John Knutsen

John is an Assistant Director in the Office of Catechetics for 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 adult faith formation, catechist training, and RCIA at the parish and diocesan levels since 2005.  He has given many presentations and led workshops on a wide variety of topics at parishes and 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 and Our Recourse (In His Sign Catholic Radio Network).  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
  • The New Atheists, or What Happened When I Binge-Read Their Books
  • Creeds: What They Are and Where They Come From
  • Evangelization and Discipleship, Old and New
  • Make the Last Things First - Catholic Teaching on Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
  • The Importance of Silence
  • 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 Are a Puff of Smoke: Lessons for Men from the Letter of St. James
  • Can't Give What You Don't Have - Growth in the Spiritual Life
  • The Mission and Spirituality of the Catechist
  • These Are a Few of My Favorite Saints (and Why They Matter)

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