Fr. Dwight Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he studied theology at Oxford University. Eventually he was ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. In 1995, realizing that he and the Anglican Church and on divergent paths, he and his young family were received into the Catholic Church. For ten years he continued to live in England where he worked as a freelance writer and charity worker. Then in 2006 the door opened to return to the USA and be ordained as a Catholic priest. Fr Longenecker now servesas Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Fr Longenecker is a prolific author, blogger, speaker and broadcaster. He has written twenty books on Catholic culture, apologetics and Benedictine spirituality as well as hundreds of articles for various papers, journals, websites and magazines. His award winning blog, Standing on My Head is read by thousands worldwide. Fr Longenecker’s latest book, The Mystery of the Magi explores the historical background of the three wise men. He is working on a book about C.S.Lewis’ Mere Christianity, and is developing ideas for podcast fiction, a stage play on Shakespeare and a farcical black comedy. Read his blog, browse his books and be in touch at

My podcast Triumphs and Tragedies is a twenty-three part series on the history of the Catholic Church. I produced this series so folks could get an overview of church history. If they are worried about the state of the Catholic Church today, I hoped they would realize that some of the problems we face are nothing new. In fact the church has struggled with corruption from within and persecution from without in every age.

If that was the past, what does the future look like? I think John Allen’s book provides and excellent, objective look at ten trends that are shaping the twenty first century church. God has not forsaken his church and I think we’re moving into an exciting stage of church history. I hope you will enjoy listening.