Anybody Else on the Struggle Bus?

I’ve been struggling…for a while. No need to get specific with how many weeks, right? God bless my friends who are “thriving” in quarantine. I mean, I think we all have our moments of thriving. And we are absolutely having some.

It’s what is keeping me afloat.

A few days ago, after participating in a livestream daily Mass, I finally acknowledged the ache I felt. On a regular basis, we have priests over for dinner. We love it. We laugh, they share stories, my kids affirm their vocation, there’s usually an after-dinner drink and we send them home, all feeling renewed and inspired.

It all feels so very, human. Connection is what I miss the most.

And as I sat in that ache of connection, it hit me. If I was feeling that loss, then certainly other people were, too. So, I decided to do something about it. I’m an activator, it’s what we do.

This is happening.

Maybe some of those names look familiar to you, or maybe they’re largely unknown. Yes, I see the word “father” before their names, but I also see a musician, a ninja warrior (no really), a former police officer, a former television producer, a juggler and a former national FFA officer. They can sing and dance and farm and hunt. Some of them are wicked funny and others are deeply introspective. A few are converts, some come from a bevy of siblings and others, none. They are as unique as you and I, yet they’ve answered a call to lead us toward Christ.

I want you to see them as human. And I also want you to be inspired by their YES to Jesus. May it be a beacon and an example for us, amidst the crazy, to keep turning our gaze toward our heavenly Father.

These men are exceptional, candid, faithful, witty, wise and kind. I know you’re going to love them as much as I do.

Mark your calendars and tune into Instagram every Thursday and Sunday evenings at 8pm CST and be renewed. It’s gonna be so, so good.


  1. Ann-Marie Ulczynski on April 23, 2020 at 8:13 am

    I knew Fr. Craig before he converted! I’m so excited for this! Thank you for acting.

    • Karen on April 23, 2020 at 10:55 am

      This is fantastic.

  2. Erika Wintering on April 23, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Any change to log on differently for those not on social media? Likely not. But maybe a link on a blog to the talks thereafter !

  3. Dianne on April 23, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Kathryn, thank you for this. I’m really missing the connection, too, because people energize me. So do hugs. But looking forward to tuning in. See you in the virtual world!

  4. Emily on April 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    I tried to follow you on ig and it shows not found as if I’m blocked… I don’t have an active account or any pictures I just use it to follow Catholic bloggers..

    • Kathryn on April 23, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Hmmm. That’s weird! What’s your handle and I’ll double check!

      • Emily on April 24, 2020 at 4:19 pm

        It’s e22799. Thank you!

  5. Virginia on April 23, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this. Tonight’s session was great! You provide such a ray of hope, joy and faith, along with your guests. Thank you.

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