Fr Dwight Longenecker
Father Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Bob Jones University here in Greenville 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. Longenecker and his family were received into the Catholic Church. To read Longenecker’s conversion story or to listen to the audio version connect to the archived articles section of his blog.
Fr Longenecker spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA. He has also written fifteen books and booklets on the Catholic faith. You can browse Fr. Longenecker’s books by going here to his website.
In 2006 Fr. Longenecker accepted a post as Chaplain to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina. This brought him and his family back, not only to his hometown, but also to the American Bible belt, and hometown of Bob Jones University.
At St Mary’s Church in Greenville on 14 December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish.
Fr Longenecker enjoys movies, blogging, books, riding his motorcycle and visiting Benedictine monasteries. He’s married to Alison. They have four children, named Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias. They live in Greenville, South Carolina with a black Labrador named Anna, a chocolate Lab named Felicity, a cat named James and various other pets.