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Dear catholic.com visitors: This website from Catholic Answers, with all its many resources, is the world's largest source of explanations for Catholic beliefs and practices. A fully independent, lay-run, 501(c)(3) ministry that receives no funding from the institutional Church, we rely entirely on the generosity of everyday people like you to keep this website going with trustworthy , fresh, and relevant content. If everyone visiting this month gave just $1, catholic.com would be fully funded for an entire year. Do you find catholic.com helpful? Please make a gift today. Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Lenten season.

Fr. David Toups

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Father David L. Toups, ordained in 1997, is a priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida. He attended both the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities receiving his doctorate in dogmatic theology in 2004. He has served as parochial vicar, seminary professor, and dean of students at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He is currently working in Washington, D.C., at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Associate Director of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations.

Fr. Toups is responsible for a number of articles and has recently completed a book in 2008 entitled Reclaiming Our Priestly Character, published by the Institute for Priestly Formation (www.IPFpublications.com).

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