Here Are The Purely Human Reasons Why Larry Ford and Catholic Direct Marketing Is Right For Your Parish, School Or Apostolate
As Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke says in his endorsement of Larry Ford, he is “a good, faithful Catholic layman who loves Christ’s Church and desires to work only for the growth of the Church and the good of the souls of the faithful.” As you read what Larry has contributed about himself below you will come to realize that no one is more dedicated to helping your diocese, parish, school or apostolate raise the necessary funding, grow your numbers, and reach out to souls than he is. You really need to contact him today… right now… to set up a consultation to discover how he and Catholic Direct Marketing can serve you.
Our Founder, Larry Ford
Hi! My name is Larry Ford, and I’d like to take a moment to tell you about myself.
While studying for the ministry as a Southern Baptist in the ‘70s, I eventually came to realize that what I was being taught to believe simply didn’t agree with what I was reading in the Bible. So after leaving the Baptist University I was attending, I began a journey in search of religious truth. I looked into virtually every major Protestant denomination around, dropping them like hot potatoes when I discovered a contradiction between what they taught and what Scripture said. After serial disappointments in my search, I finally lapsed into agnosticism.
I’d never investigated the Catholic Church, because having reared a Protestant Fundamentalist I’d been taught the Catholic Church was the Whore of Babylon and the Pope was the Antichrist. I know, I know, it seems pretty stupid and illogical to me now too.
In 1987, I met a man who, as it turns out, was a walking Catholic encyclopedia. Himself a revert, this man was intent on sharing the Catholic faith with anyone who would sit still long enough to listen to him. Somehow he roped me into listening and the rest is history.
The primary reason why I decided to become a Catholic is, it is the only Christian religion that can prove every single one of its teachings. Since no Christian sect can do that, I had become convinced that the Catholic Church alone held the fullness of the faith imparted to the world by Christ and His apostles. I made the intellectual decision to become a Catholic when while studying the ninth article of the Creed, “I believe in the Catholic Church, the communion of saints.” It was during these studies that it was proven to me that Jesus did indeed found the Catholic Church, and reason dictated that if He founded a particular church then I was obliged to belong to it.
The last thing I wanted was to become a Catholic. I was reared by a vehemently anti-Catholic father, and I was a fourth generation Free Mason. So becoming a Catholic was way down my bucket list, to say the least. So although I was intellectually sold on the need to become a Catholic, I still had to find an emotional reason to leave all I’d ever known and risk being ostracized by my father.
I made the emotional decision to become a Catholic while the man who would become my godfather taught me about the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. As he proceeded to prove the Real Presence to me and the reality of it sank into my mind, I began to weep like a child. Suddenly gone were all doubts, replaced with a longing to receive my Creator as He had intended from that first Holy Thursday Night. I fell hopelessly, helplessly, passionately in love with Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.
I became so enamored with the Holy Eucharist that I couldn’t help but want to share my new faith with as many people as I could, just as my godfather had done with me. I can see now that God had been preparing me for that desire from my earliest days. Having been a salesman since the age of eight (yup, that’s how I earned my spending money, as Pop wouldn’t hand out an allowance) and a professional marketer since I was twenty-two, I was perfectly suited to become a lay evangelist. Thanks be to God, the Holy Spirit began to use me to make, quite literally, hundreds of converts. Nearly one hundred of those converts are my adult godchildren!
Over the years it’s been my privilege to become friends with a virtual who’s who list of prominent Catholics. Among my friends are Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Fr. William “Bill” Casey of the Fathers of Mercy, Ignatius Press founder Fr. Joe Fessio, famed apologist Karl Keating, and famed lay evangelist Terry Barber of the Reasons for Faith radio show, more commonly known as the Terry & Jesse Show. But perhaps the greatest blessing I ever had was to become the friend of Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ—now known as Servant of God John Hardon.
Over a decade after I began to evangelize, Fr. Hardon asked me to become a member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate. At the time I felt like I couldn’t commit to something so demanding and was arrogant enough to think I really didn’t need it anyway. But after a dying Fr. Hardon asked then Bishop Raymond Burke to take over for him as the International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, I decided I’d made a major mistake. So under now Cardinal Burke’s tutelage and supervision, I became a consecrated Marian Catechist.
Today I live in the Greater St. Louis area with my wife Jean and attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in a tiny hamlet known as Villa Ridge, Missouri. I own Conservative Direct Marketing, a direct marketing firm serving small businesses in the St. Louis area to help them grow and create new job opportunities. What I really want to do, though, is gradually leave the secular marketing world to spend all my time serving Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools and apostolates with my vast experience as a marketer and lay evangelist to solve their funding and growth problems.
A Clarion Call
If you want to raise money for your diocese, parish, school or apostolate, you need to contact Larry Ford now.
If you want to increase your weekly Mass attendance, you need to contact Larry Ford now.
If you want to establish a system of evangelization in your parish or diocese, you need to contact Larry Ford now.
If you want to see parishioners who haven’t darkened the doors of your church in years return to your parish, you need to contact Larry Ford now.
If you want to increase your Catholic school enrollment to record levels, you need to contact Larry Ford now.
If you operate an orthodox apostolate and want want it to grow exponentially, you need to contact Larry Ford now.
Now is the time to call or email Larry Ford to learn how you can solve all your parish, school or apostolate problems.