The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)


In The Bible in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.
Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins. For each period in the timeline, Jeff will join Fr. Mike for a special episode that will help you understand the context of each reading.
With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!
Listen and…
Read the ENTIRE Bible
Feel more confident about your understanding of Scripture
Experience the transformative power of God’s Word in your daily life
Start seeing the world through the lens of Scripture
Each 20-25 minute episode includes:
Two to three scripture readings
A reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
A guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word
The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

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Recent Reviews
  • PDPiper
    Truly! This podcast is a gift!
    This podcast is absolutely a gift and a daily haven from the everyday distractions. Fr. Mike’s approach is very comforting and his analysis of the scriptures read that day helps to enlighten my understanding of how they apply to me and the world we are living in today. I have grown to appreciate the peacefulness of listening to this podcast. Highly recommend.
  • Treeman7000
    Makes it understandable
    He does a great job pricing the Bible together a little at a time with understandable commentary.
  • Shurtma
    A highly quality guide through the Bible, but with a dose of Catholicism
    I recently completed the entire 2022 edition of this show. I should note that I am not Catholic. I knew going into this that I’d hear some takes on how the Bible relates to Catholic beliefs that I don’t hold. It didn’t really bother me, except to say that some of the assertions seemed like quite a stretch. These included assertions such as: for 1500 years every Christian accepted the deuterocanonical as part of the Bible; the belief in apostolic succession; and, of course, the idea that the Catholic Church is the only legitimate church. All that noted, it’s a wonderful overall survey of the Bible, and I do agree with that vast majority of theology presented in it (or at least see it as a reasonable take). That brings me to my last point. Sometimes in the episodes you get some good theology, and sometimes you get more sermonizing or self-improvement preaching. I am not being critical of that, but it’s worth noting. There may be passages you would really like a better explanation for but may get something else in the commentary. You’ll have to explore those passages in further study. Overall, a very high quality show.
  • Sadbags
    Never would have read the Bible
    Thank you for your ministry. Thank you for your explanations. Thank you for explaining in such a way that is understandable to all generations.
  • SophieDog7
    Acts of the Apostles
    Really enjoying the Acts of the Apostles. Learning about Paul and Timothy and their adventures. How courageous they were. It is really fascinating! And Father does such a wonderful job summarizing each episode and ends with a beautiful prayer. Thank you Father!
  • jacsca
    Go to the source
    In a world with information available at the tip of your fingers, it is very comforting to be able to be offered a way to read, meditate and, get excellent explanation of the Bible. The accessibility of information has been exploited by those who are confused and want to divide, but only fundamental truths stand the test of time. Thanks for this podcast. It has been and extraordinary source of knowledge and brought me much closer to love and God.
  • Hyunjeong Lee
    첫번째 제대로 된 성경 통독
    마이클 신부님 덕분에 처음으로 성경 전체를 다 읽어보았어요. 구약은 길고 재미 없는 부분도 많아서 펼쳐보지도 않은 부분이 많았는데, 구약을 이해하니 제 신앙도 더 깊어진 느낌이예요! 이제 가장 지루하다고 생각했던 민수기가 가장 좋아하는 성경 중 하나가 되었네요
  • RLC1956
    Everyday blessing
    Though it has taken me more than a year, listening to THE BIBLE IN A YEAR with Fr. Mike Schmitz, has been a gift and blessing. His explanations makes the Bible relevant to our everyday lives and is insightful.
  • Where’s Adam?
    Enriched my faith
    Fr Mike’s unwavering enthusiasm and reverence for Holy Scripture is infectious. I look forward to the daily episode and have found that my prayer life and my mindfulness regarding the presence of the Lord in my life has deepened. I highly recommend this podcast.
  • 2023Paradise
    I didn’t know
    Like many wanting to read the Bible, I would become lost, not understanding the meaning behind things that were said or done. And never in my wildest mind knew that Jesus had a messy family just like many of us. Putting it in a time line gave me prospective of the events. Most important for me was to be able to listen to the Bible, I didn’t like struggling with words and what they meant. Thank you Jesus for bringing such a character as Father Mike 😀reading followed by explaining what was read. I know it may sound silly but …. I wonder how the book ends, then it hits me 😇 I look forward to each day, so I will have to start at the beginning next year. Unless you think there maybe a sequel 😇 Jesus Christ my lord and savior I’m feeling so blessed.
  • j_thiccc
    I’ve been wanting to read the entire Bible cover to cover for a while now and I’ve struggled because of my lack of understanding the time periods and things going on but, with Father Mike I can truly say I’m starting to understand. I’m NOT Catholic but I still love this podcast and Father Mike!! God Bless us all and God Bless Father Mike 💗
  • tjdupuis
    Thank You For Your Passion
    Father Mike, I thank you for your passion when reading and talking about the readings from the Bible in a Year. You through the the Lord Jesus Christ have given me a renewed faith and Passion in Christ. Thank you and God Bless. Your always in my thoughts and prayers Father Mike.
  • Stop it 1000
    Father Mike’s prayers
    Your reading the Bible is a blessing because we can catch up anytime and be reminded of the Word that we read but have forgotten some details. Love your energy and presentation. Do you know you chuckle every time as you begin to pray? If it is intentional I’ll get used to it😊🙏 Now it won’t take the review until I come up with a nickname…really, 25 names have already been taken?
  • Kado214
    Thank you!
    I am so thankful for the guidance and help this podcast provides in understanding God’s Word. Truly a blessing.
  • Rootiekazoo
    You know what I’m saying?
    ❤️❤️❤️ 😂😂😂 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 You de’ best Father Mike-eee! Thanks for making my year of 2021 & 2022 and soon to be 2023! God bless your beautiful soul and your way of evangelization. You’re an amazing inspiration. Hope your Momma is doing well. Praying for you and all worldwide and too our #BIY family and soon to be #CIY family. Woot woot! Yea! Praise God above. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Y’all seriously: Episode #353! Complete 💎 gem of an episode. Thanks again, Fr. Mike-eee! ❤️❤️❤️ Happy Birthday Jesus, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. 😘 Momma came home from the hospital today, on Jesus’ birthday;) Alleluia! Thank you, Jesus. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Please pray for Momma to gain her strength and myself to have the strength for my current mission of caregiving. Amen. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 January 2023 just started year three BIY ❤️🙏🏻😂 A Blessed Lenten season 2023 to you, yours and ours worldwide. Prayers galore. 😂😂😂 The podcast “Godsplaining.” Y'all should check them out esp. the episode of today on May 15, 2023. They be real, love these chaps! Funny as all get out to boot! 🥾
  • Sarahbelljaniebug
    I’m not Catholic, but I love this podcast!
    This podcast has been such a blessing to my life. I’ve always wanted to reas the entire Bible front to back but struggled with understanding it because of my lack of knowledge of the history and culture. You make it easy to understand and put everything into perspective. I’m not Catholic, but I LOVE this podcast. Thank you so much for creating it.
  • lingua203
    Thank you so much
    I read the bible cover to cover 20 years ago and learned a lot. But i never had all the nuances and cultural contexts explained. This is a great way to get a bite size piece of scripture every day and have it explained.
  • Guadalupe Rose
    Thanks, Father Mike
    I thank Jesus for you, Father Mike, and for your teachings on the Holy Word! You have helped me understand the scriptures so much and I am so grateful! May the Holy Spirit continue to enlighten you and me as well. All honor, glory, power and praise be to Jesus Christ, our dear Lord Amen Alleluia 🙏🙏🙏
  • Diamond Bay Manatees
    Father Mike Totally Rocks!
    I am currently also listening to Catechism in a Year as well. Father Mike is so welcoming in his approach and tone. I am so thankful to have this be a part of each day. Thank you for making this available to all.
  • Americanelbrayo
    Mike is awesome
    I love this podcast and it has changed my life. I listen to this and read my Bible. Listening to someone read to you makes you hear things that I sometimes miss when I read alone. I love Mikes knowledges on scripture as well. Mike is this generations Billy Graham.
  • Land Warfare
    The whole truth and nothing but the truth
    Open your heart and mind and listen to all of the books in the Old Testament, along with the New Testament, read in a manner that is easy to follow. Father Mike’s break downs after the readings are also incredibly helpful and insightful.
  • KAI RN
    Great podcast
    I’m not Catholic, but I really enjoy Father Mikes Bible in a year podcast. I love the summary following each Bible reading and I appreciate fr Mike’s energy and positivity. He’s easy to listen to and I look forward to the daily readings and a cup of coffee!
  • Baby6758927277
    Life changing
    I started listening to BIY, got a Great adventure Bible, & one year later I became a catholic (former Calvinist). I am thrilled that for 2 years one of the top podcasts on my network is a Catholic Priest reading the Bible!
  • bakerman425
    What a blessing
    Father Mike thank you and the Ascension team for Bible in a Year Podcast! I have always wanted to read the Bible front to back. I honestly have never been a reader. So thank you the blessings of your readings… and I will continue to pray for you! Please continue to pray for me!
  • KiokoYuko
    Enthusiastic Bible Reading!
    Your enthusiasm is contagious… and very helpful especially on the parts of The First Testament that are so (literally) bloody hard to understand I have had a goal to read the Bible in a year for a long time. And now I am doing it with your help 🙏🏾 And adding the Psaumes as daily prayers are a Blessing🙏🏾 . I pray you align with our Lord and continue to serve and elevate The Word in Jesus Name for Our Lord Glory 🙏🏾Blessings to you and to all who listen Thank you for praying for us all!
  • -/:(()$&@
    Best Bible Review
    I started listening to the podcast about three months ago. I am a Methodist but I really have enjoyed the readings, explanations, and insight into not only the Bible itself but of the Catholic religion. So many answers to questions I have had. Thank you Father Mike. I am on day 250 and will continue to listen.
  • Dominigigi
    Life changing!
    I've always struggled to read and grasp the word of the Lord from the bible. Father Mike is a true blessing. He really helps get through difficult reads and clarifies everything at the end of the readings. I look forward to hearing his encouraging, energetic and loving voice. God bless all that Ascension and Father Mike do!
  • MyqRuss
    I am new but I am excited to learn & can’t believe this is real & I finally in my life can have this in my life this is amazing!
  • Annie.Tu
    I am so Blessed!
    I am so very blessed to have found this podcast “The Bible in a Year with Father Mike Schmitz”. Although I am not Catholic, this program resonates with my heart more than trying to read the Bible in a year, from Genesis to Revelation, ever did for me. This does not feel like another thing on my to-do list. My head, heart and Spirit are aligned in yearning to listen and reflect on each day’s Bible reading. I fully appreciate the teaching Father Mike provides after the Reading. I am now on Day 12 and now, more than ever, am understanding, as much as humanly possible, how much God loves me. What’s better is I feel myself falling in love with Him. Thank you, Father Mike and Ascension for all that you do in the name of Christianity! And, Father Mike, God Bless you for providing pre-marital counseling to my daughter and now, son-in-law. They have a marriage made in Heaven and are expecting their first child this year! Prayers and love for Father Mike and everyone at Ascension! Your fellow Duluthian, AT
  • MeghanPH
    So thankful
    I started this in January and I’ve been so grateful for this podcast. Father Mike is an excellent teacher and has given me new insight into stories I’ve heard many times before, as well as helped me through lesser known parts. I started this approx 4 months before I received a cancer diagnosis this spring. As a 45 year old mom and previously healthy woman, I was stunned. But….thanks be to God he was preparing me (and my husband) to take this walk with him. The daily scripture (as well as the hallow app where I was introduced to this bible study) has been my lighthouse in the storm. Thanks be to God!
  • G.O’D
    Bible in a year
    Fr. Mike thank you so much for reading the word of God. It has truly inspired me to grow closer to Our Lord.
  • katrina2012o
    Love it!
    Fr Mike is amazing. I am learning so much. The Bible is amazing, God is amazing! God bless everyone trying to grow in their faith.
  • Betty Bookworm
    Restoring My Faith
    Fr. Schmitz’s podcast has brought me such joy and affirmation in loving God after having strayed from the Church for too long. Fr. Schmitz mentions we are not disqualified by our sins, but restored by our repentance. I look forward to each podcast now. Thank you Fr. Schmitz for helping me. I look forward to the daily podcast every morning.
  • Queen frog mama
    Great blessing to be able to listen, learn and grow in faith!
    Thank you Father Mike and all that supported broadcasting this Bible in a year podcast! I have struggled reading and understanding the history in the Bible in the past. Now I can’t get enough - I’ve listen more than once to take in as much of God’s love as possible. Growing in my faith and understanding- finding comfort in times of struggle and joy at the coming of our Lord!
  • Joe092593
    Thank you!
    I’ve read some of the Bible before and listened to it proclaimed at Mass. Now I actually understand it. Thank you!
  • 14carm
    Thank You!
    On May 1, 2022 I made the commitment to learn more about Jesus. As a Catholic I always felt ignorant about the Bible. I was scared and nervous about opening the Bible. But Father Mike made it easy to understand the lessons. I’m so grateful for Father Mike and everyone who takes part in the podcast/Hallow App or YouTube. Today was day #365 for me. I am so happy that I finished. But, I’m happy because all the knowledge I gained about knowing Jesus Christ.
  • Held hidden
    Very Knowledgeable
    When I hear the sacred word of God and then Fr Mike explaining afterwards, truly help me to understand God is trying to say and to teach to his followers to dos and don’t.
  • Martha B Z.
    What a gift!
    Thank you for this podcast. It has been a true gift to my life. I enjoy following Father Mike through the readings because he helps to put everything into perspective.
  • tigress28_usmc
    Life changing
    Im not a catholic, but Christian. I have struggled reading the Bible in a year on my own I’ve tried all sorts of different things. I’ve struggled with the Old Testament, I’ve read the New Testament, but couldn’t get further than Joshua in the OT I’ve tried for decades. Fr. Mike’s reading than the further explanation and doing a mini dive into each reading has taught me so much that I haven’t received at church. It’s invaluable to me and now I’m sharing it with others. It’s got me looking into the Catholic Church more and more. I can’t express my gratitude for this podcast, the insight I’ve received and my gratefulness for Fr. Mikes Commitment to this podcast for all of our benefits. This is exactly what I’ve been searching for and has led me to other catholic places to gain knowledge of the word. After this year, I may just have to start all over again. What a gift technology is in this moment. I have found a stronger faith, I have drifted away like a lost sheep and I feel like I’ve finally been found. I want to learn how to pray better, I am hungry for Adonai’s word and I have found a blessing in this podcast. I also appreciate that Fr. Mike says if you miss a day or two it’s ok just pick up where you left off. Sometimes it’s hard to go back once you’ve missed a day, but I find it’s not. we aren’t perfect we are human. Now I must go listen and learn about day 119 because wow, 118 was amazing information that somehow I instinctively knew!
  • mountainhealer
    Too fast!!!!
    Finally, I am able to read the Bible and understand it! Father Mike’s commentary after each reading each day is invaluable!!! This is my second time around. I’ve disciplined myself to listening every morning and in doing so, have learned so, so much. And I’ve also come to appreciate Father Mike’s rather fast rate of speech. My ear has grown accustomed to how he gets the job in a relatively short time, done clearly and concisely. Thank you!
  • KJStarace
    Grateful for this great work by Father Mike.
  • Soup Woman
    What a Gift!
    A true gift. I was behind in my readings but got caught up. I feel so anchored after doing the readings each morning.
  • AustinHough
    Found This Podcast Via The Matt Walsh Show
    I was an atheist for the first 52 years of my life and then went on a year-long spiritual journey that led to one day in 2021 when I awoke from a night’s sleep, sat up in bed, and realized I had been wrong about the existence of God for my entire life. That morning I realized three things: there is a God, our one and only creator; Jesus Christ is his son and my Lord and Savior; and the Holy Spirit had been tugging at me for decades and I just wasn’t paying attention. Fr. Mike Schmitz and the Bible in a Year podcast helps me start each and every day with the word of our Lord and for that I am truly grateful. God bless Fr. Mike and Ascension.
  • PSE Carbon Air
    Praise God
    I have a poor memory and this is my 3rd year following the podcast. This helps me know and understand our history and God’s plan. I really appreciate the commentary helping me understand scripture. Thank you!
  • Cathark
    Download issue with 116
    FYI: Day 116 didn’t auto download to my IPhone as episodes always do for me as a subscriber or “follower.” My other subscriptions did. I went to the podcast page “See All” and it said it had been out 3 hours. I could listen and download myself. Coincidentally I downloaded the latest upgrade IOS 16.4.1 yesterday evening. I thank you for all the work you’ve done to get this out. It has been a wonderful thing on my life.
  • J223pn
    Best one yet
    This came to me in a time i needed it the most. Wow what an awesome way to do the Bible in the year. Soothing voice by Fr. Mike, great explanation and prayers. In depth understanding of the text given and over themes that really speak to everyones life. We all need the word of God. This is the podcast to get it. Thank you Fr. Mike for this gift.
  • lunarfantasy79
    Thank you
    God Bless you Father Mike! I have struggled with reading the Bible, but you make it so easy. I love how you walk us through after reading the verses, help us decipher and understand the word. And how that pertains to us and our life now. Thank you.
  • Melzie G
    Thank you !
    Thank you Father for your guidance through the Bible every day. It is truly a blessing ! You have changed my life forever
  • Noogs941
    Perfect for Learning
    My family is Catholic but rarely attend mass. So I never had a real knowledge or understanding of the Bible. I always wanted to learn more because I’m the type of person that has questions about everything. Listening to this podcast has been perfect in answering my questions and even giving me new ones. It also has helped me to know that it’s ok to struggle with and not understand Gods word sometimes. I’ve always had faith but especially nowadays when it seems like I see something or someone that tries to poke holes in religion or completely debunk it this podcast has helped me stay faithful.
  • Inspired By Enjoy Belong Renew
    God Bless You
    God Bless you Father Mike🙏 what a gift to have you walk us through the Bible spending time together in Gods word and wisdom! Thank you!
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