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IPFS News Link • Religion: Believers

Meet Harrisburg's modern-day exorcist

• by Dennis Owens

ABC27 recently sat down with the man tasked with denying the demonic in the Harrisburg diocese.

Knoebel's Amusement Resort might be its most famous attraction, but Elysburg is home to a lesser-known haunt, and its chaplain is Father John Szada.

Szada delivers mass every morning in Latin. "It's an experience of holiness, an experience of silence, an experience of union with God," he said.

Helping believers find God is one part of Szada's job. Another: chasing away the devil.

"[The] bishop said to me, 'I have something I have to tell you. I'd like you to be my exorcist.' That was it. Literally, that was it," Szada recalled.

That was in 2011. There were only around 15 exorcists in America then, but there are now over a hundred who attend a yearly conference to share tips and trade secrets.

Every two years, it's off to Rome for the International Conference of Exorcists, a group enthusiastically endorsed by Pope Francis.