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.

Sunday Scaries

Once again, I am a man ahead of his time. Reading an article from The Atlantic, I noted that lexicographers have determined that “Sunday Scaries” has been a popular term on social media since 2016. Some may think the term references bad homilies or...

No Fear

In a recent Prime Matters newsletter from the University of Mary, Dr. Jonathan Reyes cited St. John Henry Newman: “In an 1865 letter, Newman wrote, “An evil time is before us. Principles are being adopted as starting points, which...

The Danger of “Catholic” Charity

I’ve had a constant headache for approximately two weeks now. My mind is churning at full gear in discernment. The headache started when a deacon friend of mine texted me wanting to know if I had heard about a new diocesan policy asking our...

Walking with Highland Park

Unlike the day of 9/11, when terrorists struck in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, I don’t recall where I was when I heard the news. Another public shooting. This time, it was in Highland Park, Illinois and at a 4th of July parade...

Bigger Telescope, Bigger God

Have you seen the latest images from the James Webb Space Telescope? Simply beautiful. This telescope is an amazing feat in science and engineering. “Nova” on PBS has a very good documentary on the challenges of placing a telescope one-million miles...

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...