texas
A weekly show by Stephen Lenahan and Mike Gormley on the Catholic faith, life, and culture of our parish and for our parish. This first episode introduces you to who we are and why we are doing this show. Anyone outside our parish of St. Anthony's, we hope this can bless you as well!