Justin McClain

Justin and his wife Bernadette have three children (John-Paul, Mary Christine, and Thérèse), and they live in Bowie, Maryland, and attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Justin has taught theology and Spanish at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland, since 2006. He has two B.A.s from the University of Maryland - College Park, an M.A. from the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), and an M.A. from Staffordshire University (England). Along with EpicPew, Justin has written for Aleteia, Ave Maria Press, Catholic Exchange, Catholic365, the journal Church Life, Our Sunday Visitor, and various other publications. Catch up with him on Twitter: @McClainJustin.

10 Books That Would Inspire Any Catholic School Educator

Technique. Technology. Funding. Pedagogy. Business models. Test scores. Assessments. While each of these considerations has great merit, these and similar factors are not inherently unique to Catholic schools. But what makes the Catholic school different? What is at the core of Catholic education? If it is not the centrality of the Gospel, as imparted by educators on …

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10 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About St. Catherine of Siena

On April 29, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena (March 25, 1347 – April 29, 1380). Saint Catherine of Siena is a saint whom all Catholics should know well and acquire a deep devotion to, especially in these challenging times in society. Here are ten things you perhaps did not know about …

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The 20 Types of People You’ll Meet at Mass–Which One Are You?

If you attend mass regularly (and hopefully you already do, at least every Sunday and on holy days of obligation), chances are you know exactly who each of these people are. In fact, you (and I) are easily one of them. But remember – we are laughing with each other here. After all, the most important …

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Benedict XVI is Pretty Much the Theological Equivalent of Batman

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose baptismal name is Joseph Ratzinger, turned ninety years old on Sunday, April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday this year)! Pope Emeritus Benedict recently released his much-anticipated last book, Last Testament: In His Own Words, with Peter Seewald . If you are so inclined, you can find my review of the book on Catholic Exchange. …

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4 Biblical Facts Every Protestant Should Know About the Annunciation

The Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary–that she would be the Mother of God–is celebrated each year on March 25. Because of this, March 25 is precisely nine months before Christmas! Here’s five more fascinating facts about the Annunciation!   “The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico (ca. 1437-1446)   1. The Annunciation only appears …

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4 Classic Films about the Shroud of Turin Available in One DVD

How much do you know about the Shroud of Turin? Lent (especially the Triduum) is an especially opportune time for Catholics – and anyone of good will, for that matter – to learn more about this iconic relic. After all, it is perhaps the most famous artifact in the field of forensics, at least with …

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Done with your shamrock shake? Enjoy these 17 breathtaking quotes from Saint Patrick’s “Confessio”!

Saint Patrick’s Day is about far more than parades, green beer, and [even] shamrock shakes. March 17 is a holy day for the Church as we celebrate the righteous life of Saint Patrick of Ireland (385 – March 17, 461), a key figure in the early Church. Here are seventeen breathtaking quotes translated into English from …

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Global Persecution of Christians is on the Rise. Here’s 7 Groups Raising Awareness

On August 28, 2014, Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington offered brief, yet particularly poignant, closing remarks at the conclusion of the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This Eucharistic celebration was offered for the Catholic University of America community to usher in the 2014-2015 academic year. …

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