Father Jeff Kirby is the parish priest of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Father Kirby serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College and Pontifex University. He has authored several books, including Lord, Teach Us to Pray and Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life.
In 2016, Father Kirby was recognized for his service to local communities and young adults throughout South Carolina by then- Governor Nikki Haley with the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
Working with St. Benedict Press and Catholic Scripture Study International, Father Kirby was the Host of the award-winning program Doors of Mercy and was one of the co-instructors of the programs, Luke: The Gospel of Mercy andJesus Revealed. He is the Host of the program Kingdom of Happiness, which helped launch the #BeBlessedChallenge throughout the English-speaking areas of the Church.
Father Kirby is the weekly spirituality Contributor for the news site Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse, as well as the author of a bi-monthly Question-and-Answer column carried by The Catholic Miscellany, the diocesan newspaper in South Carolina.
Father Kirby grew up in a military family in West Germany, once hiked across Europe and North Africa for ten weeks, attended seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, served in the Army National Guard, has run two marathons, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice by ship.
For more information on Father Kirby, please visit frkirby.com, or follow him on Twitter @fatherkirby.