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Introducing Paul McCusker

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Paul McCusker, Videos

Dear CSD Family, there are times in life when blessings seem to rain down and this is one of them. Having Heather King agree to join us was a real treat. Then the Holy Spirit moved in the heart of my closest friend, a prolific writer and world class creative talent, Paul McCusker. Paul, has over 40 published works, including novels, plays, scripts, and lyrics. Paul helped us produce the videos that Fr. John and I provide on this site, and this amusing video below reveals one of his many talents (don't miss the interview below the video to learn a little more about Paul).

So you are a convert?

I was received into the Catholic Church in 2007, but the journey began long before that.

What was the most compelling reality of the Church that drew you in?

Relationship and Truth. Relationship – because I wanted to grow deeper in my life with Jesus. Truth – because I found in the Catholic Church the fulfillment of the Truth Christ taught.

How does your Catholic faith influence your writing?

My faith pervades everything I write, whether it’s obvious or not. I can’t seem to escape it. Even when I’ve tried to.

Who is your favorite Catholic author?

For fiction: I don’t have one – yet. Particularly since I haven’t figured out what it means to be a “Catholic author.” Unlike the Evangelical Protestant market, which has plenty of “Christian authors”, the Catholic marketplace doesn’t seem to have any, or very many, in that category.

For non-fiction, it’s hard to choose between John Henry Newman, Robert Hugh Benson, Romano Guardini, Ronald Knox, Fr John Bartunek or Dan Burke, to name only a few.

How does Cardinal Newman's statement, “To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant” relate to your journey?

As a Baptist, I had the mentality that there was the Church in the First Century, this ‘blip’ called the Reformation, and then Billy Graham (to misquote Richard Foster). That’s all I knew, or thought I needed to know. As an Anglican, I went back 500 years in history, which was just enough to suit what I was being taught. Then, on my own initiative, I decided to go further back, and Cardinal Newman’s words became true for me.

By the way, when a close friend in England learned that I was reading John Henry Newman as part of my journey, he told my wife that I was a goner. He said it was inevitable that I would become Catholic.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • LizEst

    Welcome Paul! I love the videos of Dan and Fr. John that you’ve helped to produce. Happy you are joining us. God bless you!

  • Vivian Ike

    Welcome Paul, your blessed !

  • Stephanie Burke

    Wonderful, wonderful news! Love to both you and Elizabeth, Paul! So happy to see you join! God is so good!


    Dear Paul: Welcome to the family of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We have a little in common as I was an Anglican priest who was introducted to the Oxford Movement in seminary in a History of the Church of England. That led me to further readings by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. Thirteen years later I was received into the Catholic Church this past Holy Saturday.

  • MaryofSharon

    As soon as I saw your name, Paul, I knew I had heard it many, many times before. It took me a quick Google search to figure out where. We had listened to hundreds of episodes of Adventures in Odyssey (children’s radio drama) as my kids were growing up, enabling the miles to fly by on long trips, and your name would be said aloud, giving you credit for your role in writing/producing these high quality shows.

    What a delight to run into you again, now as a fellow Catholic! So glad to see your exceptional gifts being used to build the Kingdom within the walls of the Catholic Church now!

  • Paul McCusker

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I’m pleased to be working with Dan
    Burke, Fr John Bartunek and everyone else who makes this site a

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