St. Paul Street Evangelization, Dallas - Uptown

A non-profit organization dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets.

05/23/2020

HALO NOT REQUIRED!

I’m happy to announce the St. Paul School of Evangelization that I will be instructing at Mater Dei Catholic Parish, Irving, Texas, starting September 8, 2020! See below for information and sign up. Sharing the Gospel is the most exciting thing a Christian can do. Come and see!

[05/22/20]   Our team will be heading downtown tomorrow to resume sharing the good news of God’s mercy on poor sinners. It will be good to be back after the corona virus scare.

04/25/2020

Two faces of the same sign.

04/25/2020

Evangelizing in the time of social distancing. Hat tip to Sean Kelly.

03/08/2020

As a team of Catholic street evangelists with St. Paul Street Evangelization, we work with God for the salvation of souls through the proclamation of the Gospel in the public square. In particular, we proclaim the person and work of Jesus Christ, our Creator, Redeemer, and Judge, who established one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church as the necessary means of salvation for the world.

Our goal is to do this every Saturday through Lent. Over the last two weekends we have prayed for many and talked with many faithful Catholics, fallen away Catholics, atheists, the spiritually curious, Protestants, and even Baptist evangelists. God has richly blessed our efforts!

[10/19/19]   Evangelism in downtown Dallas today at the entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park with Paul Mathers and Patrick Mason. Lots of good conversations, but the highlight was the last 30 minutes as Patrick and I talked about Jesus with two Muslim men. One of them invited me to a theology group at his Mosque. I readily agreed! St. Francis, pray for me!

10/11/2019

Remember the 2019 Public Square Rosary Crusade in Dallas, Texas

Please join the 2019 Public Square Rosary Crusade. Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance, and conversion. We can ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

If you are in Dallas, Texas, please join us in praying for our nation on October 12, 2019, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. The local Public Square Rosary Rally will take place on the Ginsburg Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.

Please contact me for more information.

[10/01/19]   The 2019 Public Square Rosary Crusade in Dallas, Texas

Please join the 2019 Public Square Rosary Crusade. Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance, and conversion. We can ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

If you are in Dallas, Texas, please join us in praying for our nation on October 12, 2019, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. The local Public Square Rosary Rally will take place on the Ginsburg Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.

Please contact me for more information.

[09/30/19]   Back from a cruise. My various Catholic t-shirts led to at least four terrific conversations with nominal Catholics, former Catholics, and cradle Protestants. I had many opportunities to talk about the true Catholic faith and the Church as the Ark of Salvation. I also handed out many cards warning people to live holy lives in light of approaching death and with an Act of Contrition on the reverse. These opportunities were a great birthday gift from Jesus! Gratia Deo!

[08/19/19]   Coffee Shop Evangelism, continued. Today I see a man and a woman talking at a coffee shop. He has a book on the table. It’s about Christian mysticism.

We start to talk. I answer his questions about mysticism, conformity to the Will of God, mystical union, and obeying God’s Will. Whatever was on his mind.

It all goes well until he comments on my statements about truth, especially the dogma that salvation is found only in the Catholic Church. He wants something more comfortable and ecumenical. I stand firm on the infallible dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. He asks how we know this. I give him the scriptural proof. He asks how do we know it’s the Catholic Church that is the true Church. I explain the Four Marks of the Church and a bit of Church history.

He says he feels distant from me as I say these things. I tell him that I’m not trying to be liked; I’m giving him the truth that he needs to save his soul. He must confirm for himself the truth of what I told him. And finding it to be true he must convert and become Catholic.

Finally, he has to leave to drive his girlfriend home. I check in with her. She says it all makes sense to her. We part as friends. I silently entrust both of them to Mary. They leave for an interesting drive home.

[06/30/19]   Our Basic Evangelization Training in Las Cruces is done. What a phenomenal weekend! I can tell that this training was soaked in prayer for many weeks. The participants felt the highlight was the Live Lab in the Farmer’s Market. In many ways it was a highlight for me, too.

From the beginning I was immediately confronted by a very peculiar young man who stared at me with unblinking eyes. Every time I stopped talking to him to ask him questions he refused to answer. He repeatedly said that he “liked hearing me talk” and wanted me to “keep preaching” to him. When I tried to conclude my comments he asked if I just wanted him to leave. He wanted me to tell me “what I wanted to tell him.” I felt a little threatened, but I prayed quickly, looked him in the eye and calmly and slowly proclaimed Jesus Christ and the full story of salvation. Astonishingly, when I proclaimed God’s love for him to save him from sin his eyes rolled back in his head, and he started tearing up. Without a word he turned and walked away. I felt drained. I don’t think he was emotionally disturbed, but there was something else going on behind those peculiar eyes. May God have mercy on him and me.

My later discussions with a Baptist girl about justification and a former Baptist minister about Mary were almost relaxing in contrast to my talk with that young man.

In all of this we give thanks to God who richly blesses our poor efforts for Him.

[06/29/19]   This weekend I am in Las Cruces, New Mexico leading a two-day workshop on our Basic Evangelization Training program. We have approximately 100 attendees. Please pray for me as I finish the workshop today and as we go out evangelizing at the Farmers Market. Please pray for the attendees that what they have learned this weekend will take root and produce much fruit for the Kingdom of God. It’s times like these I realize again that it’s all of God and none of me. Thanks!

[06/15/19]   Great turnout today of seven evangelists, some old and some new. We had a rewarding time speaking to people of all types about how God had reconciled us to Himself and why that is the most important fact of existence. We instructed the weak Catholics and encouraged the strong ones. We can’t wait for the next time to go out.

[05/25/19]   Pro-abortion March near our SPSE table. Later, two women come by with their signs. They each take a rosary. I tell them about the Incarnation. I could have added the Visitation, but didn’t. Didn’t need to. I think they got it.

[05/25/19]   Wonderful and relaxing day handing out rosaries with Cheryl Flores in downtown Dallas. I love sharing with people the “message of reconciliation.” It’s an easy way to talk to anyone about the most profound truth that God has revealed to us.

[05/24/19]   We will be out this Saturday at noon in downtown Dallas near Klyde Warren Park handing out Rosaries and urging people to be reconciled to God through the church Jesus founded, the Catholic Church.

So, how would you describe your relationship with God?

05/12/2019

Great day today as my shirt became a conversation starter at a nearby coffee shop! It may result in me sharing the Gospel with some people involved in prison ministry. We’ll see!

04/28/2019

My new shirt to assist with evangelism:

“Hi, would you like a free Rosary? We’re giving away Rosaries and urging people to be reconciled to God through the Church that Jesus founded, the Catholic Church. The Rosary is a powerful help from Heaven to do this....”

03/16/2019

Let’s talk about Jesus.

[03/16/19]   It’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day and a beautiful near-Spring day in Dallas. The Dallas Team and the Dallas Uptown Team joined together to hand out rosaries to the many visitors to our terrific Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas.

The day started off with animated discussions with a promoter of the Flat Earth Theory. He was standing nesevour table, but we were concerned that passers by might link his “controversial” idea to our efforts to save souls. Later, when I went down to the corner where he and his wife were holding forth they were so abusive to the Catholic Church and the Rosary that turned and left with a prayer that God grant them repentance and a better mind.

We fared better with my table on which I placed a skull, Crucifix, and hourglass with sand going through it. That display led to two fruitful proclamations of the Gospel to goups of people who were fascinated with death, judgment, Heaven and Hell for Eternity! It helped that the skull I use appears to be cast from that of a child about 10 years old. That really drives the point home about the shortness of time as represented by the hourglass. Even children over the age of reason face judgment.

The mom of some kids I was explaining this to was grateful for the message. I think they’ll remember from the display that they are accountable to God for the life he has given them.

Thanks be to God for the privilege of calling sinners to repentance while there is still time.

[02/23/19]   Remember that God wills the salvation of all, but He takes vengeance on obstinate sinners. Are you prepared if you should meet Jesus, the Judge of the living and the dead, today?

[12/10/18]   Want peace in your soul, consider this: "The soul must concentrate on the supreme business of life: submission to God’s will so that it can give itself up to fulfilling the obligations of its circumstances. Let us leave the Holy Spirit to act upon it without thinking of what he is doing and being well content to know nothing about it, confident that all that happens in the world is only for the benefit of souls obedient to God’s will." Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade

[11/11/18]   On Saturday, November 10, the Dallas Uptown Team joined by Gene Tobola of the Dallas Team and Joe Denman and David Rollins from the Ft. Worth Team, assisted approximately 60 Catholics in Dallas for a Charismatic Catholic conference as they tried their hand at Street evangelism. I had instructed the group on evangelism earlier in the morning. The group was great! They were enthusiastic and cheerful and had a wonderful experience despite the chilly day. Glory to God! Ave Maria!

09/28/2018

This is a snapshot of what we do at St. Paul Evangelization Institute, the umbrella organization for St. Paul Street Evangelization. We are the go-to source for training individuals and parishes in Catholic evangelism.

[08/25/18]   Nothing like sharing the Gospel with Vegan activists and recovering addicts. And it went well in both cases!

[08/24/18]   Our Dallas Uptown Team will be proclaiming the good news of Christ crucified this Saturday at the entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park from noon to 2:30. If you want to learn more about God’s love for you and His call to be united with Him in the Church He Founded please come by.

[06/15/18]   Our team plans to share the Good News of God's message of mercy and call to conversion with all who will come to see us this Saturday from noon until 2:30 at the entrances to the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas. Stop by and see us, and pray with us for the conversion of souls.

05/13/2018

I had a wonderful trip on Saturday to Sulphur, Louisiana where I led a Basic Evangelization Training course at Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Thanks, Dana Turpin and the Legion of Mary, for organizing the event through St. Paul Street Evangelization, and thanks, Monsignor Arthur Calkins, for your gracious and entertaining hospitality for transporting me from and to the airport putting me up for the night.

On the way to Sulphur I was able to share the good news of the Gospel with six different people including a Muslim Uber driver; while there I instructed 38 people on how to share the Gospel; later I handed out rosaries at a state baseball championship tournament with six of the conference attendees from the Legion of Mary; and on the way home I shared the Gospel with another Uber driver who had been raised Catholic in Pakistan, but who is now sadly deluded by New Age teaching.

In my one-on-one discussions I often relied on the urgent reality of the Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell). By this ancient truth I made the people aware of how important it is to be prepared for death, which is certain although the timing is not, and the overarching importance of doing now whatever it takes to save one's soul while there is still time. As St. Teresa of Avila reminds us, "one soul, one eternity." I was amazed at how this newfound realization of a looming existence forever in Heaven or Hell gripped each of my hearers and made them open to the Gospel. But that's what the Gospel is all about!

04/28/2018

At Dealey Plaza in Dallas where JFK was assassinated. I used the shooting of a popular President and his death 30 minutes later to talk with this man about the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell. We had this talk at an opportune time because he had been thinking of these very things and the need to repent of his serious sins and amend his life. He balked at becoming Catholic, but he took pamphlets on Why be Catholic, the Four Last Things and Confession. He agreed to make a sincere examination of conscience, to beg God's mercy, and to marry the woman he has been living with. I pray that he continue on the path into the heart of God.

[03/04/18]   The Dallas Uptown Team, with assistance from the Dallas Team and a mutual friend, Brandon, celebrated the first nice day in forever by evangelizing in our usual spot at the entrance of the Dallas Museum of Art near Klyde Warren Park. We were blessed with three incredible conversations with those seeking a relationship with God—they just did not know yet that what they were looking for is found really, truly, and finally in the Catholic Church.

We also got a good grilling from the passers by. Among the topics of conversation put to us were, “I’m spiritual—I don’t need organized religion.”; “What about evolution?”; “Why are you Christian?”; “Why are you Catholic?”; ”Why do you worship Mary”; and “Why do you worship statues?” These last two were from a Mormon! We handled ourselves with grace and good humor and, I hope, gave people a good impression of the reasons for our Catholic faith.

My strangest conversation came about two hours later when I left Starbucks heading for my car while toting my “Apologist’s Backpack” festooned with swinging and swaying colorful rosaries. Jessica, a young woman working at a tanning salon next door to Starbucks, rushed out the door asking if I would sell her a rosary. Of course, none are for sale—they are all to give away. I let her pick out her favorite and explained to her how to pray the rosary.

This led to a 45 minute talk outside the salon while Jessica poured out her life story to me, including her claim to have met the anti-Christ while under hypnosis. She had been raised sort of Catholic, but now she was a “none”, vaguely spiritual, but looking for a relationship with God since she was terrified of the devil. I happened to have my pouch of exorcised and blessed Miraculous Medals and St. Benedict Medals along with medals of St. Michael and the Guardian Angel. I gave her these on a chain along with cards that explain what these powerful sacramentals are for and how to pray with them.

I also had a book of Deliverance Prayers for use by the laity. After I examined Jessica over her belief in God and Our Lord and the basis of our hope for salvation in Jesus’s Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, and confirming she was Christian, I asked her if she would like me to pray for her to be delivered from this apparent demonic oppression. Jessica readily agreed. I led her through two powerful prayers of renunciation and binding, and she just wept with relief. I could tell she finally felt safe and protected. I concluded with giving her John Bergsma’s great new book, “Yes, There is a God”, and walked her through a little of it. I also gave her a card with the Gospel message on it, a pamphlet on “Why be Catholic” and my card.

I hope to follow up with Jessica as our schedules permit, but it was so thrilling and humbling to be God’s instrument yesterday for Jessica and all the others whom we met. Please keep Jessica in your prayers that she would continue to find peace in Christ.

I can’t wait for next week!

[03/02/18]   The Dallas Uptown Team will be at the DMA and Klyde Warren Park from noon until 2:30 tomorrow inviting people to a relationship with Christ and His Church.

Come by, say hi, and pray with us! Become a missionary disciple of our Lord!

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Dallas, TX
75219
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