About the author, Jeffrey Pinyan

Posted by Jeffrey Pinyan at 11:54 AM

Jeffrey Pinyan was born in northern New Jersey in 1981, and is the seventh of eight children.  He now lives just outside Trenton, NJ, with his wife Kristin.  Jeffrey has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  He is currently a Senior Developer for the Internet Crimes Group, Inc., where he has worked since August 2007.

Jeffrey is a parishioner at St. Hedwig Parish in Trenton, NJ, in the diocese of Trenton.  He is a member of Catholic Campus Ministry at Rider University in nearby Lawrenceville, where he leads a weekly Bible study for the college students there.  He has previous catechetical experience as a member of a parish RCIA team, a facilitator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline, and a catechist for eighth-graders and sixth-graders.

Jeffrey can be found in the Liturgy & Sacraments section of the Catholic Answers Forum under the name japhy.  His blog, The Cross Reference, deals with Scripture, the liturgy, and catechesis in general.  He can be reached by email at author at prayingthemass.com.


  1. Rose Lamatt said...

    Very nice web site and very imformative. I still use the daily missle from when I was a child, latin one side of the page, english on the other.
    Very warm website. Good luck with your book and spreading the word
    Rose Lamatt

  2. Jeffrey Pinyan said...

    Thank you for your support, Rose.

    A couple of years ago, my mother gave me her 1961 personal missal for Christmas (with the Latin on one page and the English on the other). It was a very thoughtful gift and it has really contributed to my spiritual growth.

    I don't know why personal missals went out of "fashion" -- although perhaps the widespread use of the vernacular contributed to a sense that aids or helps like personal missals wouldn't (or shouldn't) be necessary. I would still recommend their use, and I wouldn't be surprised if they start to make a comeback over the next several years, especially if we begin to see some Latin return to the Mass.

    Again, thank you!

  3. Mary said...

    Do you offer a trade discount for bookstores? I am interested in purchasing 20 copies for our store.
    Thank you.
    Mary Riordan
    The WORD Book and Gift Shop
    McLean, VA

  4. Jeffrey Pinyan said...

    Mary, I'm sorry it took so long for me to get around to posting this comment of yours. (I thought I turned comment moderation off.)

    Yes, I offer the book at the standard retail discount to bookstores. I'll be in contact with you today.

  5. Jacob said...

    Hello, Mr. Pinyan!

    I am a 28-year old from Minnesota; I love your book! I have the first edition of it and am eagerly awaiting your 2nd book: 'Prayers of the Priest'. Your style is a great combination of the study of word origins, scripture and a look into the faith of the Church Fathers.

    My parish frequently does book studies. We would love to use yours'. Is there a place I can contact you directly to get 40 + copies sent. This may take a month or two to get sorted out, but I would like to check it out.

    You can contact me at flahertyj@mmsaschool.org

    Deo Gratias!

    Jacob Flaherty

  6. Maggie said...

    Hi Jeffrey! A few weeks ago you were giving away copies of the book via Twitter, but I never was able to find your email to send you my address. What email is best?
    ( http://twitter.com/PrayingTheMass/status/38613998421278720 )

  7. Fr. said...

    Jeff leads our Bible Study at Rider University and I am always amazed at the insights he gives the students into the Sunday Scripture readings - the Mass becomes so much more alive for the students by opening the Word of God with Jeff. Keep up the good work Jeff!

    Pax Christi..
    Fr. Jakub
    Chaplain Rider Univeristy/Notre Dame High School

  8. Stephanie A. Mann said...

    Great work! I like your website. Congratulations on pursuing such a great project.