Men of the Hearts

The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus

About the show

Welcome to Men of the Hearts, a monthly podcast from the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Priestly Vocations. Join your hosts, Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican, as they explore the priesthood, hear vocation stories from priests all over the Archdiocese, and answer questions about discerning a priestly vocation. Tune in every month to wherever you get your podcast and learn more at detroitpriestlyvocations.com.

Episodes

  • Msgr. Tim Hogan

    May 3rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min
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    If you think the priesthood is boring or mundane, this episode of Men of the Hearts is for you. Monsignor Tim Hogan shares the journey the Lord has brought him from being a medic in the military, to religious life, to diocesan priesthood as a Navy chaplain, including being airdropped from a helicopter to offer Mass on nine different ships. “These people really wanted a chaplain, they wanted Mass, they wanted Confession, they wanted to talk with someone.” Join hosts Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican as they marvel at the Lord’s spirit of adventure and the unknown plans God has for each man thinking about the priesthood.

  • Divine Child Priests: Fr. Bob, Fr. John, Fr. David

    April 4th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min

    This episode of Men of the Hearts is full of priestly fraternity, two inspiring vocation stories, and encouragement against fears of inadequacy related to the priesthood. Join hosts Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican as they welcome Fr. David’s fellow Divine Child Parish clergy, Fr. Bob McCabe and Fr. John Dudek. Each shares his own vocation story, how to overcome “analysis paralysis” and fears related to returning to school in seminary, and how gifts are never wasted in a priestly vocation. “God is calling us to expand our comfort zone.”

  • Fr. Tim Birney's Vocation Story

    March 1st, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
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    In this 12th episode of Men of the hearts, Fr. David and Fr. Craig welcome a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Fr. Tim Birney. Fr. Tim shares his journey to the priesthood that began with family life centered around his parish. A high school assignment was a catalyst to encountering God’s call to serve God as a Catholic priest. The priests discuss an active discernment group in the archdiocese, what seminary really is, how to approach fears surrounding discernment, as well as advice to men discerning. The podcasts closes with an acronym to sumup how to encourage healthy and holy vocations. Take a listen!

  • Celebrating the Mass

    January 12th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Fr. Craig and Fr. David take a deep dive into the mystery of offering Mass from a priest’s perspective. They share about their own experiences with saying the Mass, both their first Masses and in recent days during sickness. Fr. Craig shares how a Gospel passage addressed his fears of the priesthood as well as stories of epic priests over the years. Together they reflect on the feeling of unworthiness when discerning the priesthood and God’s ability to use our smallness to feed His people.

  • Fr. John Riccardo

    December 8th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  59 mins 29 secs
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    Fr. Craig and Fr. David host Fr. John Riccardo, who shares his vocation story which led him to the priesthood, including hearing God speak to him, journeying to Rome, and how what he considers his “conversion experience” continues to develop his faith life to this day.

  • Bishop Battersby's Vocation Story

    November 2nd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Bishop Battersby joins Fr. David and Fr. Craig in the studio to share his vocation story.

  • Fr. David Pellican

    October 12th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 44 secs
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    Fr. David takes the lead as he and Fr. Craig discuss the Ignatian spiritual exercises and their experience on the 30-day silent retreat that all seminarians attend.

  • Brother Priests Fr. Drew and Fr. Zach Mabee

    September 30th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 17 mins
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    Fr. Zach and Fr. Drew Mabee, brothers in the priesthood and brothers biologically, discuss their conversions to Catholicism, their journeys to the priesthood, and how they grow in faith and fraternity together.

  • Getting to Know Fr. Steve Pullis

    July 26th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Fr. Steve Pullis joins Fr. Craig and Fr. David to discuss his vocation story, his assignments as a priest, and his new role as the Director of Pastoral Formation at Sacred Heart.

  • Meet the Eparchy of St. Thomas's Vocations Director

    June 25th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    Fr. Bryan Kassa, Director of Vocations for the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, joins Fr. Craig and Fr. David to discuss his vocation story and the importance of fully surrendering to the will of God.

  • Fr. Charlie Fox's Vocation Story

    May 18th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  59 mins 34 secs
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    Fr. Charlie Fox joins Men of the Hearts to talk about his own vocation story, as well as formation, what it really is, and why it’s so important.

  • Archbishop Vigneron's Priestly Vocation

    April 16th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 57 secs
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    Archbishop Vigneron joins Fr. Craig and Fr. David to talk about his own vocation story and give advice to those discerning.

  • Signs from God

    March 23rd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  50 mins 52 secs
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    Fr. Craig and Fr. David discuss signs from God, how we can prepare for them, and what signs might indicate a calling to the priesthood.

  • Meet Fr. Craig and Fr. David

    February 24th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 23 secs
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    In this first episode of Men of the Hearts, hosts Fr. Craig Giera, Director of Priestly Vocations, and Fr. David Pellican, Associate Pastor at Divine Child Parish, introduce themselves, their vocation stories, and what to expect in the future of the podcast.