Steve Villa - West St. Paul, Minnesota
ft. John Mary Kostohris
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time - January 31, 2016 (PS 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17)
My name is Steve, and I have been involved in Catholic evangelistic ministry since 1998. I currently work for the National Evangelization Teams in West St. Paul, MN, and I've had the opportunity to be in contact with thousands of people across the country in a variety of contexts; yet the most significant encounter I had was when I was alone on a personal retreat in the summer of 2008 that changed the direction of my life. I was pursuing the dream ... not just dreaming about it ... and that summer, it all shattered, and the only thing that I could do was watch it crumble, along with my hope of having a meaningful life. Little did I know that God had a plan for me which was way better than the one that I drew up for myself! Since 2008, after 10 years in ministry, I finally found my niche: to tell other people that a personal experience of God's Mercy is the entry point into a personal relationship with Him that can set you free from whatever holds you bound.
Next week we've got Will Hickl doing the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 7, 2016 (PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8)
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