Introducing Our New Blog — Kicking and Screaming

A reluctant Catholic goes to seminary

kicking_tout-flashAs a Paulist seminarian Tom Gibbons has spent the past three years immersed in the academic study required of any man who will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest. During that time, Gibbons has written a lot about the experience, and his new blog, Kicking and Screaming is an intimate look at the questions and doubts he’s struggled with over the past few years while studying for the priesthood, as well some of the answers he’s come up with along the way.

Now at the halfway point in his formation process, Tom’s blog will also be a window into what his life is like now that he’s outside the seminary classrooms doing hands-on ministry work at a parish in Austin, Texas. Gibbons’ blend of honesty and humor offers readers a rare glimpse into the deeply personal nature of what the question of “vocation” is really all about, and how discovering one’s true vocation — religious or otherwise — is a universal journey we are all called to go on — even if we sometimes can only do so Kicking and Screaming.

Starting now, you can find this first of the new Busted Blogs at, and on the Busted Halo homepage.

Stay tuned for the launch of Monica Rozenfeld’s new blog Rendezvous with G-d next week.