“The presence of Acts XXIX in our Local Church of Detroit brings me great hope. As zeal for the New Evangelization is kindled, we see the need for ‘coaches’ in the art of missionary discipleship. I believe pastors and parishes will find Acts XXIX to be a much-needed resource as they move from aspiring for their parish to be a center of evangelization, to making it become one. Under the capable leadership of Father John Riccardo, Acts XXIX will, I believe, bear great good fruit in this effort, and, like Blessed Solanus, I thank God ahead of time.”
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit
“In Acts XXIX, Fr. John Riccardo has brought together a highly-skilled and experienced team for the purpose of instigating and fostering a ‘radical overhaul’ toward the missionary transformation of parishes and dioceses. The team has demonstrated its effectiveness both in direct evangelization and parish transformation by coaching over 100 parishes to realize the missionary option. Having played integral roles in the missionary transformation of the Archdiocese of Detroit, the team is ready to assist bishops in the missionary renewal of their dioceses. In short, Acts XXIX embodies the ‘new methods, new expressions, and new ardor’ envisioned by Pope St. John Paul II and the ‘missionary impulse’ described in The Joy of the Gospel. I wholeheartedly recommend this enterprise to all who are serious about missionary discipleship.”
The Most Reverend Michael J. Byrnes

The Most Reverend Michael J. Byrnes

Archbishop of Agaña, U.S. Territory of Guam
“One of my parishioners told me last year about an evangelization initiative, Rerouting, launched by Fr. John Riccardo in his parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan. I checked out the series of homilies and Wednesday night talks online. I was moved. And so, in Lent/Easter of 2018 I decided to try Rerouting in my own parish. Fr. John and OLGC made all the resources available and helped me adapt their ideas to my own parish. It was a very fruitful time for my parishioners, as we renewed ourselves in the fundamentals of the Gospel. Many people were brought closer to Christ and the experience is still talked about at Holy Family. I highly recommend working with Fr. John and his team as partners in evangelizing the world—or at least your corner of it.”
Fr. Kurt Nagel

Fr. Kurt Nagel

Pastor of Holy Family Church in Kirkland, WA
“As an associate pastor at Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, MI, I would listen to Fr. John’s teachings on Catholic Radio whenever I was in the car between 11am and Noon. I always looked forward to listening as I would be greatly inspired to share the Good News of Jesus at Immaculate Conception.

“Then, in July of 2013, I received my new assignment as an associate pastor at our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI, under the guidance and direction of Fr. John. This was an answer to prayer: as I saw how much I was benefiting just from listening to the teachings from afar, I knew the Lord would work marvels in my priesthood and ministry if I were given the chance to work side by side with Fr. John and his team.

“During my year and five months as an associate under Fr. John, the Lord brought about a gradual and beautiful transformation in my priesthood. In the first years of my priesthood, if you were to have asked me: what does it mean to be a priest? I would have responded: I baptize babies, bless weddings, offer Holy Mass, hear confessions, and bury the dead. But, after my time with Fr. John and his team, if you ask me now: what does it mean to be a priest? I respond: I have the responsibility of bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone that lives in my parish boundaries! And that is exciting! It’s obvious that we priests cannot reach everyone in our parish boundaries. But, our parishioners can! This transformation has given me such joy, vision, and purpose in my priesthood!

“Since November of 2014, I’ve been serving as pastor of St. Louise in Warren, MI. Fr. John has served as my priest mentor as new pastor. I have been amazed at the benefit I and my parish receive from our meetings over the months and over the years. After an hour meeting with Fr. John, I have enough vision, encouragement, and confidence to lead, nourish, and build up God’s family at St. Louise for several months. It’s a leading, nourishing, and building up that is geared towards the faithful bearing witness to the Good News of our Savior to their families, neighbors, and co-workers.

“Through Fr. John’s direction, especially in terms of on-going formation, I continue to experience life-giving transformations in my priesthood as I see and love with greater clarity who our Lord is and all that He has done for us!”
Fr. Michael Suhy

Fr. Michael Suhy

Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish | Plymouth, MI
"God is on the move in a number of parishes around the world, and I am privileged to witness His work. Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) is one of His exciting stories; a parish transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to one of incredible fruitfulness. I am eternally grateful to Archbishop Vigneron and his commitment to parishes around the country by making Fr. John Riccardo and some members of his OLGC team available to accompany other pastors through a new organization called Acts XXIX. Allowing a proven pastor and his team to coach and accompany other hungry parishes is a bold step and a testimony to a bishop sold out for Jesus and the mission of the Church."
Pat Lencioni

Pat Lencioni

Best-Selling Author and Founder of The Table Group and The Amazing Parish
“It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know Father John Riccardo and Mary Guilfoyle over the last few years as they have begun to run Alpha at Our Lady of Good Counsel. The passion that they both have to see people come into a relationship with Jesus Christ and to grow as His disciples has been hugely inspiring to me personally. And it has been wonderful to witness the impact that they have seen within the parish as they have run Alpha in various different contexts. I was privileged to visit in September 2018 and to hear wonderful stories of lives transformed by encountering Jesus Christ and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit on Alpha at OLGC.

“Mary and Father John have been particularly generous in the way that they have coached and counseled hundreds of leaders in parishes across the U.S. in their discernment of how best to launch Alpha effectively. The model of their parish life and leadership has served as a standard of excellence in the development of Alphas run at parishes all over the country, and all over the world.

“I know, too, that they have been especially blessed to have had Deacon Steve Mitchell as part of their team in recent years. Deacon Steve was the National Director for Alpha in a Catholic Context in the US for over seven years. His leadership was marked by grace, humility, and a deep desire to serve the Church and to see parishes become more effective in evangelisation and discipleship. I am delighted that he is part of this new initiative.”
Kitty Kay-Shuttleworth

Kitty Kay-Shuttleworth

Director of Strategy Execution, Catholic Context and Unity | Alpha International
“Mary has been an inspiration to me and has been helpful by providing broad support and resources to the Archdiocese of Atlanta in our Alpha learning process. In addition, ongoing consultation with Mary around what she was doing in the broader context of evangelization and discipleship has guided us in creating our own path for those parishes in our Archdiocese that are open to evangelization. She has been so generous since the first moment we met, accompanied by Deacon Steve Mitchell. The Run Alpha training I attended back in 2016 at OLGC set the standard for our own trainings with our parishes! Mary’s testimony and her love for the Lord are truly inspirational. Even though we are so far in distance, I feel very close to her in Spirit! I will pray for the Acts XXIX mission as I eagerly await to learn more and to share their wisdom.”
Monica Opperman

Monica Opperman

Associate Director, Evangelization | Archdiocese of Atlanta
“If you’re wanting to learn more about creating a culture of evangelization and discipleship in your diocese or parish and you’re not talking with the folks of Acts XXIX, you’re doing it wrong. They will pray with you, pray for you, encourage you, and coach you through how to unleash the Gospel. Mary, Fr. John, and Deacon Steve have been instrumental in helping the Diocese of Memphis, TN, move from having no idea where to begin with evangelization and discipleship to a well-thought out plan that is currently being implemented. Stop thinking about your next steps and reach out to them today!”
Billy Bernard

Billy Bernard

St. Louis Catholic Catholic Parish | Germantown, TN
“Since Fr John Riccardo and the team at OLGC began running Alpha in 2013, I have only heard wonderful reports of the amazing fruit of Alpha in the parish. It was a great pleasure to meet Fr. John when he attended our Leadership Conference in 2014. I am particularly grateful for the role that the OLGC team have played in training other Catholic parishes to run Alpha well. OLGC is a wonderful example of a parish that is committed to evangelisation and discipleship and a beautiful picture of a community of ‘missionary disciples.’ I wish Fr. John, Steve, and Mary every success with their new venture as they help parishes to experience the joy of inviting people to encounter Christ and seeing their lives transformed.”
Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel

Pioneer of Alpha and Vicar of HTB in London, UK