Strong Catholic Dad exists to help fathers lead their families to heaven. Founded in 2018 by Michael O’Rourke, father of 12 (two in heaven), we design intuitive approaches and engaging tools that help turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children to their fathers as they grow together in their Catholic Faith.



98% of children will abandon their faith shortly after leaving home if their father does not set an example of practicing that faith. If dad does practice his faith, between 66% and 75% of children will remain faithful. Clearly, the role of the father is indispensable in the life, faith, and eternal life of his children. The question is, how does a father embrace this role?


We believe fathers uniquely influence the heart, soul, mind and strength of their children. God has entrusted each father with the sacred duty to wield that influence in loving and leading his family on the path to heaven. When he does this, he sets off a nuclear reaction which transfigures him, his family, and the whole world.


Our mission is to inspire and equip dads to embrace their God-given role to pursue the hearts of their wife and kids, bless their children, tirelessly teach them, and lead their families to heaven. We long to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children to their fathers. Our desire is to fire up fathers to be a magnifying glass of the Heavenly Father, so they become who they are meant to be and set the world ablaze.

What We Do

We help dads lead their families to heaven. We do this by providing fathers with intuitive approaches and engaging tools to captivate their children’s hearts, create an environment for the father-child relationship to flourish, and help them grow together in their Catholic Faith.

Our Tools


1. See for Yourself!

See For Yourself! is a one-of-a-kind approach to fun, father-led family formation. Dad uses viral YouTube videos to capture the imagination of the whole family, and then turns that captivation into lively discussion about the Catholic Faith. It’s pretty cool.

We make implementing this approach easy by providing See for Yourself! Guides. These online guides include 5-8 hand-selected videos each, along with questions and answers designed to engage the whole family.

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2. Fuel for the Fire

We also provide dads with reflections on the Faith and fatherhood, along with book, event, movie and video recommendations via our blog.

We call these reflections Fuel for the Fire.

Michael O'Rourke


Michael was born in Las Vegas and grew up in the central valley of California. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he met his future wife Maria, and the two of them were married at the end of 1990. They went on to have kids in ’92, ’94, ’96, ’98, ’00, ’02, ’05, ’06, ’09, and ’13.

The 10 kids thing is pretty much a dead giveaway that Michael is a passionate Catholic, but it wasn’t always that way. While he did grow up attending Sunday mass, Mike didn’t really understand the Faith and went off to college with more questions than answers. Maria is the third of eight, and as the two of them dated, her solid Catholic upbringing started to rub off on him. Shortly after they were married, Michael was so excited about everything he had learned that he told her “I want to teach other people about the Faith!” Maria’s response? She laughed. “What would you even say?”

One of the biggest reasons Maria fell in love with Mike was his love for kids. He is passionate about fatherhood, but as his first two sons became teenagers, he started to feel like he hadn’t done enough to prepare them to be strong Catholics in the world. They had learned about the Faith in school, but he as their father hadn’t taken a direct teaching role. So, one Monday evening, he gathered the whole family and began to teach. He called it “Family Catechesis.” They hated it.

From that initial failure Strong Catholic Dad was born. Michael asked himself: “how can I teach and lead my family in the Catholic Faith and have them actually like it?” Over the next ten years, he developed the approach that eventually became See for Yourself! And something amazing happened.

Not only did his kids not hate that time, they began to look forward to it. They would ask him “when are we going to do Family Catechesis??” and be disappointed when the answer was anything other than “tonight.” The kids began to fight less. He started receiving more hugs. And Maria started looking at him…more affectionately.

Over time, Michael began to feel God calling him to share with other dads his success with this approach. So in 2018, he left his job and founded Strong Catholic Dad. He runs it out of his home office in Indianapolis, where he is often interrupted by the patter of little feet and requests for the litigation of sibling squabbles. He does See for Yourself! every week with the five kids who are still at home, and they love it.

Michael is still on the lifelong journey towards becoming a Strong Catholic Dad, but now he is not only devoting himself to that journey, he’s devoting himself to helping other dads along the way.

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  • Exclusive access to all 40+ See for Yourself! guides
  • Fuel for the Fire posts to strengthen dads
  • Periodic updates via email
  • 1-Month Free Trial