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

What Justin Martyr Said About Confirmation in the 2nd Century Will Blow You Away

Justin Martyr lived in the 2nd century, and was the first Christian dedicated to apologetics. There’s a reason that he has the surname “Martyr” — he believed so much in what he was defending that he eventually was killed for being a Christian. With so many people entering the Church over Holy Saturday at the Easter …

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Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan to Address Catholic University Graduates

(CUA – Office of Marketing and Communications) – March 21, 2016 Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and creative partner, Jeannie Gaffigan, will address the Class of 2016 at The Catholic University of America Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14. Gaffigan’s humor revolves largely around fatherhood, personal observations, and food. He has received Grammy nominations for his successful …

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23 Catholic Facts That Will Make You Look Really Smart

  Finding out something that you might not have known is always a fascinating and illuminating experience. Things that you may take for granted have a nifty back story or custom/tradition that dropped it into the collective consciousness. As a budding historian, I have always been fascinated by facts and random tidbits of information. For …

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You Won’t Believe These Nativity Sets-Part II

Since last year’s post was such a hit, I’ve scoured the interwebz once again and found some more “inspired” Nativity sets. Advent and Christmas at EpicPew would not be complete without a list of “Hilarious (Or Embarrassing) Nativity Sets!” May your own Nativity sets be that much better! From last year’s intro: Usually around this …

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Anti-Popes: They’re Not Your Real Father

There has often been in the history of the Church, rival claimants to the See of Rome in opposition to the true successor of St. Peter. Forty-one (41)* men have been considered “anti-popes” throughout Church history, not counting the particular brands of sedevacantists around today.  Ahem…*cough*…Pope Michael, anyone? (Pictured to left. Spoiler alert: he’s not …

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Canonization of St. Junipero Serra-My Day with Francis-Photo Blog

Epic Author and PhD student at Catholic University of America Matt Vander Vennet had the great privilege of attending the canonization mass of St. Junipero Serra.  Here is his photo blog of the occasion.   After a brief 1 hour and 10 minute Metro ride, I arrived at Brookland-CUA and began the 2.5 hour wait …

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