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Ep. 32: This Time for Africa

In this episode, we speak with Randy Grasso and Sean Kelly about their recent mission to Lagos, Nigeria. Both of them are SPSE leaders here in the United States, and they used their training and experience to train a parish who was eager to learn more about evangelization. Get Involved with Us! Sent4Lent: Immersion2020 Conference: Evangelization School: Start or...


Ep. 31: No More Sleeping in Seattle

In this episode we interview Nina de Jesus who is a regional missionary in the Diocese of Seattle. She is one of the few in the area taking her faith to the streets as well as coaching others in the area learn how to do street evangelization more effectively. She talks about what this has done for her and the positive effects it has had on her own faith as well as those she has encountered.


Ep. 30: SPSE in New Orleans

In this episode we interview Phillip Bellini who is a SPSE coordinator in New Orleans. Phillip takes us through how his teams desire to do the work of evangelization led him to begin a team. He has successfully integrated into the dowtown community evangelizing at big events such as Mardi Gras, festivals, and the town square. He also has began a program that works in conjuction with the major seminary in New Orleans to give seminarians an opportunity to share and build faith on the...


Ep. 29: Building a SPSE Movement

In this episode we interview Stephen Beuerle who is a SPSE coordinator in San Diego. Steve walks us through how his team of 2 evolved into a local street evangelization movement. Today, Steve email hundreds of local evangelist every week encouraging them to join team leaders in multiple locations every weekend.


Ep 28: It's all about the Team

In this episode we interview long time team leader and evangelist Molly Bushman. Molly brings us inside her experience beginning a team at her parish. She also shares some of her own stories from the street and practical ways her parish is working on following up with those they meet on the street.


Ep. 27: 0ur very own Adam Janke

In this episode we interview our very own Adam Janke focusing on his own story as well as why SPSE has begun embracing healing prayer. He brings the experience the institute has gained through more than 300 street teams in the form of talks and workshops on evangelization, hospitality, and now healing prayer. If you are interested in bringing a healing prayer training to your Diocese or parish you can email Adam at You can also learn more by visiting our website:...

Ep. 26: Community and Evangelization

In this episode we speak with Sr. Lisa Zelfa from the Servants of God's Love. Sr. Lisa was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. She is a cradle Catholic that experienced a reversion in college through the Catholic community at Wayne State University. After college she joined the religious community of Servants of God's Love. We speak with sister about her own vocation story as well as the importance of community in evangelization.


Ep. 25: Signs, Wonders, Miracles and Evangelization

In this episode we interview Fr. Mathias Thelen who is the senior leader of Encounter Ministries. Encounter has a vision to see a Church truly empowered by the Holy Spirit where disciples are confided to proclaim the Gospel and then demonstrate it through signs, wonders, and miracles. In this interview Fr. Mathias shares his personal vocation story as well as the role of signs and wonders in evangelization. You can learn more about Fr. Mathias and encounter ministries by visiting their...


Ep. 24: Catholic Missionary Disciples

In this episode we interview Marcel LeJeune who is the President and Founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples. Before founding his own ministry Marcel served as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University for 11 years, the largest campus ministry in the country. He is the author of three books and has contributed to several others. In our episode we discuss his ministry and practical ways to implement discipleship in the parish.


Ep. 23: The Few, The Proud, The SPSE Marine

On veterans day we had a chance to speak with Kimberly Colby who is an active duty Marine Corps officer and SPSE regional missionary. She recently relocated to Hawaii after serving as an Oceanside team leader in San Diego for over two years. In this epiosde we talk about her time on the streets, the opportunity she has been given to evangelize in the military, and the transition of beginning a team in a new place.


Ep. 22: Everyday Evangelization

In this episode we interview Denise Hirl who is one of our regional missionaries and trainers for SPEI. Denise shares with us her own story as well as how the work of street evangelization has given her confidence to evangelize in her everyday life. Her stories are both fun and practical as she shares how to share the Gospel with both strangers and family.


Ep. 21: M3 Ministries

In this episode we interview Deacon Keith Strohm who is the president and founder of M3 ministries. We discuss how he is transforming parishes and transforming lives by providing practical advice for changing parish culture. He also talks candidly about the important work of accompaniment and meeting people where they are at in their life of faith without being afraid of compromising the Gospel. You can learn more about his Keith and his ministry by going to


Ep. 20: The Parish Team

In this episode we interview David Adair who is a team leader at St. Olivers in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He shares with us how he runs a successful SPSE team at his parish. The secret? Prayer, community, and trust in Jesus.


Ep. 19: God Opens Doors

In this episode we speak with Ed Graveline. Ed was one of the first team leaders to ever hit the streets for Saint Paul Street Evangelization. Beginning with his own powerful conversion story he shares with us how God broke into his life and how he now cannot help but share the love of God with everyone in his life. He started evangelizing on the strip of Las Vegas and he now continues to evangelize in his new home town of Sierra Vista


Ep. 18: Sharing our Story

Meet Rob Marco our very own editor for our Stories from the Street. Rob has been a team leader with Saint Paul Street Evangelization for years and recently began using his gifts in writing to edit our stories from the street. In this episode he shares with us his personal favorite story from the street as well as how our team leaders can share what the Holy Spirit is doing through their team. If you are an evangelist or a team leader with SPSE you can email your story with a picture to Rob...


Ep 17: How to Start a Team

In this episode we interview Joanne Portzer who has been a full-time urban missionary with Saint Paul Street Evangelization for several years. With well over 550 hours of street evangelization expereince Joanne shares with us her practical wisdom for building a successful team as well as some her favorite stories from her time on the street.


Ep. 16: Dream Cruise Confessions

In this episode we interview long time missionary and evangelist with SPSE Randy Husaynu. He shares with us stories from the Dream Cruise, an annual event in Detroit which draws as many as 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars to the historic city. We talk practically about about what he did to prepare his parish for the event as well as the fruits that came from his labor. Specifically, how over 20 people went to confession right there on the street.


Ep. 15: College Admissions

In this episode we interview Clarence Burkholder who is a long time SPSE evangelist out of Atlanta, GA. Clarence evangelizes weekly on different college campus's throughout the southeast including UGA, Georgia Tech, and Auburn University. We speak to him about why he believes the college campus is the perfect place to evangelize, his method for getting permission to get a table on campus, and of course the great stories he has to share. If you would like to get in touch with Clarence you can...


Ep. 14: Basic Evangelization Training

In this episode we talk about our Basic Evangelization Trainiing and interview a recent participant about her thoughts and how this training equipped her to become an evangelist. If you are interested in having a BET training at your parish or your Diocese you can contact Adam Janke at to learn more. You can also go on our website and take the BET online by clicking here (partnership required for access)


Ep. 13: A New Society of Evangelists

In this episode we interview Patrick Brennan who is the Director our new St. Paul Society of Evangelists. Patrick Brennan is originally from East Lansing, Michigan. In 2012, two years after graduating from law school, he had a life changing encounter with the Holy Spirit that launched him into the adventure of knowing God and following Jesus with his whole heart. Patrick’s passion is to share the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit wherever he goes. After three years as a seminarian with...