The “Stump the Priest” event will again return next, to the delight of young adult Catholics in the Philadelphia area.

The first such event took place in March, and was such a hit that Father David Friel, parochial vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia, decided to organize another.

“Stump the Priest” is an opportunity for young adult Catholics (21-35) in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to ask questions about conflicts of faith and reason, particularly in the lives of Millennials, to priests on a panel.


As the upcoming event is themed for social justice, attendees may ask questions relating to war, poverty, homelessness, immigration reform and other issues that are prevalent in today’s world.

The upcoming “Stump the Priest” will take place Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Field House sports bar (1150 Filbert St. in center city Philadelphia). Doors will open at 7 p.m. and a Q&A session will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Questions can be asked in-person at the event, or can be submitted anonymously to

Priests to be stumped include Father Tom Betz, O.F.M. Cap., coordinator of the archdiocesan Chinese Apostolate, Father Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R.,  archdiocesan vicar for cultural ministries, Father Jim Olson, campus minister of Neumann-Goretti High School, and Father Ugo Piasentin, campus minister of Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Attendees can also text STUMP to 84576 to receive updates, vote on topics and receive follow-up information to their questions.

There is no cover charge, and street parking is free on Wednesdays.