On this day in 2005 …

Today is the 13th birthday of the blog.

I started it originally for the purpose of creating an online archive for my weekly articles for The Wanderer.  It rapidly grew into something more than that.

You readers have been very good to me over the years.

My first post was of a view from the window of my apartment in Rome.


Some years later the blog looked like this…

I sense that some changes are coming.


About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Markus says:

    When did you start on CompuServe?

  2. acardnal says:

    Happy birthday, blog.

  3. richiedel says:

    Let us pray that the changes coming are GOOD ones!

  4. iPadre says:

    Awesome! Congratulations. Thank you for your work.

  5. APX says:

    The internets look so ancient back in 2005.

  6. Markus: When did you start on CompuServe?

    That was 1992, I believe. Those were very different days! It was all dialup, and I had to hotwire a phone in the office to make it work. There were, however, live chatrooms and we had staff in various time zones. Administration was a heck of a lot more complicated.

    But I know of great graces that came from those days of Compuserve. Couples who met online, over great distances, and married. People waking up to the fact that our liturgical translations were not good. The identity of many being strengthened by learning that they weren’t alone. Etc.

  7. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    Happy birthday, WDTPRS!

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    Happy Birthday WDTPRS.

    Great question Markus and interesting reply from our genial host. “Dial-up.” WDTPRS has been doing God’s Work since the Age of Steam. Excellent.

  9. Gab says:

    Thank you for this blog and long may it be around. You have no idea, Father, how much you have increased my knowledge in our faith. Seriously I have learned more about the Catholic faith in the last 12 months from Fr Z than I have in my lifetime and in all my years of Catholic schooling. Thank you.

  10. Gab says:

    Some learnings from Fr Z: Ember days, Indulgences, Latin Mass, praying for priests, real Confession, the devil hates Latin (leading me to learn prayers in Latin), the real meaning of Advent, purgatory, various Saints I have never heard about e.g. St Ambrose, the Apostolic Pardon … and so SO much more. And I will never forget to GO TO CONFESSION!

  11. jaykay says:

    Heartfelt thanks for the blog, Father. I think I’ve been heartened by it since about early 2007 or thereabouts – certainly since slow download dates anyway, remembering my awful dial-up connection probs back then – when I couldn’t have imagined accessing it via phone. And thanks for the mobile version, which works very well for me.

    In fact, thanks for everything, Father, and may your recovery be swift. God bless you.

  12. Fr. Reader says:

    Thank you very much! Ñ

  13. cath7 says:

    Congratulations on 13 years. Thank you for bringing us the Faith. Thirteen years ago today, my brother passed away after being reconciled with the Church after a long absence.

  14. JamesA says:

    I don’t know exactly when I first found the blog, Father, but it was very early on, and you accompanied me as a disillusioned Anglican to Confirmation in 2009 and beyond. You have profoundly influenced my thinking on and with the Church, and your encouragement helps keep me sane in these increasingly dark times. Deo gratias, and thank you so very much

  15. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    Thank you so much for working so hard for us, your virtual parishioners after all these years. I thank God that I found the Ask Father? Questionbox so many years ago and then wanted to look further into who Father Z was. As a cradle Catholic who went to 13 years of Catholic School K-12, I never knew about the Traditional Latin Mass much less attend one without learning from Father Z first.

    Now as a married Father whose wife was a convert, I feel I’m more well prepared in my role as head of our Domestic Church because of Father Z.

  16. Markus says:

    Fr. Z,
    “But I know of great graces that came from those days of Compuserve.” Yes, my wife converted in ’97 (the forum answered a lot of her questions that I could not). This blog helps us to keep going on the journey. It appears that you have a vocation on top of a vocation. Thanks.

  17. Gil Garza says:

    Congratulations, Fr. Z on another year of faithful service on the Interwebs! Thank you for sharing the Gospel and enduring many difficulties and contradictions. May God grant you many more years of faithful ministry!

  18. defenderofTruth says:

    Father Z,

    Congrats on the anniversary/birthday of this endeavor. Your work has truly blessed me, as it has been instrumental in our work to reestablish Tradition in this neck of the woods. While I wish I could support you in more material ways, you are in our prayers, particularly our family Rosary (which, on Sundays, is in Latin).

    Deo gratias, Fr. Z. And God bless!

  19. SanSan says:

    Happy Birthday to your Blog! I have learned so much over the years from you Father Z. You help with the balancing of the Barque of Peter. I love my faith. I love the Mass of the Ages. I love to listen and learn from the faithful who post here. May God be blessed!

  20. Kathleen10 says:

    I’m positive we don’t stop and consider how much work and effort a blog is. Every day you must feel the responsibility to post. It’s like taking care of a child that never grows up. Thank you and God bless you for all you do. We learn a ton, have a needed outlet, get inspired, and enjoy community too. That’s quite a bit. Your ministry goes around the world.

  21. Philomena Mary says:

    Happy blog anniversary, Father! I am almost certain I would not be Catholic without your blog – as back in early 2006 it was the first resource I stumbled on when I was looking for resources about the faith. May God always bless you and your mission here.

  22. I am really touched people what people have written here.

    It is good to know that your work makes a difference.

  23. ies0716 says:

    I first stumbled upon this blog sometime in 2009, if I remember correctly. My wife and I had just gotten married and had started attending St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN (Fr. Z’s home parish!). I found WDTPRS searching for translations of some of the Latin Novus Ordo prayers (as it was clear from the side-by-side missals that the “approved” English translations at the time were missing something). I’m also pretty sure I posted something pretty inane for my first-ever comment on the blog and got reprimanded by Fr. Z for it. :-) Nine years and four kids later, I still check WDTPRS a few times a week. Happy blog-versary, Fr. Z, and thanks for all the great work you do for the Church!

    P.S. I’ll be praying that Madison gets a good replacement for the late Bp. Morlino!

  24. rollingrj says:

    Belated happy blogoversary! (Fedora doff.) Like many of your readers, I have learned so much, been challenged and consoled in my personal and spiritual life, and inspired to make some kind of difference in the liturgical world. May God continue to bless you, your vocation, and this blog.

  25. Akita says:

    Dear Father Z.,

    You are the most holy multi-tasker imaginable. Priest, chef, linguist, bird-watcher, apologist, confessor, celebrant, blogger, son, etc.

    I’ve loved your blog for well over a decade. Thank you for the spiritual, intellectual and corporal riches you’ve bestowed on your readership through the years. Your heart is so full of charity.

    Heal quickly and completely from your collision with a French motorcyclist.

    Will raise a glass to you for 13+ more Advents at the keyboard.

  26. JonPatrick says:

    It was thanks to your blog that I learned about Mystic Monk Coffee!!

    I was (and still am) a regular reader of National Catholic Register (the one not used to wrap fish) on the web and constantly saw links to cool stuff on this “WDTPRS” site. Then I started reading your blog directly every morning before work, with my cup of Mystic Monk. The rest is history as they say.

  27. monstrance says:

    Dec 8 2005
    What a euphoric day that was !
    I still remember the white smoke

  28. Akita says:


    Methinks you’ve confused the date of Benedict’s ascendancy to the throne of Peter in April of 2005 with the inception of Father Z’s blog in December of 2005. But perhaps there was white smoke emitting from Father’s flying fingers at the keyboard.

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