Getting to Know Fr. Steve Pullis


July 26th, 2021

1 hr 9 mins 34 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

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.

Show notes:

(1:40) Fr. David and Fr. Craig catch up and introduce this episode’s guest, Fr. Steve Pullis, Director of Pastoral Formation for the seminary. Fr. Steve shares some highlights of his month, reflecting on time he was able to spend up north with some priest friends. Fr. David also gives the monthly Costco update.

(8:47) Fr. Steve shares his vocation story. He talks about growing up in a big Catholic family with nine siblings, attending a local Catholic college, and how transformative his time in silent prayer was as a young adult.

(13:28) Fr. Steve also talks about some things people can do if they’ve never been to Adoration before, like praying the rosary and the meditative ritual it provides. He mentions, too, the importance of the other people in his life, especially during college, who were full of love of the Lord.

(20:25) Reflecting on studies in theology and philosophy, Fr. Steve considers the impact they had on his vocation journey. He shares a transformative thought he felt enter his mind right before taking the LSAT, and the peace that flooded his heart when he said yes to the seminary.

(29:41) Fr. Craig asks what Fr. Steve’s life was like when he was applying to the seminary, and Fr. Steve shares what it was like telling his friends about his discernment. He also talks about sharing the news with his family.

(35:52) Fr. Steve talks about discussions about vocations or the priesthood in his family growing up, mentioning his oldest brother who entered religious life when Fr. Steve was very young. He also talks about coming face to face with his old sins through the lens of his vocation.

(42:01) Hearkening back to Fr. Steve’s Open Door Policy days, Fr. Craig and Fr. David ask Fr. Steve some ‘rapid fire questions’ about his favorite church in Detroit, his favorite Detroit musician, his favorite Marian devotion, and more.

(51:10) Fr. Steve talks about all his assignments as a priest in parishes, in diocesan leadership, and now at the seminary.

(1:06:41) Fr. Steve offers advice to young men who may be discerning the priesthood, encouraging them to make time to hear God speaking and talking about the joy that comes from following Jesus. They close with the Memorare.