A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author. Fr. Larry Richards holds the
answer to some of life's most profound questions. He speaks from experience as a pastor of
an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor
and evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards
has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences for young and old alike.
His inspirational talks, presentations, and books always authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the
hearts, minds and lives of millions of listeners and readers worldwide.
Father Larry Richards was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended the college
seminary at Gannon University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mental Health
in 1983. Father Larry Richards continued his studies at the major seminary at St. Vincent in Latrobe,
Pennsylvania, and received his Masters of Divinity degree in 1987. He will soon conclude his studies
at the University of Notre Dame and be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Liturgy.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Fr. Larry Richards serves as pastor of
St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. He is also the Spiritual Director of the
TEC (To Encounter Christ) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie.
Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation,
a non- profit organization dedicated to ‘spreading the Good News’ by educating others about Jesus Christ.
For more information on the foundation, go to: www.TheReasonForOurHope.org.
Father Larry’s first book, “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be” was
published by Ignatius Press in October of 2009, and was the #1 best seller by Ignatius
Press in 2010. In “Be a Man!” he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well
as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men
how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to
acknowledge one's faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love
and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to
pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father
Larry challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or
machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to
find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults.
Fr. Larry Richards hosts a nightly radio show called “Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards.”
It can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio on
Mondays at 5:00 a.m. ET/4:00 a.m. CT, Saturdays
at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT, and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT. He can also be heard on
these local radio stations:
Real Presence Radio,
Living Bread Radio,
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