Fr. Wade Menezes

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About Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.

Having served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine. Both the Monastery and Shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN's "Mother Angelica Live" and "Life on the Rock" programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also host of the EWTN segment series, The Crux of the Matter.

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Crux of the Matter – Priestly Ordination Reserved to Men Alone

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  The Crux of the Matter 5 Topic:  Priestly Ordination Reserved to Men Alone By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy   If there’s one doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church that stands out particularly strong in this modern day and age – a teaching that everyone seems to know (both Catholics and non-Catholics…Read More

Crux of the Matter – Holy Days of Obligation

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  Crux of the Matter 7 Topic:  Holy Days of Obligation:  To Worship is a Sign of Human Freedom By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy   Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation require of the Catholic Christian obligatory Mass attendance.  Why?  Precisely because we love God; not because we fear Him. The Second Vatican…Read More

Crux of the Matter – Four Consequences of Sin

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    The Crux of the Matter 2 Topic:  Four Consequences of Sin By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy   As Christians, we know that sin is always a personal act.  Even though it might be carried out with another (as in the case of adultery), or with others (as in the…Read More

Crux of the Matter – The Fourteen Works of Mercy

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    The Crux of the Matter 1 Topic:  The Fourteen Works of Mercy By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy   Works of mercy are those charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbors in their bodily and spiritual needs (cf., Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2447).  And…Read More

Why Did the Word Become Flesh? – Fr. Wade Menezes

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Listen to Fr. Wade’s homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent to learn the four reasons the Word Became Flesh – Preached in the Chapel of Divine Mercy December 21, 2104 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:21 — 10.3MB)

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Easter Sunday: Sharing in Divine Life in this Life – Fr. Wade Menezes

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Fr. Wade explains how the Risen Christ makes us able to share in God’s Life even during our earthly life – Preached in the Chapel of Divine Mercy April 20, 2014 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:29 — 10.7MB)

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The Dignity of Human Labor – Fr. Wade Menezes

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Fr. Wade Menezes considers how Jesus called the Apostles who were working, and he explains the Church’s social teaching on the dignity of human labor – Preached in the Chapel of Divine Mercy January 26, 2014 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:28 — 11.4MB)

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Crux of the Matter – The Precepts of the Church

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  The Crux of the Matter 6 Topic: The Precepts of the Church By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy   The Precepts of the Church, as defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, are those positive laws or commandments “made by Church authorities to guarantee for the faithful the indispensable minimum…Read More

Crux of the Matter – The Seven Sacraments and Their Frequency

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  The Crux of the Matter 4 Topic:  The Seven Sacraments and Their Frequency By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy The seven Sacraments and their normative frequency; that is, how often we should receive them…what does the Church teach in this regard? Three of the Sacraments can only be received once.  That’s…Read More

Crux of the Matter – The Seven Capital Sins, their Virtues and Extremes

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    The Crux of the Matter 3 Topic:  The Seven Capital Sins, their Virtues and Extremes By Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM The Fathers of Mercy A well-versed Christian is always prepared to announce the seven capital sins, so as to protect himself and others, knowing the harm they can do to the human person.…Read More