St. Irenaeus Speaks for Himself

by Steve Ray on July 25, 2007

FrGreen sm.jpgMeet St. Irenaeus — well, not really. This is Fr. Bernie Green from Tempe Arizona. But, he is the voice of St. Irenaeus in our new documentary Apostolic Fathers which we are finishing up this week.

(Click on image of Fr. Bernie and Steve for a larger picture.)

In June we came to Phoenix to work on the DVD and went to a Mass in Mesa where the priest denied the miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and then ad-libbed all the prayers during the consecration. Janet and I were infuriated! I wrote the priest and bishop and my letter will be published in the next issue of THIS ROCK Magazine.

The next Sunday we went to Mass in Tempe Arizona and Fr. Bernie Green was the celebrant. I was ready for anything and sitting there all tensed up. But, Fr. Green was marvelous! He was strong, orthodox, respectful of the Mass, and gave a politically incorrect homily speaking against homosexuality while at the same time explaining we must love the sinner.

He said we had lost our masculinity and needed to regain it in the Church. Fr. Green has worked with the Apache Indians on the reservation and has a lot of other great achievements to his credit.

We liked him so much — and his English accent — that we asked him to be the voice of St. Irenaeus in our DVD. He did a good job and you will soon hear his voice quoting Irenaeus about Apostolic Traditiion, the primacy of the Roman Church, and more.

Also, notice his dog Pistol jumping up on me in the picture.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Fr. Bernie July 25, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Very good. I am sending this to my folks in England. They will enjoy it. I am glad the recording went OK. I look forward to seeing the video. Let me know when you want to go on the reservation. I will arrange it. Would you like the book we did on life among the Apache? I will send it by e-mail, at least the version we gave to the Pope when we visited him. Good to see you and your wife. Take care and God bless. Fr. Bernie

Steve Ray July 25, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Dear Fr. Bernie: It was great seeing you again and working with you. You voice for St. Irenaeus worked VERY well and your British accent gave Irenaeus a real air of dignity and authority and learning.

I would LOVE a copy of your book about the Apaches! We will be back in Phoenix in about a year and when we do, we will visit you for Mass, take you to dinner and arrange a visit to the Apache Reservation. I will donate a set of my DVDs to the Catholics on the reservation.

Thanks again for helping us and for being a faithful priest of the Most High God!  Steve and Janet Ray

Chris July 25, 2007 at 11:03 PM

I look forward to the new DVD

Scott B July 27, 2007 at 6:19 PM


While visiting in Mesa, I believe I saw you and your wife at Holy Cross on the 22nd. I noted that the laypeople performing as EM’s were allowed around the alter during the consecration. I thought that this was not allowed as of last year. I know it is not in our Colorado parish until the Priest has recieved. Any thoughts?

David and Eileen July 30, 2007 at 6:20 AM

Great to see my brother looking so well.Relieved that his views are still politically incorrect!. His family , here in the UK, never cease to be surprised at his new ventures !
Hope the DVD is a sucess.

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