Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J.
In 2000, Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J. established Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate, under the Society of Jesus, whose mission is to teach people the scriptures, educate Catholics about their Faith, and promote unity and understanding within the Mystical Body of Christ.
Fr. Pacwa received a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then received a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Old Testament.
He is known for his appearances on EWTN, where he hosts two programs – Threshold of Hope and EWTN LIVE. Fr. Pacwa is also the host of the EWTN Radio OPEN LINE program.
Fr. Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the Middle East. Father’s extensive travels to the Holy Land has inspired him to write the Holy Land Prayer Book. Fr. Pacwa also has the privilege of being bi-ritual, which means he celebrates the Maronite Mass of the Eastern Catholic Church.
Fr. Pacwa is a best-selling author of several books including: Mercy: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics; Praying The Gospels: Jesus Launches His Ministry; Mary - Virgin, Mother and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics; The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage; Winning the Battle Against Sin: Hope-Filled Lessons from the Bible; How to Listen When God is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics; and Catholics and the New Age: How Good People Are Being Drawn into Jungian Psychology, the Enneagram and the Age of Aquarius.
Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes, O.F.M.
Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes is a Franciscan Friar. He joined the Franciscans in 1986. After finishing his philosophical and theological studies in Croatia and England, he was sent to the United States.
For 20 years, Fr. Jozo served parishes in New York and Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Franciscan Custos/Superior for the Croatian Franciscan Fathers in USA and Canada. He resides at the Franciscan Fathers main Friary in Chicago.
Fr. Martin Scott, SDM
Fr. Martín Scott was born in Miraflores, Peru in 1960. He and his twin brother are the youngest of seven. His mother almost died twice giving birth. Her doctor firmly advised her to have a tubal ligation. Our Lord spoke to her that it was not His will. Despite her doctor´s advice, his mother obeyed Our Lord blindly. Four months later, she became pregnant and six months later, gave birth to twin sons.
In 1965, the Scott family moved to the United States where Father was educated, graduating with a Bachelor´s Degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1982. His plan was to return to Peru, marry and pursue a job in his field. God had other plans. Our Lord began calling him to the priesthood. He tried to deny the calling for more than a year, but God was insistent. In 1983, he said YES and has never regretted his decision. After studying at Mount St. Mary´s Seminary in Maryland, he was ordained in 1988 as a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
For 15 years, Father served as a diocesan priest when God surprised him in a powerful way. He always had the desire to join a religious community and had a great love for the Eucharist and our Lady. Our Lord not only asked him to be a religious, but to found a new community in his native Peru. In 2003, he returned to Peru and founded the Servants of Divine Mercy Religious Community which is now 13 years old. Fr. Martin gives retreats, parish missions and speaks at conferences both in the U.S., Latin America, and even in Kuwait.
Fr. Greg Adolf
Fr. Greg Adolf is the pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Fr. Greg was born in Colorado in 1948, and his family relocated to Phoenix, in the early 1950’s.
He graduated in 1970 from the University of Notre Dame and from the Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago in 1974 and was ordained to the Lutheran ministry. He served as a Lutheran pastor in Tucson for 15 years, and as Dean of the Arizona District of the Lutheran Church in America for four years.
In 1989, following his reception into the Catholic Church, he did post-graduate study at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. In 1991, he was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Tucson.
Fr. Greg is active in retreat ministry, which is grounded in Sacred Scripture and seeks to lead participants into a deeper experience of prayer and missional service.
Fr. Doug Lorig
Fr. Doug is a former Episcopal Priest who converted to the Catholic Church with his wife and four children in 1979. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic Church in 1984 and served as a teacher at St. Mark’s in Phoenix and Seton High School in Chandler during the years after converting.
Fr. Doug was then Administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Queen Creek, and Pastor of St. Thomas Byzantine Parish in Gilbert. After that, he served as Pastor of St. Anne’s in Gilbert for 14 years and is presently Pastor of St. Maria Goretti’s in Scottsdale. For the past twenty-four years, Fr. Doug has served as spiritual director for the Arizona Peace Center.
When life seems to be closing in on us, in a world that so often seems upside-down, there is one way to escape, and that is through humor. A great example of both healing and laughter is Char Vance, the television producer and comedian from New Orleans who has people rolling in the aisles. Char spent over 30 years in broadcasting, including owning and operating radio stations, as well as serving as the creative director for one of the oldest advertising agencies in New Orleans.
Char had been in the radio business when she suffered a horrendous accident. It looked like part of her leg would have to be amputated. During a trip to Medjugore, she experienced a physical healing, but more importantly a spiritual healing and a major conversion, which brought her to Jesus Christ.
Char Vance is now president of Focus Worldwide Television Network which reaches over 130 million people. They are in 196 countries and Focus reaches 137 of them via the internet site www.getfocus.tv.
She has also produced numerous Catholic radio and TV programs in the Chicago and New Orleans markets. She is one of the most popular speakers on the miracles of Medjugorje, delighting crowds with her extraordinary yet entertaining story that will make you laugh, cry, and re-examine the foundations of your faith. She is the comic “star” of Focus TV.2
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous donations to Project Love over the years. You have helped a countless number of needy people – families and orphans – and even rebuilt schools, convents, monasteries and churches, all in the Medjugorje area.
This year, we are asking your support for Sr. Kristina’s Kids. Sr. Kristina, a Franciscan, lived and worked at Mother’s Village in Medjugorje for many years. She was “mother” to babies and little children who lost their parents, either directly or indirectly, due to the War of Independence in that area.
When the children reach the age of 18, they must leave the orphanage. If they continue with their education, Mother’s Village provides them $200 each month. Obviously this is not enough for rent, utilities, food, clothes, and books. Occasionally they find odd, seasonal jobs, mostly during planting and harvesting seasons. The unemployment rate in Herzegovina is upward of 25%, and opportunities for them are slim to none.
These young people are studying medicine, architecture, engineering, science, teaching, etc. They attend the university in Mostar, not far from Sr. Kristina’s convent. They don’t have families to help them, so they come to the only “Mom” they know and beg for a bit of food. Sister told us that just before our visit that one of her boys came to the door and asked for a little milk and bread. He had not eaten in three days!
We saw the sadness and pain in Sr. Kristina’s eyes as she shared this with us. Her heart aches for them. It was visibly difficult for her to ask if Project Love could help her feed them and we assured her that, of course, our good people will answer the call.
Only one collection is taken during this conference which is taken up during the closing Mass on Sunday. Make checks payable to Project Love. There are no administrative costs – every donated dollar is delivered to the needy in the Medjugorje area.
Please know there are many grateful people in that faraway land who pray for your needs every day because you have opened your hearts. They will never forget your kindness. We offer our prayers also and thank you in advance for your compassion for the less fortunate.
All donations are tax deductible.
*Make checks payable to: PROJECT LOVE
c/o Helen Zec
13323 Castle Rock Drive
Sun City West, AZ 85375
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This photo was taken years ago when we asked you to help these young children in Mother’s Village. The children are now young adults that are still in need of our support.