Fr. Chris Alar Father Chris Alar, MIC, entered the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy, as a postulant in July 2006. Prior to that time, he received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. After working as an engineering manager at a Fortune 500 Tier 1 automotive company in Detroit, he began his own consulting firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2000. Answering the Lord’s call, he attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio, for his philosophy studies, Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., for his theology studies, and he earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Father Chris produced and wrote the popular “Divine Mercy 101” DVD. He is a nationally known speaker and a regular host and guest on EWTN. He also hosts the online “Divine Mercy Matters” series at DivineMercyMatters.org. He currently serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC” the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and is the head of Marian Press, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone was born in San Diego, California, on June 5, 1956, the second of Leon and Mary Cordileone’s two sons and third of their four children. Following Sicilian tradition, his name reflects his family. His paternal grandfather was a fisherman in Sicily; his maternal grandfather, Salvatore, came from a farming family in Sicily; and his paternal uncle Joseph was killed in World War II.The family grew up in Blessed Sacrament Parish in San Diego. Cordileone attended public grammar and high school and was an active participant in parish after-school religion classes and his high school music program, playing in the concert band, marching band and stage band. In December of 1974, during his first year of college and with encouragement from a young parish priest he respected, Cordileone attended a seminary vocation retreat. It was during this first year at San Diego State that Cordileone discerned his call to the Priesthood and entered St. Francis Seminary, transferring as a sophomore to the University of San Diego.
Cordileone graduated three years later in 1978 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He was accepted to study in Rome and continued in the seminary at the Pontifical North American College. He received the Bachelors Degree in Sacred Theology in 1981 from the Pontifical Gregorian University and then chose to return to be ordained a priest in San Diego and begin his first pastoral assignment.
Fr. Gary Thomas Father Gary Thomas, is the subject of the book The Rite and the 2011 movie of the same name. He is the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, CA and the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose. Evil has not fallen out of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed to meet a need that still exists, due to more people delving into New Age and occult practices. And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality. “They come in the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a ‘black mass.’” He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger and trained his extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion so that they note whether people receiving Communion are actually consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhere for obscene purposes. Fr. Thomas believes just as surely as a person can summon God through prayer, through other rituals, the devil can be called, too.