My name is Wayne Topp and I am a proud Catholic married man with 6 beautiful children. I was born and raised Catholic in a small rural town in the Midwest where my family regularly attended Mass and my two older brothers and younger sister all attended weekly religious education at our local parish. It was a life that lead me, ultimately, to discern my call to the priesthood in the seminary. I spent one year in discerning my priestly vocation and realized in that time that my true vocation was to the married life.
With all that, however, I’ve come to realize that I have been woefully ignorant of many of the beautiful teachings of our Catholic faith and in particular I only recently understood that, as a man, it is MY job to make sure my kids know what it is to learn and live the Faith.
So, this blog is, for me, a reflection on the role of Catholic Dads in this world and in this Faith. Through our example, just like the example of St. Joseph, we pass along our Faith to our kids and our spouses and it is to the extent that we show our love and dedication to our family and our Faith that our children and our spouses will do the same.
St. Joseph did it first, we are all just learning to be like him!
P.S. I also recognize the great role of my wife in helping me to shape myself into the man God is calling me to be and I believe it was very much the same for Joseph. So, while this is not directly geared toward these great women, wives and mothers will hopefully be able to benefit greatly from this content as well.