Matt Vander Vennet

Matt Vander Vennet currently resides somewhere in central Illinois. Matt is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate studying Church History at the Catholic University of America and is the advancement director for a local Catholic high school. Matt holds an M.A. from Holy Apostles College & Seminary and an M.Phil from CUA. Matt is married to a beautiful redhead named Liz and loves being daddy to their young daughter and son! He loves a good brew (NO IPAs!), the Green Bay Packers, & also plays guitar. Feel free to check out www.mattvandervennet.bandcamp.com.

Matt Vander Vennet

The Heavenly Bathrooms of the Vatican are Stunning

The internet has provided mankind with unparalleled access to a vast amount of information at his fingertips. One of the highlights of the internet is that it provides all the information that you need regarding places of relief when nature calls in or surrounding the Vatican. See where the bones of St. Peter lie, leap into …

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These are the Oldest Churches in America (Some are Stunning!)

As we celebrate America’s 241st birthday, I thought about how religion has been part and parcel of the United State since our founding and even before. Religious belief is a part of the American psyche and deeply informed the Founding Fathers and their hopes for the new country they were creating. The erroneous perception that …

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The POTUS and the Pope, All the Pictures You Can Handle

President Donald J. Trump made a historic first foreign trip overseas with visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican – seats of the three major monotheistic religions of the world. The deliberate stops in the three locations should not be lost. Clearly, the president is looking to form some sort of coalition of major religious …

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Behold Your Mother—in Images (including the oldest known image)

The month of May is Mary’s month and we appropriately honor all mothers for who they are and what they have done for us during Mary’s month. As the mother of God, she deserves the greatest honor and thanks for her “yes” to God and his plan of salvation. Her “yes” allowed the Incarnation to …

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Remember These Hilarious Catholic Salutations Immediately!

Choosing the right salutation can be a chore. How do you end a letter properly and with the right effect? I would like to suggest the following salutations as sign-offs that not only will convey your meaning, but also show your faith in a fun and unassuming way. Whatever form of communication you choose, be …

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Enjoy Dynamic Catholic Speakers? Here the Catholic Conferences You Should Go To

It’s always nice to gather together with lots of like-minded Catholics from around the country and even the world. We weren’t meant to be islands unto ourselves. We need community and we need fellowship and we need each other to learn how to live our faith the way it was meant to be lived. I …

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If there were Catholic “Most Likely” Awards, this is who they would go to

Do you remember your senior superlatives? Half the fun was finding out who would get voted “Best dressed” or “Most likely to skip class.” It’s fun to look back at the various “awards” and remember those heady days of high school. In that vein, I though it would be fun to look at a few …

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