It is one of the most common questions parents ask: How do I bring my children back to the Church? But the question every parent should be asking beforehand is this: What is the best way to keep my children in the Church?
The answer: fathers.
Tyler Rowley is the author of "Because of Our Fathers: Twenty-Three Catholics Tell How Their Fathers Led Them to Christ" (Ignatius Press). In 2018, Rowley set out to find a handful of Catholic men and women who could explain how their fathers kept them in the Catholic Church. "Because of Our Fathers" was born from there.
The man as the spiritual head of the household is not an outdated Biblical cliché, but rather a spiritual, biological, and sociological truth that modern man has forgotten. The results have been cataclysmic for our modern culture and Church. "Because of Our Fathers" makes the compelling case for a father’s essential and primary role in the spiritual lives of his children.
Our families, culture and Church will continue to suffer, says Rowley, until an authentic Catholic fatherhood is restored among the faithful. Speaking directly to Catholic men today, Rowley uses the moving stories of these twenty fathers to inspire them to educate their children in the faith, and not allow our modern culture to replace their Christian identity.
Among those telling stories about their fathers are well-known Catholic leaders such as Patrick Madrid, Abby Johnson, Fr. Paul Scalia, Jesse Romero, Mary Hasson, Fr. Rocky, Anthony Esolen, Christopher Check, Matt Birk, Fr. John Riccardo, and Fr. Gerald Murray. The other contributors give additional powerful testimonies of their fathers’ influence that led them to the Catholic Church.
Rowley is a husband, father, and entrepreneur who currently serves as the president of Servants of Christ for Life, which defends unborn children through politics, media, and pro-life activism. He is a leader in young adult ministry in the Diocese of Providence. Tyler is a graduate from Brown University where he studied Political Science and played football. He lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island with his wife (Nichole) and three children (Gerard, Fulton, EveMarie).
Rowley is currently working on his second book which he is co-authoring with Abby Johnson. The book will feature twenty poweful pro-life stories that show the dignity and worth of every human life.
Speaking topics include: Fatherhood, Pro-Life, Men's Issues, Sports & Faith, Vocations, Family Issues, Business, Youth Speaker, and Corporate Speaker.