How an Encounter with a Warlock Made Me a Catholic Priest

One of the most pervasive modern philosophies of our time is materialism and the thorough disregard for the spiritual realm. As our exterior lives fill with friends, wealth, and partying, we can lose track of the current state of our interior lives.

Today Fr. Seraphim joins Fr. Mark Mary in telling how he too got lost in worldy comforts and didn’t realize the growing emptiness and lack of purpose he felt living this way. It wasn’t until he encountered a warlock and experienced real spiritual darkness did this young priest begin to realize the truth of the Catholic Faith. In his story, Fr. Seraphim shares the series of shocking and unexpected events that shifted the course of his life and revealed how God can even use dark evil to bring about his will.

Feed Your Spiritual Life in Just 25 Minutes a Day

Join Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. and Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. as they read and explain Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales in the first season of Ascension’s podcast, Catholic Classics!

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Meet Fr. Mark-Mary

Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.

The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.

Discover beautiful music from the CFRs and Fr. Mark-Mary’s book Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Spiritual Progressboth available from Ascension.