About

I am a priest and pilgrim, attempting to walk the path of conversion. This blog began in August 2008 as a place to begin sharing thoughts with friends and family. It has grown to be a home for those who value conversation and dialogue on the Christian faith. Blessed Is The Kingdom is a site where friends and family are always welcome.

I am a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville. I was ordained a deacon on August 27, 1999 and a priest on June 3, 2000. Currently I serve as chaplain of the Catholic Center at East Tennessee State University. If you are in the area, stop by for a visit!

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  • Jeff Davis

    I am having trouble hearing Fr. Barton over the music and can’t seem to find a way to turn the music off. Can you help me with this.

    Thanks
    Jeff

  • Fr. Christian Mathis

    Hey Jeff!

    Good to see you here. You can turn the music off or down by looking on the left hand side of the pate where is says “Song of the Day”

    Hope you can Cecelia are well!

  • http://nothinghypothetical.wordpress.com David

    I tried to respond on Twitter, but I think you didn’t follow me so I can’t send you a direct message there. Yes, I’m a big fan of Father Stephen. I haven’t been commenting there, or very many other places much these days. A combination of trying to stay out of online arguments and trying to work on my own poetry site. I’ve been by your website before and really enjoyed it. Thanks for looking me up.

  • Fr. Christian Mathis

    I must agree with you that staying away from online arguments is a good thing. Glad to see you here!

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  • Sr. C-E

    I just discovered your blog while looking for the Mary Who Unties Knots novena prayer, and I’m very glad I did. I am a hermit-nun in the Holy Land. God bless you, Father for your transparency and honesty. I am sure your words and example are a help and an inspiration to many, many people. They are to me.

  • http://www.blessedisthekingdom.com Fr. Christian Mathis

    Thanks Sister!

    I am glad that you found the blog and hope you will return often and share your thoughts with us. The prayer to Mary, the untied of knots has been of particular blessing to me. I hope it will be the same for you. One of these days I hope to make it back to the Holy Land. During my time in seminary, my classmates and I spent several months studying there. That time continues to be a blessing to me. I hope you will keep me in your prayers!

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