Jack Wintz, O.F.M.
Jack Wintz's stories and photos have taken the Franciscan friar
all over the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Middle
East and to more than a dozen Latin American countries. He has
been writing, editing and photographing for St. Anthony Messenger
(a national, Catholic family magazine, circulation 310,000)
since 1972. He was editor of the magazine from 1999-2002 and now serves as senior editor. Since 1973
he has been editor of the popular religious education monthly
newsletter, Catholic Update. In May (2006) Father Jack received the St. Francis de Sales Award, the highest honor given to an individual by the Catholic Press Association.
Among Father Jack's many interviews are those with Mother Teresa
of Calcutta, Gene Kelly, Bob Newhart and Senator Ted Kennedy.
He is author of the inspirational book, Lights: Revelations of God's Goodness (St. Anthony Messenger
Press, 1996). The book traces his spiritual journey as a Franciscan
friar and journalist. His most recent books are the children's
Francis in San Francisco (Paulist Press, 2001) A
Retreat With Pope John Paul II: Be Not Afraid (St. Anthony
Messenger Press, 2001) and Anthony of Padua: Saint of the People (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005). In addition to his theological training, Father
Jack holds an M.A. in English literature from Xavier University,
Cincinnati, Ohio. He was ordained in 1963.
Read the story
of how Friar Jack got his name
(from a past issue).
Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.
Fr. Jim Van Vurst, OFM has been a Franciscan friary for 58 years and a priest for 50 years.
After ordination, he received his graduate degree in psychology and 15 years in his Province’s
college seminary. He has done pastoral counseling in mental health clinics. His ministries
include 15 years as chaplain at a maternity home, 11 years as Pastoral Care Director in a
large Midwestern retirement and nursing center as well as administration in his own Franciscan
Currently, he is assistant for the Poor Clare Nuns in the Midwest and is on the
staff at St. Anthony Messenger and American Catholic.org for the past 8 years in the ministry
of evangelization. Most recently he was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Clement Church in