"Priesthood? No way, no how, not a chance, never…"

When Paulist Father Don Andrie consider changing from tech worker to priest, he asked his best friends to tell him how crazy he was. They thought it was a great idea. Though he was long involved in ministry, the idea...

"There's just no greater privilege."

Paulist Father Steve Bell speaks about his conversion story, his love of music, and the pains and pleasures of being a priest. His recorded conversation with Jennifer Szweda Jordan was produced for The Paulist Fathers. (Photo by Ryan Haggerty.)

“I don’t have to give up dancing…I can do this.”

Paulist Father Ed Nowak is an avid athlete. He runs, bicycles and hikes. But he’s also something of a cheerleader–of people moving forward in their faith. When Father Ed was a college student studying engineering at Penn State, it became...

Acting Justly with our God

Paulist Fr. Tim Sullivan has been a social justice-minded community type from the start. His upbringing is deeply influential on his ministry. His youth included extensive involvement in the Christian Family Movement that works to make parishes a “family of...

Johnetta Talley – Thanksgiving 2017

Johnetta (Stalder) Talley tells about growing up in rural Oklahoma during the depression, her marriage to the love of her life, Max Talley, becoming a Christian, and her legacy as matriarch of a very large family.

Becoming Saved

Lakeisha Stinyard is a full time working of two children and goes to college part time. Outside of working and raising her children, she lives a spiritual life and attends Northside Church of God in Christ. Her Christian life started...

Capital Punishment

This interview is over my Biology teacher’s thoughts on Capital Punishment

"The Prophetic Push"

Evan Cummings, C.S.P., made his final promises to life with the Paulist Fathers in late 2018. Just before that, he spoke about how wikipedia led him to the community, how some of his most profound spiritual moments come while kneading...

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...

“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...

Chennai Vaasis in the OC

“Vaasis” is a Tamil word that means residents. Two long term residents of the OC and American citizens, formerly South Indian natives of the city of Chennai (Madras), discuss parental and ethnic influences, arranged marriages, and how immigrant cultures and...

Priest and Collegiate Athletics Superfan

When Paulist Fr. Bob O’Donnell was in high school, he mentored young kids from the poor side of town by playing basketball with them once a month. Today he’s still reaching out to young people through athletics–attending many of the...

“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...

Beth McKinnon and Lauren Ann Holmes discuss Willie Lynch Crook’s life and the legacy he left on his family and country.

I’m this interview on November 23, 2018, my grandmother Beth McKinnon and I are discussing the legacy of her father Willie Lynch Crook, also known as Papa. Papa was one of the most patriotic, honest men to walk God’s green...

Dan Palmer and his grandmother Nazar Awwad talk about her life.

In this interview, conducted November 24, 2017 in Albany, NY, Dan Palmer (16) interviews his bilingual (in Arabic and English) Grandmother, Nazar Awwad (73), about her life in America as well as in the Middle East. Nazar shares some of...

Single Mothers

This interview is based on my mother, Brandy Christian, and how she went through living with a single mother and then later on being one herself.

Grandmother opens up about her granddaughter’s involvement in the Christian faith

My Grandmother Connie told me how proud she was about me becoming confirmed in the Episcopal Church. It was the first time I realized how important her faith was to her, and although I may not make it to church...

Interview with Deni Vasilatos
October 3, 2018 App Interview

A background of my fathers life leading to when I was born.

Stuart and Andrea Driscoll: Hampton Roads Homeschool Sports

This interview is for a college course on communication. I am interviewing the directors of Hampton Roads Homeschool Sports, a Christian sports league for children. Here, my Mom and I are interviewing the Driscolls about how their league contributes to...