Igitur non dormiamus sicut ceteri.

About Mr. Lichens and CCD

This blog was started in 2007 and has been mostly neglected. I started reworking the code in 2011 but took a breather, but here we are again.

DSC_0851Good day, I am Michael J. Lichens, or M. Jordan Lichens, or simply MJL depending on when you started following this blog. I’m a writer, speaker, marketing guru, and currently the Editor at Catholic Exchange as well as the blog editor at Saint Austin Review. Recently, I’ve also been named the editor of Sophia Institute Press, which means that I read a lot of books. I reside in New Hampshire, but want to live in Chicago or Denver.

Before my writing adventures I converted to Catholicism in 2004, took a BA from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (and loved it) and then an MA Divinity from the University of Chicago (and loathed it, but the people are good). You probably found this blog because of my writings on other sites or because you wondered why I say strange things on Twitter. Regardless, I give you a hearty greeting in Christ.

Recently I have started to write about my struggles with depression and I think this is an important theme to be writing about. Aside from that, I continue to be lover of the liberal arts, good beer, cigars, trees, and St. Augustine — but not necessarily in that order.

This blog was started by a student and new convert to the faith, and I remain a lot of that man but my eagerness has tempered a bit but my struggle against cynicism rages on. Feel free to follow me and we’ll continue this journey together.

You can find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, I am available for speaking engagements as well as writing opportunities. Feel free to contact me below and I will reply to you post haste.  If you hate the form, you can use gmail and find thelichens.




5 responses

  1. Ever read James V. Schall?


    28 January, 2010 at 9:19 am

  2. M. Jordan Lichens

    Indeed, and more than a few of his articles can be found on my blog. He gave a speech at my alma mater a few years ago that was amazing.


    28 January, 2010 at 11:25 am

  3. Good to hear. He’s gold. I went to a wonderful lecture of his at Thomas Aquinas College a few years ago.


    28 January, 2010 at 3:18 pm

  4. By the way, my favorite interview with him is here:



    28 January, 2010 at 3:19 pm

  5. Chesterton, cigars, trees, not a bad start….


    19 November, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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