Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, “Inside the Passion”–the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: “The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer”. His most recent books are “Spring Meditations”, “Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength”, and “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

Articles By Fr. John Bartunek, LC

What Exactly Are Virtues?

What is this thing called virtues? Father John Bartuek explains cardinal and theological virtues in this excerpt from “Seeking First the Kingdom”.

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What Path is God Calling Me To?

What path is God calling me to? What’s involved in this journey? Find out when Father John Bartunek starts looking at this question (an excerpt from his book “Seeking First the Kingdom”)

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Should We Name our Guardian Angels?

Should we name our guardian angels? What does the Church say about this? Find out when Father John Bartunek addresses this question…just a few days before the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels on October 2nd.

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How Does One Persevere in Faith?

How do we keep going in our commitment to our faith after the initial enthusiasm wears off? Is the “honeymoon” over? Father John Bartunek addresses this common experience and what it says about our level of maturity in the faith.

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Can I Really Love God with All My Strength?

We have so much that demands our attention every day, how can we possibly love God with all our strength? Did Jesus really think we could do this? Father John Bartunek reflects on what this means in an excerpt from his book “Seeking First the Kingdom.

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What’s Spiritual Gluttony? (Part I of II)

Is it OK to buy and read tons of spiritual books? Can we ever get enough of a good thing? Learn how Fr. John Bartunek explains the concept of spiritual gluttony from his book on “Seeking First the Kingdom.”

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