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Fr. John Riccardo
Contributor
Executive Director
ACTS XXIX

Fr. John Riccardo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, ordained in 1996. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of ACTS XXIX, a new non-profit apostolate that exists for the purpose of priestly and Church renewal.

Fr. John served most recently as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI. There, he was witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in a way that caught the attention of pastors across the country. ACTS XXIX works with bishops, priests, and leaders throughout the country to respond to the urgent call of the past four Popes for a new Pentecost and a new evangelization, equipping pastors for the apostolic age in which we live. He is the host of a new podcast, “You Were Born for This with Fr. John Riccardo” and the radio program “Christ is the Answer,” both of which can be heard on various outlets. He and the ACTS XXIX Team speak at diocesan events across the country and are passionate about the power of the Gospel to transform people’s lives. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, The Gregorian University in Rome, and The Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

Published Pieces

A lone person walks on the beach as the sun rises on the horizon

God Wants His World Back

Fr. John Riccardo reflects on his life and priesthood and speaks about his ministry - ACTS XXIX - which exists for one simple reason: "God wants his world back."

Rev. John Riccardo
Msgr. James P. Shea
Nov 11, 2021