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“Comforting the Afflicted”

Philadelphia, PA. One of the seven spiritual works of mercy is to comfort the afflicted. Today's story features a Deacon and a team leader doing just that: comforting two homeless men who need some kindness, encouragement, and a little catechesis.   The...

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“Meet God at the Fair”

“Meet God at the Fair”

Owatonna, MN. The Steele County Free Fair is Minnesota's Largest County Fair. Often people attend these festivals as a tradition, or to relax and get their minds off of the stress of daily life. And while games, amusement rides, and carnival food can provide some...

“Everyone said it was a miracle”

“Everyone said it was a miracle”

Brownstown Township, MI. We never know what awaits us with each new day. So it's critical to call on Our Lady for our own protection, and make known to others her love, power and protection through the Miraculous Medal. As St. Bonaventure said, "Men do not fear a...

“Evangelizing at ‘Catholic Corner’ ” 

“Evangelizing at ‘Catholic Corner’ ” 

Royal Oak, MI. The following report comes from evangelist Mark with the Detroit Parish Festival Evangelization team. For the fourth consecutive year, I joined several evangelists at "Catholic Corner" during the Woodward Dream Cruise. This is the largest car festival...

“Small Moments of Grace”

“Small Moments of Grace”

Royal Oak, MI. It's no surprise that a huge event like the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise is so popular in Detroit, nicknamed the Motor City. Over one million people turned out to reminisce and also see what kind of cars would be on the road this year. But during this...

“Bringing back wayward Catholics”

“Bringing back wayward Catholics”

Fort Worth, TX. Sometimes outings take on a theme. It seemed like this outing we were often encouraging former Catholics to come back to the Church, although each were at different points in their journey. Such an important thing, to bring back a wayward Catholic. "My...

“Make Your Soul Great Again”

“Make Your Soul Great Again”

Royal Oak, MI. The 25th annual Woodward Dream Cruise happened last weekend, featuring thousands of classic cars, sports cars, motorcycles, and over one million visitors (the world's largest cruise!). So SPSE set up a tent on "Catholic Corner" as it has in years past,...

“When did you last go to Confession?”

“When did you last go to Confession?”

Detroit, MI. This report comes from Mark with the Detroit Parish Festival Evangelization team: Our team returned to the annual Pierogi Festival at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit. This is the largest church festival in the city with thousands of people...

“I know what they are … they’re rosaries!”

“I know what they are … they’re rosaries!”

Royal Oak, MI. A recent Pew Research Center report shows the number of Catholics in America continues to decline. Some say it's due to the recent scandals, while others have trouble with one church teaching or another. Still others, like the man in today's story, just...

“A great witness in this busy downtown!”

“A great witness in this busy downtown!”

Royal Oak, MI. "There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed." - Evangelii Nuntiandi, para. 22. Along with good spiritual preparation such as Holy...

“Let the Children Come to Me”

“Let the Children Come to Me”

Brooklyn Center, MN. As evangelists, we must never think that children are too young to learn about God, but rather, let us bring Jesus to the little children. In Luke 18:16-17, we read: "Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, "Let the children come...

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Ep. 22: Everyday Evangelization

In this episode we interview Denise Hirl who is one of our regional missionaries and trainers for SPEI. Denise shares with us her own story as well as how the work of street evangelization has given her confidence to evangelize in her everyday life. Her stories are...

Ep. 21: M3 Ministries

In this episode we interview Deacon Keith Strohm who is the president and founder of M3 ministries. We discuss how he is transforming parishes and transforming lives by providing practical advice for changing parish culture. He also talks candidly about the important...

Ep. 20: The Parish Team

In this episode we interview David Adair who is a team leader at St. Olivers in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He shares with us how he runs a successful SPSE team at his parish. The secret? Prayer, community, and trust in Jesus. 

Ep. 19: God Opens Doors

In this episode we speak with Ed Graveline. Ed was one of the first team leaders to ever hit the streets for Saint Paul Street Evangelization. Beginning with his own powerful conversion story he shares with us how God broke into his life and how he now cannot help but...

Ep. 18: Sharing our Story

Meet Rob Marco our very own editor for our Stories from the Street. Rob has been a team leader with Saint Paul Street Evangelization for years and recently began using his gifts in writing to edit our stories from the street. In this episode he shares with us his...

Ep 17: How to Start a Team

In this episode we interview Joanne Portzer who has been a full-time urban missionary with Saint Paul Street Evangelization for several years. With well over 550 hours of street evangelization expereince Joanne shares with us her practical wisdom for building a...

Ep. 16: Dream Cruise Confessions

In this episode we interview long time missionary and evangelist with SPSE Randy Husaynu. He shares with us stories from the Dream Cruise, an annual event in Detroit which draws as many as 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars to the historic city. We talk...

Ep. 15: College Admissions

In this episode we interview Clarence Burkholder who is a long time SPSE evangelist out of Atlanta, GA. Clarence evangelizes weekly on different college campus's throughout the southeast including UGA, Georgia Tech, and Auburn University. We speak to him about why he...

Ep. 14: Basic Evangelization Training

In this episode we talk about our Basic Evangelization Trainiing and interview a recent participant about her thoughts and how this training equipped her to become an evangelist. If you are interested in having a BET training at your parish or your Diocese you can...

Ep. 13: A New Society of Evangelists

In this episode we interview Patrick Brennan who is the Director our new St. Paul Society of Evangelists. Patrick Brennan is originally from East Lansing, Michigan. In 2012, two years after graduating from law school, he had a life changing encounter with the Holy...

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