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Catholic Connection – October 20, 2023 – Hr 2

Guest host Sherry Brownrigg talks to popular EWTN host Jerry Usher on his decision to join the priesthood. Fr. Bart Tolleson is the author of “That Was Father Stu: A Memoir of My Priestly Brother and Friend.”




Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 & 3 – Popular EWTN Radio Host Jerry Usher Journeys to Priesthood
“Jerry Usher, the popular co-host of EWTN Radio’s daily Take 2 With Jerry and Debbie show with Debbie Georgianni for more than eight years, recently announced to his listening audience that he is going to return to seminary and advance to the priesthood for the Diocese of Orlando, Florida.”  He talks about this today with Sherry Brownrigg.

Jerry Usher is the founder and president of Third Millennium Media, an organization dedicated to helping establish new Catholic radio stations and to assisting the needs of existing stations. TMM also works with various other Catholic apostolates to help them establish a presence in Catholic media. A veteran of radio since 1980, Jerry has held virtually every position imaginable in both secular and Catholic broadcasting. Jerry was the creator and longtime host of “Catholic Answers Live,” which remains one of the most popular programs on Catholic radio. 


Segment 4 & 5 – That Was Father Stu: A Memoir of My Priestly Brother and Friend
“This inspiring, insightful, and often humorous look at the life of Father Stuart Long is told by his close friend Father Bart Tolleson. After their relationship began and almost ended with a practical joke, the two men were ordained together and forged a strong, lasting friendship. As the exuberant, edgy Father Stu confronted a rare degenerative disease, the former brawler and professional boxer used every ounce of his declining strength to fight the good fight for souls.”  Click here for the book!

Father Bart Tolleson received a B.A. in Communication at Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Communication at Regent University, where he entered the Catholic Church in 1994. He also received an M.Div. at the University of St. Thomas. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2007 and has served as parochial vicar, administrator, and pastor for various parishes in the Diocese of Helena, Montana.





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