Father Joseph Breighner

Father Joseph Breighner

Father Joseph Breighner, a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is a popular lecturer and retreat master in the mid-Atlantic region. He formerly hosted a regular weekly radio show, "Country Road," that was syndicated throughout the country. He has been writing a column for The Catholic Review for decades. Father Breighner retired in 2013, but continues writing a monthly column for the Catholic Review magazine and additional columns that appear exclusively on this page of the Catholic Review website. Purchase Father Joe's books in our store.


Big sister did good
Jul 13 2016
My sister, Helen Eder, died May 14, the eve of my 45th anniversary as a priest.

Of fireworks, and igniting the good
Jun 30 2016
July explodes on the summer scene. It’s impossible to think of July without fireworks.

Purpose, rather than despair
Jun 02 2016
We humans have been told to “go bravely into that dark night.” Few nights are darker than the darkness of dementia.

Father, should I take chemotherapy?
May 12 2016
At any time, facing any challenge in life, nurturing joy in our hearts is our best defense against diseases of the mind, body or spirit.

Surprises aplenty over 45 years
May 02 2016
A vocation is not about us telling God what we’re going to do for him. A vocation is being open to what God wants to work through us.

Human beings, not doings
Apr 13 2016
It’s easy for most of us to simply take life for granted. We are. Life is. We often miss the miracle of simply being.

Trying to understand suicide
Mar 30 2016
People don't commit suicide because they feel good. They commit suicide because they feel awful.

Saints for a day
Mar 14 2016
March is a month of hope. While it is still winter, spring is not far behind. While we’re in Lent for most of the month, there is Easter at the end.

Let's make attention to suicide a priority
Feb 16 2016
Life is changed not ended. God's love doesn't end. Neither does a mother's love.

God’s power exceeds our willpower
Feb 11 2016
God doesn’t measure us by our failure. God measures us by our efforts to pick ourselves up and do better. God is the God of second chances, the God of new resolutions, the God for whom each day is a new day, a first day for the rest of our lives

Blizzard shows us there is no such thing as the 'rugged individual'
Jan 26 2016
Being limited by snow reminds us of one fundamental issue. There is no such thing as the “rugged individual.”

God has become one with us, and we have become one with God
Jan 04 2016
Our job is not to make the world Christian. Our job is to so allow the God who lives in us to live through us.

Real prayers for peace
Dec 31 2015
In response to terrorist attacks, the completion of the season of Advent and the journey into the church Christmas season, and as we begin a New Year with new resolutions, I would like to share seven prayers.

Escaping death
Dec 10 2015
If we put our faith in Christ, then we will share the resurrection of Christ.

Waiting and watching
Nov 30 2015
In the month of December, the church waits in wonder and awe for the coming of its God. The world waits for the coming of Santa Claus. Both celebrations can be enjoyed as long as we keep God in first place.