Jared Staudt

The Catholic Reader

R. Jared Staudt, PhD, is a husband and father of six, the Associate Superintendent for Mission and Formation for the Archdiocese of Denver, a Benedictine oblate, prolific writer, and insatiable reader.


The goal of Lent: Conformity to Christ

In my last column I looked at the need for conversion and repentance for sin. The goal of Lent, however, does not end there, but looks further toward our spiritual […]


Facing sin to begin Lent

“Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). You may hear these words of Jesus on Ash Wednesday, which can be said when you receive ashes in place of “remember […]


Meet St. Conrad, patron of Denver’s Capuchins

You may know the Capuchin friars from their longstanding service within the Archdiocese of Denver. They serve at Annunciation Parish and the Denver Catholic recently highlighted their new food truck […]


St. John Paul II, family life, and a Wyoming ranch

Twenty-five  years ago, St. John Paul II released his Letter to Families, Gratissimam Sane, on Feb. 2, 1994. The letter is known for the arresting claim that “the history of […]


We need Catholic schools now more than ever

Our ancestors, Catholic immigrants to the United States, built up the largest private school system in the world. They made an enormous sacrifice, scraping pennies together for the formation of […]


Looking Back to the First Vatican Council

We often hear of the Second Vatican Council and its messy aftermath, but it would be hard to imagine this council without its predecessor, the First Vatican Council (1870-71). To […]


Living the Liturgical Year as a family

Christmas and family go together as we gather to celebrate one of the holiest feasts of the year and to honor each other with presents and meals together. Christmas involves […]


Helping our kids become Catholic Readers for Christmas

I’ve been writing the Catholic Reader column for about a year and a half now and it’s been quite enjoyable sharing a great variety of books that I hope you […]


Entering more deeply into the Bible

Catholics in the United States have been enriched in the last few of decades with a renaissance of biblical studies. The Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical Schools now enroll over […]


Pilgrims to the Everlasting City

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). The author of the Letter to the Hebrews pointed beyond the earthly […]

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Finding light, building culture, venerating the saints

“Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ . . . having no hope and without God in the world; Once you were in darkness, but now you […]


Meeting Christ in the Mass and sacraments

As Catholics, we recognize Jesus’ Eucharistic presence to be the source and summit of our faith. Nonetheless, we can take His presence at Mass and in the tabernacle for granted. […]