About Fr. Longenecker
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England.
Fr 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. To read Fr Longenecker’s conversion story or to listen to the audio version connect to the archived articles section of his blog.
Fr Dwight 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.
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 with John Martin, the former editor of the Church of England Newspaper. More Christianity is a straightforward and popular explanation of the Catholic faith for Evangelical Christians. Friendly and non-confrontational, it invites the reader to move from ‘Mere Christianity’ to ‘More Christianity’ while Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate is a dialogue with an old Bob Jones friend David Gustafson who is now an Evangelical Episcopalian.
Fr. Dwight’s book Quest for the Creed is described as ‘a Chestertonian romp through the Apostles’ Creed.’ His latest book, The Romance of Religion–Fighting for Goodness, Truth and Beauty is a sequel to Quest for the Creed. The planned third book in this theological trilogy is a study of evil and atonement called The Sacred Sacrifice.
He wrote Christianity Pure&Simple which was published by the Catholic Truth Society in England and Sophia Institute Press in the USA. A new and updated edition titled Catholicism Pure and Simple is a first rate text for RCIA and Confirmation candidates.
Fr Dwight has also published How to Be an Ordinary Hero and his book Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing was published by Our Sunday Visitor in May 2008. His other books are, The Gargoyle Code –a book in the tradition of Screwtape Letters and a book of poems called A Sudden Certainty. A the sequel to The Gargoyle Code–Slubgrip Instructs will be published for Lent 2015.
Fr. Dwight has contributed a chapter to the third volume of the best selling Surprised by Truth series, is a contributor to the book DisOrientation, and is a regular contributor to Catholic Online, Catholic Exchange, ZENIT, Integrated Catholic Life Aleteia and The Imaginative Conservative. He has a regular column at National Catholic Register and the St Austin Review. Fr. Dwight has also written a couple of children’s books, had three of his screenplays produced, and is working on a thriller set in the English Reformation.
In 2006 Fr. Dwight 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. 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.
Fr. Dwight 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.