Mission Preachers

Missionary preaching was one of the main purposes for which the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle was founded in 1858.  The first Paulist Fathers believed deeply in the value of traveling to cities, towns and rural areas throughout the United States and Canada to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and his Church.

Today, some two dozen members of our community are available to conduct a variety of parish missions, retreats and workshops. Please see below for their biographies and contact details. If you already know which Paulist Father you would like to have visit your parish or organization, do not hesitate to contact him directly.

To discuss which Paulist Father would be most appropriate for your parish or organization, or for general questions, please contact Paul Snatchko in our Marketing and Communications Office at (202) 269-2502 or media@paulist.org

Please visit our Events listings for upcoming parish missions.

Fr. James DiLuzio, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. James DiLuzio leads dynamic parish missions and retreats across the United States and Canada.

Fr. Vincent McKiernan, C.S.P.

Father Vincent McKiernan, CSP, is an experienced retreat director, based in Columbus, Ohio.

Fr. Tom Tavella, C.S.P.

Father Tom Tavella, CSP, based in San Francisco, is available for a variety of spirituality and continuing education programs.

Fr. John E. Collins, C.S.P.

Father John E. Collins, CSP, based in New York City, is available for parish missions, retreats, and renewals.

Fr. Frank DeSiano, C.S.P.

Father Frank DeSiano, CSP, is president of Paulist Evangelization Ministries and Director of Formation at our seminary.

Fr. Bruce Nieli, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. Bruce Nieli leads parish missions and retreats, and speaks at a variety of diocesan and regional conferences.

Fr. Charlie Donahue, C.S.P.

Paulist Father Charlie Donahue is a member of our General Council.

Fr. Frank Desiderio, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. Frank Desiderio is first consultor, or chief advisor, to the president of the Paulist Fathers.

Fr. Dick Sparks, C.S.P.

Fr. Dick Sparks, CSP, based in Austin, TX, is a popularizer more than an academic, a story-telling “bridgebuilder” between theology and pastoral practice.

Fr. Tom Ryan, C.S.P.

Father Tom Ryan, CSP, directs the Paulist Fathers Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

Fr. John Hurley, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. John Hurley has spent four decades leading Catholic evangelization efforts across the United States.

Fr. Mark-David Janus, C.S.P.

Father Mark-David Janus, CSP, is president of Paulist Press and a clinical psychologist.

Fr. Ed Nowak, C.S.P.

Father Ed Nowak, CSP, preaches parish retreats and missions.

Fr. John Kenny, C.S.P.

Father John Kenny, CSP, is based in Vero Beach, FL. He is available for a variety of continuing education programs.

Fr. Bernard Campbell, C.S.P.

A veteran campus minister, Paulist Fr. Bernard Campbell leads a new parish mission called "Will our Faith Have Children?".

Fr. Robert M. Cary, C.S.P.

Father Robert M. Cary, CSP, is based in Chicago. He is available for parish missions and workshops.

Fr. Terry Ryan, C.S.P.

Father Terry Ryan, CSP, based in San Francisco, CA, is available for a variety of retreats and spirituality programs.

Fr. Michael Evernden, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. Michael Evernden is based at Old St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. He offers parish retreats and days of recollection.

Fr. Donald Andrie, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. Donald Andrie is pastor of St. John XXIII University Parish in Knoxville, TN. He also leads parish retreats.