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Author: Father Joshua Link and Father Joseph Sevcik

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Two Catholic Priests from the Archdiocese of Dubuque talking about all things Catholic.
19 Episodes
Seminary is the school where you go to become a priest. Therefore, what is life like in the seminary? Do you just pray all the time? Can you have any fun? In this episode we are happy to talk with Louis and Deacon Martin, two seminarians for the Archdiocese of Dubuque to discuss life in the seminary. Also check out this video on the Minor Seminary in Dubuque: Our Dubuque Seminarians:
Continuing our series on the Sacraments at the Service of Communion, today we look at the Doctrine of Holy Orders.  What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders? What is the difference between the priesthood in the Old Testament and the priesthood in the New Testament? How do priests participate in the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ? What does it mean for the priesthood to have an ontological dimension rather than just a functional dimension? Finally, we answer a question concerning Holy Orders and women by focusing on mutual upbuilding and the goal of the Christian Life being oriented toward becoming a saint. For more information check out: The Sacramental Mystery by Paul HaffnerThe Catechism of the Catholic ChurchOpen Wide the Doors to Christ: Discovering Catholicism by Lucas Pollice
Last week we looked at the doctrine concerning marriage. This week we look at the example of a couple who are striving to live out their marriage. How do they see marriage as a vocation? What does a prayer life look like for a couple? We are grateful to be joined by Kellen and Abigail for this episode!
Today we talk about marriage as a sacrament. How is marriage discussed in the Bible?  What are the emphases of the Church Fathers? What does it mean that the already good natural relationship between a man and a woman has been elevated to the dignity of a sacrament?  We also discuss the importance of the vows and how they point to essential aspects of marriage. Finally, for those who find themselves in a broken relationship or have a difficult past in terms of marriage, we encourage you to not lose heart. What's the next right step that we can take to move forward?
In this episode we introduce a new little series on the Sacraments of Vocation (technically called the Sacraments at the Service of Communion).  These two sacraments deal with our state of life in the world. What has God called me to be? In order to come to know God's plan for my life I must pray about it. Discernment is the process by which we come to know our vocation. A special thanks to some of the sources we used:From the Archdiocese of Dubuque: for Discernment from the Diocese of Lansing:From
Here's another Bible Study building off a few weeks back when we talked about Matthew 8:1-4.  In this passage Jesus and a Centurion discuss healing, faith, and authority. Break open the Word and join us as we jump in!
In this episode we continue our discussion on God and angels, focusing particularly on angels. What are some qualities of angels? How are they both similar and different from humans? Why are they depicted in art as they are? If angels don't have a body, how are they present to us? Can they read our minds? At the end we answer a question about our favorite bible passages.
Can we reasonably speak about angels? What do we actually believe about them and how do we know it? In this episode and a future one, we look into this topic. Today, we begin by looking at what we believe about God in order to see where angels fit in along with the rest of the created order. 
Today we unveil a new type of episode that we will do occasionally!  Every once-in-a-while we will do a mini study on a passage from scripture. Grab your Bible, pray with the passage, and see what the Lord speaks to you!
How did the early church talk about the Eucharist? In this episode we look at several different passages from St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenaeus of Lyon, and more. We also talk about the development in theology about the Eucharist and the history of the word transubstantiation in the tradition. 
Today we discuss the Eucharist, and the logic of it in the light of both the Old and New Testaments. We also talk about how our belief in the Eucharist naturally flows from the Principle of the Incarnation. Finally, we comment on the fitting eloquence of the Eucharist.
What is God calling you to do with your life?This week we have a special guest, Fr. Jeff Dole, illustrious Pastor of St. Francis of Barclay and St. Athanasius of Jesup, joining us to talk about his vocation to priesthood as we kick off Vocations Awareness Week. 
Today, we keep the discussion going by talking about what Confirmation looks like in the liturgy both in the East and the West, as well as in Christian antiquity.  Also, why do we celebrate the sacrament at different ages? Our Newman Question focuses on the difficulty of practicing our faith during the pandemic. Thanks for listening and feel free to reach out to us with your own questions:
As Pentecost is to Easter, so is Confirmation to Baptism. In this episode we discuss the question of what is Confirmation? We discuss the sacrament as well as some of the relevant scriptural background. Where in the Bible is it? Also, we answer a Newman Question asking if Christianity is just based off of a book. Enjoy!
In this episode we get a little more practical into what discipleship actually looks like. What are some different spiritual practices that I should think about in my life as a disciple?We also talk about a Newman student question that asks about God's causality in the world and how that relates to the problem of evil.
Mark 3:14 - “And he created twelve that they might be with him...”Discipleship is an intimate invitation to being with Jesus. The disciple learns from Jesus through spending time with and following the master. However, the master also invites us into friendship with Him. In this episode we discuss the Old Testament background to discipleship as well as discipleship from various New Testament passages. It is only in contemplation on the fullness of the Gospel, however, that we see discipleship in its totality.  We also answer a Newman Student question on our relationship with God before becoming priests. 
In this episode we talk about baptism. What's the biblical background? What does it look like? What are the effects of baptism?  2 Corinthians 5:17- "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come."
God is not a distant God, but a God who wants to be close to us. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He sent us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works through the Sacraments bringing about an intensification of God’s Presence in the world. So what are they? Give it a listen!Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  -Romans 5:5
Welcome to Episode 1 of Our Fathers Catholic Podcast. We hope you enjoy!
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