My name is TJ Simpson, and I am your new Director of Evangelization. I grew up here in Omaha at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. I attended St. James Seton and Creighton Prep before heading off to Kansas and Benedictine College in 2012. There I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Management. I stayed down in Kansas to work as a fire door inspector before joining St. Benedict’s Abbey in 2017. The Abbey formation took me to simple vows: a vow to live as a monk for three years. I felt called to leave the monastery in 2020 and have since been back in Omaha working at Hy-Vee before taking the job here at Midtown Catholic.
What is Evangelization? Christ commissioned the disciples saying, “You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Evangelization is the duty of every Christian, and the great mission Christ gave to the church. We witness to our relationship with Christ through prayer and sacrament, striving to help others come to encounter Jesus. Pope Francis has stressed the idea of encounter both before and throughout his papacy.
What I bring to Midtown Catholic: My witness is both charismatic and monastic. At Benedictine College I was heavily involved with St. Paul’s Outreach, a charismatic community that stresses Christian household life and charismatic worship. At St. Benedict’s Abbey, I received a wealth of education in monastic culture, virtue, and the wisdom of the Church. I was being formed particularly to be a Spiritual mentor to both monks in formation and Benedictine College students. Though final vows were not God’s plan, I believe He formed me for a purpose and hope my monastic vision can help you on your journey to heaven.
What I need from you:
Pray for our parishes. Pray that we may live up to God’s plan for our community and find the joy that awaits us.
Get involved. There are some incredible programs that have been bolstered with numbers from three parishes. I will also be starting some new initiatives and am open to feedback and new ideas.
Meet me. Help me get to know this community, its needs, and its history.