"Become a saint, and do so quickly!" – JP2

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Father Mike Schmitz is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. He currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. Known nationally for his inspiring homilies, consistent hilarity, and genuine coolness, Father Mike is quickly becoming a Catholic household name in America.

Lucky for me, my wife grew up in the same town as Father Mike (Brainerd, MN) and has been friends of his and his family ever since she was a wee little one. We were privileged to have Father Mike celebrate our wedding Mass (see homily below!) and we continue to enjoy catching up with him whenever he’s in the Brainerd area and not already scheduled to hang out with his 8 million other friends (he seriously probably knows that many people – by name!).

Please do yourself a favor and take a looksie below at some of the awesome Jesusy goodness that Father Mike has to offer. And, because he’d probably want me to say this, do him a favor and throw a prayer or two his way when you get the chance!



This is one of the best kept secrets of the 21st century (yes, I just said that): Since 2007 Father Mike has been posting homilies of his that I guarantee will rock your socks. If you’ve ever wished to hear a better homily while at Mass, well, here you go. 250 homilies and counting… all free and for the taking. Please, do yourself a gigantic favor right now and subscribe to Father Mike’s homilies. Seriously. I triple-dog dare ya.

  1. Father Mike Schmitz iTunes page (web link)
  2. Father Mike Schmitz Homilies (web link)
  3. How to download Father Mike homilies (video web link)
  4. A Sampling of Father Mike Homily Reviews (PDF)

My wedding homily:



Father Mike is a frequent columnist for the Diocese of Duluth’s newspaper, The Northern Cross. He’s written dozens of articles answering questions sent his way. Check ’em out here or browse below!

  1. Who does it hurt?
  2. Receiving the Eucharist
  3. Distractions in prayer
  4. Married without children
  5. “O.M.G.”
  6. Is Christmas a pagan holiday?
  7. Do I have to raise my kids in the Catholic faith?
  8. Why don’t Catholics eat meat during Lent?
  9. Will there be animals in Heaven?
  10. Why do Catholics venerate the body of dead saints?
  11. Do we need Confession?
  12. God a “He”?
  13. Remorse vs. repentance
  14. Do not judge?
  15. Cremation
  16. Formula prayers give us words when we need them
  17. Satan
  18. Old Testament laws
  19. Discerning your vocation
  20. Defining homosexuality
  21. Where to draw the line in the media
  22. Keeping holy the Sabbath day
  23. Is Heaven really “Heaven” if even one person is not there?
  24. Do I have faith?
  25. Mean God?
  26. The Shack
  27. Conservative Catholic?
  28. The precepts of the Church
  29. The Church and suicide
  30. The “One, True Church”?
  31. Choosing God, not blaming Him
  32. Centering Prayer
  33. Going deeper in prayer
  34. What to do when prayer feels more like work
  35. The need for purgatory
  36. Tattoos and Christians
  37. Can a Christian fight in war?
  38. Pro-choice Catholic?
  39. Can we get married outside?
  40. “God made me this way”
  41. American Catholic
  42. “I Believe…”
  43. Why don’t same-sex couples have a right to marry?
  44. Same-Sex Marriage Laws force the Church to ‘Fuss’
  45. What’s the problem with contraception?
  46. How is Natural Family Planning different from contraception?
  47. “Love your enemies and pray for those who hate you…”
  48. Mind Wandering at Mass? Try being more active.
  49. Before You Go to “Communion” at Another Church…
  50. Examining the Role of Conscience in Making Moral Decisions
  51. Being “Spiritual But Not Religious” Carries Consequences
  52. Angry With God? Tell Him How You Feel
  53. You Can Bring Someone Back to the Faith–But First…
  54. How to Make the Most of the Christmas Season
  55. Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Does Not Make One a Bigot
  56. Struggling to Believe is Not the Same Thing as Doubting
  57. Forgiveness Might Not Erase Pain, But It Sets You Free
  58. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy?” – Prayer, Action Help Ease Anxiety
  59. In Confession, Priest Sees Mercy, Love, and Humility
  60. Contraception Turns Acts of Love Into Lie
  61. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Far From Founding Fathers’ Call for Happiness
  62. Why Does God Allow People to Commit Evil Acts?
  63. What If God Revealed Himself Completely to Us?
  64. Advice for When the Unexpected Happens
  65. Annulment criteria – Did a sacramental marriage exist?
  66. Marriage and annulments – Continuing the discussion
  67. Despair errs because of one thought – Life is worth living
  68. Don’t fear that your prayers don’t make a difference
  69. God’s will includes complex process of making choices
  70. Guilt and shame can lead to changing for the good
  71. Horoscopes and fortune cookies – All in good fun?
  72. Indulgences? Yep. Remedies to bring us back to God
  73. It’s time to get serious about halting the porn epidemic
  74. Must I ‘fess up’ to a person I’ve wronged?
  75. Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen
  76. Seeking Answers
  77. Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well
  78. There’s much to consider before offering an opinion
  79. Tips to help you go to confession
  80. To break bad habits, we need God’s grace, people’s support
  81. What did Jesus look like, and does it matter?
  82. What’s wrong with playing violent video games?
  83. Who is in heaven? Answer is — ‘We just don’t know’
  84. 8 Tips for an Awesome Confession



Fr. Mike's Duck Face - Steubenville 2013

Ascension Presents Videos:

Ascension Presents videos in iTunes Podcast format – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fr-mike-schmitz-podcast/id1200915759?mt=2

  1. Shame vs. Guilt – Their Meanings and How You Can Heal
  2. Bromance, Pizza, & Your Mom
  3. How to Quit Porn
  4. Loneliness After College – Facing the Quarter Life Crisis
  5. Father Mike Reviews The Avengers 2
  6. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
  7. Martha or Mary? – Who Should You Be?
  8. Bruce Jenner & the Transgender Question
  9. Time to Pray
  10. Batman vs. Superman
  11. What’s My Vocation?
  12. Forgiveness
  13. Heaven: You’re Not Good Enough (and why that’s ok)
  14. Learning from Judas
  15. Love is an Ability
  16. TV-MA: America’s Addiction
  17. Acceptance
  18. Captain America: Superheroes Analyzed
  19. What Does God Want Me to Do?
  20. Did God Change?
  21. Ashley Madison and Crushes on Other People
  22. Overwhelmed?
  23. Fr. Mike with Fr. Josh Johnson at The World Meeting of Families
  24. Padre Pio’s Secret to Holiness
  25. Do Catholics Follow All Those Weird Old Testament Laws?
  26. Made for Greatness, Not Comfort
  27. Jesus is McDonalds on Sandals
  28. The Greatest Surprise: Jesus’ Second Coming
  29. How to Avoid Being Ungrateful
  30. All Saints Day Pep Talk
  31. Spiritual Blind Spots
  32. Getting a Spiritual Director
  33. No Spiritual Director? No Problem!
  34. Thanksgiving Special: Squanto
  35. What’s Your Bedtime?
  36. Making a Good Confession
  37. Influencing the World
  38. Project Advent – Freedom to Fail
  39. An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
  40. Pregnant and Unmarried
  41. A Father Mike Christmas
  42. Did the Church Ever Sell Indulgences?
  43. Ways to Read the Bible
  44. I’m Sorry vs. Thank You
  45. #AskFrMike: Lucifer, The Trinity, and Leisurely Sundays
  46. Preparing for Lent
  47. The Significance of Ash Wednesday
  48. 4 Reasons for Fasting
  49. 4 Reasons for Almsgiving
  50. #AskFrMike: Confirmation Sponsors & Female Priests
  51. Tips for Praying
  52. Prepare to Die
  53. Praying Through Holy Week
  54. Easter Special
  55. Outdoor Weddings
  56. I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!
  57. Praying in a State of Mortal Sin
  58. Aren’t All Churches the Same?
  59. Shifting into a New Relationship
  60. Caffeinated Conversation with Fr. Mike Schmitz
  61. Will I Ever Find “The One”?
  62. Will My Pet Be in Heaven?
  63. Can I Go to Confession Over the Phone?
  64. Save Yourself from Helplessness
  65. Learning to Be Alone
  66. Discernment 101
  67. Independence Day Special
  68. Hope in the Face of Suicide
  69. Wanting to Fix People
  70. What Constitutes a Practicing Catholic?
  71. 3 Reasons Catholics Genuflect
  72. Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
  73. The Value of Silence
  74. Procrastination Isn’t Always Laziness
  75. Letting God Take His Time
  76. Venting or Gossip?
  77. Does God Love Some People More?
  78. #AskFrMike: Chapel Veils and the Significance of Dreams
  79. Will God Heal My Wounds?
  80. Dogma, Doctrine, and Meat on Fridays
  81. Are All Catholics Hypocrites?
  82. Can I Get a Tattoo?
  83. Do We Deserve God’s Love?
  84. The Power of Prayer
  85. What is Sin?
  86. Adulting Level: Expert
  87. Advent: More than a Chocolate Calendar
  88. The Immaculate Conception Explained
  89. Waiting for Christmas
  90. A Season for Everything
  91. The Unpleasant Ancestors of Christmas
  92. Learning from Your Past
  93. Is Shyness Your Excuse?
  94. What Defines You?
  95. 3 Steps to Unceasing Prayer
  96. Mortal vs. Venial Sin
  97. The Real Purpose of Funerals
  98. Personal, Not Private
  99. That’s Offensive!
  100. Why Fast on Ash Wednesday?
  101. Fasting Can Change You Forever
  102. The Meaning of Suffering
  103. Acedia: The Noonday Devil
  104. Where Is Lent in the Bible?
  105. Hell is for Real
  106. Good Friday: The Meaning of the Cross
  107. God Doesn’t Owe You Anything
  108. What is the Sin of Gluttony?
  109. What You Should Know About Purgatory
  110. What I Learned Getting Roasted at Seminary
  111. How to Face Temptation
  112. Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?
  113. Why We Don’t Drink Coffee at Mass
  114. Do Catholics Worship Saints?
  115. Are My Sacrifices Working?
  116. Generosity: The Greatest Spiritual Gift
  117. Why Watching MMA Strips Human Dignity
  118. Responding to the MMA Video
  119. Let’s Talk Superheroes
  120. Be a Hater
  121. Talking about Suicide
  122. Training vs. Working Out
  123. Who Do You Spend Time With?
  124. What’s Your Burden?
  125. Is it OK to Judge Someone?
  126. Avoiding Impurity
  127. What is Hope and Why Do You Need It?
  128. Finding Balance in Christian Life
  129. NFL National Anthem Protests
  130. Living in the Present Moment
  131. Tolkien’s Leaf
  132. Battle of Prayer
  133. Decision Making 101
  134. How Do Priests Pray?
  135. Finding God in Darkness
  136. The Problem with Criticism
  137. Straightforward Career and Job Advice
  138. Learning How to Love from the Bible
  139. The Lost Christmas Episode
  140. Christmas: A Time for Hope
  141. The Secret to Sticking to a New Year’s Resolution
  142. The Virgin Mary’s Struggles
  143. Inspiration to Stop Complaining


More Fr. Mike Videos:

  1. OLG Shoutout
  2. Phil 4:13 Inspiration
  3. They’re Playing My Song
  4. Disney World
  5. Eucharist
  6. Word Became Flesh
  7. Chinese Punk Rock
  8. Transformation – Loon
  9. Theology of the Body 1
  10. Theology of the Body 2
  11. How to Discern
  12. Homily at Steubenville
  13. Be Not Afraid
  14. Theology of the Body talk
  15. Chosen – Confirmation Video by Ascension Press
  16. Saturday Homily, Steubenville 2013
  17. I Love You, Too
  18. The Truth
  19. Steubenville northwest, 2013 – Saturday adoration homily
  20. Steubenville northwest, 2013 – Saturday homily
  21. Steubenville St. Louis, 2014 – Saturday workshop
  22. Steubenville St. Louis, 2014 – Saturday homily
  23. Steubenville main campus, 2014 – Saturday night general session
  24. SEEK 2015 – The Hour that Will Change Your Life
  25. Talk at McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast
  26. What’s Your Why?
  27. Finishing Strong
  28. Altaration – 3 Things to Know About the Sign of the Cross
  29. Altaration – You’re Worth Dying For
  30. Altaration – I Will Follow
  31. Fr. Mike with Fr. Josh Johnson at The World Meeting of Families
  32. Building a Legacy 2016 – Talk #1
  33. Building a Legacy 2016 – Talk #2
  34. Steubenville St. Louis, 2016 – Love, Same-Sex Attraction, and Tolerance
  35. Steubenville on the Lake, 2016 – Love and Same-Sex Attraction
  36. FOCUS – Lent + Q&A
  37. Belonging – Baptism in the Family of God trailer
  38. Belonging – Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?
  39. Belonging – What’s in a Name?
  40. SEEK 2017 – More than Words
  41. Surprised by Truth