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

12 Reasons You Should Start Studying St. Augustine Immediately

St. Augustine walks in the panoply of the greatest saints of the church. Saints like Thomas Aquinas, Benedict, and of course the Blessed Mother. His influence remains even 1600 years after his death and doesn’t seem to be waning in the least. Aurelius Augustinus was born in Thagaste in AD 354. After a youth full …

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Even More Catholic Facts That Will Make You Look Like The Smartest Person Ever (#9 cracked the editor up)

Our faith is always challenging us to look deeper and go “further up and further in.” No matter how much you may know, there are always more things to discover. That’s the beauty of investigation and discovery and if we are not learning each and every day, we are wasting our potential and not using …

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You Won’t Believe These Nativity Sets – Part III

It’s that time of year again! Time for the annual trek through epic and not-so-epic, hilarious and not-so-hilarious, bad and not-so-bad nativity sets! Advent and Christmas at EpicPew would not be the same without a listicle of these unique nativity sets. In case you’ve missed the past few years, here’s the links to the previous …

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St. Paul Had Some Lesser Known Letters and they’re awesome!

Another exciting discovery was made in the Vatican Secret Archives. As historians, biblical scholars, and manuscript specialists were cleaning out a broom closet near the stacks, one of the staff knocked over a broomstick setting off a chain reaction that culminated in quite a few items being thrown off a nearby shelf. The particular shelf …

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