Why Women Religious Are Essential (with Fr. John Burns)

Are women religious just nice to have around or are they essential to the Church and to the world? Mike and Dave are joined by special guest Fr. John Burns to discuss the status of women’s vocations to the consecrated life and why it is a major crisis. They offer reasons for why it is so important to have women religious and how we can introduce more people to their way of life.

Snippet from the Show
The consecrated woman reminds the Church what it means to be espoused to Christ.


Today’s Guest

Fr. John Burns is a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Originally, he studied business at Notre Dame. However, he eventually heard the call to the priesthood and entered the seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2010. He earned a doctorate in moral theology on the topic of healing through forgiveness. Fr. Burns works primarily to bring about a revival of vocations to the religious life for women. He works with orders and walks with women who are discerning. Additionally, he also has led many retreats for different religious orders around the world. He is the author of the book Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales.

Check out Fr. Burn’s website with resources on women’s vocations to the religious life HERE.



Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.

Mike is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.