Lincoln, Nebraska, Priest Father Peter Mitchell Profiled in Book About Pope John Paul II

Father Peter Mitchell, professor at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Neb., says pope John Paul II changed his life, and is among the priests and bishops featured in the book Living Miracles: The Spiritual Sons of John Paul the Great.

Lincoln, NE, February 24, 2011 --( Father Peter Mitchell, Lincoln Diocese priest and professor at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, is among those profiled in a newly released book chronicling John Paul II’s influence on church culture (Living Miracles: The Spiritual Sons of John Paul the Great by Randall J. Meissen, Mission Network: 2011, ISBN 9781933271279).

Father Mitchell says an encounter with John Paul II at the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver motivated him to consider the priesthood. “The experience…totally blew me away,” Father Mitchell recalls. “As soon as [John Paul II] entered the stadium that day, everyone…started crying, and no one could really explain why. It was just so powerful.” Much of that ceremony was accompanied by torrential rain, but when John Paul started to pray the Our Father, “the biggest rainbow you’ve ever seen came over the stadium,” Father Mitchell remembers.

Living Miracles is based on dozens of interviews with bishops, priests, and seminarians and gauges the impact of what has come to be known as the “JP2 generation.” Its publication follows in the wake of the Vatican’s announcement of John Paul II’s beatification, scheduled for May 1—an announcement which opens the door to official sainthood for the popular pontiff.

Also released in this book are previously unpublished details regarding one of the alleged miracles credited to the deceased pope. This instance concerns the stunning recovery of Carlos Vasquez of Madrid, Spain, from Crohn’s disease following prayers to John Paul II.

Additionally, prominent Catholic bishops including Charles Chaput of Denver, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of Houston, and Peter Jugis of Charlotte contribute their personal views on the reality of a John Paul II generation in the book. Dinardo recounts that he began to see a profound change in the culture of the seminary where he studied, starting in the 80's but "full blown" by the 90's.

Living Miracles: The Spiritual Sons of John Paul the Great can be found on at

Randall J. Meissen, LC, author of Living Miracles: The Spiritual Sons of John Paul the Great, has served as a professor at Legion of Christ College of Humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut, and as a research assistant at the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person in New York. He currently works in youth ministry for the Cumbres School in Valencia, Spain, and can be contacted at rmeissen(at)legionaries(dot)org.

Fr. Peter Mitchell can be contacted at:
St. Gregory the Great Seminary
800 Fletcher Rd.
Seward, NE 68434
Phone: 402-643-4052
Fax: 402-643-6964

To request a review copy of Living Miracles or for other questions about the book, contact the author at rmeissen(at)legionaries(dot)org.

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