Former mob boss Michael Franzese will be the speaker at Gordon Hospital’s eighth annual community prayer breakfast event set for Thursday, May 7, at Sonoraville Recreation Complex.
Franzese brings a testimony sure to inspire anyone seeking to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives. A highly regarded motivator and source of invaluable information, Michael was “one of the biggest money earners the Mob had seen since Al Capone and the youngest individual on Fortune Magazine’s survey of the ‘Fifty Big-gest Mafia Bosses,’” (Vanity Fair Magazine), ranking No. 18, just five behind John Gotti.
His autobiography, Blood Covenant, tells his story from the early days in the Mob and rise to power through his Damascus road experience that changed his life forever and led him to do the unthinkable, the unexpected, and by some, the unbelievable — Quit the Mob and follow Jesus.
Today, Michael is a follower of Jesus Christ, dubbed “The Born Again Don” in a January 1991 article in Vanity Fair Magazine.
Finding his own Damascus Road, his story of conversion is a testament of God’s willingness to reach into the heart of any man regardless of their past or the present condition in their lives. Franzese candidly describes how he survived dozens of grand jury appearances, three major racketeering indictments, five criminal trials, seven years in prison, and a Mafia death sentence. He tells how he engaged bankers, corporate executives, union officials and professional and student athletes in a wide variety of financial scams.
His open and honest presentations are fresh and unique. Audiences are captivated by stories of his personal ex-periences in organized crime and genuinely affected by his powerful anti-crime messages and eye-opening revelations. “Michael’s story is an inspiration to those that hear it, and we are thrilled that he will be sharing his testimony with us at this year’s annual prayer breakfast,” said Kim Brazell, chair of the prayer breakfast committee and director of marketing and public relations at Gordon Hospital.
“Each year our speakers get better and better, and we know that this year will be no exception. This event is such as blessing to us and we hope to all those that attend. It brings individuals from all denominations together to celebrate God’s love for us through prayer,” she said Michael’s compelling story of transformation has been featured through both Christian and general high profile media. Most recently, he was featured on the 700 Club, 100 Huntley Street, Billy Graham’s Decision Today Radio, Fam-ily Network "Open House," Daystar Network, LeSea Broadcasting "Harvest," TBN Praise the Lord & Damascus Road, and Life Today with James Roberson.
He has also been featured in Life Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, GQ, L.A Times, 48 Hours, The Today Show, Nightline, ABC Primetime, NBC Nightly News, ESPN, HBO Real Sports, Jim Rome Show, PBS "All Things Considered," and the prestigious "The Eleventh Hour" for PBS.
This year’s prayer breakfast theme will be “To God Be the Glory.” The event will begin at 7 a.m., with a breakfast buffet. The program will then begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. “This is a wonderful time for fellowship and worship,” says Brazell. “I encourage everyone to come if you possibly can.”
The event is free, but reservations are required. To find out more about the prayer breakfast or to register for the event, call 706-602-7800, ext. 2257 or visit www.gordonhospital.com and click on events and education/ calendar of events.