About Father Altier...
Father Robert Altier is a Roman Catholic priest in the archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis.
Ordained in 1989, he currently serves as assistant pastor at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint
Paul, Minnesota. A member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Altier has a great devotion to
the Holy Eucharist and Our Blessed Mother Mary, and is loyal to Pope John Paul II. Fr. Altier
serves as president of
Help the Helpless, a charitable organization
benefitting handicapped children in India. His deep commitment to providing orthodox instruction
of the Catholic Faith to the faithful led him to begin the ever-popular "Fundamentals of Catholicism"
series which is attended by 150 people each year and is now in its 14th year. Recordings of this
series and over 150 other talks by Father Altier are available through Divine Mercy Tapes
Leaflet Missal Company in Saint Paul, MN.
About A Voice in the Desert...
This site was initiated and is maintained by parishioners who, having received many graces through the inspiring
homilies given by Father Altier, wanted to provide a way for more people to benefit from these daily homilies.
It is our hope that by listening, reading, and meditating upon these words, you will be filled with an intense
desire for holiness, a true longing for union with God. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest prayer
of the Church and yields bountiful graces from God for all the faithful, even the entire world. We encourage
you to assist at Mass as often as possible. In cases where daily attendance is impossible or a daily homily
is not given at the church you attend, we hope this site will be helpful. If you cannot get to Mass daily, may
we suggest that you read the Scripture readings for the day, then listen or read the homily, and make an Act of
Spiritual Communion with Our Lord. Father suggests the following prayer:
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in
my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You
have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.
- Enchiridion of Indulgences