On the Block

Have you ever wondered what a priest did before he became a priest? Or why a priest wanted to be a priest? Ed Wilkinson, editor emeritus of Brooklyn Diocese’s Tablet newspaper, talks with priests about their earlier lives to get a better understanding of the thoughts and actions that led young men to decide to dedicate their lives to God.

Recent episodes of the show for this season are viewable below.

Recent Episodes


St. Mel’s Parish and School

St. Mel’s Parish and School

December 9, 2021

Ed Wilkinson visits the parish of St. Mel’s in Flushing, Queens. He speaks with the pastor, Father James Fonti, about the vitality […]

Fr. Vincent Chirichella

Fr. Vincent Chirichella

May 2, 2019

Vincent Chirichella grew up in Williamsburg loving the Italian Feast at Mt. Carmel, doing the dance of the Giglio, and became one […]

Father Andrew Kim

Father Andrew Kim

April 25, 2019

Father Andrew Kim, was born in Korea to a father who was a Confucianist and a mother who was a Buddhist, talks […]

Fr. Robert Mucci

Fr. Robert Mucci

April 18, 2019

For decades, Robert Mucci traveled the world conducting business as an extremely successful insurance executive. But there was always something missing. Father […]

Fr. Ron D’Antonio

Fr. Ron D’Antonio

April 11, 2019

Movie buff Father Ron D’Antonio talks with Ed Wilkinson about his love of classic films and how he came to own an […]

Fr. Michael Hardiman

Fr. Michael Hardiman

April 4, 2019

Msgr. Michael Hardiman fondly looks back with Ed Wilkinson over his 40 joyous years of being a priest.

Msgr. Michael Hardiman

Msgr. Michael Hardiman

April 3, 2019

Msgr. Michael Hardiman fondly looks back with Ed Wilkinson over his 40 joyous years of being a priest.

Father Gabriel Toro-Rivas

Father Gabriel Toro-Rivas

March 18, 2019

Ever since he was a small boy in Colombia, Gabriel Toro-Rivas wanted to serve God. But it would take more than forty […]

Fr. Eric Cruz

Fr. Eric Cruz

March 18, 2019

Is it possible to graduate college, get a job, and still become homeless? Father Eric Cruz tells Ed Wilkinson how it happened […]

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