Fr. Matthew MacDonald

Fr. Matthew MacDonald is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. He is the eldest of three children. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2006. Ordained by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in 2014 he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology (STB), Masters in Divinity (MDiv), and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Theology from Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie), in Yonkers, New York. He is currently assigned as parochial vicar at Saint Mary’s Church in Washingtonville, New York. He has written articles on topics dealing with Theology, History, Spirituality, and Current Events for Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, and As a priest he desires to draw people and himself close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary through understanding and living out the basic teachings of the church on prayer and living out the interior life.

Articles By Fr. Matthew MacDonald

Loving With the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“To be taken into the heart of Jesus is to root my identity in Him and from that place where the springs of salvation gush forth upon me act with His grace and in His name.” – Fr. Matthew MacDonald


What the Holy Spirit Does for Us on Pentecost

“Fifty days after Easter and ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, now the Father and Son send the Holy Spirit, who descends in tongues of fire (Acts 2) and give birth to the Church, giving all her members life ‘in the fulness of God.’ (Eph 3:19) There are many themes that intersect with the Holy Spirit’s Coming.” – Fr. Matthew MacDonald


Spiritual Direction Questions, Part 3: When Do I Need Life-Long, Vocationally Based Spiritual Direction?

“It is irrefutable that every follower of Jesus needs spiritual direction in their lives according to the workings of grace, Divine providence, individual needs, and circumstances. There are scenarios where members of Christ’s faithful have a need for regular, consistent, life-long spiritual direction.” – Fr. Matthew MacDonald


Spiritual Childhood and Demonic Pride

“If the way of contemplation and discipleship that the Lord calls me to embrace becomes just about how I will serve on my terms, what I am owed, or retribution then I will follow an apparent angel of light who is a deceiver. Without such child-like vigilance, I easily can reecho the cry of Lucifer, I will not serve.” – Fr. Matthew MacDonald

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