Rev. Frank Desiderio Pastor, Filmmaker

Rev. Frank Desiderio, CSP, is a teacher and spiritual guide. Through his work as priest, campus minister, preacher, chaplain, poet and producer of film, TV and radio, he strives to connect people with the experience of a loving God in mediums both secular and sacred.

While president of Paulist Productions Fr. Frank oversaw production of The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness. He was moved by the audience response to return to full-time pastoral work and use the film to spread the healing power of forgiveness. insert link: www.ForgivenessRetreats.org

Fr. Frank is now using the emotional experience of the film to launch forgiveness retreats and seminars, which provide a practical method to LET GO and follow the spiritual path of forgiveness.

He is a published poet and noted preacher among the Paulist Fathers, an order of Catholic priests dedicated to reconciliation, evangelization and ecumenism.

He was director of the Paulist’s seminary for five years, where he helped shape a future generation of communicators. During this time he also taught preaching at Catholic University and pastoral communications at Washington Theological Union.

Fr. Frank speaks to groups both secular and religious, including the Chatauqua Institution The Aspen Institute Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival, Writers Guild of America and the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

He is often interviewed by the media, particularly on the intersection of faith and popular entertainment.

In addition to retreats and seminars, he currently serves as chairman of the HUMANITAS Prize www.humanitasprize.org, which honors screenwriters for stories that affirm the dignity of the human person. He also serves as a priest-in-residence at St. Paul the Apostle parish in Los Angeles. Fr. Frank also practices Tai Chi, and enjoys bicycling and hiking.