Tag: priest

El Paso priest: ‘So many funerals,’

WASHINGTON | Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of… Read more »

Parish priest near shooting: ‘Let’s take care of each other’

WASHINGTON | When Father Michael Lewis, parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in El Paso, Texas, first heard about the shooting that took place a mile and a half from his parish, he said he would do whatever was needed. Right away, that turned out to be providing a place for prayer. So, the… Read more »

Gang murder or environmental crime in killing of Salvadoran priest?

WASHINGTON | Many took to social media to denounce the May 18 killing of a Salvadoran priest while urging authorities to look at the crime as a possible retaliation for Father Cecilio Perez Cruz’s criticism of the cutting of trees near the western town of Juayua. Initially, many characterized the crime as a gang killing… Read more »

Priest inspired by pilgrimage

WEST PALM BEACH | Father Mario Castaneda, full of excitement, was eager to share his pilgrimage story with the Florida Catholic, but also his new pledge going forward as a priest and shepherd of the Church. Father Castaneda, pastor of St. John Fisher in West Palm Beach for the past nine years, traveled to Rome… Read more »

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church makes history with two ordinations

WASHINGTON | In a June 2 ceremony in Tampa, Florida, Father Rajeev Philip became the second U.S.-born priest to be ordained for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. His ordination came about a month after that of U.S.-born Father Kevin Mundackal. In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service May 31, two days before his ordination, Father… Read more »