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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.

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...

Thoughts on Holy Communion

This past Sunday I walked into the sacristy and informed the priest about to preside at Mass, “If President Biden shows up today for our 9 am Mass, I am sending him to your communion line…” I thought that was funnier than asking if the Cardinal...

Jesus Responders

I was born almost 12 hours before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I remember seeing the Vietnam War on TV but as a child, it didn’t mean much. I saw Nixon getting on a helicopter leaving the White House after his resignation. I remember Ronald...

Can’t We Do Better than Sitting on the Sidelines?

In our current pandemic, Catholic bishops sought to meet their obligation to seek alternatives to vaccines derived using cells derived from human fetuses electively aborted decades ago by publicly stating their demands for ethical vaccines to fight...

Woke

I say stupid things. Not really intentionally, but sometimes the circuit leading to my mouth bypasses the brain. This can be a dangerous thing in our culture today. I grew up with the limerick that “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words...

When Rights Begin

One of the major issues in bioethics continues to be when a being has “rights.” This is referred to as having “moral status.” For example, if you argue that a child in the womb has no moral status, aborting such a life has less challenges. Abortion...

At War with Myself- Part 3

I had a college ring that my parents gave me upon graduation with my PhD. I imagine these days this ring is not worth much but, to me, it is priceless. Getting my doctorate in chemistry was a victory for someone who dropped out of college as an...

At War with Myself- Part 2

Our focus on using Ignatian spirituality is to have personal experiences of Jesus. A spiritual director recently shared this experience with me: Recently, a directee shared with me her experience of awakening with tears in her eyes because her dream...