The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God. The priest is not asked to be an expert in economics, construction, or politics. He is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life.
— Pope Benedict XVI

Why i serve priests

God has called and gifted me to provide spiritual direction, inner healing, and deliverance ministry. I have helped hundreds of Catholics learn to pray and find the inner healing and deliverance that enables them to live in deeper in intimacy with God. People who pray deeply and allow God to remove blocks to intimacy, come alive with the power of the gospel. No one needs this intimacy more than our priests and God is asking me to focus my time on those priests who are struggling and desire a deeper intimacy with God.

In June of 2006, while volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta India, I clearly experienced the call to work with the poorest of the poor. I promptly came home and began working with the poor of the west: those who have everything but are lonely, depressed, unwanted, unloved, addicted, and dying spiritually. A few years ago I read the book “In Sinu Jesu” and heard the question resonate in my heart, “Is there anyone poorer than the priest who has everything, he can bring Jesus about with his words and hands, yet he’s lonely, unwanted, addicted, and dying?”

This experience shifted my thinking and in October 2018, while praying on an airplane, I experienced God ask me to begin ministering to priests. When I got home, our vicar for clergy asked me to do a deanery day video for our priests. The next week I recorded the video, and the following week the clergy of our diocese viewed it. In the video I exhorted them to a deeper interior life and offered to help them with spiritual direction, inner healing, and deliverance ministry. That night, I set several appointments, and since have been meeting with new priests each month.

One of the great gifts of my life was spending 30 days of silence and solitude with God because Matt Simmons directed me in those days! Matt has a deep relationship with God and an extraordinary understanding of Ignatian spirituality. I have and will continue to encourage people to allow Matt to be their director on any Ignatian experience.
— Catholic Priest, Diocese of Lincoln
I have benefited immensely from the spiritual guidance of Matt Simmons. At a time in my priesthood when I had quietly despaired of finding life-giving communion with God, he helped me to be attentive and receptive to His active presence in my prayer life. From the very beginning of our relationship, Matt helped me to perceive and reject specific idols and lies in my life, and directed me instead toward God’s loving voice. I have found him to be knowledgeable about the spiritual life and wise in applying his knowledge to my specific situation. Above all, Matt is a man of great faith in God’s transformative love. I have already noticed ways in which his help has borne fruit in my ministry as a priest, and I am grateful for the gift which he has been in my own relationship with God.
— Catholic Priest, Diocese of Lincoln

Will you financially adopt one, two, or even three priests per month so they can receive the ministry they need?

We all want priests that truly look like Jesus and lead us to him. Just like so many others, I have been touched deeply by holy priests and hurt by broken ones. They must live in intimacy with Jesus if they are going to reveal his heart to us. It Costs $100 per session to provide spiritual Direction, Inner Healing, and deliverance ministry. Will you partner with me financially to help Catholic priests to pray, find inner healing, and a deeper fruitfulness in their ministry?

The biggest problem in my diocese is not between priests who are liberal and priests who are conservative. It is between priests who pray and those who do not.
— Archbishop Robert Carlson

Meet Matt Simmons


I am a reformer with a rebellious streak who wants to see a Church that looks like Jesus and manifests his love to the world. I came from a broken home and lived a prodigal lifestyle before encountering Jesus, and changing my life. Now I have a wife, four beautiful children, and am a Catholic in good standing in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. I have over twenty years’ experience personally and spiritually guiding others. I have worked with addicts, business leaders, clergy, college students, house wives, and those simply searching for peace and intimacy with Jesus. For a decade I owned a tattoo studio, was a FOCUS missionary, and am currently the Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation and the Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln. In all his work, I have found that the one thing that leads to fulfillment and joy in life is knowing, living in, and sharing Christ.

I have known Matt Simmons for many years, as he has worked in many positions in our diocese. It is well known that Matt possesses many gifts in healing and deliverance ministries and in spiritual direction. Matt is well sought after by many clergy and lay faithful in Nebraska.

It has only been in recent years that I have personally worked side by side with Matt. He often asks me to do intercessory prayer during his deliverance sessions with clergy and lay faithful. I find that he has a deep knowledge and intuition of spiritual matters. I know of many priests and lay faithful who have personally benefited from his ministry. It is not uncommon that priests come up to me and say that their session with Matt was a turning point for their healing and deliverance. Assisting him has really been an educational experience for me. Often after a prayer session, Matt has been generous with his time in sharing his spiritual wisdom with me. I find that he is well read on the subject of Catholic spirituality. At times I do call him for spiritual advice on a particular issue for some person that I am working with.

I am privileged to write this testimonial for Matt. He is very dedicated to bringing healing to members of the Kingdom of God. In the last year, as many people know, our diocese has gone through various scandals. This has led priests of our diocese to seek out Matt for healing and deliverance. As I said above, priests are most grateful for Matt’s work to bring personal healing to their lives. Matt has been a great gift to our diocese in the current crisis. Many people would attest to that fact.
— Fr. Joseph Steele, Chaplain of Madonna Hospital, Lincoln, Ne

I am honored to recommend and support the ministry of Matt Simmons primarily because I have the utmost confidence that it is rooted in prayer. I have the distinct impression that he takes very seriously his personal time with the Lord and it is because of that sacred time that he is able to discern confidently and well, and to give solid advice for a directee’s spiritual life.

Spiritual direction is his passion and it shows in the encouragement and strategic guidance he provides. Matt’s good leadership, and extensive work and experience with Unbound Ministry in our diocese have undoubtedly been of tremendous value in his work as a spiritual director. I have personally benefited greatly from that ministry. In my opinion, his own life experiences and his vulnerability in describing them are powerful—resulting in a grace-filled mix of confidence, faith, fearlessness, and humility in giving direction.

As a pastor who desires that his flock enter all the more deeply into a prayerful personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I have sought, and I trust his advice. Consequently, Matt has provided missions on prayer for two parishes I have served that have been very inspiring and very well received. I look forward to seeing how our Lord continues to work through Matt in building up His kingdom, according to His plan, for His glory.
— Fr. Craig Doty, Pastor, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lincoln, Ne