John Knutsen

John is Assistant Director of the Saint Thomas More Institute in the Diocese of Arlington.  Born and raised in the central valley of California, he holds a BA in History from the University of the Pacific, an MLitt in Ancient History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and an MA in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.  John is a certified Master Catechist and has been active in RCIA, adult faith formation, and catechist training at the parish and diocesan levels for over a decade.  He has given presentations and led workshops on a variety of topics at parishes and diocesan conferences on the east and west coasts, and he serves as an online mentor for the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  A cradle Catholic who drifted away from the Church in his early teens and spent 15 years in the wilderness of indifference and atheism, John returned to the Catholic faith in 1998, a story outlined on EWTN's The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi, Our Recourse with Brian J. Gail (In His Sign Catholic Radio Network), and Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd (SiriusXM, The Catholic Channel).  John lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, where they are parishioners at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More.

Recent Presentations

  • Purgatory, Indulgences, and Devotion to the Holy Souls
  • Evangelization and Discipleship, Old and New
  • Make the Last Things First - Catholic Teaching on Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
  • The Importance of Silence in the Christian Life
  • The Reality of Evil and Spiritual Combat
  • Intimacy with God through Lectio Divina
  • What Our Lady of Fatima and the Rosary are Teaching Me About Being a Catholic Man
  • What On Earth is the Church?
  • You Can't Give What You Don't Have - Growth in the Spiritual Life
  • These Are a Few of My Favorite Saints (and Why They Matter)

    Other topics are available on any aspect of the Catholic faith or evangelization.