Lost and found: From High School dropout to University graduate

In Luke Chapter 15 we read that the prodigal son took his father’s inheritance and squandered all that he had in a distant land. Then, at the lowest point of his life, he realized the consequences of his destructive behavior and attitude and decided to make some changes.

Harley tells the story of his own prodigal son experience: By the age of 15 Harley was a very confused, frustrated and lonely young man who had dropped out of school, alienated himself from his family. was abusing drugs and alcohol and was in trouble with the law. Then a series of events, including the death of his father, helped him to realize that there must be more to life.

Hear how Harley began a journey of faith that took him from high school dropout to University Graduate. His story, of how a little faith saved him from self destruction, provides inspiration for those who pray for family and friends who have lost their way. Ultimately, Harley’s story reminds us that no life is ever hopeless and that God the Father is always watching and waiting for the prodigal son, or daughter, to come home.

“There is nothing lost that God cannot find again, nothing dead that cannot live again in the presence of His Spirit. No heart so dark, so hopeless, that it cannot be enlightened and brought back to itself, warmed back to the life of charity.”

Thomas Merton ~ The New Man


Keynote or Day Two of Parish Mission

Coming to your senses: Change your mind change your life

According to recent statistics:

  • nearly 20% of the population struggles with some form of anxiety and/or depression.
  • 40 million North Americans ages 12 and older—or more than 1 in 7 people—have some form of addiction.

The faithful are not immune to these problems. The statistics are similar for those who attend church regularly. The good news is that many have been liberated from the grip of fear, anxiety and hopelessness, even compulsive/addictive behavior, when they learned the powerful way that our thought affects the way we feel and act. Simply put: If we change the way we think it will directly affect our emotional state and our behavior. Ultimately, you can be “transformed by the renewal of your mind”, as Saint Paul says in Romans 12:2.

Harley shares the valuable faith-filled insights he has employed to overcome destructive thinking and behavior and rise to a new level of freedom and happiness. Harley will stir your imagination with a fresh and intuitive look at the beautiful, timeless truths of the faith that are designed to liberate our minds from the grip of negative thinking, debilitating anxiety and fear. In Luke chapter 15 we read that the prodigal son “came to his senses” when he realized the consequences of his destructive behavior and attitude. The prodigal son changed his life when he changed his mind. You can too!

"Do not be shocked and discouraged by the depth of human weakness and frailty. Rather, be amazed and encouraged by the depth of God’s love and mercy."

Harley Packer


Keynote or Day Three of Parish Mission

Coming home: Remembering where we came from

After the prodigal son came to his senses he went home to his Father’s house. After Harley’s prodigal son experience he found a home in the Catholic Church. He is passionate about the incredible force the Catholic Church has been in his personal life. With a background in theology and psychology from the FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE, Harley takes you deep into the healing and transforming power of the sacred liturgy and the sacraments. Discover how the rosary can be an effective prayer for overcoming anxiety and fear.

Harley also talks about the current wave of renewal in the church. When Pope Saint John XXIII opened Vatican II in 1962 he said “We must open the windows of the church to the fresh air of the Holy Spirit.” During his papacy Pope Saint John Paul II proclaimed we would see a “new springtime in the church.” Hear how the prophetic words of these two saints are being fulfilled in our midst today.

Harley highlights how the church has been, and continues to be, a titanic force for good in our culture. From science and universities to art, law, economics and much more, he will help you see beyond life in your parish and understand how the Catholic Church helped to build western civilization. He helps us to remember where we came from and reminds us of the many reasons why we can be proud to call ourselves Catholic.

"Judge the Catholic church not by those who barely live by its spirit, but by the example of those who live closest to it."
~ Bishop Fulton Sheen


See "Book Harley" for an explanantion of fees for his services.