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Mr. Tim Staples

Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.

During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!

He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.

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Damon Owens

Damon Owens, an international speaker and evangelist for over 20 years, is the founder and executive director of joytob. Following four-years as the first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, he served as Chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress. In 2002 after 16 years in the technology sector, he sold out of his firm and founded Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey, and New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, non-profit organizations dedicated to building a marriage culture through training, seminars, and conferences. Damon and his wife Melanie taught Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 14 years, and served as NFP Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ).

A Certified Speaker for the Theology of the Body Institute, National Trainer for Ascension Press, and presenter at the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Damon keeps a full international speaking schedule at conferences, marriage seminars, universities, high schools, seminaries, and parishes on the good news of marriage, sexuality, Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family, adoption, and NFP.

Damon currently lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Melanie and their eight children.


Major Sponsors

Men's Apostolate, Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend

We are Catholic men who seek to Rekindle the Fire of Christ's love within us, and become better leaders, friends, husbands, fathers and sons; the men God calls us to be, through prayer, fellowship, faith and spiritual service to our family, parish and community.


RTF Chapters

Chapters are popping up throughout the diocese. Find the one closest to you and come join us at our next meeting!

St. Vincent dePaul

Fort Wayne (North)

Third Sunday of the month, 

6:30PM  - Parish Hall (look for lit torch at door)

Mike Nielson 

St. Pius X


Third Monday of the Month

7:00 PM

Tony Staley

St. Therese

Fort Wayne (South)

2nd and 4th Wednesday

7:00 PM in the Parish Office

Allan Allphin

St. Thomas the Apostle


Sons of St. Joseph meet third Sunday of the Month

4:00 PM - Elliott Hall. Mass follows at 6:00 PM.

Donald Locke

St. John Bosco


Fourth Wednesday of the month,

7:30 PM - Church Basement

Tom Gilbert 

St. Joseph


Third Thursday of the Month, 7:00 PM

Greg Ketcham

St. John the Evangelist


Third Tuesday of the Month

8:00 PM in the church basement.

Tom Woodiel

St. Mary's


First Sunday of the Month

6:00 PM in the Church Basement

Bob Harrison

St. Jude/Sacred Heart/Queen of Peace

Third Thursday every month

6:30 p.m.

Chuck Bergman

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