About Us

We are four Catholic young adults who have forged a friendship that crosses time zones.  We are committed to the Holy Catholic Church, and we’re trying our best to be good parents, spouses, lay ministers, co-workers and friends. Most importantly, we’re trying to keep our faith primary in the midst of the craziness of our lives.  We juggle jobs, ministries, swim practice, mandatory meetings, homework, and to do lists; our lives are often messy, but just as often, filled with moments of grace.

We live lives guided by the Holy Spirit, but we’re grounded in the real world…we watch TV, listen to music, enjoy a good beer, see movies, go shopping, love deeply, and enjoy life as it was meant to be enjoyed (John 10:10).  And we fail at all of it frequently…yup, we mess up a lot…

The Catholic Realist Crew

Joe Chernowski is a full-time youth minister, husband and father of 5 from Buffalo, NY who recently moved to Atlanta, GA.  He has a BA in Religious Studies and History from John Carroll University and an MA in Theology from Christ the King Seminary.  He is, without question, The Beardiest.

“Trying to live as a missionary in a material world.  I’m still figuring it out…” (@joesuperdad)

Rebecca Murphy recently retired from full-time youth ministry.  She is wife and stay-at-home-mother of two in Birmingham, AL.  She has a BA in Theology & Communication Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  She has been voted “Most Likely to Shut Down a Facebook Thread” for 3 years running.

“Living a simple but grand life, deep in the Heart of Dixie.” (@Rally_Rosko)

Chris Kostelc is a full-time youth minster, husband, and father of two in the Twin Cities, MN.  He has a BA in Theology with a Pastoral Ministry concentration and an MA in Pastoral Ministry.  However, he is most proud of his certification in Overwhelming Good Looks.

“Is it baseball season yet?” (@ym_ChrisK)

Kristin Bird is a full-time youth minister, wife, and mother of 3 in Oshkosh, WI.  She has a BA in Secondary Education with licensure in English, Spanish & Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and an MA in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago.  Kristin prides herself on being a staunch Grammar Nazi.

“Trying to set the world ablaze in the frozen tundra (Luke 12:49).” (@ymKBird)

Blog disclaimer:  This blog is written by 4 different people with 4 different perspectives & voices, a little bit like the gospels.  No one’s writing is meant to speak for any other author.  We only hope to express our common goal of attaining heaven.

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