General Testimonials

One of the key things many Catholics have lost since Vatican II is a sense of their own history. The future depends on our actions in the present, and the present depends on our memory of the past. Epic: A Journey Through Church History fills an urgent need for adult Catholics to recover their history as a believing community, debunk false criticisms of their Church, and understand the Christian underpinnings of the modern world. This is a vivid, thorough and engaging program. I heartily recommend it.
— Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

The Epic program is very impressive. The production quality is high. The timeline and periodization of two thousand years of Church history makes it approachable and understandable to the average Catholic—to whom, after all, it belongs. Most Catholics know very little about the rich history of their Church. Anyone who goes through this program will not only have their knowledge and faith enriched, but will have the information necessary to answer the distortions of Catholic history that are so common in our world today. I plan to recommend its use in my own parish.
— Thomas Madden
Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University

This is Catholic history as it should be written, with Christ always at the center, and all the Popes features and listed, and the great saints and the doctors of the Church honored.
— Warren H. Carroll, Founder of Christendom College

I highly recommend the Epic seminar. There is a great interest among Catholics in the history of the Church and the presentation of Epic by Steve Weidenkopf provides a wonderful overview of the subject. As a teacher of Church History myself, I was curious to see how Steve would cover an enormous subject in a relatively brief time. The timeline and other materials published by Ascension press made the subject manageable and our parishioners were thrilled at how much they learned about the history of our Church.
— Rev. Rory T. Conley, PhD., Pastor, St. John Neumann Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland

This was my first time organizing an event with Ascension Press and I have to say that everything went very smoothly! Not only was our speaker, Steve Weidenkopf, a top notch presenter, but everyone that I worked with, from the staff that came to attend the resources table, to the event coordinator were very helpful. I felt like I was supported and led step by step through all that I needed to do. I fully recommend the EPIC seminar to everyone. It was most importantly a faith enriching experience for the people of our diocese. Thank you Ascension Press!
— Shawna Hansen, Secretary, Diocese of Duluth

Steve is an incredibly knowledgeable and capable church historian who understands the significance of knowing the Catholic history/story in order to better understand ourselves and our time.
— Janneke Bruce, St. James the Greater, Charles Town, WV

The Epic: A Journey Through Church History is a conference every Catholic should attend. To remember who we are and where we came from is essential in this modern age for our salvation and happiness.
— Lisa Kenna, St. Andrews, Chantilly VA