Reminiscent of St. Augustine, Father Isaac Mary Relyea had taken a dark road in life. However, he benefitted from the continual prayerful intercession of a devout mother who loved him enough to never give up on him. The results were that he had a dramatic conversion which brought him back to the church and into the priesthood.
Today, Father Relyea is a Franciscan and has established a reputation as a strong-speaking mission priest, having presented to crowds as large as 7,000. Citing great shepherds of the church such as St. Alphonsus Liguori and St. Louis de Montfort, Father Relyea is a committed confessor, typically spending up to 12 hours a day in the confessional during his missions. Well-versed in St. Liguori's Moral Theology, and his other great pastoral work Guide for Confessors, Father Relyea seeks to inform the consciences of those whom God graces to hear the fullness of the Gospel message, so that they might effectively utilize the sacraments toward the cleansing of their souls.
Father Relyea's devotion to preaching the Four Last Things--Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell--and his explanation of the Particular and General Judgment--have led thousands of souls to a higher degree of grace and preparation.
Father Relyea regularly offers the Tridentine Latin Mass, and will be doing so at our June 5th conference. His talk will be on the responsibilities of Catholic parents with regards to the eventual vocations of their children.
Father Relyea currently resides in the diocese of Madison, Wisconsin.
Here are some links to a few of his talks:
7/23/06 - "The Parish Mission": Father Isaac Mary Relyea - Part 1 of 4
7/30/06 - "The Parish Mission": Father Isaac Mary Relyea - Part 2 of 4
2007 Lenten Mission: The Four Last Things Preached by Father Isaac Mary Relyea
Lighthouse Media also carries a CD of his conversion story:
Power of a Mother's Prayers - Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea
'Fr. Isaac Relyea shares the amazing story of his mother's persistence in prayer for his conversion, Divine protection, supernatural grace, and the Lord's incredible mercy. He heard the call to the priesthood at an early age but was pulled away by the enticements of the world, had a change of heart, and became consumed with sinful pleasures. This story shows a striking similarity to the story of St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica. '
St. Joseph Communications has a conversion title, too. I do not know if it is the same as the one above:
The Conversion of Father Isaac Relyea
Another Fr. Isaac title from St. Joseph Communications is:
The Final Journey: The Truth About The Four Last Things
I am not sure if you can get it from St. Joseph's anymore, but I have found it online with a number of Catholic bookstores. Aquinas and More has it for $23.95. Others are selling it for more.
For those in the California area, Father Isaac is actually scheduled to speak at another conference on June 12, 2010 with Jesse Romero and Terry Barber (the founder of Lighthouse Media/St. Joseph Communications) at the Be the Man God Calls You to Be Men's Conference.
Here is a registration form for anyone interested: http://www.lukefive.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Conference-Flyer-St.-Patricks-Church-in-Ripon.pdf