Fr. Dwight Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.
Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. His first book is the best-selling book of English conversion stories called The Path to Rome– Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith. He has written Listen My Son—a daily Benedictine devotional book which applies the Rule of St Benedict to the task of modern parenting. St Benedict and St Thérèse is a study of the lives and thought of two of the most popular saints. In the field of Catholic apologetics, Fr. Dwight wrote Challenging Catholics, More Christianity, The Quest for the Creed, and Christianity Pure & Simple.
Fr. Dwight has also published How to Be an Ordinary Hero and Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing. He has written a popular book for Lent in the tradition of Screwtape Letters called The Gargoyle Code – and its sequel Slubgrip Instructs. His latest book, The Romance of Religion is published by Thomas Nelson.
Fr. Dwight’s blog, Standing on My Head is published at Patheos. He also writes for Catholic Online, Integrated Catholic Life, Intercollegiate Review, The Imaginative Conservative, The Catholic Thing, and Aleteia. He is also a regular columnist for The National Catholic Register.
In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, and enjoys movies, blogging, books, riding his motorcycle and visiting Benedictine monasteries. He and his wife Alison have four children; Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias.