Fr. Stephen Valenta OFM Conv.
As a Conventual Franciscan Friar and priest for more than 57 years, Father Stephen Valenta has helped countless
people through spiritual direction and pastoral counseling.
Fr. Stephen offers a number of audio/video/books and has hosted parish retreats worldwide. He welcomes
your comments and questions.
Today, Father Stephen runs the "Hearts to heart Ministries" through which he conducts workshops on praying with
the heart and the development of one's will. He conducts parish missions, gives retreats and provides for days of
Father Stephen has produced over 500 video and audio programs for worldwide distribution. His
newest books entitled, "The Journey From the Head to the Heart and Beyond and "SearchingThrough the Teachings of Jesus" are for sale on this site. Thousands of copies have been printed and are available in multiple languages.
Ordained in 1951 in Albany, NY, Father Stephen's first assignment was in a mid-city parish in Binghamton, NY,
where his primary work was developing the character of young people of the parish. In 1955, he found the
Catholic Information Center in that city and put all of his efforts into convert instructions and public relations for
the Catholic Church. During this time Father Stephen entered into the field of communications to spread the Faith through radio and
television; he also entered into the ecumenical ministry and established a dialogue group of Catholic priests and
In 1966, Father Stephen became the chaplain at the State University of New York at Binghamton, working
diligently to foster the Faith of the Catholic students.
In 1973, he was granted a sabbatical where he spent a year in Assisi, Italy, studying the prayer life of St. Francis.
After the year was up, he returned to establish Mount St. Francis Hermitage in Maine, NY, having received
permission from his major superior to imitate more realistically the life of his founder. At this facility, Father
Stephen was able to nourish the Faith of thousands of people who came to the hermitage from the entire east coast
of the United States and Canada.
After more than seventeen years living a very rugged and deeply spiritual life, he entered into a preaching ministry
traveling through the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, sharing with hundreds of thousands what he had
learned at the hermitage where he had spent his time listening to and carrying out the prompts and nudges of the
Father Valenta has earned a Masters in psychology.
For years he has, and continues to give retreats to Mother Teresa's Sisters throughout the world.
Father Stephen has crossed the oceans a hundred times leading pilgrimages to many holy shrines around the world.
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