Who Is Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, LC

Jesus loves us. I love Jesus. My name is Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC 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 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. In relation to 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).

In 2022, I should have a book on autistic prayer coming out with Pauline Press.

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 58,000 followers, and 75,000 across various social media.

I’m currently writing my doctoral thesis in Moral Theology through Regina Apostolorum in Rome while living in the Legionary community in the diocese of Arlington (Northern Virginia). On the side, I do some behind-the-scenes stuff for my community, post inspirational stuff and Catholic commentary online (including this), help with sacraments at local parishes, and occasionally talk publicly on subjects I discuss here (use the contact form if you want this).

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.

My Community relies on donations and I’d love if you became a monthly patron on Patreon or donated on my Acceptiva page. I have chosen not to run ads here except for links to Patreon.

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:

If you want to know what I look like, there isn’t much to see. Even though I’m not that photogenic, I managed to find a few photos beyond my headshot.

The main photo I use to identify myself online
The previous photo I use to identify myself online.
A professional shot
My professional looking picture 2 back.
The day I was ordained a deacon.
The day I was ordained a deacon

Miracle of sienna
A picture of me before the Eucharistic miracle of Sienna – these hosts were consecrated 200 years ago, & they’re fresh.
I'm fun-loving. Here's just one example
I’m fun-loving. Here’s just one example


  1. Fr. Matthew, I just learned I had a celebrity (you) co-teaching ESL with me at Christ the Redeemer. I wish you great success with your new book, and the completion of your dissertation. Christus regnat!!

    1. I think as a priest I should spend some of my time doing acts of Christian charity. I asked Catholic Charities what might work while I was in Ashburn, and they suggested teaching ESL at CTR. I try not to do it with big fanfare.

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