EX-GANGSTER JOHN HAS A WONDERFUL IMPACT ON PARISHES
A parish mission is a time of great grace and renewal and is open to everyone,
from 5 years of age to 95, whether they are strong in their faith or if they struggle often.
A 79 year old man said,
“I have been going to mass every Sunday since I was 7 yrs old,
but at this mission I have personally met Jesus for the first time in my life.”
A 15 year old girl
"At the mission not only did I know god was real,
but I also knew Jesus loved me"
It is with great pleasure that I write this reference on behalf of mission speaker and author John Pridmore. During our 2016 Parish Mission, Mr Pridmore spoke with passion about his Catholic faith and his conversion from Gangland life to Christianity. His stories were engaging, down to earth and resonated deeply with our parishioners. His message that our God is a merciful and forgiving God encouraged many to seek comfort and healing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many people who were away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation for decades went to confession. What a beautiful and grace-filled week! I encourage all parishes to experience John’s message and enthusiasm for his Faith.
Rev. Len Plazewski
Christ The King Parish Tampa FL USA
I was so impressed with the Parish Mission that John Pridmore gave that, over the years, I invited him back to give a SECOND and then a THIRD mission. The prayerfulness and stillness of the weeks of Mission brought many blessings. The strength of conviction of delivering the message helped many to live the message a bit better. Jesus is the core of the Mission and it is His teaching that is taught. With John Pridmore there are no gimmicks or pretending but the gospel is proclaimed in a truthful strong gently way. The Mission is a great invitation to people to ‘come and see’ so that ‘you too may go and tell’. The message that John Pridmore left in me still challenges me to be an authentic follower of the Son of God.
Fr. Eamonn Kelly, Adm
Letterkenny Cathedral, Co. Donegal
John Pridmore packed the Church each night. I wasn’t at all sure that would take place since it rarely happened. The first night was standing room only. His personal story is so powerful that it touches both young and old alike and all those in between. Even though no one comes even close to living the kind of life John lived in his early years, he touches on feelings that we all have and bringing Jesus into the equation, people are allowed to name those feelings and be freed of their affects. On the night of forgiveness he clearly shows people a Father of mercy. And on the night of healing, Jesus’ ministry of healing is so powerfully present. John has a big story, told by a big man, who makes God accessible to people who never thought God ever had them in mind. Here in Cajun Country where food is the topic of about every conversation, John fed us with a message of Jesus Christ that truly satisfies
Rev. Steven C. LeBlanc
St. Pius X Catholic Church
Lafayette, LA USA