Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

“His intellect is just right for this sort of community.” — Wesleyan Catholic Student Organization leader Erin Chase on Wesleyan chaplain Fr. Hal Weidner

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Fr. Hal Weidner with his rescue dog Roo. Among the topics Fr. Hal explores on the show: his ministry to Wesleyan’s Catholics (“They’re liberal but devout”, and his experience serving elsewhere; the relevance to today of 19th-century Catholic figure John Catholic Newman; the differences between the two popes about to be canonized — John XXIII and John Paul II; and his advice for making spiritual progress. Hint: the keys are probably already in your house.


Mass at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel is at 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Erin-and-JulianWes students Julian Theseira and Erin Chase (heard on the show talking about Fr. Hal; Erin first, then Julian.)

John Cardinal NewmanOne of Fr. Hal’s books.

Tonight at Connecticut College:

Paul_BaumannPaul Baumann, editor of Commonweal magazine, will speak at 7 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 29, at Connecticut College’s Harkness Chapel, 270 Mohegan Ave., in New London. His talk is titled: “Liberal, Conservative, or Just Catholic: Religious Identity in a Pluralistic Age.” For information, go to

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