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(hip hop music)
♪♪« Don’t be afraid ♪♪« Feel it ♪♪« You think that you the only one ♪♪« Who gotta suffer ♪♪« You think that you the only one ♪♪« With pain to suffer ♪♪« Everybody ♪♪« Everybody got a thing ♪♪« They gotta suffer ♪♪« Rich or poor ♪♪« Rich or poor don’t matter ♪♪« Gotta suffer ♪♪« – Father Stan is not your average you lookin’ at a priest, priest. You lookin’ at a guy that’s like yo what’s up, you know,
walkin’ down the block like you know, he’s one of the boys. ♪♪« Every move they make ♪♪« Is a calculated step ♪♪« It brings them one step closer ♪♪« To embracing early death ♪♪« – Well, to be a Catholic priest means that you bring the gospel ♪♪« Everybody ♪♪« – You bring the message of Jesus to souls, to lead them to heaven, teach them the truth about God, about Jesus. ♪♪« You think that you the only one ♪♪« Who gotta suffer ♪♪« Ain’t just you boo
♪♪« You think that ♪♪« You the only one ♪♪« With pain to suffer ♪♪« Yeah, everybody ♪♪« – There’s Catholics look at me and say what’s he doin’? They think I’m upsetting the Catholic culture sometimes. – Father Stan Fortuna acts
like an overgrown teenager. That’s not acceptable for a priest. – Everybody will have critiques even Jesus Christ was criticized. ♪♪« Everybody ♪♪« – If God himself couldn’t be loved by everybody, who can? (hip hop music) ♪♪« Yeah everybody ♪♪« Everybody got a thing they gotta suffer ♪♪« Rich or poor ♪♪« Rich or poor don’t matter ♪♪« Gotta suffer ♪♪« – I became convinced of the fact that I’ve been gifted, I’ve been blessed, I’ve been sent. (hip hop music) (wind blowing) (footsteps)
(man shouting) ♪♪« With the love from above ♪♪« That’s how our family is found ♪♪« Through the problems ♪♪« And the pain ♪♪« There’s enough love to go around ♪♪« Pray for all the people ♪♪« Forgive yourself and all you do ♪♪« I said forget about me because – [All] ♪♪« I love you ♪♪« – Yeah. Nice, that’s great. (static) (speaking foreign language) (static) – I welcome back to life on the rock and tonight we have Father Stan Fortuna. Doing the show a bunch of times. Uh. – Yeah. (static) (hip hop music) – You see, as a priest, the area of my personal responsibility really depends upon the
person and the priest that God is calling me to become. (static) The ultimate impact of my great hero, the great saint Pope John Paul the second can be summed up in the statement he said that if the church holds back from culture, the gospel
itself falls silent. If the gospel falls silent because of me, woe’s me. I’m in some big trouble. Not only on the day of judgement, but I’m in some trouble today because of the way that I live or that I don’t live. ♪♪« If you ever need a friend ♪♪« I’m your’s ’til the end ♪♪« You can depend on me – Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict very much stressed an idea called “New Evangelization”, meeting people where they are and this is precisely what was done by our savior in the gospel. Father Stan has the pulse of young people. He’s able to bring the
message of the gospel in a cultural form that
is comprehensible to them. This is part of what the church has tried to do throughout the ages. So, you see the great medieval painters like Blessed Angelico, the
great renaissance painters like Raphael, Michelangelo. The church tries to present things in the cultural envelope of the moment. (upbeat hip hop music) – It’s real old school and lazy and check it out, it came real cool. (upbeat hip hop music) ♪♪« Frankie got the mic on ♪♪« Got the mic on ♪♪« Got the mic on ♪♪« Frankie got the mic on ♪♪« Frankie got the mic on ♪♪« – I was havin’ breakfast with
the brothers one mornin’, I was like lamenting about how so many of the songs I got are like so intense about suicide and about abortion and about so many deep and intense things that people are going through. I said I just hope I have
like a dumb, fun song, so I went in the studio, put down a real simple beat, ♪♪« Frankie got the mic on ♪♪« Got the mic on ♪♪« Frakie got the ♪♪« And Frankie turned out to be Saint Francis and the point of the song turned out to be about Saint Francis
receiving the stigmata. At the end of the song,
it closes with a prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. Just wound up being
something deep and intense. – The Franciscans of the Renewal began around 1987 with eight
friars of the Capuchen Order, which is a branch of the Franciscan order and we were displeased with some of the trends that were taking place in religious life. We felt that we should
start a reform movement withing the Capuchens, but that did not work out and so with the backing of the Holy See, and with the patronage of
Cardinal John O’Connor, Archbishop of New York, we started this little new community. When we started here, this neighborhood looked like Berlin the
day the war was over. Block after block were completely burned out houses. Mother Teresa told me as
we walked down the street that it was the worst thing
that she had ever seen in her life, that’s pretty bad. (upbeat music) (singing in foreign language) – Pope Frances, as most people call him, for me, I like to refer
to him as Papa Francesco. He says that Jesus makes problems. You can not love Jesus
without having problems and I dare say if you
want to have a problem, go to the street to know Jesus. You’ll end up not having not one problem, but many, it’s making the statement for the preference and for
the priority of the poor. Something so dear to my heart and to the heart of the community and Papa Francesco is making it clear that this is dear to
the heart of the church. ♪♪« I prefer a church ♪♪« Which is bruised and hurting ♪♪« And dirty because it
has been out on the street ♪♪« Rather than a church ♪♪« ♪♪« You the only one that gotta suffer ♪♪« Ain’t just you boo ♪♪« You think that you the only one ♪♪« – What’s he saying? You think that what? – Oh, that choo, okay choo right. ♪♪« Only one that gotta suffer♪♪« (hip hop music) – Well, for a priest to be doing it it’s pathetic, for a priest. To adopt this worldly,
very low form of music. (hip hop music) ♪♪« I don’t think the thug think is cool ♪♪« I think the thug thing is cold ♪♪« Check out what happened ♪♪« To the boy in the park ♪♪« He was just eight years old ♪♪« The thug drug dealer ♪♪« Chasin’ down another thug ♪♪« – The jazz, rock, rap,
this is all worldy music and Father Stan’s actions are the action and manner that has always been forbidden by the church for a priest to adopt worldly mannerisms. (engine revving) (shouting in foreign language) (engine rumbling) – I was doing a radio interview one time, the guy said to me, “You
don’t sound like a priest.” And I said to him, I says, “Oh.”, I said, “Hey.” I says, “What’s a priest sound like anyway?” What did he go to school to learn how to talk like a priest? I want to sound like a priest. You can sound like a
priest and not be one, or you can sound like a
priest and be a bad one. Yeah, it’s cool sometimes
going up to the roof and you get to see what’s goin’ on. You see all the project buildings and it’s just massive amounts of people, kinda squished all together and there’s, there’s a lot of problems, there’s a lot of violence in there. Papa Francesco was emphasizing over and over and over again, for the necessity of the church to go out, he says, because the church that focuses on itself and does not go out gets sick. (upbeat music) ♪♪« Lookin’ out for you ♪♪« That’s the word of Papa Francis ♪♪« Go on everybody ♪♪« We’re to come and learn to do ♪♪« So, one time I was on the
west side of Manhatten and met this guy in the street and he was askin’ us, like
why we dressed like this, with the rope around our waist, our sitchin, the three
knots that represent poverty, chastity, and obedience. So, we’re tryin’ to explain it to him and after we give him this explanation he says, “Oh, so no money,
no honey and a big boss.” And we say, “Yeah, that’s
sorta kinda like it.” And the point and the purpose of that is to show by example a greater increase of human freedom in the way that we live. (brass instrument playing) (guitar riffs) (brass instrument playing) – When he was in the third grade, he was takin’ guitar lessons and he said to me one day, “You know, I wanna be a priest.” and I said to him, “Oh, wait a minute.” I said “When the time
comes, when you get older, if you still feel the same way, then we will have to
send you in the direction to the right schools and what have you.” I said, “So, until then,
just forget about it.” He says, “Would I be
able to play my guitar?” And I said, “I’m not sure.” – When I was a kid, my local
parish priest was my hero and so, I wanted to be
like him when I grew up, so I used to make bets to my father that I was gonna be a priest. I was another altar boy and I wanted to be all about this priest and my Father Richard. This guy was amazing, he
was in the street with us and I had powerful experiences with God, with him when I would serve Mass, you know, I mean, it was amazing, it knocked me out, it
made me wanna do that. It made me wanna be like that. – My son went to Mass
every single morning. There were times that we didn’t even know that he was outta the house, until the old lady said, “Oh, your son opened the church for us.” and I felt terrible, ’cause I was sleeping and there he would be
at six o’clock in Mass. My son went to Mass every single day, even throughout high school. – And the priest who was my hero, left the priesthood and
married this cute little nun. (laughing) So, I didn’t wanna be a priest no more. I wasn’t interested in gettin’ married. The reason why I didn’t
wanna get married was, not because I didn’t like
the institution of marriage or anything like that. The way I seen the institution of marriage and family, growing up, was that man take care of woman and children. Man put family first. This man didn’t want
no woman to put first, or didn’t want no children to put first, didn’t want no family to put first, ‘Cause I had the first
place reality in my life and that was the bass and it was music. (guitar riffing) (whistling) The reality of the situation is I had to make a livin’ in some way, sure, but when it’s just me, I could
live in my Coldwater flat, I lived in the Ghetto, I
was payin’ $75 a month, I didn’t have hot water,
I didn’t have a shower, you understand, it was
like I was campin’ out with a roof and windows, you know. I had my upright in there,
I had my instruments, I didn’t have to worry about anything, if everything fell down,
I take my bass and I go. I stay at somebody’s house,
I coulda been homeless. I had a freedom and it was an intended and it was a structured freedom, so that I could dedicate myself
completely to the art form and to the journey of just
being a great musician (upbeat music) I used to pray for a long time, I said, “Lord, just let me be real, “just keep me real, I wanna be real.” You know there was like an old phrase that a lot of people would use, “Yo, keep it real, man.”
“Yeah, keepin’ it real.” That can mean a lot of different things of a lot of different people, but to me keepin’ it real was connected with the truth, you know and the truth for me is ultimately, and absolutely and always, Christ. He’s already there in
their hearts, you know, and like I said, they,
they just don’t know it. They don’t know how to
make the connection, they don’t know how to
keep the connection, ’cause it’s about relationships. – I mean just by his actions,
the way he helped people, he give ’em this, he
give ’em that, you know, he’s always talkin’ and
tryin’ to help someone, or tryin’ to help our families out and that enough right there
says it all, you know, and he’s a big part of my life and I mean, I learn from him a lot. I mean, he been in the Bronx for a while and he kinda picked up on how the Bronx is like ran, you know, and he got that little ghetto-ness to him, where we can relate to him like that. – That’s something that’s
very difficult for everybody, especially for kids that come from uh, from poor neighborhoods, especially kids that come
from broken families, but this happens with rich people. Rich people don’t know how
to maintain relationships. They don’t know how to
take care of people. This ain’t just a poor thing. This isn’t a black thing or white thing, a poor thing, a Puerto Rican thing. This has nothing to do with race, religion or creed. I got somethin’ to tell you tonight, that doesn’t matter how bad your decision might been. No matter how bad your
decision might been, God is bigger than your biggest sin. That’s why I’m here tonight and I hope you to, so check this out. (upbeat music) – I think he’s being inspired
from a divine intervention. If you look real close, I believe he has an extra finger on that hand. (laughing) (upbeat music) – My name is Gianni Valenti. I’ve been the owner of Birdland for the last 22 years. Tonight we have Father Stan here. Phenomenal bass player, singer, we’ve enjoyed his music in the past and we love having him here. He comes in a couple times a year, great music and a lot of fun. He’s very unusual in that
he is the first priest that we’ve had that is a jazz player. He has a tremendous following. (applause) – Thank you very much.
(applause) – I think it’s fantastic. He’s excellent. He’s just so unique and original. Definitely no one else like him. – I’ve never been in a club this famous, it’s awesome to see a
jazz great in action. – I think it surprises everybody. There’s this sense that
jazz is the devil’s music. It’s always been called that. He has this appearance of being so self indulgent and
that’s not what you feel, when you are in the room with these guys. You know, the drummer’s,
sort of peeking his head out from under the cymbals and the bassist is
looking at the guitarist and they’re grinning at each other and sometimes you don’t know where these beats come from, they just sort of emerge. They start with the drums, they start with the bass, all you know is that
what everybody’s trading in these pairs and fours alls so, and that’s gotta be helpful to Father Stan in his outreach, I mean
this capacity to listen, to evolve on the fly and still bring a basic structure. – He’s more into helping people. He’s more into getting into their homes, getting to know the way of their living. So, I’ve known him for fifteen years. He’s on films with me
about my life drugging, drinking, and my children
almost being taken from me because of that reason. Father Stan always said to me, “I’m not wastin’ my time with you, “I’m gonna stick to taking thing with you “until you don’t need me no more.” And I told him, “I’m
always gonna need you.” And he said, “And I’m
always gonna be there.” – In some sense, we’re poor
like the people we serve, but almost all of them
have television sets. (laughing) So, poverty is a rather
relative thing in our country. I’ve worked with lots of hobos in my life and some of them could hold on to a paper bag full of junk, more tightly than someone might hold on to a bag full of money. It’s what’s in your heart. – God provides for our community. We don’t go shoppin’, we don’t make lists. Oh, get me the blueberry jam, yeah get me the strawberry, I like vanilla ice cream. We don’t buy food. Food is provided for us. The brother’s were preparing
for final vows one time and they really wanted guinness to have at the celebration, they were praying to Saint Terese that somebody would come and drop two cases of guinness. I’m telling you two weeks later, two cases of guinness
came up on the front door. You understand? So, God provides. – It’s difficult in a complex society where you have to get someplace by a car, so, we wait for people to give us cars, we don’t buy any. We don’t even own the buildings we work in and it’s, I think, extremely important to be detached from those things. – Sombody sayin’, ah those friars, they’re a bunch of freeloaders, they should go out and work for a livin’, I gotta tell you something, we work hard, we pray hard we live hard, we suffer hard, we trust God hard, we receive hard from God’s
bountiful hard giving. The intensity of God’s giving softens us in our reception of it to give it away. – Four major relations, in case you got some people here that ain’t Christian, in case you got some people here that are Christian, but ain’t Catholic, in case you got some people here that ain’t even Catholic Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or nothin’, I ain’t nothin’. No, you somethin’, you a somebody, don’t say that. Well, I don’t belong to any fixed organized religion. Well, then you might be your own, you know, you might be your own little pulpit, or somethin’ like that, ’cause you got your own little system, you know what I mean? (upbeat music) When you look at the
people in the mainstream culture, especially in the music industry, and people wanna boast about how great they are and they wanna boast
about the talent they have and they wanna take the credit for that, they’re profoundly mistaken, because they’re leavin’ out a major fact. Where’d they get that from? And if they don’t really care about where they got that from and if i, you think that
I’m hinting towards, alright, this gonna become a God thing, I don’t believe in God, I
got that talent, it’s mine, and I want the accolades that, that’s that’s, that’s a
really sorry existence. You understand? So, for me, it’s not about the gift, it’s all about the giver. It’s not about the gift received, it’s about the gift given and then ultimately, it’s about the gift given away. (rapping)
(upbeat music) (applause) (rapping)
(upbeat music) (applause)
(crowd cheering) – It’s, it can be a God given gift, that somebody be very talented in music, which I don’t doubt
Father, Father Stan is, but whether you use that
gift rightly or wrongly, is a different question okay. You can’t do a bad thing for a good end and so if the music itself is bad, which we consider rock music to be, then I don’t see how you
could use it for a good end. – The beautiful thing about music is that it’s an interior reality. It goes on the inside, man. Music affects people on the inside. They hearin’ it with their ears, but it goes inside, it
involves their brain, it involves their heart, it involves their body if they wanna move and shake and dance or sit and be still and most importantly
it penetrates the soul and that’s why music can reach people in levels and in ways
that other things can’t and then when you start attachin’ the lyrics to the music, regardless of the style and the genre of the music, it has the potential
and they ability to move and to penetrate into a human heart and into a human soul. – We were prepping for a concert at Carnagie Hall and
that’s kind of the time when Father Stan got his calling. – When I was studying with Lennie, it was right in the
middle of my conversion and as I would drive out to Queens, I would pray the rosary from the time I left my studio, until the time I got to the middle of the Throgs Neck Bridge. I didn’t hear the voice
directly speaking to me, but I heard within myself, a response and I was like (scoffs) you crazy, what am I gonna tell Lennie? And I was like what? So I didn’t quite understand
what was goin’ on, I just went, got involved with my lesson and tried to ignore it, see, ’cause God was chasin’ me down and I was tryin’ to chase him away. I was like no, no, no, no, no ’cause it scared me, it really scared me because I saw the end of my life, you know, and I wasn’t really ready and I wasn’t really
willing to deal with that. – It wasn’t just like
somebody giving up nothing that had nothing else to
do but become a priest, he had plenty to do. He didn’t need this priest thing at all, I mean, he may have needed it inside, he certainly didn’t need it musically, he could have made the rest of his life playin’ the bass easy. – I remember the day very vividly, it was when Lennie Tristano died, and we waited for Stan to come home and my husband said,
“I have some bad news.” – When I got home, I
says, “What’s the matter?” He says, “There’s no concert tomorrow.” and i says, “Why?” He goes “‘Cause Lennie passed away.” My heart was sinking, but
I felt as if I was soaring. I was like, I felt as if I was about six inches up off the floor and I was just staring off into space and I was saying the Lord
Jesus Christ is talkin’ to me and my father goes “ohhhh” Connie, my mother, says
“Get him a glass of water, “the kid’s flippin’ out.” And I said “The Lord Jesus
Christ is talkin’ to me.” And so my father goes, “What’s he sayin’?” I said, “I don’t know,
but the Lord Jesus Christ “is talkin’ to me.” Hes says, “Well, what are you gonna do?” I says, “I don’t know,
but the Lord Jesus Christ “is talkin’ to me.” “So you gonna be a priest?” I says, “I don’t know,
but the Lord Jesus Christ “is talkin’ to me.” And like then you know,
my father started cryin’ my mother started cryin’, we’re all standin’ over there and I was just like oh my and I just sat down and was cryin’, I had a glass of water, I
didn’t know what it all meant. – He was a regular guy. He wasn’t a weird guy, he
wasn’t a different guy. In fact, I believe the night he went to the seminary, the girls who came to say good bye, we were all saying. “Are you outta your mind?
Can we have the phone book?” You know that kinda thing. I don’t know if I’m
supposed to be sayin’ this, but he, ladies liked
him, he’s a handsome man and that’s the way it was. – The hand at the windy ya. Yeah, man. Wow. When I eventually gave in, God was kinda testing me to see, like how far I was willing to go. He gave me the strength and the grace to give it all away and then when I entered the Franciscans, they was like, so what
do you do for a living, I says well, I’m a musician. But, how do you make your money. I says (babbles) I play music. Well, like on the weekends? I play music everyday man. I says I teach, I get paid to teach. I play gigs where ever I go and I play for free. I do music, that’s all I do. I, music, music, music, music, music. That’s it. (upbeat music) ♪♪« Into the light I wish
you could go with me (crowd singing) ♪♪« I wanna learn how to listen ♪♪« Have a conversation ♪♪« Do me some good ♪♪« Save a lot of aggravation ♪♪« I been rolling off track ♪♪« With lots frustration ♪♪« Thanks to you ♪♪« I’m coming back with
a new interpretation ♪♪« (upbeat music) And he says, “Well are your going to
bring your instruments?” I said “No, that’s not aloud.” He says “Well, the rule of Saint Francis “is that you’re allowed to
bring the tools of your trade.” I said, “Look, you don’t understand, “I got an upright bass,
I got an electric bass, if I bring the electric bass,
I gotta bring the amplifier. You want me to bring my 63 Precision, want me to bring my 68 Jazz bass?” Then they asked me, they said, “Do you play the guitar? “Well, we want you to
play at the liturgy.” I went, got a guitar, brought it, then I be prayin’, I go spend time alone with the guitar, then all of a sudden I’m singin’, God is givin’ me music, God is givin’ me songs and then it just started
flowin’ out of me. Somebody would hear a song that I wrote, they would ask me to sing
it at meditation song and then, you know, the provincial heard me sing a meditation at a mass and said to me, “You need
to publish your music.” I says, “Nah, if I publish my music, “I gotta record it.” “Well, then you should record it.” Said, “But if I record it,
I need a little money.” He says, “Well make a
proposal for a budget.” And I’m like, I didn’t
know what I was doin’. So I says, “Alright,
well, I could probably do something for $500.” I didn’t know. Started doin’ little bit, little bit and then put out my first c.d., started Francesco Productions and then the rest is history. People now know what I’m doin’. They know all the money goes to where I work with the poor, so they support the cause. It turned into a whole thing that I never, ever dreamed of. I hated going to the studio, I was a purist, I didn’t
want to be recorded, I just wanted to play. ♪♪« Ain’t no party ♪♪« Like a Catholic party ♪♪« Ain’t no party ♪♪« Like a Catholic party ♪♪« Ain’t no party ♪♪« Like a Catholic party ♪♪« ‘Cause a Catholic party don’t stop. (clapping) Well, this is the old baptistery room, so this is uh, turned into my studio. It’s way to small, it’s like a big closet, I’ve seen people that have nicer bathrooms that I could make a
better studio for me in, but I’m happy to have this room. Um, I have a nice rig. I’ve got some pro tools rig and I got a control 24 control surface and I got some good mic prees and some good mics and it’s basically enough for me to work and to track in here and to record in here. (upbeat music) ♪♪« Hangin’ in there ♪♪« Hangin’ in there ♪♪« Hangin’ in there ♪♪« Hangin’ in there ♪♪« Hangin’ in there ♪♪« Hangin’ in there ♪♪« Well, the whole thing with the music is just to try to give a fresh and a different expression of the same truth, of the most basic truths. You know, of the Christian faith, the most basic truth of the gospel is that we need redemption, we need deliverance, we need to be delivered, you know, because there’s too much evil out there and that’s why in the basic prayer that Jesus taught us was
deliver us from evil. And people have a hard time with evil, ’cause you know evil is something
that you see that’s ugly and a lot a times what people see, if it don’t look ugly
to them, it ain’t evil. Pornography and materialisms and all the different
ways of the pretty poisons that make something look pretty and they think that it’s good, ’cause it looks good,
tastes good, feel good and then, it’ll kill ya. – Hello, my name is Lovey
Arthur and I come to you today and speaking to all of you young kids about teen violence. My son today, Laurice Arthur, age 19, and a father of two was gunned down due to gang violence,
hanging in the streets, selling on drugs, hanging
with the wrong crowd and not going to church and not getting his life together. – Events like this
always really difficult. There’s really nothin’ that you can say to try to bring consolation, to try to make sense out of stupidity, but Jesus does make all things new. Including Laurice and including you and including me and even including the difficulties that we are feeling and even the difficulties
that we are confronted with every single day, he makes all things new. Lot of times, especially the young people, don’t realize that the reason why they don’t hear God knockin’ on the door is ’cause they busy
knockin’ on another’s door. If you spend your time
knockin’ on the devil’s door, that sucker is gonna surprise you and open it. Like they say in Trinidad,
who’s side are you leanin’ on? They got a cool song down there, go like ♪♪« Who’s side are you leanin’ on ♪♪« I’m leanin’ on the Lord’s side. ♪♪« Say I lean, I lean, I lean, I lean ♪♪« I’m leanin’ on the ♪♪« Like, it’s about who’s
side you gonna lean on and every day is a fight man, which way we gonna lean on? Which way we gonna turn? (melancholy music) From the cradle to the grave life ain’t never been
easy livin’ in the ghetto. Time’s movin’ fast,
will I last another day? So I pray and I lay with my a.k. did I sell my soul as a young kid? All the things I did. Wishin’ someone’d help
me but they never did. Who’s that? Tupac. Of all the insanity that
this boy was involved in, he had an eye on the truth, but he just didn’t have
the strength to go for it. – I’m asking you young kids to reconsider the life that you are living and to please come out of that life, because my son was takin’
a different direction when this happened. So please, do not have your mother standin’ like me in sorrow and pain, in the fact that I have to bury my son, instead of my son buryin’ me. I thank you very much. And I said it. (people shouting) Crazy, I can’t believe this. – Yeah, I know, I know, I know. I know. (melancholy music) – Well yeah, I got, I, I, (sighs) when I hear about this
stuff, I don’t get angry, I get sad, my heart hurts,
you know what I mean, um, if I wasn’t really rooted
in Christ, you know, then the anger would have
a greater grip on me, but uh, because this is so big and it’s so much bigger than me, um, you know, I have more
sorrow than I have anger and I know that the anger,
the anger don’t do no good. You know, it’s a necessary state, especially when people first have their first encounter with it, you know, ’cause then people wanna
retaliate, you know, and I can understand
that and I can feel that and those feelings are real, but those thoughts are wrong. – In 1992, I had run into some personal and spiritual problems, so
I called him up and I said, You know, I wanted to trust someone that I knew, not some, somebody that I knew had no experience in anything that I was having a problem with, so I called him up and said, “Could we get “together sometime.” And he said “I’ll give you
sometime, I’m on my way.” So, an hour later, he was at my house and he helped me out a great deal and pointed me in some directions that helped me a great deal. This teacher once, who was the closest thing to an atheist I ever knew, rented a priest’s costume and Father Stan used to drop in in his when he was a brother
before priests to play and his teacher comes out
in the priest’s costume very somberly, so Stan just looked over me and said to him, “Yeah,
Lou but it would be better “if you believed.” And it just stopped him
right in his tracks. (choir singing) – He is very, very conservative when it comes to the
teachings of the church. Strictly right down the
line with the Vatican, right down the line with the Pope. There are no gray areas. You’ll know exactly where
he stands on an issue and it’s always in line
with Vatican teachings. As far as his mannerisms,
well, he’s a jazz player. (laughing) So, he’s a musician, but he’s not gonna compromise the teachings of the church or what his vocation is. Ultimately, his vocation
is that he’s a priest. – I mean it, it, its kinda like askin’ like would a chicken drive a Volkswagen. You understand, I mean, chickens don’t drive. Jesus is not a musician, but I”m sure he sang and I’m sure Jesus felt rhythm and I’m sure Jesus would rhyme. I’m sure Jesus had beautiful
ways of sayin’ things so, was Jesus a man of his culture? Yes. So, I would say yes, So you’re gonna say “Would Jesus rap?” I’m not gonna sit here and say ” Yes, Jesus would rap.” Would Jesus do reggae? Would Jesus eat with chopsticks in a Chinese restaurant. Would Jesus eat eggroll? Would Jesus eat pizza? Would Jesus have a salami sandwich? Would Jesus go to Tim Horton’s donuts in Toronto and have a cup of coffee and have a donut? Yeah. So, but was Jesus a man of his culture? Yes. Was Jesus affected by his culture? Yes. He spoke a certain language, he wore certain clothes, he did certain things. Did Jesus transcend the culture. Yes. Can Jesus transform and did
he transform his culture? Yes. Did Jesus upset his culture? Yes. That’s why they put him on the cross. – Well we’re in the time
of accelerated history in which a century of
events occur in a decade and how do you keep up
with accelerated time, which is constantly moving? You’ve been to airports of course, you move on what I call a platform for moving along, well you better stay on that platform, if you try to get off and stopped, you don’t
know where you’re going. You’re on movement. Now what has that got to do
with the previous generation? Or this generation who are so hyper and they’re active in everything. They’re so commercial,
so absolutely overwhelmed with what, medium and of course McCluum if
you know who McCluum was, the medium is the message, but you can get so
enamored with the medium that there’s no content. (applause) ♪♪« Family, community ♪♪« You get your love free ♪♪« That’s the kinda family ♪♪« We gotta work to be ♪♪« With the love from above ♪♪« That’s who my family ♪♪« Is saying, boo ♪♪« The problems and the pain ♪♪« There’s enough love to go around ♪♪« Pray for all the people ♪♪« Forgive yourself and all you do ♪♪« I say forget about me ♪♪« Because I love you ♪♪« I say forget about me because ♪♪« I say forget about me because – [Crowd] ♪♪« I love you ♪♪« I said forget about me because – [Crowd] ♪♪« I love you ♪♪« – [Father Stan] Well I thank you (speaking foreign language) (laughing) – He has that first line of raw, real gospel, attack, if you will, that can break through to the young people in the culture that they live, where they’re constantly
bombarded with so much. – And, you know, it’s
different in the guys and in the girls, you know, you put your arm around a girl and you lookin’ up at the beautiful Calvary night sky and
all that stuff like that and she’s thinking like, “This is so lovely.” (laughing) “I can feel his love
for me, he cares for me “and he said my hair was beautiful “and he told me that my shoes match my bag “and he went to the mall with me.” And he got his arm around you, and he ain’t thinkin’ that. (laughing) I mean, he may have said those things. He may have meant those things, and he may be a good guy, but he also got another picture goin’ on in his mind. (laughing) Because his body is not nice and just enjoying that
warm little hug, you know. He’s going, “Yeah!” You know, it’s like, “Yeah, I’m ready for this. “I was born for this baby.” (laughing) (whooping) (laughing) And you’re just there like “This is just so loving.” According to the culture
that I grew up in, like in the late ’60s and the early ’70s, you know, if you were really gonna respect women, then you would
let them lead the dance. You know, ’cause I wasn’t born a priest. Like, ya’ll heard me say that before, so even if a woman would say, well, you can do this with me
and you can do this to me or let me do this to you,
let me do this with you, she’s sayin’ it’s okay, then it’s cool. This is beautiful thing, you know, that’s not true. I was a real man, I woulda said, “My honey, honey, put your clothes on. “Let’s go for a walk.” You know, and I woulda explained why, but you know and that’s
how people think today and you know and so that’s why we need a new cultural
revolution today, man, to change the way that people think. ‘Cause if we don’t change
the way that people think, then we gonna be, it’s just gonna get worse and worse and worse. You know, so. – You have to realize, it’s not a matter of intention, it’s not
a matter of good or bad, this priest is good, this priest is bad, it’s not a personal thing, okay. It’s the fruits. What are the fruits? Where is it leading, where
is it leading people? You can have a very good man, who has good intentions, but be completely misled. – There is no doubt that
someone reaching out to the young people as
Father Stan is doing is gonna have a good effect. There’s no doubt about that, it’s gonna steer people maybe away from a bad life into some understanding that there is not only the hope, but also the possibility
of leading a better life, and becoming closer to our Lord. The down side is, is the Catholic faith that these young people are giving and the way it is
presented be unrecognizable as Catholics to every person
who lived before 1962. – People are looking for something deep and for something real and that’s the point of
the necessity to connect, but it’s difficult, and the greatest difficulty
is the differences that we have, everybody is so different and it’s a great challenge and sometimes differences, not sometimes, but maybe, actually, most of the time, differences make people afraid. – Father Stan is kind of
an itinerant missionary. That kind of work is somewhat consistent with being a Franciscan. We’re not monks, monks
stay in their monastary and say their prayers, friars are monks among the people and trying to imitate the apostles and the apostles were travelers. The apostles went everywhere, so that’s not as much of an anomaly as you would imagine. Perhaps, because of his musical abilities, he goes further and more frequently. – God has sent me to many,
many different places all across this gracious
land the United States and I’ve been to many different countries. I’ve been down under to Australia and to New Zealand. I’ve been all over Europe, I’ve been to Eastern Europe. Of course, I’ve been many,
multiple times to Poland. (kisses) And then the amazing continent of Africa and I’ve been to Asia and especially, up into the beautiful Alps of Switzerland and it’s beautiful. Will do probably bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bop, which was an old school like thing an I got rhythm change, like ♪♪« Bobbitedy,
bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bop. ♪♪« There goes the motorcycle
(snapping) (snapping) ♪♪« Bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bop ♪♪« There goes the motorcycle ♪♪« I put a little spin on that, so I said, ♪♪« Glory to the Father, glory to the Son ♪♪« And glory to the Holy Spirit But I probably just have to do bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bobbitedy, bop. Whoa, there goes another
one of those turns, hang on yall. Awww, wha, wha, wha, what
(girl squealing) (laughing) (gasping) (laughing) (scoffing) (laughing) – Well this is I’m in Switzerland in the heart of the Alps, which is uh, an amazingly beautiful place. Well, I don’t get much down time, but when I do, I like to find some parks where I can just sit down, where it’s kinda nice and different. I like to sit in the cold, I like to sit and be quiet. I like to read, I like to pray and you know, I’m in a park, I see people walkin’ around, I see little buildings, but it also shows me how
different it is you know, it helps me to stay focused and to open up my heart. Bernard, he’s the master
of the cheese makin’. Bernard used to make his own cheese, he had his own cows, used
to make his own cheese, Yeah, I got pictures of Bernard making the cheese with his hands. Used to put it in these, he didn’t have these machines, he did it all with his hands like that. He’s a real ol’ school
cheese boy right here. this brother right here. (laughing) Bernard, (speaking foreign language) – [Bernard] (speaking foreign language) – (speaking foreign language) Whoooo! – [Bernard] (speaking foreign language) – Shuu, some cheese now, I gotta grab a picture of this one. – [Bernard] (speaking foreign language) – [April] Three months. – [Bernard] Speaking foreign language. – [April] So good,
(speaking foreign language) – San Martin, from Switzerland, the best. (upbeat music) Take a look at the the label, San Martin. (upbeat music) Well, here you can see the name San Martin, (speaking foreign language) Baby cheese. (speaking foreign language) (laughing) Swiss. (upbeat music) Nice pictures for the website. (upbeat music) I never really anticipated that I would go to all the places
that I, that I went to, that I been to, but the really cool thing and the really amazing thing, the really awesome thing about my vocation is that I go where God sends me. (speaking foreign language) (“Alouette gentille alouette”) – [April] Nice little bird. – Ah, nice little bird? I’m a pluck your feathers out. (laughing) (speaking foreign language) (April laughing) – I think. – Now, you better find out now sister, I put it on the tape. – [April] Oh, okay, I might be wrong then. (speaking foreign language) – I can’t believe the priest said that. (laughing) Imagine if I did like a
rewrite of Gentille Alouette. (“Alouette Gentille Alouette”) (singing in foreign language) (beat boxing) Alright, maybe not. (laughing) – Yeah (laughing) People have a small idea of the brothers in the Bronx, but I don’t think they really know all the good they do and I don’t think they really know what Father Stan does, at what extent his work is with the poor. Poverty does exist in Switzerland, we don’t see it very well, but I would say the biggest poverty, would be spiritual. I’ve heard that Switzerland
is up there with Japan as one of the top countries
for the most suicides. So, you know, there’s
work out there to be done. With Father Stan, I do
believe that his personal witness of his person of himself, brings a lot just because for the fact, it gives another look to the church that shows that the church is not dead, because it’s finally, the
answer to all questions is in Jesus Christ and in his church and by Father Stan coming with his music, that will help them talk
to God, talk to Jesus, and maybe that will help
them open their hearts. At least, that’s my wish,
by his presence here. – So we’re headin’, we’re
leavin’ the beatitudes, the beautiful place here in the heart of the Swiss Alps and
we’re heading to a Mass at the Basilica, a youth Mass and I’m just kinda chillin’ on the side, I’m a side man today thank God, so I just get to, I just get to kinda chill on the side. I mean, it’s unbelievable, you know to be here, so we’re gonna get ready to have Mass now, and that’s the source of
where all this stuff happens, this ain’t just talk,
it ain’t just theology, it’s the deepest reality. It’s so beautiful, I can’t, I mean, just to see the tops of the mountains and I’ve seen this place from down below, ’cause I’ve been here three times, but to finally to go on the inside and see how beautiful it is, it’s just incredible. Brothers and sisters, and all who have done his
work in your friendship. But, I’ve seen it before drivin’ by, but it’s beautiful, you can just see the beautiful little city
surrounded by the Alps. I mean, it’s unbelievable you know, it’s really beautiful. A place like this (scoffs) man, this takes, this makes all my vitamins go like
deep, deep into my bones man, so that when the beat down come back and it hurtin’ and feelin’
like you got nothin’ left you come back and you find
out that you got more. So that’s a beautiful thing.
♪♪« Aaaaaaaah… Everybody knows the beat down
♪♪« Amazing Everbody takes the beat down Everybody been beat down by the beat down Talkin’ bout some, what’s he mean by the beat down?
♪♪« Grace Well, what I mean by the beat down, is the deals and the blows that are dealt by life.
♪♪« How You know the events of life
♪♪« Sweet You know. And the disappointments, you know, and the difficulties and the challenges you know
♪♪« The sound Then why the beat down
happen in the first place if there’s a God? Why didn’t God, like,
why God let, gotta let me get beat down? You know, what kinda God
♪♪« That is that he wanna make me
♪♪« Saved bounce back from the beat down if God is really a bad, cool, God, then why don’t God like be
♪♪« A there and you know buffet those hits
♪♪« Wretch from the beat down man,
so I don’t have to get beat down in the first place. Well, that’s a good question
♪♪« Like Deep down in every single human person,
♪♪« Me man, there’s a seedling of faith, ’cause faith is a gift from God and God is inside every
single human person. Even if they don’t believe in God. It boils down to a faith
♪♪« I perspective man, if faith’s being snuffed out by the culture
♪♪« Once You know, so that’s
why, like, I’m all about a new culture revolution
♪♪« Was ♪♪« Lost
(applause) I mean, ya’ll are making us feel like Tamby, right Pete? ♪♪« But
– Evangelization ♪♪« Now
is the work of men ♪♪« I’m
and women ♪♪« Found
but that doesn’t do anything, It’s only the grace of God that does things. You could be the greatest
preacher in the world ♪♪« Was blind
and if the grace of God is not there, it will not call a person to ♪♪« But
what they’re supposed to do. ♪♪« Now
I remember many years ago I was introducing Mother Teresa ♪♪« I
and it was a great crowd ♪♪« See
of people there and as we walked into the hall, they were all clapping and she turned and looked at me right in the eye and she says, “It means nothing.” ♪♪« That taught – You know the opportunities that have been provided to me to go to different places, on the one hand, you know, it’s absolutely amazing, and then on the other hand, it’s just what God wants me to do ’cause he sends me. So like Blessed Mother Teresa said. Well, on the one thing it’s amazing, and in the other hand,
it ain’t no big deal, ’cause that, this is
what God wants me to do. So, I put the two ends together and pray and that’s it. ♪♪« How precious ♪♪« Did ♪♪« That grace ♪♪« Appear (men speaking indistinctly) (men speaking indistinctly)
♪♪« The hour (men speaking indistinctly)
♪♪« I first – Yeah, I love that big picture of her the statuary,
♪♪« Believed I really like it very much. – You see the hands here? – Yeah, yeah. – Mmhmm, it’s very significant, here her real hands. – Mmmm. – Yeah. – Mmmm. (jazz music)
– Yes, very old – Ah. – We a are having Lenten and retreat headed by Father Stan Fortuna. I’m very grateful again, for Father’s time to being here with us. Who can easily communicate with the kids, with his music, not only
with his words of wisdom. For so long, they have not been coming back to the church. With your applause, let us all welcome, Father Stan Fortuna (applause) – I see we got a bunch of
young people here tonight. Hallo, young people, and we got some people like me, some old people here tonight, Hallo, old people. (crowd whooping) But, you know what, young or old, I mean, what’s really the difference, right? Well, some people say, “Old people “are uncool.” Being cool, got nothin’ to do with young or old, either you cool, or you ain’t cool. (laughing) ‘Cause if you ain’t cool when you young, chances are you ain’t gonna get it when you get old. (laughing) – Father Stan is good for those, uh, uh, children, youth and adults who haven’t been back to church for a long time. This microphone is pretty cool because this microphone, which I need to turn up the volume just a little bit right here, this microphone right here, will enable me to do, ’cause I got this little gizmo thingy, wingy, thingy on the floor here. So, if I wanted to go, ♪♪« Thingy, thingy, thingy on the floor here ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy,
thingy on the floor here ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy,
thingy on the floor here ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy
And if I wanna go ♪♪« Thingy on the floor here, ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy
(beat boxing) ♪♪« thingy on the floor here
(beat boxing) ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy
(beat boxing) ♪♪« thingy on the floor here
(beat boxing) ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy
(beat boxing) ♪♪« thingy on the floor here
(beat boxing) ♪♪« I gotta thingy, thingy
(beat boxing) ♪♪« thingy on the floor here
(beat boxing) Yeah, I, i, i can do it like that. (applause) – Uh, my name is Danielle Migot, I’m from Saint Rita’s church and I’m here with my youth group. It was really cool, ’cause I’ve seen people
use loop machines before, like on youtube and some
of my favorite singers, but it was cool to see it live and to see it kind of
mixed in with religion and like life lessons and stuff. (crowd chattering) (guitar riffs) – I, I like it. I, it’s, it’s like a breath of fresh air, you know, it’s um, it’s modern so the kids can relate to it and it also um, the jazz part, reaches everybody. He’s very talented. That’s my favorite part. So, I really enjoy it. – Jazz mixed with rap music, that’s amazing, that’s amazing. (jazz music playing) – Well, when I do events, whenever I go anywhere, when God sends me anywhere, what I hope people will take away, is what I hope that God gives me, which is just a, a new sense
something new about me, something new about him, something new about life and most importantly
something new about love. (jazz music playing) ♪♪« About what that might be ♪♪« And so I trust you ♪♪« To show me something new ♪♪« About me ♪♪« Everywhere I go ♪♪« I find there’s something I don’t know ♪♪« – Right now, I’m at
Barona Community Center, I just heard a Lenten talk
from Father Stan Fortuna. He’s very original in how
he preaches to everyone. Just his way of being kinda like, crazy, (laughing) um, really appeals to me because I think I’m a little crazy also. ♪♪« That is why I said that I need you ♪♪« To come into my heart ♪♪« And do something new ♪♪« Oh Jesus ♪♪« Come and set me free ♪♪« – I’m a mother of two
teenage young adults, and I strongly recommend Father Stan. – Let us be deeply convinced that love the love that goes to the end, is the greatest of all and let us believe that love is really capable of triumphing over everything that is not love. Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those called
to the supper of the Lamb. (peaceful spiritual music) The Body of Christ. – [Woman] Amen. – In it, he spoke a
memorial for my mother, which was very beautiful and, um, he really helped my sister and myself and my children and you know he comforted
us with his music and he came up with a beautiful service. It was very, he was very awesome. (piano playing) At the 10 o’clock Mass, the other day, uh, I had no idea it was
gonna be a Memorial Mass and when I went in and
I saw the situation, and I saw the family there and when I saw the pain and I encountered their pain, it triggered something inside of me and then right away, it was almost like goin’ into a restaurant
and they’re givin’ you the preset menu. You know, it was like, okay, here’s
what we’re gonna do. ♪♪« You are my love giver ♪♪« Make me flow like a river ♪♪« Everyday I will remember you ♪♪« And it was kinda stunning how, how, clear it sorta came inside my soul, inside my heart. ♪♪« You are my love giver ♪♪« You make me flow like a river ♪♪« Every day I will remember you ♪♪« There is nothing that could ever ♪♪« Take you away ♪♪« That is why ♪♪« Everyday I pray ♪♪« And so I say ♪♪« Everyday ♪♪« you’re my love giver
And I just went And just started ♪♪« Make me flow like a river
playin’ and prayin’ and it was not the first
time that I’ve done that. I’ve done that innumerable
amounts of times. The beauty and the power
of the melody itself just is touching and pressing and squeezing my pain to the point that it would it turned into water flowing from my eyes. (piano playing) ♪♪« That is why I remember ♪♪« That is why I will never forget you And at one point, I couldn’t even sing, um, but, and I think, at that point, that’s when the most
powerful expression of love is communicated. (whistling)
(piano playing) – He did a spontaneous homily for the dead and
(laughing) and he did music that everybody cried. – Ooohh – Singing this song that was geared towards the loss of a mother. ♪♪« You ♪♪« – I cried also, because my memories of my mother came back, all of us cried and again, Father Stan,
thank you for that. (applause) (sighs) – February 10th 2009, my mother, go. My deepest pain was because my mother was like 4’10” and she
was like a love monster. (laughing) 4′ 10 1/2″ She was a giant, she was a giant. I mean, you wanna know
how cool my mother was? She died from small cell
carcinoma lung cancer. Two weeks after the diagnosis, she says, “We gotta talk.” I says, “Okay, Ma, talk.” She goes, “You tell Dad and you tell them “that everything that the
need is in the drawers “of the dining room over here. “Every, all the paper
they need is over there.” I said, “Okay.” She goes, “I want Father Benedict, “I want Father Glen
and I want Father Terry “and the rest of them around the alter.” I said, “Okay.” She goes, “You’re gonna preach.” I said, “Okay.” She goes, “You’re gonna
sing Amazing Grace.” ‘Cause I’m a musician and all so, and she goes, “I don’t want no pictures “of me around the coffin.” I said, “Okay.” She goes, “I want flowers.” I said, “Okay.” She goes, “And I don’t
want people to cry.” I said, “Look, I knew you was crazy, “but you have leaped, Ma.” She goes, “I don’t want people to cry, “I want people to go wow.” (slams) I said, “Okay.” I got all this done, I said, “Okay, wise guy, what are you gonna wear?” She goes, “Oh, the dress that I wore “when I went to Linda’s thing,” She says, “Everything’s packed
up stairs in a suitcase. “My underwear, my bra, I
got everything all packed “and ready to go.” (slams) (laughing) I’ve never been so stunned. (laughing) Her thing was packed up and ready to go. (slaps) (laughing) (peaceful spiritual music) Hasten to me here angels of the Lord. Saints of God
– [Congregation] Saints of God come to her aid
come to her aid. May Christ who holds
you take you to himself. – [Congregation] Saints
of God come to her aid. – May the angels lead you to the bosom of Abraham. – [Congregation] Saints
of God come to her aid. (horn blowing) (upbeat jazz music) (upbeat jazz music)
(clapping) ♪♪« Go marching in ♪♪« Oh when the saints ♪♪« Go marching in (upbeat jazz music) – I was really feelin’
the loss of that love, but glory for more, I felt more connected with the people who were suffering the pain of never having known the love that I lost. Well, the strength of spontaneity is, it’s unmeasureable and it’s uncategorizable, you can’t even really categorize it because it’s very much a part of the heart of God himself who is love. When love triumphs over
everything that is not love, it helps us to really love life. It helps us to make all things beautiful. It helps us to listen with an open mind. It gives us peace in our souls. It helps us to remember kindness, so that as the great
Saint, Pope John Paul said, when he met with the Native Americans, in Phoenix, Arizona, in September, 1987, he was talking about their native culture being enriched by the gospel so that they can become instruments of the healing power of Christ’s love and instruments of his peace so that, that can happen, it’s good for us to know that we’re not the only
one that has to suffer. The key that connects everybody is love. At the end of the day, it’s love. At the beginning of the day, it’s love. During the day, it’s love and as day turns into night, it’s love and as night becomes day again, it’s love. That’s it. I was totally uninterested in doing a documentary about me, uninterested. So, they came and they shot a little clip and then they made like
a little trailer thing and when I seen it, I was like, “Oh.” This ain’t about me. I think that the documentary is about how God uses people and sends them, I had just happened to be one of ’em. (dramatic music) – Do I think this music is gonna last? – No. – Do I hope it doesn’t last? – Yes. – ‘Cause I don’t like it. I only understand Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, so we had a very intersting Um, musical relationship there. – I think you just have
to look at the fruits, if the fruits are good, if it’s bringing people in then fine. If it’s bringing people
in to the Catholic church, to make real Catholics out of them, fine. If not, then scrap it. – And he said, “I wasn’t always a priest, “what do ya think, I don’t know what’s “going on out there?” And he really speaks the truth and runs that risk a bit where another priest might say “You shouldn’t say that.” But, you know, he’s into helping people and saving souls, not saving his own rear end so, to speak. I mean I’ve watched him numerous times silence 500 people ’till
you could hear a pin drop. – And I know when kids are enamoured, I also know when they’re not and they were singing,
they were in acoustical coordination with Stan. They desperately need the Christ message and the healing gifts that they are because we are a damaged culture. – Sometimes this kind of music sounds to me like a direct
hit on the guitar factory, but, uh, but, I’m, I’m not part of this age. I, I come from a thousand years ago. – A person is a mystery and so it’s hard to really
describe his sense of freedom, his wholeheartedness and his trueness. He’s true to himself and
he’s true to his God. – Naw, I never thought I,
this, this would be happenin’. It’s, ah, it’s kinda sorta
like a dream a little bit, you know, when I think about it because I never even thought
I would be a priest really. So, I mean, but no regrets though. You know, once, once you,
once you give it all away, you get it back man, like,
you know, that’s unbelievable. – I am very proud of him. I have always been proud of him. (upbeat jazz music)

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