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Praying with Priests: Fr. Bob Welsh

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Hi, I’m Father Michael Denk from The Prodigal Father.org. I am here with Father Bob Welsh, who is a Jesuit. First of all, Fr. Welsh, can you tell us about some of the highlights of your curriculum vitae over the years? Father Welsh: What I’ve done over the years was to teach. I taught in high schools, both […]

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Praying with Priests: Fr. Leo Patalinghug

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  Hi everyone. Welcome to another episode of “Praying with Priests” with the Prodigal Father. I’m Father Michael Denk, and I’m very blessed to be here with Father Patalinghug. Father Leo: Father Leo is perfectly fine. I’m impressed that you can even say it. Father Michael: So, we’re excited to be here with Father Leo, […]

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Praying with Priests: Fr. Fred Pausche

Praying with Priests: Fr. Fred Pausche

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Hi. I’m Father Michael Denk, the associate here at St. Gabriel. I am privileged to interview my pastor, Father Fred Pausche, who has been the pastor here for 26 years. So, thank you for this opportunity, Father Fred. Father Fred:  Thank you Michael, it is my pleasure. Father Michael: Father Fred, give us a little history about how long […]

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Praying with Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler

Praying with Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler

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Hi. This is Fr. Michael Denk for the next episode of “Praying with Priests.” I’m very excited to have Father Jeremy Merzweiler with me. Fr. Jeremy was ordained in 2015, so some would say he is still a baby priest. His MA was actually in imaginative prayer. Father Jeremy, I’m very excited to have you here and […]

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Praying with Msgr. John Esseff

Praying with Msgr. John Esseff

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Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton, PA. He was ordained on May 30, 1953, by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton. Msgr. Esseff has served as a retreat director and confessor to St. Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. […]

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Praying with Fr. Bob Welsh

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Over the years, Father Michael Denk has found that priests and the religious are extremely blessed to be taught “how to pray”. This often takes root during formation, which for priests happens at the seminary. In this edition of Praying with Priests Father Michael Denk sits down with Father Bob Welsh, who is a Jesuit. […]

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Praying with Fr. McCandless

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Over the years, Father Michael Denk has found that priests and the religious are extremely blessed to be taught “how to pray”. This often takes root during formation, which for priests happens at the seminary. In this edition of Praying with Priests Father Michael Denk sits down with Father Michael McCandless, Vocational Director at Borromeo […]

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Praying with Msgr. William Biebel

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In this installment of Praying with Priests, Father Michael sits down with Monsignor William Biebel. Fr. Michael says that, “Msgr. Biebel is someone that I came to know through a brother priest, someone whose spiritual life and love for sharing that with others, I’ve came to admire.” Monsignor Biebel has been a spiritual director to many […]

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Praying with Fr. John G. Varna

Praying with Fr. John G. Vrana

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On this edition of Praying with Priests, Father Michael Denk sits down with Father John G. Vrana, S.T.D. (which stands for ‘Doctor of Sacred Theology’). Over the years Fr. Vrana has helped many others grow in their prayer life – both as a Spiritual Director for the Seminary as well as the Diaconate Formation Program, […]

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Praying with Fr. Jim O’Donnell

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  Today Fr. Michael sits down with lifelong Clevelander, Fr. Jim O’Donnell as they share an intimate conversation about prayer, and in particular the many different ways in which we all pray – including priests!     Ever since Fr. Jim O’Donnell can remember, every day his mother would gather the family together to pray […]

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I'm Father Michael J. Denk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. I am a contributor of content to The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc., a non-profit corporation functioning in accord with the traditions and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The corporation and I are separate, it doesn't speak for me, the parish, or on behalf of the Diocese of Cleveland, and I do not speak for it.