Sometime last spring, feeling distressed and distracted by all that was going on in the world, the Rev. Mike Schmitz turned to the Bible. “I realized it was grounding me in a unique way,” the Duluth Catholic priest said. “It helped me find a sense of peace.” That gave Schmitz, an avid podcast and audiobook consumer, an idea: If others were seeking similar refuge from the chaos of 2020, why not create a podcast walking them through the holy book?
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector, and acolyte upon lay men and