Father John Riccardo
Father John Riccardo has hosted 223 episodes.
FR. JOHN RICCARDO, missionary and ACTS XXIX Executive Director. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1996. In 2019, after 23 years in parish ministry, he founded Acts XXIX to proclaim the gospel in an attractive and compelling way and to equip clergy and lay leaders for the age in which God has chosen us to live. Fr. John is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Gregorian University, and the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
Mary Guilfoyle has hosted 157 episodes.
MARY GUILFOYLE, missionary and The Rescue Project lead. A wife, mother, and grandmother, Mary is a former parish Director of Evangelization and Discipleship. She has equipped more than 100 parishes in prayerfully discerning how to best care for those in the pews, and reach the fallen away and the lost. She's passionate about helping disciplesform small group communities in order to live more authentically human lives. Mary is a graduate of Washburn University.
Albert Faraj has hosted 5 episodes.
ALBERT FARAJ, missionary and Chief Mobilization Officer. A husband, father, and grandfather, Albert has been active in parish life throughout his entire adult life. He brings over 30 years of experience in leadership in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings. His expertise includes developing leadership teams, vision and strategy, and operationalizing transformation. His work has spanned multiple continents. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
Nick Jorgensen has hosted 52 episodes.
Nick Jorgensen, co-host of "You Were Born for This with Father John Riccardo", is the Associate Director of Parish Renewal for ACTS XXIX and has been involved in evangelization and leadership ministries for over ten years. While completing his undergraduate degree in marketing and management, he worked in youth ministry at the parish level. He then went on to earn his MA in Theology and Christian ministry. While earning this degree, he led men’s ministry as well as a mission trip involving door-to-door, on the street, and inner-city evangelization. He also spent some time working for Lighthouse Catholic Media in order to help develop a door-to-door evangelization program. After completing his MA, he served as the Assistant Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, where he worked to equip parishes in evangelization and leadership. In 2015, Nick and his family moved to the Archdiocese of Detroit where he became the Associate Director of Evangelization. In this role, Nick has developed workshops, training, conferences, and retreats for hospitality, evangelization, formation, and leadership training. Nick has been trained for and successful in coaching leadership teams in organizational health with the goal of building a missionary culture among staff and volunteers throughout all levels of the Church. As part of this coaching effort, Nick trained leaders in the Archdiocese to work with parish leadership teams in their efforts to build a healthy parish culture.