Deacon Gregory Webster

REVEREND DR. GREGORY WEBSTER is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Francis Cardinal George in May 2014. Besides degrees in Chemistry, he has an M.A. in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and a D.Bioethics degree in Catholic/Research Ethics from Loyola University of Chicago. An interest in Ignatian Spirituality led him to receive a certificate in spiritual direction from Fairfield University as well. Deacon Greg and his wife have been married more than thirty years and are blessed with three beautiful daughters, two awesome son-in-laws and several great terriers along the way. When not busy with family, work or spiritual matters, you can find Greg shooting sporting clays or with his dog boating on the Chain of Lakes outside Chicago, IL.

Would You Let Them Drink Poison?

In a recent Sunday Gospel reading, Jesus reminded us that the gate into heaven is a narrow one. (Luke 13) The reading made me uncomfortable. The Church tells us that sin requires an element of knowing that we are doing it. The Gospels this summer...

Politics

I’ve always been a very political person. I love to debate. However, I have to admit, I’m currently getting very tired of being constantly being bombarded by politics all around me. I’ve turned much of it off, especially what I see on television and...

Forgetting I Already Won

This month I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the University of Mary campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. I don’t know when this particular habit started, but when I travel away from home, I usually buy a lottery ticket in hopes of making my...

Where Have Men Gone?

Call me a dinosaur, but I miss the days when men walked the planet. I can’t pinpoint when the “wimpification” of the American male took hold. I only see its ghastly effect upon me, my country, and my Church. I didn’t realize it when I gave...

Musical Therapy

I apologize to the “burnouts” and those who wore “Rush” t-shirts as fashion statements growing up. I judged you. I should have been judging me. In that era, if I rocked, it was to the Doobie Brothers without even knowing what a “doobie” was. I...

Preaching is the Easy Part

Once again in my life, the score is the Devil 2 and Greg 0 going into the third period. The first goal in the Devil’s pending hat trick was my deciding not to donate to my diocese’s annual drive because of several emails that were never acknowledged...

The Mesh

My “day” vocation is as an analytical chemist. One of the experiments I am currently working on is a derivatization experiment where two flows need to be mixed together in order to test for the analyte I am interested in. The stream must join with a...

Who is Our Authority?

Outside of Disney, I have little interaction with the notion of “royalty.” That is probably my first reflection each year on Christ as our “King.” This designation is a little too “medieval” for me.  I recently asked a Bible scholar that I know how...