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read by Fr. Gregory Pine and Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk

Welcome to the Catholic Classics podcast!

Each season we'll absorb wisdom from the Church’s most revered saints and teachers by reading and explaining a classic text in just 20-30 minutes a day.

This season, Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. and Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. will guide you through Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church.

In 43 days, you'll discover what generations of Catholics have learned from this treasured book: that it is possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

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Meet the Hosts

Fr. Gregory Pine

Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. is a Dominican friar (Order of Friars Preachers) of the Province of Saint Joseph, which is located in the Northeastern portion of the United States.

Crediting the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas in his discernment, Fr. Gregory joined the Order after graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he studied math as well as humanities and Catholic culture. After being ordained as a priest in 2016, he served as parochial vicar at St. Louis Bertrand Parish in Louisville, KY, where he also worked as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University. He then served as the assistant director of campus outreach for the Thomistic Institute based in Washington, D.C.

Fr. Gregory is currently a doctoral candidate in dogmatic theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, concentrating on the Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has recently released a new book for Catholics on the virtue of prudence.

In addition to his role as one of the hosts of Ascension’s new podcast Catholic Classics, Fr. Gregory is also a regular contributor to the popular podcasts Pints with Aquinas, Godsplaining, and The Thomistic Institute and has traveled widely to preach and teach the Catholic Faith.

When he’s not reading medieval tomes or administering the sacraments, Fr. Gregory spends his time enjoying great works of fiction and hiking in the nearby mountains.

Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk

Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. is a Dominican friar of the Province of Saint Joseph, which ministers in the Dominican tradition to the Northeastern portion of the United States, and is also the pastor of St. Denis Catholic Church in Hanover, NH.

After graduating from Marist College with a degree in biomedical science, Fr. Jacob Bertrand joined the novitiate for the Dominicans and was ordained as a priest in the Dominican Order in 2017.

From there, he went on to work with college students at Dartmouth College, serving as assistant chaplain and then as director of vocations for the Province of Saint Joseph from 2018-2022.

In addition to co-hosting Ascension’s new podcast, Catholic Classics, Fr. Jacob Bertrand is also a host of the popular Dominican podcast, Godsplaining.