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.

Reclaiming the Mission

I’ve always had a desire to go on a mission trip. Perhaps it is my attempt at being more selfless and making a difference in the world. Yet, between work and family schedules, I never seemed to find the time. The only “mission” I had most days...

Searching and Listening

How much time do we spending thinking about all the things we could do if we did not have to work “9 to 5” each day? I have always been a planner. I enrolled in programs for certifications in areas area that I thought I would like to engage in...

I Lost It

I love the Psalms of Lent, especially Psalm 137. Known as the “Psalm of Exile” or “By the Waters of Babylon,” this psalm comes from the 6th century BC. This was the time of the Babylonian exile; the Jews are lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem...

Right Now

Looking at the Breviary I was holding, I thought about having owned this book for over ten years. I purchased the set while in diaconate formation. My mind has been drifting over the past three decades lately as I mull a retirement date. Thirty...

The Right Way to Pray?

Sitting in my brother’s kitchen a while back, he asked me “is there a right way to pray?” Before I could answer, he said, “no there isn’t.”  “It’s all good,” as a friend of my wife’s would say. CCD theology at its best. I am glad my brother gave me...

Journey of Light: Christmas Car Retreat

The Catholic Octave of Christmas is a sacred and joyous period that extends beyond the traditional celebration of Christmas Day. An octave is a liturgical period of eight days, and in the context of Christmas, it begins on December 25th and...

Journey of Hope: An Advent Car Retreat

In speaking with a friend about his travel plans before Christmas, I asked him whether he was apprehensive about his upcoming drive or looking forward to his planned event. “Both,” he replied. He was looking forward to the event but not...

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