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Fr. Mike Schmitz


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Fr. Mike Schmitz is incredibly well-known for his podcasts and social media videos, especially the 2021 podcast The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)™ featuring Jeff Cavins, which became the #1 Podcast in all categories after its launch in January 2021. The show was the #1 Podcast in Religion & Spirituality on Apple Podcasts for six months.

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Fr. Mike began to host weekly Mass on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel, the #1 Catholic YouTube platform in English. Fr. Mike also posts weekly short videos about Catholic topics to the same channel, and has contributed to numerous books and study programs about the Catholic faith published by Ascension.

Fr. Mike is the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD). UMD posts Fr. Mike’s homilies to Apple Podcasts each week as part of their BulldogCatholic ministry. Fr. Mike attended St. Paul Seminary in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and was ordained in 2003.

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