An Interview with Father Mike Schmitz

In this episode, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Director of the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, shares an inside view about his experiences in these ministries. He also tells us how he manages his time according to the demands of his vocation—something that all of us in ministry could benefit from hearing. In the second part of the show, he talks about how, as a Church, we can do a better job approaching sacramental prep as a valuable opportunity for evangelization.


Find out more about Fr. Mike’s baptism prep program, Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God.

Check out other Ascension resources featuring Father Mike Schmitz:

Fr. Mike’s Ascension Presents Videos

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Podcast (his Ascension Presents videos in audio form).

I Will Follow a powerful video about Fr. Mike’s Vocation Story.  

Altaration– The Mass as teens have never seen it before

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  1. I love the Bible in a year podcast. My friends and family all listen and we aren’t Catholic but we all really love it. So thanks for that.


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