Saturday, July 30, 2011


Msgr. Michael J. Steber has graciously agreed to be our Chairman. Msgr. is a Menominee, Michigan native and is the eldest of five sons in his family. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1986 and has served at many parishes across Upper Michigan. He is currently serving as the pastor of St. Peter Cathedral. He attended St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN and has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He has a Masters of Divinity Degree from St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI (no longer a seminary), a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and certificates in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University and from the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in Clearwater, FL. Msgr. Michael serves as Vicar General of the Diocese (2009), a member of the Bishop’s College of Consultors (2009), Pastoral Delegate for Fr. Marquette School (2008), member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council (2008) and Diocesan Development Council (2007), and Bishop’s Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal (2003). We are all very grateful for his willingness to be a part of this ministry!

Our Vice-Chairman is Fr. Ryan Ford. Fr. Ryan recently began as the Associate pastor at St. Peter Cathedral. He was raised in Gladstone and attended St. Anne parish in Escanaba, Michigan. Fr. Ryan has a love of music and attended college to pursue this area before determining his call to the Priesthood. We are very thankful for his willingness to be a part of our ministry as well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


We are pleased to announce the following officers for Claves Regni Ministries:

Chairman of the Board: Msgr. Michael Steber

Vice-Chairman of the Board: Fr. Ryan Ford

President and CEO: Mr. Kevin Branson

Vice-President: Mr. Brian Boehmer

Treasurer and COO: Mrs. Jennifer Branson

Secretary: Ms. Lynn Bertucci

We will be announcing the remaining board members stay tuned!



The new Chairman, Msgr. Michael Steber, was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and is a native of Menominee, Michigan. He is currently the Rector of St. Peter's Cathedral in Marquette and the Vicar General for the Diocese of Marquette. Additionally, he serves as the liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Movement to the Bishop of Marquette.

Please pray for Msgr. Michael and all of us at Claves Regni Ministries as we begin our ministry. We will have many more announcements to follow as we announce the rest of our leadership team.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Msgr. Michael Steber will be the Chairman of the Board of Claves Regni Ministries. We are privileged and honored to have him as the Chairman of our apostolate. Please stay tuned for more special announcements and please spread the word about Claves Regni Ministries.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011


 Please excuse our blatant technical ineptitude for a post while we send you to our hosting site instead of having the media player pop up in our blog post.  Hmmmmm... Any help for us?  I did everything that the "Help" section told me to and still nothing. Leave us comments!

Thanks for listening!  Please pray for us!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


If you know us, you know that Kevin is a revert to the Catholic Church, who got lost in a “worldly” lifestyle and Jen is a convert from Anti-Catholic Calvinism.  In fact, as was made clear in an earlier post about Easter Vigil, Jen has only been in the Church about a year and a half.  Kevin started his long, arduous journey home in 2007 when he met a wonderful and holy priest named Father Chris Derda.

We haven't always lived perfect lives and have had many struggles along the way home to being in communion with the Catholic Church.  There is a whole past out there that led us to this point.  We can't change our past mistakes.  But through the sharing of our journeys we might be able to change some hearts and steer others away from committing the mistakes of our pasts and turn them toward discovery of a life of authentic freedom and true peace. Where does one find this authentic freedom and true peace? We assert that this authentic freedom and true peace exists only in the Fullness of the Faith of the Catholic Church found under the authority of the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM or as we better know them, the "CLAVES REGNI."

Now that we have told you a little about ourselves, now it’s your turn.

MY TURN!?!?!?!?!

Yes, you.  You attend a parish, have friends, joined a club, or are in SOME sort of social circle or church group...   Maybe you are involved in an upcoming retreat or conference. So why don't you invite us to give a talk?  We would be honored to come share our conversion stories and talk of how we both came to find the authentic freedom and the Peace of God  in the Truth of the Catholic Faith which is found in the Catholic Church under the Successor of Peter; who is the Keeper of the CLAVES REGNI.

Invite us to talk.  Find authentic freedom and true peace.  Discover the Fullness of Truth found in the Authority of the Catholic Church in the Successor of Saint Peter.

A variety of talks are available for a variety of audiences.  Get in touch with Claves Regni Ministries today. Email us at: or call us at 906-458-7843.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Our New Catholic Lay Apostolate: CLAVES REGNI MINISTRIES

Greetings to brothers and sisters in Christ,

We have been prayerfully discerning for some time our role in the Body of Christ and what the Lord wishes us to do to assist in the New Evangelization that the Blessed Pope John Paul II called for. We have been active in our local parish, started a blog and used events in our everyday life to reach out to others for the Church. However, the Lord has been moving us and nudging us for quite some time to "step out in faith" and get involved in a more formal way. However, with the long and difficult transition process due to our move last year; we have been consistently resisting that nudge to step out. Lately, after again much prayer and continued discernment (as well as continued nudging from our Lord) we have decided to move forward and begin the process of forming a new lay apostolate here in Marquette, Michigan.

The mission of this new apostolate, CLAVES REGNI MINISTRIES, is:

"A lay Catholic apostolate dedicated to leading all people into the fullness of Truth found in the Catholic Church under her Supreme Pontiff, the Bishop of Rome, who holds and keeps the Keys of the Kingdom (Claves Regni) of Heaven as the Vicar of Christ."

In our prayers and discernment process it was made clear that the answer to all of the questions in regards to Truth, the meaning of life, right and wrong et. al. are found for all people (Catholics, Protestants and non-Christians alike) in following the Holder of the Keys of the Kingdom: the Successor of Peter and becoming a member of the Church he shepherds. What we mean is, that this is the premise from which we can reach everyone: from dissenting Catholics, to fundamentalist protestants, to avowed secularists. All of us are seeking truth and once we show that the One, True God has a Prime Minister and Vicar who speaks for him here on Earth and hold the keys to Heaven then the rest falls into place. Authority is the key and the keys of the kingdom ("claves regni") not only indicate authority but dynastic succession which is carried on today in the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church. No other religious system makes such a claim. And in no other theological system is there the large amount of both biblical and historical evidence for our claim. And so essentially, that is our basic goal of this lay ministry. We want to show as many people as we can the wonderful truth of the Petrine Ministry. We want to show all that God still speaks today and that by coming home and obeying and following the Lord's Vicar in the Catholic Church we can find the Truth and be given peace - the peace that only the Lord can give.

We humbly submit ourselves to you all, for your guidance, input, suggestions, assistance and and your fervent prayers and support. Thank you for taking the time to read this. May Our Lord richly bless you all. We look forward to hearing from all of you...

Kevin & Jennifer Branson
P.S. We have a new Facebook page for Claves Regni Ministries. Please check us out and become a fan.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Quote of the Day for July 1, 2011 from Blessed John Paul II

 "The battle against the devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the archangel, is still being fought today, because the devil is still alive and active in the world. The evil that surrounds us today, the disorders that plague our society, man's inconsistency and brokenness, are not only the results of original sin, but also the result of Satan's pervasive and dark action."  Blessed Pope John Paul II, May 24, 1987

The Catholic Church's Teaching on Priests and Clerical Dress

We have been amazed at how many times we have seen priests at various events and functions without the appropriate clerical dress. Last week, when we were out of town, we even saw a priest walk in to get ready for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a golf shirt. As always, we decided to do some research and came across this wonderful article. It is written by two priests and it clearly explains the Church's teaching on the requirement of clerical dress for priests. It references the appropriate canon law, theology and even Papal teaching. Additionally, it dispels the many objections and excuses which are used to rationalize the priest not wearing the collar. We encourage everyone, priests and laypeople, to read it.