Church of the Holy Trinity

A Family - Centered Catholic Church Serving Northern Tuscarawas County

Go To Church, and Live Longer




A few years ago I read one of those longevity studies which was done by the Pew Research Council, replicated by the American Health Association, peer reviewed, and published in AARP.  This particular study examined the effects of regular church attendance on longevity in Americans.


It was a very thorough study, but the final conclusion was that people who had regularly attended church (at least once a week) for most of their adult life, had a life expectancy two years greater than others who either “seldom” or “occasionally” attended.  So I got out my trusty calculator, and did some “figuring”.


Now, regular Church attendance means giving up perhaps 1 or 2 hours a week, including travel time.  So let’s say it’s 1-1/2 hours a week.  That’s 78 hours a year, over perhaps 55 years, for a grand total of around 4200 hours, which could have been spent golfing, fishing, or sleeping in.  In other words, from ages 25 to 70, a “church person” will spend an entire year of 16 hour waking days in religious services.


But wait…they actually LIVE TWO YEARS LONGER! 


Two extra years of golf, fishing, and sleeping in! 


So, I guess one could say that for every hour in Church, you add two hours to your life! 


Talk about great benefits!


Oh yea…..it also helps you get to heaven.




Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  

Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.