Directors Desk

My Hero Alan Kreider: May His Memory Be Eternal!

Feast of St Alban the Protomartyr of Britain

Krieder_Square_1.jpegTHERE ARE about a dozen men I’ve known who have had a huge impact on me. They are my heroes. Several of them have fallen asleep in the Lord over the last several years, including Dr. Anthony Gythiel (my most important undergraduate and graduate professor and master’s thesis director) and Gene Herr (a dear friend who encouraged and inspired me to move... Continue Reading


The Love of Learning and a Contemporary Midrash

Feast of the Hieromartyr Timothy, Bishop of Proussa

Akiva_Square.jpegTHE LAST two presentations at the Hall of Men have been especially inspiring for me personally.

Two meetings ago, Dusty Gates, Director of Education at the Catholic Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, KS, presented John Senior as a “Defender of Realism and Professor of the Humanities.” In the 1970s, Senior helped start and lead the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program at the University... Continue Reading


The Decline of Western Culture: A Letter to Wendell Berry

Feast of St Nicephorus, Archbishop of Constantinople

Sewanee_Teaching_Square.pngWHILE MY focus is currently zoomed in on solidifying EDI’s core offerings – making them consistent and top quality – and stabilizing EDI financially, the Catechetical Academy is never far from my mind. It is the reason I started Eighth Day Institute and it is going to happen. That’s a promise. But not quite yet.

Part of solidifying EDI’s core offerings includes clarifying... Continue Reading


John Senior: Defender of Realism and Professor of Integrated Humanities

Feast of Carpos and Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70

John_Senior_Square.jpegONE OF MY great heroes was presented at the Hall of Men last evening. Dusty Gates, Director of Education at the Spiritual Life Center and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Newman University, gave an excellent and inspiring presentation on John Senior. If you don’t know who John Senior is, you need to listen to the lecture (click here for audio... Continue Reading