Have you met Uncle Eddy?

Navigating today’s world is tough and all of us could use a nudge in the right direction.

Meet Uncle Eddy

Uncle Eddy (a pseudonym for Fr. John Bartunek, LC) an imaginary character who has been imprisioned for the Catholic Faith, is there to: 

  • Take a closer look at the issues facing you during your first years as an adult. 
  • Provide some wisdom from his many years of experience guiding men and women like you. 
  • Point us towards the stories of the saints who have gone before us who can inspire us to new heights of holiness.  

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, Inside the Passion, the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC.

Who is Uncle Eddy?

Uncle Eddy was on a secret evangelizing mission for the Vatican to an undisclosed (and hostile) location. While faithfully carrying out his charge, he was apprehended by enemies of the Church and is currently being held in solitary confinement somewhere in the northern hemisphere. His prison is a corporate office cubicle, with only artificial light (fluorescent, actually, with that ceaseless, annoying buzz). His one relief is access to email (well, actually, he also has the comfort of the complete set of Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints, which he reads assiduously to pass the time). His captors have given it to him with hopes that he will unwittingly reveal Vatican secrets in his e correspondence. To their continued consternation, Eddy has taken advantage of this privilege to keep in contact with his numerous nephews and nieces (all of whom happen to be college students), sharing avuncular advice on the spiritual life and spreading encouragement as much as he can. 


Figuring out the right path to take at work, college or with friends is not always easy. Before making some of those big (or small) decisions, check out what Uncle Eddy has to say.

Have you found yourself asking questions about your job, school, or mission in life? Uncle Eddy has advice. 

join the PeaceCorps?

To answer your question, I think the Peace Corps has a worthy mission. If you decide to go that route, you will have nothing at all to be ashamed of, and you will do much good to more people than you know. At the same time, however, I feel obliged to remind you that “one does not live on bread alone” as our Lord pointed out (Matthew 4:4)....

sliding by in school?

I have a sneaking suspicion that you pretty much slid by last semester, emerging with your typically stellar grades, but without having dedicated yourself 100% to your studies. It is a dangerous game to play, my bright nephew, a dangerous game indeed. If God gifted you with extraordinary intellectual potential (just as he gifts others with talent in different areas), it was for a reason..

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