“It was as if I never heard that before…”

Father Steve Petroff is a kind of survivor on the spiritual journey–a model for anyone who believes that if you work hard and stay close to God, doors that appeared closed will open. Just before his ordination as a Paulist...

“It was a better use of my life.”

Father Frank DeSiano calls himself a “lifer.” He entered the Paulist junior seminary as a teenager. That was more than 45 years ago. He’s a noted leader in evangelization or sharing of the Catholic faith. Father Frank has been the...

A Gritty Childhood Growing Up in Queens

In this interview we go in depth about the childhood of one who grew up in the streets of New York, and what the life of one who grew up there may hold for them. My name is August Mazzara...

Seth Silva Interview with Grandfather Don Johnson.
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Sharon Strus: Selfless Mother, Former Catholic Nun, & Polka Accordion Star. The story of a life of humble choices & great outcomes.

Sharon’s storied life starts in Michigan, shipping off to the convent at age 13, finding herself in her 20s, then marrying a Polish bus driver in her 30s, and starting a new life chapter. Gain the wisdom of a woman...

Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus Christ

“My dad was a carpenter, my mother’s name is Mary and I have no illusions that I’m Jesus Christ,” says Paulist Father Frank Desiderio in this interview with Jennifer Szweda Jordan conducted for The Paulist Fathers in Lake George, New...

In Your Own Words with Madu Udeh

Originally a celebration of Black History Month, February 2018, Middlebury College’s Davis Family Library initiated a series of oral interviews, “In Your Own Words.” In them, Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer engages members of the community who trace their...

“It’s a service of humility”

“Life in the priesthood is one of humility,” says Michael Hennessy in this interview recorded shortly before his May 2018 ordination as a priest. Hennessy is a New Englander who started thinking about being a priest when he was teaching...

The Great Thanksgiving Listen Coming to the US and Traditions.

Jose Morales (42) talks about his experience about coming to the United States in 1990 from Guanajuato Mexico. He tells his story about crossing the border, and his journey to the orange fields in Florida. Jose mentions some religious traditions...

My Uncle Tim and I talk about his childhood, how he lost his parents, and how he met his wife.

We talked about how he got into playing guitar, where he was when president Kennedy died, our favorite memories together, how he fell in love with my aunt, and how horrible it was when his parents passed away.

One Hardworking Man

I have always viewed my dad as a very hardworking man who will do anything to support his family. I wanted to talk with him to see how he views himself and how he got to where he is today.

“I really loved the preaching…I just kept coming back.”

Once, when Father Matt Berrios was a teen, he missed joining his family for Mass. He looked up an alternative and ended up at the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s run by the Paulist Fathers. It was...

Learning about medicine with Dad

Teenager Tyler Bolich interviews his father, Doctor Christopher Bolich on the medical industry and how it’s affected his life and him as a person.

From Park Ranger to Priesthood: Paulist Fr. Gilbert Martinez

In this interview with Emanuele Sesta, Paulist Fr. Gilbert Martinez discusses his life, vocation story and ministry. At the time of this interview, Fr. Gil was the pastor of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City....

Half German and a Quarter Hispanic

My husband talks about his grandparents and parents and how their culture has influenced his own personal culture.

How God Saved Me – Paulist Fr. Mark-David Janus

In this interview with Emanuele Sesta, Paulist Fr. Mark-David Janus discusses his life, vocation story and ministry. With a background in psychology, Fr. Mark-David has served as president and publisher of Paulist Press since 2010. To see a short video...

Seth Hakes interviews his grandmother, Joyce Rowe, about how life was like back then in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

In this interview, conducted in November 2019 in Greenbay, Wisconsin, Seth Hakes (17) interviews his grandmother, Joyce Rowe (78), about her childhood in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Mrs. Rowe reminisces of her times growing up on the farm and of her younger...

Life Story interview with Ben Zarzecki and the writer of his Life Story, Tommy Gibbons.

A writing contest was held for the 5th grade class at All Saints Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Out of 15 students, Tommy won the contest and received $500 towards his elementary tuition by the contest sponsor, Heritage Life Story...

My dad’s childhood – Wachusett 2017

My dad tells the story of growing up in Newbedford, Massachusetts. He tells of his parents, siblings and neighborhood friends. Reflects on highschool and music he listened to as a teenager in the 80’s.