Tim Staples was a fallen-away Southern Baptist who as a teen came back to faith in Christ through the witness of televangelists. During his four-year tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, he became friends with a Marine well-versed in his Catholic Faith who challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That sparked a two-year search for the truth. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim attended Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. He was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he studied his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church. He converted in 1988 and spent six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy and studying theology at the graduate level. Realizing that his calling was not to be a priest, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since. He is now Director of Apologetics and Evangelization for Catholic Answers. Tim is married with seven children.
Monsignor Thomas Richter
Monsignor Thomas J. Richter has been the Rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit since August 2012. He was ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ on June 13, 1996 at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. A graduate of St. Mary’s Central High School, Msgr. Richter is the son of Victor and Mary Richter of Menoken. He received his theological seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was honored with the title of Monsignor, Chaplain to His Holiness, on November 19, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. He was commissioned on February 10, 2016 by Pope Francis as a Missionary of Mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Prior to be assigned as the Rector of the Cathedral, Msgr. Richter served as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Bismarck for eleven years. During that time, he served on the Executive Board of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. Msgr. Richter is the author of two booklets on discernment, Is Jesus Calling you to be a Catholic Priest and Lend Your Own Voice to Christ.