Tom Hoopes

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Tom Hoopes

Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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Meet Football-Star Seminarian Jordan Roberts

Read the USA Today story about a Catholic seminarian and you think you’re reading the National Catholic Register: Sundays are sacred at the St. John Vianney Seminary, a plain five-story red-bri... More


VIDEO: Colbert Invites Maher Back to Church

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, CBS posted this video from The Late Show in which host Stephen Colbert invites guest Bill Maher to return to the Church. Who got the better of the exchange? Watch above or... More


Twitter Prays for Paris

It is easy to criticize social media, but it is at times of tragedy that social media shows people at their best. It also shows that human beings cannot help but turn to God amid tragedy. Here are som... More


AFP on 3-Woman Marriage: News as Propaganda

Fisking is a now-rarer art from the early days of blogging, kept nobly alive as by Father John Zuhlsdorf whose blog “What Does the Prayer Really Say” helps us see what everything really says. ... More


Lessons from the 2015 World Series

I am not much of a sports fan, but you don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the World Series that just ended. I am delighted I watched it with my children so they could learn its lessons. ... More


World Series: Catholic Hero to Throw First Pitch

“What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” That and a plug for the daily rosary was the message Colonel Roger Donlon gave the graduating class of 2015 at Benedi... More

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A Prayer to St. John Paul II for the Family

St. John Paul II, you said: “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” You said, “At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying ... More


Paul Ryan, Catholic

Now that Paul Ryan is (sort of) willing to run (reluctantly) for Speaker of the House, his record is being pored over. For my part, I looked over his visit to Benedictine College (my employer) as... More

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What Did Mother Assumpta Say to Philip Rivers?

This picture of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist's Mother Assumpta and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is popping up all over Facebook with requests for a caption. W... More

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What Pope Francis Just Did for Religious Freedom in America

In Pope Francis’ visit to America, religious freedom was a key theme in his public addresses from the White House to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. But even more significantly, it was the... More



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