Father Harry has been telling stories most of his life. Precocious as a child, Harry George Schlitt was the youngest in a blue collar German Catholic family, raised in southern Missouri along the Mississippi River among myriad aunts and uncles and cousins. A natural athlete, thespian and all around good guy, he lacked academic prowess. In a remarkable twist of fate, he found himself transported from rural America on a full scholarship to study in Rome, where he was ordained a priest in 1964. Short on theology but long on charisma, he began a ministry that moved from the high school classroom, to the pulpit, to the airwaves. His first broadcast gig was a disc jockey on AM radio in the Ozarks. An improbable series of encounters led him to work at Chicago's legendary WLS-TV, FM in Las Vegas, every leading radio and TV station in San Francisco, twenty years on the Armed Forces Radio and Television network, and ultimately the ABC radio network - as Father Harry of the God Squad. He has written thousands of radio scripts, television monologues, more sermons than he can count, and numerous official letters to the many institutions of the Roman Catholic Church. "I'll Never Tell" is his first attempt at a memoir is a 2017 "Independent Press Award" winning book. Retired as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia from the Archdiocese of San Francisco after fifty years of priesthood, Monsignor Schlitt lives in San Francisco where he plays handball and continues work as a broadcaster presenting the Sunday Mass on TV each week.
Father Harry is the TV Mass celebrant. Each Sunday, the TV Mass follows the liturgical calendar. and Father Harry wears the color vestments for the season. He looks at the TV camera lens as if he was looking at you when he says Mass. Every spoken word of the Mass is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired viewer. Watch each Sunday morning - here are the times/stations:. In San Francisco - on KTSF (CH 26) at 6:00 AM: KOFY (CH 13) at 6:00 AM; and in Sacramento - KTXL (FOX 40) CH 40 at 6:30 AM.
You've read about it -- now listen to a sample of the 'public service' radio spots Father Harry did for many years.
The award-winning "Father Harry-God Squad", minute long radio spots were built from popular music to reach young minds with everyday words of wisdom and thoughtfulness to help navigate some of the road-bumps in life.
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