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Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton. He was ordained on May 30th 1953, by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, PA. Msgr. Esseff served a retreat director and confessor to Blessed Mother Teresa. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the missionaries of charity around the world. Msgr. Esseff encountered St. Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical missions, a Catholic organization established by Bl. Pope John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor. Msgr. Esseff assisted the founders of the Institute for Priestly Formation and continues to serve as a spiritual director for the Institute. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians and other religious leaders around the world.

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Soothes the soul

Often I need help sleeping, and his voice & words of wisdom are the best medicine for me to listen to when I go to bed. I rarely fall asleep during his talks because he’s so interesting & knowledgeable, but if I need comforting voice & im tired. He’s my go to person. I love him.

A Modern Day Saint Podcasting!

Msgr. Esseff is an absolute JOY to listen to and the church is beyond blessed to have such an incredible shepherd of the flock taking care of not only his people in Scranton, but all over the world, as well as seminarians and priests. Having been on a retreat with him a few years ago for Lay Missionaries of Charity as a “Come and See (someone checking out the lay group)”, I knew nothing about him, and my ignorant young self could not understand why my fellow young friend (we were both under 30, the only ones) wanted to spend the weekend with a retreat leader, who if he was a spiritual director to Mother Teresa, must be...well, not around 30. But, WOW!! May God have mercy on me, as that was by far the most powerful experience I ever had, and I was gifted with one of the most amazing friends following that silent retreat, who still meets with him.
As someone who calls on Padre Pio, as his spiritual child, I adore Msgr. Esseff. I use many of the things he said on that retreat as powerful weapons to ward off evil, or to call on Mary’s help! And even Padre Pio. I don’t know how Discerning Hearts was able to pin the great Msgr. down for such interviews with his busy schedule, but how grateful, thankful and blessed we as listeners are that they did!! God Bless, Msgr. Esseff and his ministry. And I’ve no doubt the Blessed Mother, many saints, in particular Mother Teresa and Padre Pio watch over him and are so very proud of all that he has done and continues to do!


Msr. Esseff's homilies are among the best I've ever heard. He raises me up and develops my faith and confidence in God.

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