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 the Eastern Regional Director at Life Teen International and a husband and father of 6 in 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)

After spending 7 years as a full time high school youth minister, Rebecca Murphy retired in order to raise her own youth group at home.   She is wife and stay-at-home-mother of 3 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 husband, and father of two in the Twin Cities, MN where he is also the Coordinator of Adult Formation at his parish.  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 wife and mother of 3 in Oshkosh, WI.  She is also the Director of Ministries at Elizabeth Ministry International as well as the Support Manager at InterGen.  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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