After working as a sports writer, building contractor, and Catholic author, Kevin Wells left everything for World Villages after discovering the holy work of the Sisters of Mary. Wells was so moved by the stories of “Fr. Al” and witnessing firsthand the sisters’ round-the-clock work to nourish, house, catechize and care for 21,000-plus teens in seven different countries, he penned the acclaimed biography: Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, published in 2021 by Ignatius Press. Kevin’s book became a best-seller and has been published in German.
As the Director of Public Relations, Kevin travels throughout the United States to share stories on the missionary work of Fr. Al and the Sisters of Mary, where he presents a series of talks to parishes and book clubs. He has served as a “content expert” for the EWTN series “They Might Be Saints,” featuring Fr. Al Schwartz, in collaboration with Michael O’Neill, The Miracle Hunter.
Kevin is a graduate of Loyola University, where his studies in creative writing and journalism led to a major daily newspaper job with the Tampa Tribune, where he covered the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team. Kevin has served as Vice President for a thriving three-generation family contracting business, one of the oldest-surviving masonry outfits on the mid-Atlantic seaboard.
“Fr. Al’s thankless and grinding work to salvage a devastated post-war Korea was as heroic as any work done in the history of the Church. The Sisters’ continuation of his work today – with some of the most bullied children in the world – is testimony to Fr. Al’s intercession and the resilience and holiness of perhaps the hardest-working community of religious sisters in the world.”