Matthew Habiger OSB was ordained in 1968.He
has held a variety of positions in the service of the Church. His
first assignment was to a large parish in Burlington, Iowa where for
four years he experienced the many challenges made upon a parish
priest. His next assignment was four years as Newman chaplain for
the University of Kansas. Here he discovered the need of the Church
to address the intellectual life. During the summers of these eight
years he acquired a masters degree in catechetics and a masters
degree in academic theology.
In 1976 he was assigned to teach theology at
College in Atchison, Kansas and to be the college chaplain. This
familiarized him with the problems and challenges of higher Catholic
education. Between 1980 and 1985 he earned a doctorate in moral
theology at the Catholic University of America and taught theology
while serving as college chaplain at Benedictine College.
In 1990 he began a ten-year tour of duty proclaiming the Gospel of
Life throughout the world, as a member of
where he eventually served as President and Chairman of the Board.
He has done two series for
EWTN, on Catholic
Social Teaching and on the 25th anniversary of
Humanae Vitae, and has been a guest
on various EWTN shows. He has lectured extensively throughout the
world in 55 countries to a wide variety of audiences on the life
issues, and has first hand experience of the problems confronting
the culture of life.
Since 2003 he has become a fulltime member of NFP Outreach team of
priests. Now his focus is primarily upon promoting God's Plan for
Marriage Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the
contraceptive and sterilization culture." He does this through
parish missions, NFP parish weekends, and Theology of the Body
He writes a weekly column for Catholic newspapers called NFP Q&As.
30 newspapers throughout the country currently carry this column.
Back columns are posted on this website.
He is a guest on Catholic radio shows, including EWTN and
Discussing various aspects of spousal love and NFP with radio hosts
like Teresa Tomeo of
Ave Maria Radio of Ann Arbor, MI, is a good way to popularize
recent developments, and insights from publications and journals.
He makes Promotional Tours for NFP in dioceses, visiting bishops,
family life directors, NFP coordinators and teachers of NFP. These
promotional tours take him across the entire USA.
Perhaps the most important project is Clergy Conferences on the
theme: “How to Preach God’s Plan for Marriage, Spousal Love and
Family from the Pulpit.” In 2006 NFP Outreach provided seven clergy
conferences in these dioceses: Toledo, OH; Gary, IN; Kansas City,
MO; Lubbock, TX; Laredo, TX; Amarillo, TX and a CCL conference in
Reactivating the pulpit is crucial for retrieving strong marriages
and healthy, happy families.
As of April 07, he has worked for EWTN’s Q & A program “Ask
the Experts” on NFP. This is a good opportunity to answer
peoples’ questions, and allows us to draw them further into the rich
mystery of spousal love.
To contact NFP Outreach for a mission
videotape, brochures, or other information: Natural Family Planning Outreach - 3300 NW 56th Street, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-4401
405.942- 4084 :: Toll Free
(888) NFP- 6383 :: Fax: