Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

‘Religious comedy is a tricky business’ — Catholic storyteller Ed Stivender juggles the secular and the sacred

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Ed picEd Stivender is a Catholic religion teacher-turned-entertainer who makes good use of his master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame in his storytelling. In Ed’s latest work “Like a Party,” which can be found on his website,, he portrays St. Francis of Assisi providing a tour of the Bible’s greatest hits. Ed has performed around the globe at storytelling festivals and other venues. He was called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” in the Miami Herald, and the late author Father Andrew Greeley called him “one of America’s great storytellers.”

He and his banjo playing are also findable at



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