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.

I Struggle

I struggle. But don’t have much to complain about. I fear. John Paul II told me “Be Not Afraid.” I worry. Anxiety is a monster I try to cage. I rush. Even when I am not in a hurry. I hunger. But not sure for what. I hope. Knowing in...

Can I Be an Ignadictine?

People sometimes ask me, “What nationality are you?” I usually reply “Midwest.” There was not much ethnicity to my upbringing. I imagine this question correlates to spirituality as well. The spirituality I grew up with was “Diocesan.” I went...

Catholics in Public Schools Week

I didn’t attend a Catholic school until college. Sadly, I don’t know if that counts as many “Catholic” colleges specialized long ago. Yet even this public-school kid knows there is little question in regard to Catholic schools having had a...

God in the Yooperlite

First, it was the Petoskey stone that drew my wife into her hobby of Michigan geology. There was less excitement with the Charlevoix Stone but then came her search for the Frankfort Green and Leland Blue slag stones. This season, her focus...

Jerusalem, My Destiny

It was uncomfortably hot for me on the quad at St. Xavier College during graduation in May 1986. Not only was it from the heat of that day, but also from my anxiety in wondering if I was really graduating. I’ve never been quite stellar at P-Chem and...

The LED of Christ

In a rather unique attack on the Church, Saint Francis Health System became at risk of losing its ability to accept Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program due to the “ever-present danger” of its sacristy candle. Sacred Heart...

Refluxing Dad

Scientists do strange things when they are bored.   Years ago, in the height of the CSI television craze, my lab mate and I would challenge each other between experiments to come up with novel ways to “get rid of a body” without ever being...

Calling the Game Over

A new season is underway for baseball. Arizona and Florida are rife with activity as young players try to see if they can make it to the big leagues and older players try to prove they can still play.  Grown men playing a boy’s game. While not as...