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About Trevor

Trevor Gundlach is a native of Wisconsin who loves to hike, bike, drink beer, and explore God’s creation. He holds degrees in Theology and Philosophy from Marquette University and a M.A. in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. Trevor acted as the founder and director of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and recently worked in Campus Ministry at the University of Dayton, where he taught a class titled “A Theology of Alcohol: Learning How to Celebrate.” He is currently editing a book on the subject and is on track to have it completed in 2018. Trevor lives in Dayton with his wife, Kayla, and works as a Project Manager for Kettering Health Network. He is a lighthearted and thought-provoking speaker who loves to ask ethical questions about daily life. Cheers!


We’ve always celebrated but never thought about why.
It’s right in front of us, but we misunderstand it.

What do we celebrate?
Why do we celebrate?
Who celebrates?

Replace “what” with “who.” Who do we celebrate? It’s easy for our celebration to become self centered without another face to put on it

Why do humans need to celebrate?

  • Celebration is a balance to the suffering
  • Celebration is a season of sorts

Why do Christians celebrate?

  • Scripture is a series of celebrations
  • St. Francis
    • Renounced his wealth (textiles) so that he could announce the good news
      • Canonized streaker — if you hear just this part of the story, Christianity sounds miserable
  • We fast so we can feast

Who celebrates?

If celebration is an art, who is the artist of celebration?
Those around you who give of themselves.

The saint asks these questions:

  • What can I give to you?
  • What can I bring to this?

Putting into practice:

  • Modern day saints celebrate not actions, but the people around them
  • Giving toasts
  • Don’t only look at what suffering is going on now; look back at what good has happened to you (chirological)
  • Introspect; figure out what gift you have to give

Quotes and Resources

Ecclesiates 3:1-8


  • What church did you get married in?
    • St. John the Baptist in Maria Stein
  • Why is it meaningful to celebrate someone or something?
  • What advice can I give to college aged family and friends to prevent them from adopting the party mindset I had?
  • How does celebrating make us holy?
    • Celebration is the story of the scriptures
    • Holiness – being set apart from the ordinary
    • It takes something we’re usually doing and raises it into something good and beautiful
  • The best way to celebrate is to give? Correct.
  • How does celebrating the person equate to giving to them?
  • God calls us to be counterintuitive. How does that work?