Staff Member: Rev. Daniel J. Vogelpohl
Rev. Daniel J. Vogelpohl
Father Dan grew up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, attending Saint Anthony Elementary and Covington Latin schools. His post-secondary education includes degrees in Philosophy, Systematic Theology and Liturgical Studies. In May of 1975 he was ordained at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. Throughout his vocation, Father Dan has served in many capacities including: school teacher, guidance counselor, Director of the Diocesan Worship Office, Associate Pastor, and Pastor. Father is also the author of The Eighth Day, a weekly article on the Sunday Scriptures and Liturgy in the Messenger, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Covington.
Father Dan's Favorite Scripture Passage: "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
We are doers and achievers. We value productivity. This attitude often carries over into our prayer lives. So we often approach prayer asking, "What do I do?" "How do I achieve the desired end?" But, in fact, the essence of good deep prayer is found in adopting a posture of quiet and listening. "Be still and know that I am God." God will speak to us and make Himself known when we are finally quiet enough to listen.
Our modern lives are so busy. We run at a frantic pace all day long surmounting one hurdle after another and yet there still is not enough time to get it all done. It is again at those times that I remember the words "Be still and know that I am God." In other words, God is God and I am not; I’m only human. I need to accept that there is only so much I am capable of achieving and I need to learn to trust that God will accomplish the rest according to His plan and purpose, perhaps through the agency of others whom I've overlooked.
Fr. Dan's reflections on the Sunday readings can be found under the "Quick Links" button on our homepage.