Fr. Gary Thomas is the subject of the book, The Rite, and the 2011 movie of the same name. He is the pastor of Sacred heart Church in Saratoga, CA and the Exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose.
Evil has not fallen ourt of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed to meet a need that still exists, due to more people delving into New Age and occult practices. And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality. “They come into the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a black mass.”
He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger and trained his extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion so that they know whether people receiving Communion are actually consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhaer for obscene purposes. Fr. Thomas believes just as surely as a person can summon God through prayer, through other rituals, the devil can be called, too.
Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S. is the President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org). She has served the Church for twenty-five years as a Catholic evangelist, author, Ignatian retreat director, radio host, and is often featured on EWTN TV and radio. Presently Kathleen is the coordinator of the Diocese of Orange , CA exorcism and deliverance ministry. She completed the course, “Exorcism and Prayers of Liberation” in Rome; and for six years facilitated case studies for the Pope Leo XIII Institute, the school that trains clergy for exorcism ministry. Through the murder of a loved one she learned the diabolical nature of attacks on the family. Sophia Institute Press publishes her books: Praying for Priests, God’s Healing Mercy, When Women Pray. She is completing a new book for Sophia Institute titled, “A Spiritual Warfare Guide for Families”.
Roy was born in a suburb of New York City of “Conservative” Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany. His Jewish education and formation was received under some of the most prominent Rabbis in contemporary American Jewry, including Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, probably the foremost Conservative Rabbi in the U.S. and his hometown Rabbi growing up; Rabbi Arthur Green, later the head of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who was his religion teacher and mentor during high school and early college; and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a prominent Hasidic Rabbi with whom he lived in Israel for several months. His secular education included a B.Sc. from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard Business School. Midway through a career of teaching and consulting (he had been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Business School) he experienced an unexpected and instantaneous conversion to Christianity which led to a dramatic refocus of his activities. Since then he has pursued theological studies at several seminaries, helped produce and host a Catholic Television talk show, and edited and written for several Catholic books and reviews. His books are “Salvation is from the Jews” & “Honey from the Rock”.