resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
shared with us his
story of meeting Padre Pio
Fr. John Esseff
, while on a pilgrimage to Rome in 1959, decided to make a detour to San Giovanni Rotondo and visit Padre Pio.
In the years since his visit to Padre Pio
, Fr. John Esseff
Esseff) has kept very
busy in his
has traveled worldwide and has given retreats to the Missionaries of Charity in Lebanon, Haiti, Italy, the U.S., India, and more.
He was very close to Mother Teresa and while in India, he served as a confessor and retreat director to her and her religious community.
He was appointed director of formation at the seminary in Fargo, North Dakota and at Creighton University he has served as spiritual director for formation of priests and seminarians.
He is the creator of Telespond, a program which addresses the needs of the elderly and he has been an advocate for the handicapped, the retarded, the poor, the homeless, and the migrant farm workers.
For 12 years he served at the Lackawanna County Prison as a counselor and chaplain to prisoners and their extended families.
many contributions to humanity, he
has received the Pope John Paul II award, "Prelate of Honor."
In June of 2007, Msgr
He has been a priest for 54 years.
continues to serve as a retreat master and spiritual director for bishops, priests, and seminarians.
has never forgotten Padre Pio's words, "Just send me your guardian angel if you ever need my help," words spoken almost 50 years ago.
As a confessor and spiritual director, Msgr
has needed Padre Pio's help and guidance on many, many occasions.