Comparison. We all do it. We look around at what others have or what they are doing, and we compare ourselves, our own abilities, or circumstances, and we think, “Why is God holding out on me?”

Come join us for Theology on Tap where Fr. Ben Bradshaw will help us answer this question and unravel why comparison really is the thief of joy.


Place: Cheffie’s Cafe

483 High Point Ter, Memphis, TN 38122

Time: 6:30 PM

Date: Monday, November 25


About Our Speaker:

Fr. Ben Bradshaw was originally baptized Lutheran, but became Catholic at a young age. He grew up considering becoming a professional chef or a Catholic priest, so he became both. At the age of 17, he began working under a French chef in Memphis, and continued working in kitchens in the years to follow. He earned his Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. After graduating, he moved to Russia where he did missionary work with a religious community. While in Russia, he began to more prayerfully consider a call to be a missionary priest. He returned to Memphis and worked as a pastry chef for 5 years, and went to Paris, France to study chocolate and pulled sugar artistry at the L’Ecôle Lenôtre school of Pastry Arts. After returning to the United States, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Management from The New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.

At the age of 27, Fr. Ben entered the seminary and in June of 2006, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Memphis. He holds a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paull II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. He also holds a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Divinity in Sacred Theology. He currently resides at St. Michael Catholic Church in Memphis, TN.