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Dr. R. Jared Staudt, Catholic World Report, June 27, 2024

 PhD, serves as Director of Content for Exodus 90 and as an instructor for the lay division of St. John Vianney Seminary. He is author of How the Eucharist Can Save Civilization (TAN), Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture (Divine Providence Press) and The Beer Option (Angelico Press), as well as editor of Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age (Catholic Education Press). He and his wife Anne have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.


Our family members not only remind us, sometimes painfully, of where we come from, but they are also the people who can best help us to get where we need to go.

“Dad, I’m sorry I haven’t been in better touch.”

We were sitting on the porch late at night, two blocks from the beach, with the waves and sounds of the boardwalk within earshot.

“I know it’s hard to travel with the kids,” he said, looking back at me with compassion and a tinge of sadness at not seeing his grandkids more frequently. …

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