Father Mike Russo

Father Mike Russo is a Catholic priest and producer/host of an Emmy Award-winning television series "Sunday to Sunday." He was Chair of the Communication Department at Saint Mary's College of California from 1984 to 2016, where he taught courses that focus on journalism, political communication, religion, media & culture. Retired from undergraduate teaching, he is chaplain to the Upper School division of the Santa Catalina School, Monterey, CA. 

Since his college days at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, he maintained a long-standing association with CBS News. In the late '60s, he was a desk assistant to Walter Cronkite for the historic "Man on the Moon, the Epic Journey of Apollo 11." He has worked in special events television and covered national political conventions, presidential elections, and the coverage of the death and elections of popes. His particular expertise is the news of religion. 

His doctoral degree from New York University is in American social and political history. In 1990 he was awarded a Shorenstein fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is an avid swimmer, likes to read historical biographies, has a reputation as a great pasta chef, and, as yet, he has not taken up the frustrating game of golf. Mike Russo lives in Monterey, California.   

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  • October 24: Sight & Insight (30 B) October 22, 2021
    “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you!” Mark 10:46-52 Jesus is on his journey to Jerusalem, and along the way, we have met several people in need. And today, we are only seven miles from Jerusalem, and in the town of Jericho, we hear the words of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, who calls out: […]
  • October 17: My Amiable Travel Companion (29 B) October 15, 2021
    “So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” Hebrews 4:14-16 Today’s gospel is about leadership and how Jesus prepared his apostles for the challenging mission ahead. Theirs would be strenuous lives of travel into the unknown for the sake of the gospel. We have […]
  • October 10: Seek Wisdom! (28 B) October 8, 2021
    “I prayed, and prudence was given me. I pleaded, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me…all good things together came to me in her company, and countless riches at her hands.” Wisdom 7:7-11 In Mark’s gospel, we read of Jesus’s concern for the “rich young man.” He was a seeker, a person attempting to […]
  • October 3: Fault Lines (27 B) October 1, 2021
    “If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” 1 John 4:12. When we listen to Saint John, we read of the covenant of love between God and humanity in the person of Jesus Christ. So too, this covenant continues in his people and most especially […]