Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD, is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. He shepherds two parishes in north-central South Carolina. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Father Kirby serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College and has authored several books, including Lord, Teach Us to Pray (2014), 101 Surprising Facts about St. Peter’s and the Vatican (2015), The Life and Witness of St. Maria Goretti (2015), and Doors of Mercy: A Journey Through Salvation History (2016).
Fr. Kirby seeks to live and exercise his priestly ministry in such a way as to exemplify the positive role religion can play in society, as well as to highlight the mutual service that both Church and State can render to one another. In this effort, Father Kirby works to apply and teach the spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church and the overall contribution of the human spirit to the human narrative.
As such efforts have led to the formation of consciences and development of leadership in the public forum, Father Kirby was recognized by Governor Nikki Haley and granted the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
Father Kirby is the weekly spirituality contributor for the e-journal “Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse,” as well as the author of a bi-monthly Q-and-A column carried by “The Catholic Miscellany.” He is a friend to Catholic media, and has been on EWTN, CatholicTV, and Salt and Light. Father Kirby has also been on the BBC, NPR, and ABC to discuss various issues relating to the Church.
Working with St. Benedict Press and Catholic Scripture Study International, Father Kirby was the Host of the national Christian formation program Doors of Mercy and was one of the co-instructors of Luke: The Gospel of Mercy. Both programs presented the Gospel message through a creative use of videography, lay-out design, and live-streaming.
Father Kirby grew up in a military family in West Germany, attended seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, served in the Army National Guard, has run two marathons, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice by ship.
For more information on Father Kirby, please visit frkirby.com, or follow him on Twitter @fatherkirby.
2018 Speaking Circuit
Echoing the petition of the disciples, Lord, teach us to pray, this book guides the reader through the challenges of discipleship and the various stages of prayer. Fr. Kirby lovingly and expertly examines this crucial petition, shedding light on its three parts the call to follow the Lord, to live virtuously, and to pray while laying out a course for growing in discipleship and strengthening the interior life.