The eldest of seven children, Ian grew up at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2010, he graduated with a BA in History and a double-minor in Classical Languages and Theology from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and received an MA in History from St. Louis in 2016. Currently, he teaches high school history and Latin in Kansas City. Ian has traveled to seven countries, including the Vatican, and is a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. When he’s not teaching or writing articles, he can be found gardening, singing, swing dancing, or cheering on the Benedictine College Ravens!IanOHagan

Answering the Call:

From personal observation, I have noticed that it is incredibly easy for Catholics, especially those who frequent and/or contribute to online media, to become sucked into a Catholic cyber-verse which shuts out much of the outside world, and stifles our ability to engage it. I believe that it is important for us to utilize online media as means of spreading not just the Good News, but the stories of people who are sharing it this very moment and changing lives. Such stories serve to strengthen us spiritually, and encourage us to evangelize those we interact with.

Favorite Verse:

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)

Fun Fact:

Ian was the first person in his parish to take the confirmation name of John Paul!

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