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How to Start an Institutional Apostolate, Part 1–Jeff Mirus

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How to Start an Institutional Apostolate, Part 1–Jeff Mirus

Jul 4, 2018

This episode is for anyone who believes he is called to found a
Catholic apostolate, or anyone who is overseeing one already. You
may know Jeff Mirus as the founder of CatholicCulture.org, bu the
has launched several other successful Catholic institutions as

In this first part of a two-part interview he discusses how, as
a young man witnessing a grave crisis in the Church, he set out to
become a Catholic apologist. In the first few years of his career,
he founded the interdisciplinary academic journal Faith &
and co-founded Christendom College. These experiences
taught him valuable lessons about the situational, practical and
personal problems of running an institutional Catholic


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Jeff Mirus Interview

02:46 Jeff’s Catholic upbringing, early sense of calling to

7:32 College and first experiences engaging with and debating
secular culture

10:38 The crisis in the Church, realization that a prescriptive
approach to the faith will eventually fail without prayer and
interior life

14:11 Desire to attain academic credentials in order not to be
silenced by the cult of expertise

17:18 Funny encounters with the 60s revolution at Rutgers

24:11 Studying history at Princeton; professor who wanted to
explain away medieval mysticism

28:32 Formative reading during grad school: Sigrid Undset’s
Catherine of SienaSt. Augustine’s Confessions,
Christopher Dawson, Dominican defenders of the papacy

31:59 The beginnings of lay apostolates in the late 60s and
early 70s as clergy became increasingly unfaithful

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36:58 Jeff founds academic journal Faith & Reason
in 1975

38:57 Situational problem in the Church and practical problem of
funding an academic journal

43:33 The importance of keeping faith with your audience

46:04 First encounter with Warren H. Carroll, leading to the
founding of Christendom College in 1977; the state of Catholic
colleges in the U.S. in the mid-70s

52:33 Practical problem: Making sure the Catholic mission is not
compromised based on who exercises control of the corporate entity
(in this case, dealing with the problem of an independent college

58:51 Dealing with disagreements between good people with
dogmatic personalities

1:02:22 Early discussions at Christendom about student life and
what the campus culture should look like

1:08:00 Jeff’s responsibilities at Christendom 1977-83: member
of both boards, Director of Academic Affairs, teaching apologetics,
history, and various other subjects at short notice when another
professor was missing, editing Faith & Reasonrunning
Christendom Press, building up mailing list

1:11:23 Financial crisis at Christendom which required Jeff to
be a full-time fundraiser for two years and precipitated a personal

1:13:57 Personal problem: reliance on Holy Spirit rather than
seeing oneself as a Catholic “machine” that can be put into higher
gear at will

1:16:20 Beginning family Rosary as a way of putting family first
and increasing discernment

1:22:47 Departure from Christendom College; decision to found a
publisher called Trinity Communications

1:26:34 This week’s excerpt: Noam Chomsky

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