Formation Activities and Catholic Seminarians by Rev. Alfredo I. Hernandez

Formation Activities and Catholic Seminarians by Rev. Alfredo I. Hernandez

Formation Activities and Catholic Seminarians: A Practical Theological Study of their Impact on Subsequent Perseverance in Ministry

by Rev. Alfredo I. Hernández

What can we seminary formators, bishops, and others involved in the formation of seminarians do to help the men who are ordained from our seminaries to be joyful and fruitful as priests and persevere in ministry? The answer to this question is grounded in practical theology and concerns the specific changes we might make in the choice of formation activities during seminary to increase the likelihood of lifelong perseverance. Father Alfredo Hernández invites his fellow formators to consider with him the theological and pastoral benefits and the impact on priestly formation of each of the programs included in the study: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), the Institute for Priestly Formation, pastoral year internships, spirituality or propaedeutic year experience, priestly fraternity groups, and pastoral language immersion programs.

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This table helps to point out the activities with the highest positive and negative effects on each aspect of formation. The blocks shaded in green show positive Net Impact Scores (the darker green, the more positive the score) while the blocks shaded in red show negative Net Impact Scores (the darker red, the more negative the score). IPF has the highest total Net Impact Score, 43, while the pastoral-year internship experience and a propaedeutic or spirituality year experience are in second and third place, with total Net Impact Score of 31 and 28, respectively. The only programs with a negative Net Impact Score are CPE and language immersion programs, with CPE having a much higher negative net impact, –37. To see how this grid was put together, get your copy of this book today!

TESTIMONIALS

“A must-read for all involved in seminary formation. Its engaging writing style, grounding in theology of priesthood and research literature, and suggestive conclusions are enough to commend this to a very wide readership. Its astute engagement of practical theology marks it as exceptional. I highly recommend this work.” – Bryan T. Froehle, Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Practical Theology, St. Thomas University, Miami

“We certainly all desire good and holy priests who will persevere through the joys and trials of life. This book sheds light on the various programs that seminaries use to assist in the formation of future priests in order to do all that can be done to ensure a joyful, fruitful, and lasting ministry. As a former rector of a major seminary, and now a bishop, I have found this book to be of great value. Fr. Hernández asks important questions, provides some important answers, offers recommendations for formation today, and opens doors for future research.” +David L. Toups, Bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, Former Rector of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach

“Fr. Hernández’s highly-valued systematic research is immensely important and timely as it supplies Bishops, Vocation Directors, Rectors, Seminary Formators and all of the lay faithful especially interested in seminary formation with new practical wisdom. The positive and negative impact of a wide variety of seminary programs are creatively analyzed and clear recommendations emerge regarding what programs actually produce ministerial joy and fruitfulness in the lives of future priests.” – Fr. John Horn, S.J., Faculty at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Co-Founder of the Institute for Priestly Formation and the Seminary Formation Council

“In higher education in the last decade, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on outcomes-based education. This focus could not be more critical than in the area of priestly formation, where the purpose of formation is specifically to prepare seminarians for lifelong ministry. Yet, almost no studies have been done or data collected on the impact of seminary programs on lifelong formation and ministerial practice. Once ordained, the priest is ontologically changed and hence always a priest, yet how has formation prepared seminarians in a way that they can be joyful and effective priests and be prepared to persevere throughout their whole lives in living out this change? How is the soil for the grace of ordination best prepared? Fr. Hernández’s research makes an important initial foray into this area of research. His findings provide food for thought for seminary formators and administrators, and they will catalyze conversation about the contributions made by a wide range of seminary formation programs. And, even more importantly, this study has unflinchingly asked the questions and kicked-off a direction of inquiry that could help shape effective formation in the years to come.” – S. Mary Krysiak Bittár, Director of the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Professor, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

“A must-read for all involved in seminary formation. Its engaging writing style, grounding in theology of priesthood and research literature, and suggestive conclusions are enough to commend this to a very wide readership. Its astute engagement of practical theology marks it as exceptional. I highly recommend this work.” — Bryan T. Froehle, Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Practical Theology, St. Thomas University, Miami
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Rev. Alfredo I. Hernández is President-Rector of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, where he has served as Vice-Rector, Academic dean and a member of the formation faculty from 1997 to 1999 and from 2013 to the present.

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach in 1992, he served 14 years as Pastor of St. Juliana Parish in West Palm Beach, from 1999 to 2013, and a year as the director of permanent diaconate formation from 2015 to 2016.

He earned an STL in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a PhD in Pastoral Studies from North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

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by David C. Hanley, Rachel L. Anderson, David B. Larson, Harry L. Piersma, D. Stephen King, Roger C. Sider

Objective:  This study examines potential risk factors for long-term abortion-related distress in women.

Method: One hundred and two women receiving outpatient psychiatric services were assigned to one of three groups on the basis of their reported abortion history. Women with a positive history of abortion were assigned to a distressed or non-distressed group depending on whether abortion-related distress was a primary presenting problem. Women with no history of abortion who sought outpatient services served as controls.

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Figure 1 in support of the Appendix entitled “Methodological Considerations in Empirical Research on Abortion.” (Anderson, Hanley, Larson, Sider) in  Post-Abortion Syndrome: Its Wider Ramifications ed. by Peter Doherty (Four Courts Press, 1995). Included with permission.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS 

At the time of the writing in 1995:

David C. Hanley, MSW, was a Senior Clinical Social Worker at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trained at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, he has specialized in treatment of women stressed by their abortions and has served as principal investigator of a clinical research study of post-abortion stress conducted at Pine Rest Christian Hospital. 

Rachel L. Anderson was a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy Program at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Her research focus was on women’s health, including completion of a systematic review of the medical, psychological and social effects of induced abortion on women, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

David B. Larson, MD, MSPH, was Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, Northwestern University Medical School and the United States Uniformed Health Services. A former research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he then became President of the National Institute of Healthcare Research. Dr. Larson helped to develop the systematic review methodology and specialized in the public policy implication of religious commitment. He had over 160 professional publications in such policy areas as mental health diagnoses and services, the use of nursing homes, and AIDS/HIV infection. 

Harry L. Piersma worked most of his career at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later retired from the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. 

D. Stephen King, MD, was a Staff Psychiatrist Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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(With a Foreword written by Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael Kodzo Mensah)

This book offers hope both to those in ministry and to those being ministered to. In the image depicting Jesus’ encounter with the Blind Man Bartimaeus, we find a story set within the wider context of Jesus’ final journey from Jericho to Jerusalem where death awaited him. Perhaps, that was the moment in which he should have been preoccupied with misery and anguish given that his death was imminent. Bartimaeus was too insignificant to be noticed by anyone with such a greater commitment and pre-occupation like Jesus had. It may seem absurd at first to think that Jesus would waste his time on someone like Bartimaeus when death awaited him, but it is in this bizarre situation that Jesus bore authentic witness to mercy. Jesus’ encounter with the blind man Bartimaeus is exactly God’s vision for humankind, namely, that ministers of God should not forget the vulnerable in the exercise of ministry because it is one of the greatest opportunities of witnessing to God’s love.

We who are in ministry can easily forget ourselves in ministering to people often at the margins of society. But this is what Jesus will not ignore as these moments unquestionably demonstrate God’s unfailing compassion for all even in obscure circumstances. Like Bishop Barron once intimated, the Divine Mercy is a demanding summons to mission. The 21st century society is characterized by self-centeredness, selfishness, egoism and individualism. There is always the tendency to focus on the powerful and rich at the expense of the poor and vulnerable. Bartimaeus experienced rejection from his own people, but he always remained hopeful that someday his story would change. Indeed, his story did change. We may not be physically blind, but our blindness may be of a different shade or brand. Whatever our circumstances, our story is about to change now. Come to Jesus now.

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“Fr. Aaron Agorsor has a tremendous and practical way of unpacking the Gospel and growing the spiritual life. His lively writing [and speaking] style is particularly effective with new Christians. This book is a must read.” — Very Rev. Fr. Rob Clements, Director, All Saints Catholic NEWMAN Centre, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

“Please don’t simply read this book but breathe it in deeply, absorb it, and put it into action! Ours is a world that seems to be increasingly divided, contentious, leery of “the other,” and more often than not filled with fear and discouragement. Is there any reason for hope? Fr. Agorsor reminds us that the Gospel offers to this question a resounding, “Yes!” Hope is found in the faithful, extraordinary love and mercy of the God who not only made all that is, but who out of His unfathomable love became flesh to rescue His creation from the powers of sin, division and death. In these rich reflections, Fr. Agorsor pleads with those who have been rescued to go and rescue others with the same love and mercy that we have so graciously received from God.” — Fr. John Riccardo, Executive Director, ACTS XXIX, www.actsxxix.org

“What is mercy?  For many contemporary Christians, mercy is a very thin concept, connected perhaps to ideas of God lowering his standards or indulging our selfishness.  But as Fr. Agorsor shows in this book, Biblical mercy is an endlessly rich concept and reality: in a sense, it is the very Gospel itself.  Quoting generously from the Word of God, the successors of Peter, and contemporary Christian writers, Fr. Agorsor explores all the dimensions of divine mercy from the theoretical to the practical, showing how the practice of mercy can be life-transforming for the disciple of Christ. A rich treatment of an unfathomable topic!” — Dr. John Bergsma, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University, in Steubenville, Ohio

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rev. Fr. Aaron Agbeshie Agorsor is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana, West Africa. He is currently a Ph.D. student of English Literature at the Arizona State University.

As a Graduate Assistant, he teaches First Year Writing or composition and assists at ASU affiliated All Saints Catholic Newman Centre where he ministers to students from diverse backgrounds.

Aaron is passionate about his ministry as a priest. His experience  of God’s tremendous mercy overwhelms him and he wishes to let the whole world know that God’s mercy endures forever. He is also the author of Mary’s Magnificat: A Perfect Model of Faith Expression.

 

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Edited by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP

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Paperback: $14.95 | Kindle: $9.99

TESTIMONIALS

“If we want to evangelize the next generation, we have to talk with the next generation. Dr. Mahfood’s new book is the perfect launching point.” – Shaun A. McAfee, author of Social Media Magisterium: A No-Nonsense Guide to the Proper Use of Social Media

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Preface by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM | Foreword by Dr. Timothy Lock

The idea for this book was conceived at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY, when in the fall of 2019, fifty seminarians and two MA students took an intensive course entitled “Social Media: Introduction to Theology and Practice” under the direction of Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP. For the final project, students were asked to create a meme or some other artifact that they could disseminate within social media and track its effectiveness as a tool of evangelization. Those whose projects are published in this book are as follows:

Preface by Sr. Marysia Weber, RSM
Foreword by Dr. Timothy Lock
Presentation 1 by Joan Brisson
Presentation 2 by Tony George
Presentation 3 by Steve McClernon
Presentation 4 by Jinwoo Nam

Presentation 5 by Tobechukwu Offiah
Presentation 6 by Anh Ngoc-Quoc Vu
Presentation 7 by George Ziadeh
Presentation 8 by Fr. Dominic Ibok
Presentation 9 by Jeremy Chan
Afterword by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, has served full-time since 2012 on the faculty of Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT, as Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Vice-President, following eleven years on the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He has been a Lay Dominican of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Chapter in the Province of St. Albert the Great since 2008. His work in the areas of lay and priestly formation led him to found a Catholic publishing house called En Route Books and Media, which has produced a hundred and twenty titles since 2014, and an online Catholic radio station called WCAT Radio, which currently hosts about five dozen shows per week. Dr. Mahfood holds a doctorate in postcolonial literature and theory from Saint Louis University along with several master’s degrees in the fields of comparative literature, philosophy, theology, and educational technology. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Dr. Stephanie Mahfood, and children, Alexander and Eva Ruth.

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Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put That Phone Down

by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM

Have you ever had an irresistible urge to check your texts, social media posts or email updates when your cell phone rings, beeps or buzzes? Is the amount of time spent on your cell phone increasing? Do you text, access social media or open your email account while driving? Do you find yourself mindlessly checking your cell phone many times a day even when you know there is likely nothing new or important to see?
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Paperback: $14.95 | Kindle: $9.99 (ISBN-13: 978-1-950108-08-4)

TESTIMONIALS

“Some of us used to be day-dreamers, which was quite harmless unless we lost contact with reality. Nowadays most of us have become day-YouTubers – also quite harmless until you lose contact with people around you. It can become a serious addiction, a screen-addiction. That’s what Sister Marysia Weber writes about in this terrific book. Being a certified psychiatrist, she knows what she is talking about. Not only is the book extremely informative, but also very practical by giving us powerful tools to help ourselves, our kids, our teenagers, and our young adults. It’s a goldmine.” – Dr. Gerard M. Verschuuren, Human Geneticist
“Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., has produced in her book Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put That Phone Down a useful explanation for why we’re increasingly engaging our social media devices and practical solutions for how to end our addictive behavior for our personal health and social well-being.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, founder of the Catholic Distance Learning Network
Council of Major Superior of Women Religious presents…

The New Media and Religious Life: How an Awareness of the Benefits and Risks of Electronic Media Assists and Hinders the Consecrated Religious in Communicating the Love of Jesus Christ

featuring
Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, D.O., and Sister Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph.D.

WCAT TV Presents . . . Introduction to The New Media and Religious Life
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session I, Part A
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session I, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session II, Part A
WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session II, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session III, Part A
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session III, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session IV, Part A
WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session IV, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Introduction to the Second Half
WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session V, Part A
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session V, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VI, Part A
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VI, Part B
WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VII, Part A
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VII, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VIII, Part A
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VIII, Part B
WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Conclusion

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, DO, MA is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, MI who is a physician, board certified in psychiatry with a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry, who trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.  She practiced psychiatry at her religious institute’s multidisciplinary medical clinic, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, MI from 1988-2014. She became the Director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 2014. She is a facilitator for Rachel’s Vineyard, is chair of the board of directors of MyCatholicDoctor, an executive board member of the Saint Louis Guild Catholic Medical Association and the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. She also serves as Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Sister Marysia offers workshops on a variety of topics including human attachment, boundaries and character development, depression and anxiety, dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as on social media and its effects on the brain for clergy, seminarians, women’s and men’s religious communities, parents, teachers and students. She is a formator within her own religious community. She presents on Internet pornography addiction—a Catholic approach to treatment to bishops, clergy, seminarians, religious communities, and laity throughout the United States and Europe She presented to the U.S. Bishops in Dallas TX in 1992 on “Pedophilia and Other Addictions”.  She was a member of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse in 1994-1995.  Sister Marysia has presented to the Curia, Vatican City State on “Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy in North America” in 2002.  She has served as a psychological expert consultant for the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, USCCB.

Sister Marysia’s publications include “Medical Aspects of Addiction”;  “The Roman Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Religious in the United States and Canada: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Going?”; “Pornography, Electronic Media and Priestly Formation”;  Her publications in Seminary Journal include: “Significant Markers of Human Maturation Applied to the Selection and Formation of Seminarians”; “The Discernment of a Priestly Vocation and the Expertise of Psychiatry and Psychology”; and “Internet Pornography and Priestly Formation: Medium and Content Collide With the Human Brain”.  She has published two books: The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator  (https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/artofaccompaniment/) and Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put that Phone Down  (https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/screenaddiction/). She also has two chapters in Spiritual Husband-Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century entitled “Chapter 9: Markers of Human Maturation in Seminary Formation: Becoming a Gift for Others” and “Ch. 15: Guideposts for the Seminary Formator in Understanding and Assessing Levels of Preoccupation with Use of Internet Pornography and a Formative Process for Moving from Vice to Virtue.”  

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2. 東尼的50,000個 巧合神蹟 [Traditional Chinese]

3. 东尼的50,000个 巧合神迹 [Simplified Chinese]

FREE ITEMS … Page down to see many FREE offerings! NOTE: Listening to item #04-3-b (about the interview with Wayne Norman), and then listening to item #09 … (and then also reading items #07 and #08) — are all highly recommended.

And you ABSOLUTELY DON’T WANT TO MISS item number #13 on our list below (for your FREE audio of our New Weekly Radio show, by episode) and (for your FREE copy of our entire-first-book in the AUDIO version, by episode). These FREE audios are INSTANTANEOUSLY “life-changing!”

Book #2 … (entitled: “Tony’s 50,000 Co-incidence Miracles – Book 2”); has been released and is now available at all normal book outlets. Book #2’s cover displays a “Red-Sunset” (forecasting Good Weather) and it shares another 100 true miracle stories. Both books are great “life-changing gift items”.

Tony’s 50,000 Co-Incidence Miracles – Books 1 & 2

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TABLE OF CONTENTS (page down to find the (Item #) you wish to find):

  • Item 01……DISCOUNTS: How to earn (discounts) on purchases of 10 or more books.
  • Item 02…….INTRODUCTION: Click on the audio box below for a brief FREE audio introduction.
  • Item 03……INVITE THE AUTHOR TO LECTURE: (at your: Family, Club, Church, or School events).
  • Item 04……RADIO INTERVIEWS: Listen to FREE audios about the book’s mission & goal.
  • Item 05……READER REACTIONS: Read or listen to FREE reader reactions and testimonies.
  • Item 06……AUTHOR BIO: See Bio of author’s background, career, and mission for God.
  • Item 07……WELCOME LETTER: See author’s Welcome Letter (with mission statement).
  • Item 08……GOD’S APPROVAL: See evidence of Jesus and Mary’s approvals of this book.
  • Item 09……TALK WITH GOD: FREE audio/video. (How to talk to God face-to-face, as a friend, daily).
  • Item 10……LINKS TO ORDER BOOKS: Easy and convenient links to use for ordering books.
  • Item 11……PICTURES OF BOTH BOOK COVERS: The front covers of each book are shown at the top of this web page.  The Back covers of each book are shown at the end of this web page (at item # 11 below).
  • Item 12……MEMORIZE THE 10-COMMANDMENTS (in just 10-minutes). WHY?  Because they are not God’s requests, they are God’s “Commandments.”  Just page down to item #12 at the bottom of this web page and click on the LINK (then, you can print it out and spread The Good News)!
  • Item 13 …… FREE AUDIOS … of our first book #1, and also FREE AUDIOS .. of our new weekly Radio Show; which shares new miracles coming up every day in our city and our state. Our radio show is something like the CBS Sunday Night Series called “God Friended Me”.
  • Item 14 …… To see ALL Tony’s BOOKS + FREE items, CLICK HERE
  • Item 15 …… Translate our book (and get a royalty per print-book sold), CLICK HERE

Item 01: Discounts when purchasing 10 books or more:  After you read this book, you will be convinced that God really wrote it. Then, you will want everyone to read it — in order to gain the same PERSONAL GROWTH which you gained from reading it. You can purchase these books at very special discounts and then, you can sell them on your own – or gift them to friends.    Phone or email us. Phone: …. Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, at 314-706-1009. Email: …. contactus@enroutebooksandmedia.com 

Click here for bulk orders.

Item 02 . . . INTRODUCTION: Click on the audio box below for a brief audio introduction. PAGE DOWN TO SEE FREE-AUDIOS … and … FREE-VIDEOS … and … MORE INFO ABOUT THIS GREAT BOOK …. such as … THIS 18-MINUTE INTRODUCTION! Listen to “Introduction to Tony Coscia’s Book entitled Tony’s 50,000 Co-Incidence Miracles” on Spreaker.

Item 03 . . . INVITE THE AUTHOR TO LECTURE: (at your: Family,
Club, Church, or School event).
Your attendees can be having face-to-face CONVERSATIONS with Jesus the very next day! Just Email: TonyAnd777@aol.com , or phone in USA … 1-860-786-7220

Listen to Audios:
1. 5-minute audio on highlights of the book – read by the author
2. 1-minute summary radio ad on WCBS radio.
3. Live Radio interview of the author:
    a. Listen now as Tony is interviewed by Joe Avalos on WCAT Radio’s “Cry Oneness.” 60-minutes 01/24/2018

Listen to “Episode 54: Cry Oneness (January 24, 2018)” on Spreaker.

    b. Listen now as Tony is interviewed by Wayne Norman on WILI 1400 AM. 37 minutes 12/14/2017

Listen to “Wayne Norman Interviews Tony Coscia about his book Tony’s 50,000 Co-Incidence Miracles” on Spreaker.

   c. Listen now as Tony is interviewed by Bob Olson on the “I Thought You’d Like to Know” show (October 24, 2016)

Listen to “Bob Olson interviews Tony Coscia about his Conversations with God (October 24, 2016)” on Spreaker.


 

Item 05 … READER REACTIONS: Read or listen to reader reactions and testimonies.

    a. Read … Sophia Press .. a major Catholic Publisher.
See what EpicPew (a division of Sophia Press, a major publisher of Catholic books) has to say in a two-page synopsis-testimonial of Tony’s book … by clicking this BLUE LINK! and also this BLUE LINK!
    b. Read … Many reader reviews below.

Tony’s 50,000 Co-incidence Miracles is a sweet and uplifting read. I highly recommend it.” …SM

“I read the first 4 chapters non-stop and I can’t wait to get back to read chapter 5.”   … FMM

“You absolutely have to get this book out to as many people as possible, without delay!” … FBM

“It is amazing!  I wish I knew about this process and these true stories years ago. I am already enjoying the process.”AFC

“It seemed so simple and you explained the process so very well. I started noticing the Miracle-Clues you mentioned on the very next day.” … JAC

“Wow!  Really a great read. It was very impactful and convincing!  I could not put it down once I began.” … EJC

“It was an experience! I never realized that we could live that way and see those things. I now realize that I have been missing many of my daily miracles. Thank you!” … SAM

“One of the most interesting, informative, exciting, and learning books that I’ve ever read covering earthly subjects and spanning into the Heavenly realms. Also use it as a study guide to become closer to God and can have immediate effect understanding the Love of God..The words become touching to the extent of just having to stop and ponder at times > on the life of the Tony-Godly sincerity speaks..And his OUT OF THIS WORLD communications with GOD/JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT..Yet, making even the unlearned individual to grow closer to GOD..WOA!! A true testimony in the Faith World of believers..A light that shines from the text. Listen for the voice of Jesus speak personally to you while reading..a most read.” – Reginald Aiken

    c. Read … Amazon.com readers posted opinions on the “Amazon Website
 
    d. Listen … Famous People:
 
        1. Kevin Vost, author of Memorize the Mass!  — 1-minute.

        2. J.B. Smith – Retired Sheriff of Smith County, Texas, and author of The Unholy Ghost Murder   — 1-minute.


Item 06 … AUTHOR BIO: See Bio of author’s background, career, and mission for God.
 
Author Bio (50 years as a FRIEND OF CHRIST).

After 50-years of being blessed by Jesus in many miraculous ways, Tony has been inspired by Jesus to write a book to document some of the daily miracles he has been blessed to notice. Tony understands that God’s reason for writing a book now, after all these years, is so that someone in the future may benefit from seeing how loving and how friendly God is to those who seek Him each day.

Tony was married to his wonderful wife Julie (his high school sweetheart) for 53-years. His beloved Julie has passed on into eternity now, but Tony still feels her loving presence in his life each day. They gave birth to 3 wonderful children (Lisa, Eric, and Tanya). And, at last count, they have had 5-grandchildren, and 2-great-grandchildren.

Tony grew up in a very loving and supportive family and he attended Catholic Grammar schools. He attended evening classes at college for 11-years while also working as an accountant full-time each day, in order to obtain his college degrees.

Tony spent 35 years working in the accounting and finance areas with companies like: Clairol Hair coloring, International Silver, Johnson and Johnson, Remington Electric Shavers, and Timex Watches – and also moving on to become the president of four other companies as well. Tony explains that Jesus tutored him each day on what to do as a company president in these four companies, with amazing success. Because of God’s daily tutoring-miracles; Tony was able to turn around many negative and un-profitable business activities and to help these companies to succeed.

For the past 15-years, Tony has managed a business consulting and business coaching firm which helps senior management to utilize the techniques which Tony has learned from God in his professional business career over the past 50-years.

Tony has attended well over 40-annual spiritual-retreat-weekends on a wide variety of Spiritual Teachings. For well over 40 years now; Tony has also taught CCD-Sunday-School and has also been an active lay evangelist. As an evangelist; he has been issuing weekly inspirational letters since 1980. These weekly letters do report on both; weekly inspirations from Jesus … and weekly miracles as well. You can email With777With@aol.com, to be added to this FREE weekly letter. He has also appeared on radio and television as an evangelist.

Tony is often heard saying: “All of my peace and joy and happiness come from the moments when I am participating with Jesus in doing God’s Will.” Tony also says that; “Jesus wants to co-exist with each person every day (as a close friend); we were created by God because He decided that He really wanted us to be His Friends.”


Item 07 … WELCOME LETTER: See author’s Welcome Letter (with mission statement).

Click here for the Author’s Welcome Letter.


Item 08 … GOD’S APPROVAL: See clear evidence of Jesus and Mary’s approvals of this book.

Proof of Jesus and Mary’s approval of this book (exhibit-H)

Our Lady of Medjugorje’s message on 08-02- 2017 did confirm the inspired mission of this book. You can click on the following BLUE link because Our Lady’s Medjugorje message is included as Exhibit H


Item 09 … TALK WITH GOD: Free audio/video. (Talk to God face-to-face, as a friend, daily).
 
A “FREE” AND POWERFUL LECTURE (on how to speak with God face-to-face, daily). Just Click on the appropriate ARROWS BELOW — to view (or to just listen to) parts #1 or #2 or #3.  Each part runs for about 20-minutes each so that you can listen to the lecture, with breaks every 20-minutes.

Watch the author explaining: “Listening To, and Having Conversations With God”: 

Part 1: 

Part 2: 

Part 3: 

Item 10 … LINKS TO ORDER BOOKS: Easy and convenient blue links to use for ordering books. 

Book # 1:

a. from Amazon.com

b. from Barnes and Noble

Book # 2:

a. from Amazon.com

b. from Barnes and Noble

c.  from the publisher (BULK ORDERS).  This link is for retailer uses only.  Individual Consumers must still use (items 10 a. OR 10 b. above instead).

Item 11 … Photos of the book covers.

Item 12 … Memorize the 10-Commandments in 10-minutes. Just click on the following LINK: (MemoryAid-10Cs)
 
Item 13… Get your FREE AUDIOS of (book #1) … and also … (our New Weekly Radio Show).  Our radio show is something like the CBS TV Series called “God Friended Me”.  Just click on the following LINK:  https://wcatradio.com/miracles/ 
  • Item 14 … To see ALL Tony’s BOOKS + FREE items, CLICK HERE