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Kresta in the Afternoon – September 14, 2021 – Hour 1

Fr. Tom Colucci tells us how serving as a firefighter on 9/11 helped him find his priestly vocation and Petr Jasek shares his experience being locked in a jail cell with ISIS fighters.

How 9/11 Helped me Discover my Vocation

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks, firefighter Tom Colucci attended the funerals of several of his friends and coworkers. While present at them, an old thought returned to his mind: “Why don’t I become a priest?” He joins us.

Fr Tom Colucci is the Pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Walden, New York

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How 9/11 led a first responder to the priesthood

Fr. Tom Colucci: From 9/11 firefighter to New York priest

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I was Imprisoned with ISIS

In December 2015, Petr Jasek traveled to Sudan to evaluate how his ministry could help persecuted Christians there. He planned to be back home within a few days. But as he prepared to board his return flight, he was summoned for questioning by Sudanese security agents. He would spend the next 445 days in prison and would share a cell with ISIS fighters. He shares his story.

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Christian aid worker says time in Sudanese prison allowed him to share Gospel

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Petr Jasek is the author of Imprisoned with ISIS: Faith in the Face of Evil. He is the son of a pastor who was persecuted in Communist Czechoslovakia and joined the Voice of the Martyrs in 2002 to aid and assist persecuted Christians. He now serves as their global ambassador. Visit him at

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