Episode 96, Fr. Bruce Niely and his Mission of Mercy to an America in Crisis
Father Bruce is a Paulist priest (The Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle) in the Austin, TX area. He has led an exciting life and is the spiritual director for the EADM DM cenacles of prayer in the Austin area. He is a Missionary of Mercy priest, has done work in NYC after 9/11, works often with border towns and immigrants, and did pastoral work after the Uvalde shootings recently.
The Need for Community
Father is the Spiritual Director of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy prayer groups (for more info go to thedivinemercy.org/EADM). He loves the community and the fellowship among the members. Father mentioned that people need people and that is what the Church is all about.
Missionary of Mercy Priest
Pope Francis asked priests to become “Missionaries of Divine Mercy,” proclaiming the mercy and love of God to all people. Father travels across Texas ministering to those in need and visits border towns, and recently to Uvalde to minister to the people there. There are ~ 100 priests in the U.S.A. and 1000 across the world. Next, Father shares his efforts years ago in Tennessee with the Civil Rights Movement, as well as his thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr.
Work with Catholic Charities
Father has a Masters's Degree in Counseling and spoke from his office at Catholic Charities where he practices counseling. There, he is constantly reminded that we are all broken and in need of God’s mercy and love, and His love is greater than even our greatest sins.