Joseph Susanka

Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999.

In early 2003, he decided to pursue his growing interest in film, attending night classes in screenwriting, cinematography, and film history at Los Angeles City College for two years. (It was during this time that he came to more fully appreciate how just patient, supportive, and saintly his wife is—a fact for which he fears he can never be suitably grateful.) 

Fortified by just enough cinematic knowledge to be dangerous, he followed Greeley' advice to go West; a move, oddly enough, that involved heading East to Wyoming. Accompanied by his wife and sons, he came to rest in the town of Lander, "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks." 

A regular blogger and columnist for Crisis Magazine, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (for the moment) six sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix. He can be reached at, and followed at

Works by Joseph Susanka
To run away from the culture is to surrender it; one Catholic university is teaching......
Hell on Wheels: The Grand Dangers of Tiny Sins
Joseph Susanka | September 21, 2012
If a little evil can work for good, why not a little more?...
The Dark Knight Before the Dawn
Joseph Susanka | July 26, 2012
A week after the shootings in Aurora, a young father returns to themes from The Dark......
The Unimpeachable Testimony of Dr. John Watson
Joseph Susanka | July 17, 2012
The BBC's latest imagining of Sherlock Holmes places him in modern-day London -- and......
The Blinding Glare of Our Idols
Joseph Susanka | June 13, 2012
God warns us against idols not because He is jealous of our misguided affections, but......
Out of Violence, Into First Grade
Joseph Susanka | May 22, 2012
There is no "use by" date on education, perseverance, and freedom....
No Insurance Policy for Love
Joseph Susanka | May 07, 2012
The scariest part of parenting is imagining a future in which we cannot make everything......
"Seven Chances" and Answered Prayers Unrecognized
Joseph Susanka | April 30, 2012
We humans are not just in the business of looking gift horses in the mouth -- we want to......
Embracing Martha While Pining for Mary: Win-Win?
Joseph Susanka | April 23, 2012
The longer I am a father, the more I am convinced that prayer and parenting are......
The Absurdity of God's Forgiveness
Joseph Susanka | April 02, 2012
The Son (Le Fils) is a cinematic expression of our own wondering at the mystery of God's......