Our guest on this Catholic Vitamins Podcast is Steve Dawson. He’s the co-founder and National Director of the ST. PAUL STREET EVANGELIZATION program. At you will hear in the interview – Steve was a classic image of a teen headed toward a life of flipping burgers (if employed) or self-will run riot using alcohol, drugs and rebellion as his compass points.
But – as with St. Augustine – Steve had a turning point. Could it be that Detroit mother (like St. Monica) of his who reverted to Catholicism and prayed her son home to safety and spirituality? We’ll let you decide.
But what happened in Steve’s life is a wonderful story. After a 14 month period of prayer and spiritual guidance, Steve gave up a journey to explore becoming a priest. And in his new ways of praying and seeking God’s will outside of a seminary setting, Steve met with some friends and discussed the need for street evangelization by Catholics.
And so what is St. Paul Street Evangelization – and what do they try to do? St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence.
Christ’s call to evangelize was made to every Catholic Christian, and the Second Vatican Council reiterated this need, urging each of the baptized to bring the Gospel, found fully in the Catholic Church, to a culture that has largely reverted to paganism. As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for you to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture.
St. Paul Street Evangelization seeks to provide the tools, resources, and inspiration to local groups throughout the country and world which will allow them to duplicate our non-confrontational method of Catholic evangelization in their home towns.
St. Paul Street Evangelization is committed to bringing about the conversion of our culture by presenting the truth of the Catholic Faith and is faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and by the Magisterium.
The patrons of St. Paul Street Evangelization are St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, and Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
St. Paul Street Evangelization is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.
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MUSIC ON THE SHOW
The lovely and talented composer and singer GRETCHEN HARRIS was a guest some while ago on Catholic Vitamins. And from her albut HOPE FOR TOMORROW, we played an all-too-brief segment of her rendition of CHILD OF GOD.
Another singer that we often turn to is, in fact, a successful attorney in the Phoenix area (and with offices in the northwest) — she is BILLIE TARASCIO who has an album of very singable Christian music. We played her title song from the album SEND ME.
Thanks Billie – and thanks to Gretchen for their gifts of inspiring music.