About Me

I’m a layman within the Episcopal Church with a Ph.D. in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical.

20131124_124812My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome girls. In addition to that, I earn a living doing a 9 to 5 job in the corporate world, run the St Bede’s Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I used to serve on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

I can explain my life rather simply: during the day, I work my day-job; in the evenings, I drive the girls to and from ballet; at night, I write. In my spare time (ha!), I enjoying distance running, martial arts, cooking, and brewing my own porters and stouts.

For another take on me, here is an interview that Richard Mammana and I did for The Living Church.

4 Responses to About Me

  1. Mirelle Rose says:

    Dear Mr. Olsen,

    Am reading “Inward Digest” for Lent. Sent a copy to my aunt also. We both love your book! I belong to an Episcopal Benedictine non-traditional community and pray the Daily Office using the St. Helena’s Breviary. Your writing on the Daily Office is especially wonderful to me and your detailed explanation and study of the Collects is great also! Thank you for producing such a delightful book.

  2. Very much enjoyed your article in The Living Church (3/26/17)! Would love to be in touch if you have time for correspondence, but certainly understand if you don’t. Blessings on your work.

  3. Ian Smith says:

    Is there a way I can get in contact with you? I will be writing a Thesis on Benedictine Monasticism, and your Psalms and Monastic Education article was interesting. I am curious if you could send me a copy of your bibliography so I can check out your resources for my own research.

    Best Regards,

  4. Linda Tankersley says:

    Have you considered uploading The St. Bede’s Breviary to an online publishing company that can sell it in four volume sets even if only in paperback? Sometimes I’m “in the jungle” and lose my cell or wifi contact and don’t want to miss my prayers. If not, do you have a close comparison you can recommend? I use the Jim Coates Prayerbook App when I don’t t have connectivity because it is downloaded into my iPad memory storage and never disappears. I know the Catholic Breviary has a bound four volume set as well as the app. It seems since you have gone to the trouble to compile the Bede app that it might not be hard to do. Print each page on paper. I like how the Jim Coates is done because the whole day of BCP appears for the lay person each day. But it is not the monastic Divine Office. A person can go backwards and forwards on dates or choose any calendar date.

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