Father Dwight Longenecker

Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Parish Priest
Phone: (864) 422-1648 ext 210
Email: frlongenecker@olrgvl.org

Fr Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Bob Jones University here in Greenville with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.

Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. To read Fr. Longenecker’s conversion story or to listen to the audio version connect to the archived articles section of his blog.

Fr Dwight spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA. He has also written fifteen books and booklets on the Catholic faith. You can browse Fr Longenecker’s books by going here to his website.

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Fr Longenecker and his family on the day of his ordination at St Mary’s Church in Greenville

In 2006 Fr. Dwight accepted a post as Chaplain to St Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina. This brought him and his family back, not only to his hometown, but also to the American Bible belt, and hometown of Bob Jones University.

At St Mary’s Church in Greenville in December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish.

Fr. Dwight enjoys movies, blogging, books, riding his motorcycle and visiting Benedictine monasteries. He’s married to Alison. They have four children, named Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias. They live in Greenville, South Carolina with a black Labrador named Anna, a chocolate Lab named Felicity, a cat named James and various other pets.

Fr. Longenecker is a well known Catholic blogger. Visit his  blog which is called Standing on My Head. Follow him on Twitter by going here, and connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn