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He was a runner for the Japanese mafia. Now he's a Catholic priest.


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Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Oct 15, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Fr. Donald Calloway could give St. Augustine a run for his money, in terms of dramatic conversion stories.

In a recent Vimeo video produced by Spirit Juice Studios and the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Calloway recalled his radical transformation from atheist, drug-addicted high school dropout to Catholic priest.

The child of a military family, Donald (his family called him Donnie), moved from Virginia to Southern California with his parents at the age of 10.

He was enticed by the lifestyle of Southern California, and by the age of 13, was living solely for pleasure, a pursuit that would eventually lead to a downward spiral landing him in rehab, jail, and with suicidal thoughts.

When his dad announced one day that the family would be moving to Japan, Donnie became “enraged” at the thought of leaving.

Once in Japan, Donnie sought out friends who were into the same things he was.

Those friends soon became his connection to the Japanese mafia organization called the yakuza.

 “I was a little Caucasian boy that they could fill up my backpack with all these drugs and money, to run to different casinos on the big island of Honshu, the main island of Japan,” he recalled in the video.

Donnie was wanted by the Japanese government and the United States government, including the U.S. military presence in Japan.  

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