Carol Thomas

This is an interview by me, of my grandmother. It started as a college assignment but I really enjoyed it and grew to appreciate the history of my family.

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...

Grandpa Green

Grandpa talking about his childhood in North Dakota, raising 8 children, and baking bread

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...

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.

Carol Kimichik discusses growing up in the 1950s

Carol Kimichik discusses her brother joining the army, growing up through the church, and post ww2 society

Interview with Mom-Mom

Talks about her family life, early years, and hard times. She talked a lot about me & her spouse, Pop-Pop, who we lost this past may.

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...

Maya Fuentes and her father talk about past life and religion and spirituality

In this interview, conducted on November 24, 2018 in Chicago, illinois, Maya Fuentes (16) interviews her father Oscar fuentes (53) about his past life when he was in highschool. Oscar shares stories about his memorable events in highschool when he...

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...

“I wanted not to live on a pedestal”

Fr. Ken McGuire describes himself as a theological liberal who peers say still gets along well with conservatives. Father Ken says a Ph.D. in anthropology shaped him to understand how people approach situations from different mindsets and it made him...

“Gratitude never gets us in trouble.”

I’m not proud of anything I’ve done,” Paulist Father Tom Hall told the crowd gathered at his retirement party after 30 years as a Navy chaplain. He says that the room was silent. “I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude. Pride–no. There’s...

Klein Family History: Bob and Sally Klein Part IV

My fourth recording session with my grandparents, Bob and Sally Klein, discussing their hopes for our family’s future, what they would like to tell their future grandchildren, and the role religion and the Catholic Church has played in their lives...

An evangelist “reaching the unreached”

Paulist Fr. Kenneth “Ken” Boyack is vice president of the Paulist Evangelization Ministries, which has the tagline, “Reaching the Unreached in Faith.” In this interview, he describes that work as well as intimate pivotal moments of his faith journey–including an...

Praying at the Piano

Paulist Father Ricky Manalo’s main ministry is music. But he’s also a teacher at Santa Clara University, and around the world, about liturgy and culture. He writes reflections in the devotional book “Give Us This Day.” Fr. Ricky is of...

Common Ground Tacony Oral History Project: Keith Tomaselli

Fishtown Beer Runner and native Philadelphian, Keith Tomaselli inspires us with stories of the inception of the beer runner community that has started in Philadelphia and has grown into a small but important charitable organization across the world. Keith tells...

“The ultimate meaning:” A Classics Publisher

It’s a go-to book series, an encyclopedia of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic thinkers: Paulist Press’ “Classics of Western Spirituality.” And it was started under the leadership of Paulist Fr. Kevin Lynch. In this interview, Fr. Kevin, age 93, talks...

“I love that I have a vocation”

Deacon Ryan Casey becomes Paulist Father Ryan Casey on May 19, 2018. As his ordination approached, he talked about everything from binge-watching Christian movies like Holy Man Undercover to his occasional street preaching. (Photo by Ryan Haggerty.)

“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...