Fr. Bob Rottgers is a priest of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. He was born in northern Kentucky and raised Episcopalian. He worked in the material handling industry for twenty-three years. He considers himself to have been married three times – to the same lady each time; first in Las Vegas, next in the Episcopal Church, and third when he converted to the Catholic Church. He became a widower in 2001, entered the seminary the following year, and was ordained a Catholic priest on May 30, 2009. He details his conversion experience, touts the merits of a celibate clergy and discusses the spiritual warfare that is all around us.
Fr. Tony Russo is a priest of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and pastor of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Rockford, Michigan. He and Jerry Usher were close friends while students at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Fr. Tony was engaged to a lovely woman at the time, and they had a wedding date set for July 1992. But his fiancé, Julie, was part of a family with a history of cystic fibrosis. Tragically, she passed away before they could be married. Remaining true to a promise he made to several of his friends in college (“If anything ever happens to Julie, I’m going to become a priest”), Fr. Tony entered priestly formation shortly after that, and was ordained in the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. He shares his amazing journey to the priesthood.