Retired from Priestly Ministry


January 21, 2022

Dear Friends,


     As I have retired from priestly ministry, it was suggested that I ask the bishop to withdraw my permissions and faculties for priestly ministry, which he has done.

     I am so grateful for the gift of serving in parishes for 22 years, and helping my brother priests these last 2 and a half years in retirement. As I begin a new life with beloved Bill, we will both miss being priests for the people of God in the sacred moments of their lives, and for sure this loss we will grieve. Trust that we are at peace.

     The support of our family and friends in our years in the priesthood will always have a place of cherished gratitude in our hearts. Thank you again.


All God’s Blessings Always,


Steve Wolf


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parish-tested tools for etc  faith-sharing groups

(where life experience, tradition,

and culture intersect and meet)







and for the individual seeker/disciple/minister/apostle


concise books written or edited by

Stephen Joseph Wolf,

retired parish priest

IDJC bookstore

ETC Faith Books

ETC Faith Books (Experience, Tradition, Culture) are

arranged for six gatherings of a group of ten or so

for growing in faith exploring the intersections of

  • individual personal experience and history,
  • the faith tradition, including sacred scripture, church teachings and history, and
  • the culture in which we live our faith.


Each ETC  Faith Book provides

  • a suggested traditional Christian song,
  • scripture passages to be read aloud while group members follow in their own bibles,
  • narrative exploring a theme and/or the scripture passages,
  • questions to assist reflection and discussion in the group,
  • and a closing prayer.

Most groups meet for 60 or 90 minutes weekly for six weeks.


All ETC Faith  titles are also designed with the individual seeker-learner in mind.


IDJC Prayer books

IDJC Prayer Books  draw heavily on

  • the monastic traditions of praying the psalms,
  • the lectio divina way of praying with sacred scriptures (lek-see-oh div-'ee-nuh),
  • and the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola,

all designed for an individual's time with God,

respecting the basic question for spiritual direction:

LORD, how do you want me to be alone with you?


idjc: Integrating Disciple of Jesus Christ

          or Identity (ID) Jesus Christ,

          or, according to some parish teens: I dig Jesus Christ.







Dear Friends,


After 22 years in parishes, like every parish priest I know, it has been my honor to see written on people's faces the desire to draw closer to God.


Whether in a small parish or in one like a megachurch, the Lord calls us into groups of faithful, and where even two or three (or more) are gathered, there he is in our midst (Mt 18:20). Hearing and telling faith stories and listening to the Lord in private prayer are key to maturing in faith.


Thank you for considering these titles for your parish, your faith-sharing group, or in your personal relationship with God.


All God's blessings,


Steve Wolf

IDJC Press

PO Box 90710

Nashville, TN  37209