Sons of Ars

Sons of Ars

This is a lighthearted podcast where two seminarians sit down to discuss their life in seminary, topics and issues Christians face in the modern world, and the spiritual life. We hope to invite others into this journey that we are on and that countless other men are on across the world. We hope you enjoy! God bless! Find out more about us at and follow us on the Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary facebook page.


March 25, 2023 48 min

Hosts Michael Salemi and Michael Sparks invite fellow classmate Brother Andrew Brebeuf from the Servants of Christ Jesus to share his love of Jesus. He shares his experience after his re-conversion of bringing Jesus to others which lead him to deeper trust in God and then to religious life. They discuss the life changing power of trusting in God.



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John and Michael come together at the beginning of lent to talk about the literature club John started at the seminary. They discuss the ways that good literature can help form everyone, and how literature points towards the depth of humanity which ultimately relates to the spiritual life oriented to God.

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February 28, 2023 11 min

Fr. Luke Barder preaches on the importance of knowing God rather than to know about Him.

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February 26, 2023 62 min

Michael and John spend time with Mary Machado, mother of former host Jacob Machado. Mary addresses the experience of being a mother of a seminarian. 

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January 30, 2023 16 min

Dcn Kyle Tannehill preaches on the virtue of hope and how we can use it to see the Lord more clearly.

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January 26, 2023 47 min

Michael and John are joined by Connor Companik from the Diocese of Phoenix. After explaining his claim as the podcast's "Biggest Fan™", Connor explains his journey to seminary and how his devotion for sacred music has grown over the years.

The audio clip used in this podcast is from the Corpus Christi Sunday Mass (May 29, 2016) at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. The entrance antiphon is from the Graduale Romanum f...

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December 21, 2022 45 min

Michael and John talk with Daniel Rivas from Denver about his discernment. Given a heavy cross early in life, Daniel recounts how his time of trial helped him grow closer to God and discern his vocation of priesthood.

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November 25, 2022 54 min

Michael and John are joined by Brother Charbel from the Capuchin Friars. Brother Charbel talks about his conversion to Catholicism and his time of religious life. (Editor's note: while Michael and John were diligent in recording early in the month, the editor... not so much.)

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November 24, 2022 26 min

His Emminence Cardinal Stafford preaches on the nature of a vigil and meeting Christ in an unexpected place.

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October 25, 2022 50 min

This month, Michael and John chat with Connor Ryan from the Diocese of Pueblo. From the western slope of Colorado to the small mining towns of Arizona and Alaska, Connor tells the story of his physical and spiritual journeys that led him to seminary and a deeper life with Christ.

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October 21, 2022 20 min

Fr Adam Bradshaw preaches on Faith and Prayer

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September 22, 2022 16 min

Fr. Brady's Homily from Vigil Praise for 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Readings: Ez 24: 15-27; St. Augustine on Pastors; Mt 28: 1-10, 16-20.

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September 17, 2022 48 min

After finishing his first year of priesthood in Uganda, Fr Julius Lule comes back to visit the seminary. Michael and John take this opportunity to ask him about his first assignment and how his time in seminary helped him prepare.

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August 31, 2022 41 min

They are all back from summer break! Michael Sparks, John Cooney and Michael Salemi sit down and discuss what adventures they had during the summer. Their discussion covers what it's like being a seminarian on break and then how to return with a balanced approach of recollecting with the help of Christ.

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July 26, 2022 41 min

In Flagstaff Michael interviews one of the founders of The Sons of Ars. One year after his ordination Fr. Ian Wintering shares his first year as a priest and explains what it means to have joy in the priesthood through the gift of fatherhood and fraternity.

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The conversation continues. Cardinal Stafford tells the story of the beginnings of Saint John Vianney Seminary and his inspirations from the works of Rouault.

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Michael and John sit down with Cardinal Stafford, the former archbishop of Denver, and discuss the joy of the priesthood as a result of Trinitarian love.

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May 20, 2022 38 min

Deacon Anthony Dang, soon to be Father shares his preperation for the priesthood and enlightens us about his story to seminary right out of high school. What does a transitionary deaon do? Michael and John dive in.

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April 13, 2022 47 min
Before retiring from the seminary after over 10 years as a spiritual director and over 50 years of priesthood, Msgr Ken Leone shares his stories and imparts wisdom to Michael and John about the joy of the priesthood and attentiveness to the Holy Spirit.
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March 21, 2022 41 min
Michael and John interview Aaron about his ministerial journey from Canada to California, then from conversion to candidate for priesthood.
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