Testimonials

What are folks saying about Trapper’s Talks?

“Trapper Jack’s was the best!”
In all my 39 years of being a priest, in listening to mission talks, Trapper Jack’s was the best, ever. I loved every minute of it.

Rev. David Durkee

Pastor, Queen of Heaven Parish, Green

“We are bringing Trapper back!”
I have already shared with others the beauty of this night. The testimony was superb, especially the stories of the Eucharist! We are bringing Trapper back!

Rev. Kevin Shemuga

Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Macedonia, OH

“You have a deeper sight than most people who see.”
I know that you are reaching many souls through the inspiration, the enthusiasm and the faith you convey.

Rev. Dan Schlegel

Secretary and Vicar to the Clergy, Diocese of Cleveland

“I wish that we all spoke about the things you do.”
My daughter who will be confirmed in May enjoyed your talk, and she wishes, as do I, that we all spoke about the things you do more often at church because it is truly inspirational. It has definitely reignited my faith and helped me see things in a new light.

Samantha Paul

St. Joseph Church, Strongsville, OH

“I used Trapper’s message in my homily.”
Well done! Very practical and down-to-earth in showing us how to connect the dots in our relationship with God. I was able to use Trapper’s message in my next morning homily.

Rev. Tim Gareau

Pastor, St. Raphael Church, Bay Village

“I was blown away!”
I was thinking, ‘What could Trapper possibly talk about for an hour that would help us on our faith journey?’ I was blown away. What a privilege to hear Trapper!

Laurie Eppele

St. Joseph Church, Strongsville, OH

“Best speaker in quite awhile!”
“He needs to come back again.”
“Great speaker!”
“It was obvious that he even touched the hearts of the staff.”

Members Feedback

Legatus, Cleveland, Ohio

“They were eager for more stories.”
More than two months later, we continue to hear good feedback from people who attended. It was awesome they way that people seemed reluctant to burst the bubble and leave that night after he spoke! They were eager for more stories, and more of his warmth and humor. It was sweet that he stayed for almost an hour longer to speak with everyone who wanted a moment with him.

Jennifer Webb

Director of Ministry & Communication, St. Francis Xavier Church, Medina, OH

“Inspired with your openness.”
We feel blessed, honored and inspired with your openness, not only in sharing your personal life, but your amazing faith journey. There is always an open invitation any time for you to return to Holy Family Parish and speak, especially to our women’s ministry ladies.

Carolyn Freitag

Women's Ministry President, Holy Family Parish, Parma, OH

“Our parish loved him.”
Trapper is terrific. Call him! I am very happy that we brought him into Guardian Angels Church. Our parish loved him. He’s got great stories.

Rev. James Kramer

Pastor, Guardian Angels Church, Copley, OH

“The minute-long standing ovation says it all.”
Trapper Jack’s talk was wildly successful. His message will heat–up even the lukewarm! We look forward to his next visit to St. Mark Catholic Church.

Deacon Dave Lundeen

St. Mark Catholic Church, Cleveland

“Awesome!”
I wish we would have videotaped your talk about the Holy Eucharist. It was so inspirational! You were AWESOME! You should consider going on an inspirational talk tour—you have a lot to give.

Barbara Knox

Teacher, St. Bernadette Parish, Westlake, OH

“Thank you for helping us.”
What a thrill to have you in our church today, sharing your faith with us, witnessing to what God has done in your life. Because we can’t help but think that what God has done for you, He is doing for all of us, it’s just that you see it better than we do. I thank you for helping us to realize that we have to open our eyes to see what the Lord is doing for us.

Rev. Jim Schmitz

Pastor, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Cleveland

“Gentleman shared that he was planning to return to the church after hearing Trapper.”
The folks stood up at the end of the presentation and gave a standing ovation. A gentleman shared with me that he was planning to return to the church after hearing Trapper Jack.

Rev. Richard Burchell

Pastor, St. Rita Catholic Church, Solon

“His blindness strengthened his faith.”
Trapper’s developing blindness was accepted as a gift from God because it strengthened his faith and opened up for him the opportunity to share his gift with the people of God. I encourage him to share his faith story and pray that many doors will be opened for him to evangelize the hearers.

Most Reverend Roger W. Gries, O.S.B.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Cleveland

“I hope you have as much effect on others as you had on us.”

Carl Feldkircher

Men's Retreat, St. Raphael Church, Bay Village, OH

“Tells his story in a way that is funny and powerful.”
Our feedback from the mothers who attended was the most enthusiastic ever. Trapper really connected with the crowd—his message, as well as his own life story, is so inspiring, and he tells it in such a way that it is funny and powerful. Many moms told me later that it was the best Bloom Brunch ever, and this was entirely due to Trapper. He is definitely a favorite!

Elizabeth Simpson

Mothers' Club President, St. Edward High School

“I think you inspired everybody there.”
I looked around and I looked at the priest, and everybody had such rapt attention on you.

Laura Stewart

Parishioner, St. Rita Catholic Church, Solon

“Very moving and informative.”
His gifts in drawing me into his stories and keeping me engaged were amazing. Trapper reminded me of the importance of stories in our faith journey by retelling stories such as Fatima which drew me in more deeply than ever before. I left the retreat re-imagining the stories with new eyes of faith.

Dr. Andy Kereky

Director of Spiritual Development, St. Raphael, Bay Village