fr. larry

A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author. Fr. Larry Richards speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist. 

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 Founder of the DME (Divine Mercy Encounter) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie and is 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.

Father Larry’s first book, “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be” was published in 2009 and recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. Father Larry challenges men to find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults.

Father hosts the EWTN radio show called “The Reason For Our Hope” on daily from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST) and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EST), and a live EWTN radio show called “Open Line” on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST).   For more information, or to listen on-line, go to

Father Larry Richards also hosts a radio show called “Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards” heard nationwide on Relevant Radio on Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST).  For more information, or to listen on-line, go to

RESIDENCE: Erie, Pennyslvania



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