Men of the Hearts

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

19 episodes of Men of the Hearts since the first episode, which aired on February 24th, 2021.

  • Fr. Perrin Atisha

    September 30th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 5 mins
    discernment, priesthood, seminary, vocation

    “Find Jesus in the Eucharist. If you want to know what God wants, go to Him.” Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican are joined by Fr. Perrin Atisha who shares his journey to ordination at age 26 for the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle. Through a powerful retreat in high school, time in Eucharistic Adoration, his father’s approval of his vocation, and a trip to Iraq, God showed Fr. Perrin that he was called to the priesthood. Now Director of Vocations, Fr. Perrin gives valuable insight into the heart of a priest and discernment 101. “We don’t need perfect men. We need men who are in love with God.”

  • Fr. Matt Hood

    September 9th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    discernment, priesthood, seminary, vocation

    “Never be afraid to accept your vocation. Because God will supply what we need.” Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican are joined by Fr. Matthew Hood. Together they discuss Fr. Matt’s journey from asking big questions about the Faith in high school to being ordained a priest. After spending eight years in seminary, Fr. Matt has served the Archdiocese of Detroit in parish and school ministry. He offers advice for men discerning: “If God has given you even the smallest desire for the priesthood, pursue it. That doesn't happen often.”

  • Bishop Fisher

    July 29th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 1 sec
    catholic, discernment, priesthood, vocation

    “Don’t be afraid.” Fr. David Pellican welcomes Bishop Robert Fisher, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, to Men of the Hearts. In this episode, they discuss His Excellency’s journey to the priesthood. He first considered the priesthood at age 10, but that thought was pushed away by a desire for marriage and a job in the business world. After serving at a summer camp in college, he felt his faith reawakened. Though not having full clarity, he entered seminary and took it one year at a time before being ordained in 1992. Bishop Fisher also shares about serving as Director of Priestly Vocations and how he found out Pope Francis selected him to be a bishop.

  • Fr. John Kopson

    June 29th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 7 mins

    "Whatever you need to hear the voice of God, if you're open to it, God's gonna talk to you." Join Fr. Craig Giera as he welcomes Fr. John Kopson, who shares his journey to the priesthood. After leaving college seminary with a desire for more certainty in his vocation, Fr. John began working at a nursing home as a Certified Nurse Assistant. After an encounter with a dying priest, Fr. John experienced the Lord giving him the grace and clarity he needed to return to the seminary and ultimately, be ordained to the priesthood. This episode of Men of the Hearts closes with encouragement for men discerning to surrender to the Lord, and He will satisfy their desires.

  • Bishop Donald Hanchon

    May 31st, 2022  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 18 secs
    catholic, detroit, priest, vocation

    “Can I really be happy doing this?” Join hosts Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican as they welcome Bishop Donald Hanchon, a Detroit native brimming with wisdom for vocational discernment. His Excellency shares his story of feeling called to the priesthood in grade school, attending high school seminary, and the questions and fears he faced along the way. A significant health concern in college seminary threatened his studies and brought him before Jesus in the Eucharist, a moment in which the Lord confirmed his vocation, “From your mother’s womb, I have called you.” Bishop Hanchon reminds us that God’s call for our life will bring us joy and satisfaction.

  • Msgr. Tim Hogan

    May 3rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min
    catholic, detroit, priest, vocation

    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
    catholic, detroit, priest, vocation

    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
    catholic, detroit, priest, vocation

    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
    catholic, detroit, priest, vocation

    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
    archdiocese of detroit, detroit priest, detroit priestly vocations, fraternity, priesthood, vocations

    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
    chaldean eparchy of st. thomas, detroit priestly vocations, discernment, men of the hearts, priestly vocations, vocations

    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
    archdiocese of detroit, detroit, detroit priestly vocations, formation, priest, priesthood, sacred heart major seminary, vocations

    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.