The inimitable Mark Shea is like the Granddaddy of the Catholic blogosphere. He has, in fact, been blogging since 2002.
“2002?!” my children exclaim when I tell them, “Did we even have computers back then?”
“Yes, we did,” I tell them. “They were made of stone, but Mr. Shea was already using them to carve out his own little spot in cyber space where he could offer commentary on all matters of religion, politics, and culture — all from a Catholic perspective.”
I have always loved Shea’s tagline, as it helps to keep a blogger humble: “So that no thought of mine, no matter how stupid, should ever go unpublished again.”
But this funny, down-to-earth, famously bearded man is not just a blogger, he’s an author too.
A quick glance down the left hand sidebar of his well-trafficked blog reveals a list of over a dozen books he has written or contributed to in the past several years. My personal favorites are his series titled Mary, Mother of the Son. Shea has the gift of reason, a true devotion to Mary, and a real love for Christ’s Church that just shine through his writings on these topics.
But Mr. Shea is not just a blogger and an author. He’s a speaker too. Which brings me to the point of this post.
Mark Shea is an accomplished speaker who takes on a variety of topics including Catholic apologetics, faith and family, Mary, popular culture, Scripture, the sacraments, evangelism, and many more. Learn more about his topics at his speaker page.
If you are looking for the bearded Granddaddy of Catholic blogging, Mark Shea is the obvious choice. If you are looking for an authoritative, experienced, dynamic speaker to speak at your parish or group, Mark Shea is an excellent choice. If you are looking for a good-hearted, clear-minded, good-humored, well-spoken evangelist to speak at a Catholic event of any kind, Mark Shea is your man.
(This post is an entry in Fallible Blogma‘s Support a Catholic Speaker Month. If you are not already participating, please consider choosing a speaker left on the list to blog about. The end result of this intriguing project, with links and information about over 100 Catholic speakers, is sure to be a valuable resource for many years to come.)