Casting the Net: A NYPriest Podcast
By Casting the Net: A NYPriest Podcast
Casting the Net: A NYPriest PodcastMay 29, 2023
Pentecost & Priestly Ordination
This Memorial Day weekend is a particularly joyful one here in the Archdiocese of New York. Cardinal Dolan ordained three new priests on Saturday, and we celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost on Sunday! Check out this episode to hear a few of Fr. Connolly's thoughts on the unique and intimate connection between the two! Be sure to like, subscribe & share! Available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts!
Pallbearer to Pastor: How This Funeral Director Became "Father" | Fr. Anthony Mizzi-Gili
Believe it or not, Fr. Anthony Mizzi-Gili's most intrepid journey was not his move from his native Staten Island to his parish in Poughkeepsie! Rather, it was leaving behind a life in business and a career to follow where God was ultimately leading him, the priesthood. And thank God he did! Fr. Mizzi-Gili is the pastor of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Poughkeepsie, New York. Listen as he shares the story of his hearing God's call, the influence other priests have had on him, and the path from funeral director to priesthood. Available on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. Please like, subscribe, share, and pray for us! We're praying for you, too. God bless!
Following Footsteps of Fishers of Men | Fr. George Hafemann
Fr. George Hafemann, Pastor of the Church St. John the Evangelist in Goshen, NY and Chaplain to Burke Catholic High School, shares how God called him to the priesthood. How encouraging it is to hear Fr. Hafemann describe the subtle ways in which God reveals His plans! Though some may experience a "lightning bolt" revelation, many others hear God's voice in a simple way, especially through the example of the lives of other good priests, calling them to follow Him in the priesthood. Fr. Hafemann shares his experience of following holy priests whom he has encountered into his own share in Christ's priestly ministry. Please like and share this episode (recorded about a year ago, yet ever-relevant today!) and subscribe to this podcast! Please pray for your priests and be assured of our prayers for you! Finally, please pray for the young men whom God is calling to follow Him and become "fishers of men!"
Witness to the Word - From the New York Post to a New York Parish | Fr. John Wilson
Fr. John Wilson is the Parochial Vicar at St. Kateri Parish in Lagrangeville, NY. Listen as we share a few laughs, some deep spiritual insights, and discernment tools. Fr. Wilson shares his adventure which took him from his home in Connecticut to school in California, to the streets of London, and, ultimately, to the altar in the Archdiocese of New York! If you haven't yet, please "like" this podcast, subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, share it with friends, and leave us a (5-star, please!) rating to help us share the joy of the priesthood with more and more people, casting a wider net! Pray for us and be assured of your priests' prayers for you!
"What do you want to do with the rest of your life?!" | Fr. Ryan Muldoon
Fr. Ryan Muldoon, Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick's Parish in Yorktown Heights, shares his story of how, inspired by his family and the faithful priests in his parish and high school, he heard God's call to the priesthood. And thank God he answered! Hear how a courageous priest's bold question and the young (future) Fr. Muldoon's simple openness to the priesthood led to the discovery of a vocation. In this episode, Fr. Muldoon also tackles topics like discernment and dating!Fr. Muldoon serves the people of Yorktown Heights, the members of the Catholic Young Adult group, Credo, and our future priests as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie! A good friend and a faithful priest, Fr. Muldoon is an inspiration to us all, lay faithful and clergy alike! Please listen to "Casting the Net" on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify, "like" and share with your friends! Please, especially, pray for us! Be assured of our prayers for you, too.
"Answering for Belief" | Fr. Leo Camurati, O.P.
Fr. Leo Camurati of the Order of Preachers, or, Dominicans, is the Chaplain and Mathematics and Physics Teacher at the Montfort Academy! Fr. Leo tells us his vocation story as only he can, blending his quick wit and humor with a profound intellectual and spiritual depth. We give thanks to God for the presence of the Dominican Friars in this Archdiocese, especially Fr. Leo! Please like, subscribe to, and pray for this podcast! Share it with your friends and ask them (if they are young, unmarried men, of course!) if they have considered how God is calling them to serve His Church!
"Consolidate the Grace" | Fr. Erik Lenhart, OFM Cap
What a joy to spend time with my friend and colleague in the vineyard, Fr. Erik Lenhart! Fr. Erik Lenhart, known for his smile, his humor, his humility, and his simple yet profound spiritual guidance, tells the story of how God called him to be a Franciscan AND a priest! Listen for a few laughs, some wise words, and another glimpse at the joy of the priesthood. Check us out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor! Like, subscribe, rate, comment, share, and, of course, pray for us please!!
Nigeria to New York - A Missionary at Heart | Fr. Charles Achi
Fr. Charles Achi is the Parochial Vicar at St. Martin De Porres Parish in Poughkeepsie, New York. Originally from Nigeria, Fr. Charles has given his life to God as a missionary priest, and the Lord has led him here! We thank God for the ministry of this holy priest, recently incardinated into the Archdiocese of New York! Listen as he tells his moving story! Available on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify! Please like, subscribe, rate, and share!
"On the Pile": From FDNY to "Father" | Fr. Tom Colucci
Fr. Thomas Colucci is the Pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Walden, New York. Listen as he shares his incredible journey from dropping out of college, to fighting fires, to saving souls!
Hello and happy summer! We've taken a bit of a break, but we're coming back soon with more great interviews with great priests! In the meantime, enjoy an update on priestly life in Dutchess County from Fr. Connolly!
Beauty Engenders Conversion & Discernment | Fr. Jon Tveit
When we recorded this interview, Fr. Jon Tveit was the Parochial Vicar at St. James the Apostle Parish in Carmel, NY. Now, Fr. Tveit serves as the Administrator of St. Mary's Church in Wappingers Falls! Listen to Fr. Tveit's story to hear how the sheer beauty of the Church's traditions, liturgy, and sacraments can move hearts to ponder God's plan. Please like, subscribe, share, and pray for us! "Casting the Net" is available of Apple Podcasts & Spotify.
Joyfully Conformed to the Crucified Christ | Fr. Robert Dunn
What a special episode this is!
Though we recorded back in March, we're publishing this interview today, May 26th, 2022, my 4th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood! This week's guest is none other than Fr. Robert Dunn, the priest who first inspired me to consider the priesthood! In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that without Fr. Dunn I would not be a priest today.
Fr. Dunn, a Manhattan native, was ordained a priest in 1992 (the same year I was born!!). After three years serving the good people of Incarnation Parish in Washington Heights and a brief sick leave, God's providence would bring Fr. Dunn to a beautiful parish overlooking the Hudson River in Ossining, namely St. Augustine's. There, the young priest and this four-year-old future priest were introduced, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fr. Dunn, who was my confirmation sponsor and who preached the homily at my first Mass as a newly-ordained priest, has always encouraged me to listen for God's call to the priesthood without every saying, "Michael, I think you should consider the priesthood." He let his own life and priesthood do that.
Fr. Dunn has always been a beacon of joy to me and all who have known him, even and especially in the midst of suffering, of which he has endured much. His preaching is at once light, funny, and relatable as well as profoundly prayerful and intellectually stimulating.
This episode is not to be missed!!!
I promise you'll enjoy this interview with Fr. Robert Dunn.
Please listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anchor.fm, share, review, like, subscribe, whatever you have to do to help us get this great story out there to the masses!
Most importantly, please pray for me, for Fr. Dunn, for your parish priest, for all priests, for all future priests, and all deceased priests.
The Architect Priest: Building a Community of Disciples | Fr. Carlos Limongi
Fr. Carlos Limongi is the Administrator of St. Joseph and St. Mary Immaculate on Staten Island, NY. An incredibly joyful priest - and Fr. Connolly's classmate! - Fr. Limongi shares his unique journey to the priesthood.
"Thy Will Be Done" | Fr. Matthew Newcomb
Fr. Matthew Newcomb has been a consistent, priestly presence in my life since I was a teenager, and I am honored to now be able to call him my brother priest! Fr. Newcomb, now the Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Port Jervis, NY, shares his vocation story, his love of the priesthood, and his words of wisdom.
"Get in the Boat" | Bishop Gerardo Colacicco
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Gerardo J. Colacicco, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York shares the story of his journey to the priesthood.
From Quarterback on the Football Field to Quarterback in the Parish | Fr. Robert McKeon
Fr. Robert McKeon, Pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish in West Nyack, NY, shares his inspiring story of how a seemingly ordinary life has lead to an extraordinary ministry.
Teacher to Preacher | Fr. Jean-Pierre Seon
Parents, Priests, & Prayer, Oh My! | Fr. George Sears
Fr. George Sears, Administrator of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Manhattan and Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of New York, shares his story!
Welcome to Casting the Net!
Welcome! This first episode will give you an introduction to Fr. Michael Connolly and the Casting the Net podcast.
From Altar Boy in St. Louis to Archbishop of New York | Timothy Cardinal Dolan
His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, shares his vocation story.