The Prodigal Father Productions is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), non-profit Catholic ministry. Founded with a vision to shepherd the faithful into a deeper relationship with God the Father through prayer, the Prodigal Father Productions is dedicated to bringing the reality and love of God the Father to a world that no longer knows or recognizes the love of the Father, the mercy of the Father, or the embrace of the Father.

Through the many prayer aids and resources we offer, from sacramentals such as prayer medals, scriptural relaxation CDs, and even online social media, parish missions, and a Prayer App, Prodigal Father Productions is making known the love of the Father through powerful modern modes of new media communication.

Meet Fr. Michael J. Denk

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Fr. Michael J. Denk is the Founder of The Prodigal Father Productions whose mission is to inspire, introduce and guide people in a deep and authentic life of prayer, leading them to an intimate, mystical and personal relationship with God their Father, in and through Jesus Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit.

In August of 2018 he entered as an Aspirant of The Institute of Voluntas Dei (A Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite).

He is currently a Priest in Residence at Walsh University.

Accomplishments:

  • Founder of The Prodigal Father Productions: A ministry to help people grow in their prayer life using the New Media.
  • Author of the Book: Pray40Days: “The Personal Relationship With God You Have Always Wanted.” Creator of Pray40Days Web-App and parish program.
  • Creator and author of the App: The Examen Prayer (available on iOS and Android and web).
  • Creator of the video series: Praying with the Mass

He is a prolific writer and has been published in numerous periodicals including The Priest, Our Sunday Visitor, Emmaus, Crisis, Catholic-Link, UCatholic, Homiletics and Pastoral Review, and Shalom Tidings.

He can be heard regularly on Living Bread Radio on the Series “Faith with Father” (Covering the YouCat) and daily scripture reflections. He has done interviews with numerous local, national, and international secular and Catholic radio and TV stations including The Catholic Guy: Lino Rulli on Sirius XM. He has appeared numerous times on EWTN on Living Right with Dr. Ray as well as the Salt and Light Network as a witness interview and Liturgical Season Weekly Reflections. He also has his own blog where he publishes his homilies weekly, “Praying with Priests,” and other series.

You can see Fr. Michael every Monday night on his Facebook Live show which reaches over 10,000 viewers nationally and internationally. Consider it like a late-night talk show hosted by Fr. Michael. There is always a ukulele, entertainment, laughter, and above all reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings!

Fr. Michael is dedicated to helping others encounter Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist, Preaching, Confession, Spiritual Direction, and Prayer.

Fr. Michael Denk is dedicated to the Right to Life cause and has presented “Lessons from Rwanda for America’s Abortion Holocaust.” He also has the “Call within the Call” of helping people grow in their spiritual life. He has presented workshops on “Spiritual Reading,” “Discernment of Spirits,” and “Christology in the Mystics.”

He is devoted to the poor especially in Africa and El Salvador where he has taken his parishioners on annual mission trips. Maintaining this bond with the poor is important so he continues to be a mentor for Catholic Relief Services: Global Fellows Parish Homily Program which allows him to continue to spread the message of coming to encounter Christ in the poor.

Current presentations are: “The Examen Prayer” and “Pray40Days.”

He served 11 years as a parochial vicar in parish ministry at:
St. Gabriel, Mentor, OH.
St. Joseph, Amherst, OH
St. Barnabas, Northfield, OH.

Ordained: 12 May 2007

Education:

  • Saint Mary Seminary: Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts “With Honors” from St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, OH.
  • Thesis: Christology in the Mystics: Coming to Know, Love, and Serve Christ through John the Evangelist, Teresa of Avila, and Ignatius of Loyola.
  • Borromeo College Certificate – 2002
  • Cleveland State University: Bachelors of Communications with a Specialization in Video and Audio Production.
  • Cuyahoga Community College – Graduated 2001
  • Valley Forge High School in Parma, OH – Graduated 1997
  • Holy Family Grade school in Parma, OH – Graduated 1993

He was born, baptized and raised at Holy Family in Parma, Ohio.

Contact:
Fr. Michael J. Denk
Priest in Residence
Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Personal Email: Fathermichaeljdenk@gmail.com
Mobile: 440.836.3365

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THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., IS A TAX-EXEMPT SECTION 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION INCORPORATED IN THE STATE OF OHIO. THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., FILED WITH THE OFFICE OF THE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE, PROVIDE THAT THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., IS AN ORGANIZATION FUNCTIONING IN ACCORD WITH THE TRADITIONS AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. ALTHOUGH THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., IS LOCATED IN THE CLEVELAND, OHIO, AREA, IT IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND. A PRIMARY CONTRIBUTOR OF CONTENT TO THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., IS FATHER MICHAEL J. DENK, A PRIEST OF THE DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND, BUT THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., DOES NOT SPEAK FOR FR. DENK AND THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., AND FR. DENK ARE TWO SEPARATE AND DISTINCT ENTITIES. ALL OF THE CONTENT USED BY THE PRODIGAL FATHER PRODUCTIONS, INC., IS USED WITH THE PERMISSION OF, AND UNDER LICENSE WITH, ALL ORIGINAL AUTHORS, INCLUDING FR. DENK.