Jesus loves us. I love Jesus. My name is Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC SThD. I’m a priest with the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi. I try to fulfill our mission of helping people know and experience Jesus, be transformed by him, and become his apostles.
I just finished my doctoral thesis in Moral Theology through Regina Apostolorum in Rome, while living in the Legionary community in the diocese of Arlington (Northern Virginia) and as Assistant Chaplain at Divine Mercy University. For the 2022-2023 school year, I am teaching theology at Belmont Abbey College. I occasionally give talks on subjects I discuss here (use the contact form if you want this).
Pauline Press published my book, God Loves the Autistic Mind: Prayer Guide for Those on the Spectrum and Those Who Love Us, in June 2022. You can get it here.
I am one of the few openly autistic priests. I was diagnosed with autism after my first year of ministry when I failed to read the emotions on kids’ faces as a school chaplain. I gave a longer testimony (with video) if you are interested.
Slowly I’ve become one of the biggest Catholic voices on Twitter with over 65,000 followers, and 100,000 across all social media combined.
I began working in youth ministry and wrote some of the material for the Conquest and Challenge Clubs, but in recent years I have moved away from that. Concerning youth ministry, I wrote the only book on doing 1-on-1 spiritual mentoring with teenagers called Spiritually Mentoring Teenage Boys based on my experience (90% of it probably applies to teen girls too, but I don’t have much experience there).
I started with this personal blog, then joined ProjectYM, then Catholic Stand, then Patheos, with a few individual articles for other pages. If you want my article to appear in your publication, please contact me and offer me your normal going rate for freelance journalists.
Along with my writing here, I have written for or appeared in over 300 other media outlets. I have another page with a more complete list, but here are some highlights:
- I have written pieces appearing in the National Catholic Register, America, Crux, Public Discourse, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Nova et Vetera, The Journal of Disability & Religion, Aleteia, ZENIT, ChurchPOP, Catholic Moral Theology, LifeNews.com, and NeuroClastic.
- I or my work has appeared in several EWTN shows, Catholic Answers Live, multiple Catholic radio stations, Catholic News Agency, CatholicTV, Catholic Herald, The Linacre Quarterly, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Church Life Journal, The Associated Press, National Review, Christianity Today, Slate, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CBS News, The Hill, CNN, Fox News, and The Guardian.
If you want to know what I look like, there isn’t much to see. Even though I’m not that photogenic, I found a few photos beyond my headshot.