Paulist Mission Preachers and Speakers
Nearly two dozen Paulist Fathers are available for speaking engagement. This page contains a listing of those priests and a description of their areas of expertise. If you are interested in booking an engagement, either contact the speaker with the information provided in his listing or contact Stefani Manowski in the Office of Media Relations at (202) 269-2521 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paulists available for speaking engagements
- Father Donald A. Andrie, CSP
- Father Robert M. Cary, CSP
- Father John E. Collins, CSP
- Father Frank DeSiano, CSP
- Father Frank Desiderio, CSP
- Father James Diluzio, CSP
- Father Charlie O'Shea Donahue, CSP
- Father Michael Evernden, CSP
- Father John Hurley, CSP
- Father Mark-David Janus, CSP
- Father John Kenny, CSP
- Father Vincent McKiernan, CSP
- Father Bruce Nieli, CSP
- Father Ed Nowak, CSP
- Father Terry Ryan, CSP
- Father Tom Ryan, CSP
- Father Richard Sparks, CSP
- Father Tom Tavella, CSP
Father Donald A. Andrie, CSP
Father Donald A. Andrie, CSP, currently based in Grand Rapids, MI, is available for parish retreats. For more information check out the Web site www.paulistnw.org/mission
Father Robert M. Cary, CSP
Father Robert M. Cary, C.S. P. is currently based in Austin Texas. He is available for parish missions and workshops. His themes include “Give Your Faith Away,” “And Jesus Told a Parable . . . “ “Work is an Act of Faith,” and “Tough Decisions; Medical Care at the End of Life.” For over 25 years he has been known for his clear, concise, enlightening preaching and teaching.
Phone: 512-477-9471 ext 319 or 512-786-5534
Father John E. Collins, CSP
Father John E. Collins, CSP, currently based in New York City, is available for parish missions, retreats, and renewals. His themes include “Give God a Second Thought” and “The Faith Story.” During the past decade Father Collins has conducted more than 200 missions as well as more than 30 retreats for priests and religious.
Phone: (212) 265-3209, ext. 250 or (212) 265-4154
415 W. 59th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019
Father Frank DeSiano, CSP
Father Frank DeSiano, president of Paulist Evangelization Ministries in Washington, D.C., is a nation-wide speaker and noted write in the area of evangelization, discipleship and spirituality. He is available from time to time for parish missions, particularly ones that concentrate on evangelization and discipleship. He will work with a parish to determine the spiritual directions and desired outcomes of the mission, all to better serve the needs of the local parish. His website, with a section on “missions,” fpdesiano.com.
Phone: (202) 832-5022 x12
Father Frank Desiderio, CSP
Based in New York City as first consultor of the Paulist Fathers, Father Frank Desiderio leads three-day parish missions and shorter retreats on the topic: “Can you let go of a grudge?” Father Desiderio centers his presentations around “The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness,” and the participants then discuss the theology of forgiveness, justice, anger and revenge and the 5 Steps to Forgiveness.
Father James Diluzio, CSP
Father James Diluzio, CSP, currently based in New York City, is available for a parish mission/retreat entitled “Luke Live!” It is a dramatic proclamation of the Gospel of Luke interspersed with meditations, discussions, preaching and songs – both sacred and secular. As priest, missionary, actor and singer Father James also offers “Saints Alive!” (stories and songs inspired by the lives of the Saints) including a new 1-to-4 session presentation on the Life of Saint Paul the Apostle (with Power Point slides). He also offers lectures on Scripture, faith development and church history. His Web site, www.lukelive.com, includes published homilies, reviews and other ministries designed to engage faith in dialogue with culture, spirituality and the arts.
Phone: (212) 265-3209, ext. 253 or (212) 265-3209, ext. 253
Father Charlie O'Shea Donahue, CSP
Father Charlie O'Shea Donahue CSP, is currently Pastor of the Blessed John XXIII Catholic Center at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is available for a limited number of parish retreats and missions on a variety of themes. He has specifically tailored these for Summer Missions at parishes:
- “The Acts of Us Apostles,” reflecting upon the individuals and events recounted in the Acts of the Apostles as mirrors into our own lives in the 21st century;
- “Recovery Spirituality,” using the Gospel and the spirituality embedded in twelve step programs to improve our conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation;
- “Three for All,” looking at the lives of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Servant of God Father Isaac Hecker, and Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I). Each living a century apart, but still each offers great lessons on what it means to follow Christ.
Father Michael Evernden, CSP
Father Michael Evernden, CSP, currently based in Portland, OR, is available for parish retreats and days of recollection, especially in the great Northwest of the U.S. Father Evernden focuses on Giving Voice to the Word of God – in Scripture, Prayer & Sacraments, and Daily Life. He offers a practical approach to living our faith, one day at a time; a guide to discovering and sharing our faith story; deepening our awareness of God's living presence among us. His Web site is photosbymichael.blogspot.com.
Phone: (503) 819-1269
Father John Hurley, CSP
Fr. John Hurley is based at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. He conducts parish missions, RCIA retreats, facilitation and consultation for parishes, dioceses and Catholic ministries who wish to make the paradigm shift from maintenance to mission in the spirit of the New Evangelization in addition to new pastor coaching. For more background, missions, consultation and contact information, please go to: newevangelizationstrategies.org.
Father Mark-David Janus, CSP
Father Mark-David Janus, CSP, PhD. Is the president and Publisher of Paulist Press. As a priest and psychologist Fr. Janus actively conducts a wide variety of adult religious education lectures and programs.
Father John Kenny, CSP
Father John Kenny, CSP, currently based in Grand Rapids, MI, is available for a variety of continuing education programs. Please check out his offerings here (PDF link).
Father Vincent McKiernan, CSP
Father Vincent McKiernan, CSP, currently based in Columbus, OH, is an experienced retreat director, who conducts retreats on “Centering Prayer,” “Healing Life's Hurts,” and “Praying Your Life.”
Phone: (614) 291-4674, ext. 106
Father Bruce Nieli, CSP
Father Bruce Nieli, CSP, Paulist evangelist and missionary currently based in Austin, Texas, is available for parish missions, retreats, and diocesan/regional conferences (in English and Spanish) on “Responding to the Spirit in the Soul, in the Church and in the World.” He offers the spirituality of St. Paul the Apostle with a focus on connecting Catholic faith and American culture, which is the particular mission of Paulist founder Father Isaac Thomas Hecker.
Phone: 901-292-9112 (mobile)
Phone: 512-477-9471 (office)
Father Ed Nowak, CSP
Father Ed Nowak, CSP, currently based in Austin, TX, is available, with one of several women mission partners,for parish retreats or missions entitled “Spirituality for Evangelization: Living our Baptismal Anointing as a Priestly, Prophetic and Royal People.” The program includes preaching at all the Sunday Masses plus 3-5 mission evenings, depending on a given parish's time frame and needs.
Father Nowak is Director of The University Catholic Center at the University of Texas in Austin. He has ministered in the areas of campus ministry, RCIA, evangelization, outreach to inactive Catholics, and young adult ministry.
Depending on their availability, Fr. Ed works with one of several women mission partners who all have extensive backgrounds in church related ministry, retreats and missions.
Phone: (512) 476-7351 ext. 14
Father Terry Ryan, CSP
Father Terry Ryan, CSP,currently based in San Francisco, CA, is available for a variety of retreats and spirituality programs. Please check out Father Terry's Web site for more information, www.fatherterryryan.com
Father Tom Ryan, CSP
Father Tom Ryan, CSP, currently based in Washington, D.C., directs the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. He weds his passion for Christian unity and interreligious understanding with his deep interest in the spiritual life by leading retreats, preaching missions, and writing book/articles. Learn more about his parish missions here. To see his retreat themes check out this page. You can also read synopses of Father Tom's 14 books, or read his articles on his Web site.
Phone: (202) 269-2511
Father Richard Sparks, CSP
Father Dick Sparks, CSP
Beginning in 2012 Paulist Father Dick Sparks has been freed up fulltime to be on the missions and retreat circuit, with ample opportunity also to do morality and ethics workshops, seminars and healthcare consultations. He is a popular and pastoral preacher, speaker, teacher, mentor and ethicist.
With a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics/Moral Theology, Father Sparks is a bridge-builder between theology and pastoral practice, the academic classroom and real people-in-the-pews. He is known for his folksy style, sense of humor, and ability to “popularize” the Catholic tradition without oversimplifying or caricaturing it. Father Dick is a good choice for parish missions, clergy or lay retreats, morality and conscience workshops. He is open to 2, 3, or 4 day parish missions, weekend retreats, week-long seminars, daylong workshops, individual talks or keynote presentations.
His most popular retreat is titled: “Being Catholic & Christian in the 21st Century: What Really Matters?” At the 2012 L.A. Religious Ed. Congress his two talks were – “Christian Morality Today: Relationships Trump Rules” and “Contemporary Church: Conversation Across the Generations.”
Phone: 312 922-3444 x29
Mail: c/o Old St. Mary’s Church, 1500 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Father Tom Tavella, CSP
Father Tom Tavella, CSP, currently based in Grand Rapids, MI, is available for a variety of spirituality and continuing education programs. Please check out his offerings at here.