About Us

We are Deacon Joel and Lisa Schmidt. One of us is a non-practicing public administrator; the other is a non-practicing biochemist. More importantly, we are practicing Catholics, married (to each other) with four children: Lucy, Jude, Lydia, and John. We collectively refer to ourselves as Das Schmidt Haus.

October 2017 | Photography by Lucky Soda

We love the Catholic faith. This is our personal blog about living an intentional, joyful Catholic life. We’re not perfect, and we don’t profess to be. But we’re trying … practicing, you might say.

We write about faith, family life, culture, current events, media, and pretty much anything else related to practicing the Catholic faith.

Our goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to use in your personal faith journey. If you are a practicing Catholic — or aspire to be — then our blog is for you.

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Cradle Catholic, wife, mother, proud Iowan, sports enthusiast, and talk radio junkie. Fueled by prayer, praise and worship music, and a mug of dark roast coffee. Founder of The Well: An Encounter for Women.

Want Lisa’s full bio? Head over here to get the skinny.


Catholic convert, husband, father, deacon, Ph.D. biochemist, Das Schmidt Haus head chef & cheesecake baker, Wisconsin native.

Oh, but there’s so much more to the man of the house. Head on over here to get the scoop.

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