A message to all priests:
This site is dedicated to you and the good work you do. We
appreciate the long hours, the sacrifices and the dedication you have for
your vocation. You are, and you will remain, in our prayers. Thank you!
Your service calls to mind the old story about the man walking down a
beach covered with starfish that had been washed ashore overnight. He saw
a young girl walking along, picking up starfish and throwing them back
into the ocean. He stopped the little girl and said, "Young lady, why
bother? There are millions of these starfish. You can't get them all back
in the water. You can't possibly make a difference." She picked up a
starfish, threw it back into the ocean, and told the man, "I made a
difference to THAT one."
You make a difference to us every day. Thank you.
- Rick, Joe, Ingrid, Bryan, Doug and Steve
Letters to priests in Kentucky/Indiana are printed in bold
type, since this is our home base!
Dear Father Gerry C. Belen,
We would like to thank you for the time you've spent here in San Roque,
Cavite City, Philippines spreading Words of God and touching the lives
of many including ours. In the short span of your stay, our
relationship with God deepened all the more. How we wish our parish
could have you longer but we are more than happy knowing that there
are many others who would be as enlightened like us and whose lives
can be touched more.
Thank you again and you'll always be remembered.
Christine and Carlo
I am not sure if this site will help me trace up or locate Rev Fr
Henry Free OP who is dear to me
because he baptized me, he officiated my church wedding ceremony, he
baptized my youngest son
and as the hospital chaplain(Emergency Hospital,Gen. Santos City Phils)
he gave me the authority to do an emergency baptism to the very unwell
or dying unbaptized pediatric patients in our hospital I used to work
when he was not around to do it.
One year before I left the Philippines to work in England, Fr Henry
and the rest of the American priests
were sent to Manila because of some threat --that the terrorists would
kidnap them for ransom.
I felt sad about it as he was a great loss for me as our chaplain.
Since then I never heard of him.
I tried to sent an email to the Dominicans in Manila. Unfortunately I
have not received a reply.
Oftentimes, I think of him and I include him in my prayer life like
any other priests.
Fr. Henry is likely in his late 70’s and he is diabetic. I would
really like to know his whereabouts
and how well he is now. I am still hoping and praying I would be able
to find him
and to keep in touch with him because he remains dear to me.
I will appreciate If you kindly pass this message on to other Order of
Preachers or Dominicans.
Thanking you so much.
Thanks to F. Gerardo Mendoza of St. George in Fontana, Ca
Thanks to Fr. Mark Spalding at Holy Trinity Parish in Louisville.
You had big shoes to fill when Father (now Bishop) Chuck Thompson left,
but you are doing a brilliant job. Passionate, witty, charitable,
encouraging. Thanks so much for what you mean to all of us!
Today I went to confession at Oblate in San Antonio. I don't know the
Priest's name who heard my confession. What I do know is that through him
I felt the Holy Spirit. He got an old missile and tore out a page with the
"renew prayer." he told me he isn't supposed to do that, then smiled at me
and told me not to tell anyone. I read the prayer to him. All
I can say is thank God for this gentle Priest. I pray that someday, when
it's time, God brings this good man home to heaven. Thank you God. I love
Richard Grosse is looking for Fr. Robert Flickenger. Fr. Flickenger is
at St. Basil Catholic Church in South Haven, Michigan. I'll be happy to
give him additional information if needed.
I don't know how to express in words what Father Pat Sheedy, Blessed
Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, means to me and my family. I'm not a
member of his parish, I live in the Orlando area. However, over the years
I met him through family members and he has been a blessing to our family.
He has counseled me when I need direction. He is always available and
makes time for us even when is agenda book is overloaded with
appointments. He always finds a way to fit us in. Father Pat, gave my
children their sacraments of holy communion, reconciliation, confirmation
and he just recently married my daughter. He has drove miles to comfort us
during the loss of a loved one. All the time manage a huge parish
congregation and catholic grade and high school. Father Pat is full of
love and compassion. I love him with my whole heart. He is a role model of
living life to serve. He is always working and never seems to rest. There
is something very special about Father Pat, I have never loved any priest
more than I love and respect him and I do I love my own parish priest. The
light of Christ shines deep in Father Pat, the dedication to serving and
helping others can clearly be witnessed every day. He will always hold a
special place in my heart. I love him!
We would like to thank Father Charlton Plateros of St. Edward's Parish
in Kowloon, Hong Kong for the beautiful mass and blessing that he
graciously provided at my mother Emma Mamaril's funeral. The family
would also like to take this opportunity to thank him for accepting our
invitation to dine with us afterwards. Father Plateros' attendance gave
huge comfort to the whole family. Thank you.
There are so many priests I've know in my life that have helped me out
in my road to finding out where God is in my life.
The first is my Godfather Rev. Msgr. Ismael-Teste Perez and of course his
friend Rev.Msgr. James Golasinski who still watches over his sheep. My
high school chaplain Rev. Ron Groschen M.S. who's still teaching at
O'Connell College Preporatory High School in Galveston as well as My RICA
Instructors Rev. Bill Davis OMI and Rev. Timothy Paulsen OMI both of My
Family's Home Parish of Immaculte Heart Of Mary Church here in Houston,TX
The one thing that still comes back to me is when I was on the brink of
lossing my faith in God was this one priest in particular who I miss and
also pray for. Its that I was thinking of leaving the church and felt lost
from within and from the bottom of my heart I would like to say,to Rev.
Patrick Cummings where ever he maybe, my heartfelt thanks in helping me
come back home to the faith. Many thanks to all of the
Priest,Deacons,Laypersons, Bishops,ArchBishops,Cardinal and our Pope who
make us better people every day. I pray for all who serve Our Archdiocese
here so thank you all for the sacrifices you give each and everyday.
From Aida J. Gonzalez- Houston,TX
I wish to thank Father Jose' Antonio Fortea, Official exorcist of the
diocese of Madrid, Spain for allowing me to work as a colleague with and
for him in his very powerful worldwide ministry..there are few and far
between Holy and truly dedicated priests today like Father Fortea who
also has a Phd in demonology..Fr. Fortea gives lectures on "Exorcism in
the Catholic Church today" all over the world and is also currently
studying for is Doctorate in Theology in Rome. People's lives are
changing positively because of his unselfish giving of himself to his
work in God's vineyard. Be blessed always Fr. Fortea...ERM+
A Big Thank you for the Lord for gifting us with our Dearest Lordship
Alwyn Baretto and Fr. Francis D’souza (Diocese of Sindhudurga, India,
Maharashtra) who have been a constant source of support for me and my
family. They have helped us grow spiritually. Heavenly Father, I ask you
bless them and keep them understand your constant protection and care.
Guard and guide them in their Mission on this earth. Fr. Francis & Dear
Lordship Alwyn, we Love you and need you every moment of our life.
Martin, Joshua & Bianca
Maharashtra , Mumbai
Jason Krull for being there with your inspirational kind words. May
God Bless you and keep you safe on your trip in September.
Thomas E. Wallace
Just a small incident
which happened when I finished my education, and was looking out for a job.
A friend asked me to meet and request the owner of a big company if he could
offer me a suitable job, as he used to assist him in playing shuttle every
morning at the club.
I did as my friend ask me
to do, the owner asked me to get a letter from any body whom I know, at the
moment I agreed, but did not know whom to approach, the reason being I was a
boarder in a school quite far away. The only thought which came to me was
the priest (father) of my parish. I requested him for a letter and succeeded
in getting my first job.
I remain ever grateful to
my Parish Priest ( Father) for all his kindness and not forgetting my
A BIG THANK YOU Dear
Fathers in Christ
Ronald Andrew Lazarus
Carl Salanitro a priest that not only teaches scripture with a lively
spirit but also lives it with that same spirit. . A faithful
and thankful friend . Marie E Bell
For all priests, and especially those of St. Timothy in Philadelphia
I pray for the unfortunate sons of the Church, who lost part of their
youth and faith at the hands of a strayed priest. May this attrocity cease
to occur, and may their wounds heal and faith be restored. Man is
fallible, and the errant members of the flock must not threaten to destroy
the living body of the Chuch. We as the body of the Church must guard it
with our lives, all the while demonstrating Christian charity.
I pray for the good and pure souls of the Church, the good men who have
given their all, serving Christ by helping their fellow man. There are
priests who toil daily at the Lord's work, with kindness and selflessness,
leaving no time for themselves. I pray for the priests who do this work
while they are aching for the priesthood. I pray for those in fear, and
for those who are hurting for their brothers. That is a heavy burden to
bear while still maintaining their work, and concentration on their
selfless prayers and petitions.
I pray that these priests know they are appreciated, and remember that the
hand of the Lord is upon them to continue their work, especially now.
Soon, "this too shall pass," and those priests will be rewarded. I pray
that their heavy hearts are soon lifted, regardless of what the media
reports or spins. I pray this strengthens their faith as they pass through
this very important test.
I thank God that there are men who are willing to sacrifice so much for
the priesthood. I pray through His son Jesus Christ that the Church
continues on as it has always been. I thank and pray for the priests at my
parish, as they have brought the light and love of the Lord to my heart.
I pray that others share in this prayer.
Thank God for our Priests! I am so proud of our small parish in Willow
River, MN. Each and every Priest has been a blessing to us.
Father Deutsch is a very holy priest who respected the sacredness of the
Church in all areas and now another parish calls him Father; but we have
been fortunate to have two Priests since; Father Steve was so fun to have
around because of his smile and he helped us organize and get so much
accomplished but is now helping another parish ‘get things going again’;
and now we have our Dear Father Sunny who is just that…a warm ray of
warmth straight from the Son!
feel sorry for my protestant brothers and sisters who are so lacking in
Sacraments simply because they do not have Priests! The treasury of graces
is in the Catholic Church and our Priests are the hands of Christ …all for
our benefit! Thank God for all who heed the call to the Priesthood!
I would like to nominate
Father John M. Bauer, pastor of St. Hughes parish in Carmichaels,
Pennsylvania. He's stubbornly anti-computer and anti-internet, but he's
clearly a righteous man of God.
When he took over the pastorship of my parish (Immaculate Conception in
Washington, PA), we had the dubious distinction of having a $800,000 debt.
Father Bauer led us through a spiritual awakening (instituting Monday
evening rosary as well as other acts of devotion) and God answered the call
for funds for the parish.
An elderly parishioner passed on, leaving enough money to the money to the
Church to not only retire the debt, but to also permit extensive
refurbishing of our church that was built in the 1940s.
Some may scoff at the idea of Fr. Bauer being divinely blessed, but that
debt had been growing since 1965 - through the administrations of many other
pastors. While Father Bauer was our pastor, our grade school enrollment
sky-rocketed, as well. That school had been on the decline and nearly
I don't pretend to speak for any other parish members, but I do know how
many other would agree with me. He so richly deserves accolades and our
John A. Quayle
Immaculate Conception Parish
Knights of Columbus (2nd degree)
Father Dermot Dwyer (1923-2005) you came to my St. Dominic's Church in
Colfax California in the summer of 1988. Hearing your first sermon I was
shocked because I felt that you were talking to me one on one. Every
phrase was as if you shot an arrow over the heads of the other
parishioners and every one them pierced right through me. You see I was a
poor Catholic then and had not even been to confession for ten years. You
changed my life completely and became my mentor, best friend, and
spiritual director. You are the wisest person that I have ever known. You
led me from what I was then to what I do now, a Catholic apologist. Even
though you left us for a better place, I speak of you in the present tense
because I know you are still working for all of us from Heaven.
GOD Bless Father Dwyer...
Heavenly Father, we thank you today for your work in creation and
the abundant blessings that we have as Your children.
Thank you for the church, the company of the redeemed, and for the
local church where believers gather to express their faith
and obedience such as we do here at Ste Odile in
Thank you for Father Maria Paschal his faithfulness to your cause,
for the Bible says, "it is required that those who have been given
a trust must prove faithful" (1
Thank you for his
personal commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord and
Saviour and to the
Word of God.
Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm
and a burning love
ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him In his sorrows, strengthen him In
his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering
is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is
needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your
son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and
because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of
in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help
him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
feel extremely grateful that our church is lucky enough to have
you leading Ste Odile Church .
Kris & Jane Kotadoo
From Mauritius Island
I thank the Lord for the ministry of my pastor, Father Nick Rice.
is a man of much integrity and compassion! His hard work on behalf of
those of us at Our Lady of Lourdes and his
sense of humor are also
gifts that I especially appreciate. I understand that he will
retiring in 2011. What giant shoes his successor will have to fill!
Dave P. in Louisville, KY
Message for Debra Fusilier…. There is a
Father Paul Bomba at my home parish of
St. Theresa’s, East Blackstone, Massachusetts 01504…. Have no idea
if he is the same priest you are looking for. God bless you and yours.
I heard that you were not feeling well. So not just I, but the rest of
Metanoia and the Charismatic Prayer Group all have You in their prayers.
How are You feeling? I'm concerned about you.
My Mother, 2 friends, and I just joined Second Order Franciscans. Now with
the different things I collect I'm also collecting Rosaries.
Praise the Lord.
I have only been a member of
Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota Florida for about 9
years. However, I can say the priest's here have been very inspiring
and their devotion to God and their participation with the parishioners
has been great. I am so proud of them
Joseph J Wagner
I am deeply grateful for all the religious priests, brothers and
sisters whose response to God's invitation to religious life enabled me to
access sanctifying grace through reception of the sacraments .
Beginning with the priest who baptized me, the sisters who educated me in
my faith, the parish priest and his assistant priests, the Bishop who
confirmed me and the gentle little Irish nun who gave me an apricot silk
dress which to a little girl who lived in hand me downs from larger
sisters was like a splendid gift from a fairy godmother!
I wish to send my personal love, prayers and Thanks
to Fr Dean for everything he did for our parish while he was our Pastor
and still today with his new parish can still find time to come to us when
he is called.. Thank You Father and I pray that the life you are to lead
in your new Parish may be as fruitful as the lives that you have touched
in our community
A message to ALL those in the priesthood:
There are many of us "out there" who still have respect for priests and
still believe that the great majority are pure of heart. Your efforts do not
go unappreciated. The work you do is important and I for one thank you for
it. With the continued love of our priests and support of its members, the
Church will survive.
I would love to reach Our Favorite
Priest who has since retired to his Home country of
Father Michael Walsh?? He was ordained in Denver.
Do you have an email for him?? If so, please email this site.
Both our 2 youngest Children were
name sakes of Father, Anna "Michelle" & Paul " Michael".
I would like to thank Rev. Fr. Bernard
Taypen of St. Vincent Ferrer
Parish in Batad, Iloilo, Philippines for his
unfailing love, commitment, and unconditional services to all the
people in my hometown, You are indeed a
good shepherd for all of us !!
Thank you Father Michael Roy for
your Truth and courage to speak the truth. You are very compassionate and
accepting. It is easy to see that you are a prayerful man. Your homily
always speaks to my heart and I am truly grateful. Kathy Gillen
|Let us also not forget our
Holy Father, who
indeed is a great priest.
Pope Benedict, for defending out Catholic Faith.
God be with you always and may you live a long life.
Thank you to all priests who guard the Faith and the faithful.
God bless you all abundantly. We appreciate you and pray for you.
Daughter in Christ
Fr Brian Connolly
Thank you very much father for sharing your skills with
us when you worked
in Eldorado Park. He who gives to me teaches me to give
( Danish Proverb)
Father Paul Beukes
Thank you very much father for all your love and hard
work in our parish community of Eldorado park.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but there
echoes are truly endless. (Mother
I pray for all the priests, but I would especially love to thank Father
Josh in St. Anthony Parish
in Bayou Black (the outskirts of Houma, LA). He has really been an
inspiration to many people over here. I hope they don't move him. He has
saved my marriage. My husband even goes to confession to him. If you knew
my husband, that says a lot. He even called my brother, who suffers from
mental illnesses. This call encouraged my brother to pray more. My
brother brags about that call still.
Father Bob offers great insight and
invaluable advice / counsel when I need it. He has helped me to find
peace through Jesus. He heard my confession when I returned to my faith
after being away for 35 years and I have never felt so welcomed anywhere
by anyone in my life. Even though I have thanked him in person, I would
love to pay tribute to him on this site as well.
Thank you Father Bob! You are truly doing
God's work and I thank Him for bringing you to our parish.
Thank you Fr.Michael Cormier
for all your support, and friendship.
I want to find Fr. Robert Flickenger who I heard years ago had a
Catholic Parish somewhere in
Michigan. I need to
find him and would like to e-mail a message of thanks to him and for
advice on very serious problem that is time sensitive. If you can find him
I would appreciate it. I don't know if you handle these kind of requests;
but would appreciate any help you may be able to provide. Thank You,
Sincerely , Richard Grosse
I would like to thank Fr.
Savoie for his
wonderful knowledge, humor, and faith. He brought me (as well as my
family) into the Church, and I am forever in his debt.
thank you for the Parish Priest Nathan Chavez for the help of me, in
times of need especially financial problem. He also helped me the time
during i need financial for the final examination... Thank you also
father for all his support and prayers.
And to all Priest who has assigned in Our Lady of Lourdes, Valencia, Ormoc
Thank you so much Fathers. Thank you for all support.
from: Parish Youth Ministry of OLLP Valencia, Ormoc City, Leyte.
This message is a response to Donna Aurichio's request for the
whereabouts of my uncle.
I am sad to report that my uncle,
Father George White passed away yesterday, 6/19/09, around
10:30am. He is being buried next week in
Massachusetts. I am awaiting the details. I will be happy to
forward you the details. Please email this site and we can get in
have confirmed with the
Archdiocese of Detroit that Father Donald (Don ) Demmer will begin
his new assignment on
July 1, 2009 at
St. Columban in Birmingham, Michigan.
Paris is located at 2200 Dunstable (a bit or irony there)Birmingham,
Michigan. This is per Lori Paul at the
I just read in my St John's University (NY) magazine that Fr. Ray
died. I graduated w/ him from St John's School of Ed. in 1956. I lost
track of him after that but we were in many classes together. I did not
know he became a priest until another classmate told me yrs ago. and that
he was in a parish in Conn.
Many time I thought to look him up but now its too late.
Please let me know the details of his death if possible. I see he was a
Missionary of Holy Apostles. Did he travel to foreign lands?
He, as well as many other priests will be in our prayers this
Easter Season. My
sympathy to his brother, Joe.
Alice MacKrell Landon
I want to post a big Thanks for Father Inocencio Estivalez. He used to
belong to Chrurch of Guadalupe, Wimauma, FL.
He retired to Spain
I miss him a lot being around every day, talking, giving advice,
visiting an giving bread,fruits, veggetables to people in needs......being
there with the people.
I never saw a Priest like him. I don't see any other Father around, like
he used to do. I miss him a lot.
I am still in touch with Father Inocencio by phone and letter.
Big Thanks to Father Inocencio, God bless you.
I am writing to express my appreciation for the ministry of
Thompson of Louisville. He is always affirming and encouraging.
spiritual (and other types of) growth experienced by
parish in Louisville since he became pastor is inspiring. May God
richly bless this hardworking priest!
Father James Whalen,
I am Cuc , I am watching your website . I am glad and I
would like you to give me little the Holy Oils .I am a Catholic
and I always pray God helps me and my family . Can You pray
for my Brother ,because He doesn't
trust in God 's
Thanks Father very much .
God bless Father .
I would just like to thank Fr. Michael Yadron from
St. Thomas More
Fr. Mike is really able to relate to all of the parishioners.
His homilies are so insightful, and he is able to relate the
Scriptures to everyday life. Fr. Mike deeply cares for all of
his parishioners, and he is always willing to help and listen
whenever any parishioner is struggling.
Many thanks to Father Mike!
you Lord, you have giving me a biological parent in bring me to life.
Thank you Lord, you have giving me holy priests to save my soul and mold
me for a sanctifying spiritual life. Words can not enough express my deep
gratitude especially to the following priests:
Late Rev. Father Henry Schumacher, SVD
your 18 years of guidance had molded me the seed of my wholesome being. I
was able to adjust to the world at large. I was able to forgive my late
mother for what she has done to me and gave her my 20 years sincere love in
serving her twilight years. At present, I stand up righteously with my 2
feet in the stormy ocean of life without given in to the crooks.
Late Rev. Fr. Denis Lynch, SJ
you have saved my soul and my life by your
unfailing love. I am a
born catholic but grew up in a Buddhist and Taoist family. I never underwent
proper catechism and catholic practices. In 1982, I got an incurable
illness, Late Father Lynch was so patience in taken care of me. He gave his
time and endangered his life in order to save me. There was a violent strike
in the place where he was assigned. He knew I need his anointment at that
very hour. He wore his clergy attire and rose up a white flag to give signal
to the terrorist that he has to go out for an emergency sick call. Father
Lynch, my family and I were so touch by your heroism. You knew you can not
live long and my spiritual illnesses was still a long way to go, you still
thought to endorse me to a good hand to take care of me. Father Lynch, I can
never forget your last will to me. I do follow it.
Late Rev. Fr. Mahoney, Cssr
you have given me a
first recollection in my life which planted the seed of my being a catholic.
Rev. Fr. Allen O’Brien, Cssr –
to you and to your
Redemptorist congregation, we owe so much to you. You have awakened my
mother from her 24hours coma and serving her spiritually for the long 12
years day and night. You are still continuously serving us spiritually
though you are assigned in a very far place. Distance does not hinder your
Rev. Fr. Regis Cyril WanSaiCheong, SJ –
consecutive 1,000 nights of praying over me for 3 hours every night in
order to open my eyes; your sharing with us on our ordeal
family crisis Your sincerity of coming to our house to anoint me even at
12:00midnight is something unforgettable. You may be physically far away
from us, but your good deeds never dies.
Msgr Frederick Kreikenbeek
your untiring 20 years of praying over me every day is something I can not
repay. Nobody knows how heavy the spiritual illness case of our family tree
is. You have been so patience and understanding in praying over me with out
thinking of any monetary reward. Many people misunderstood your kindness on
us, but you are never affected by it. You have suffered so much because you
want to help and to save me. Msgr Fred, how can I give my thanks to you…?
many other priests whose names are not mentioned and who have in one way or
the other help me or my family. May I give my sincere thanks to all of the
I want to take this opportunity to extend my profound gratitude to a
good shepherd sister –
Sister Rosalie Enriquez, RGS.
Sister Rosalie, you have
made me of what I am of my today. When I count my blessings, I remember
For Father Yan Hlavka at St. Peters Church in Israel,
I just wanted to say....
Thank you so much..!
Thank you for your understanding, I came to
the church like for the first time,
after about a year with no confession, and
it took me too long to feel comfortable..
Thank you for this amazing opportunity you
give people all the time by letting them to be forgiven.
Thank you for just being there, when I
I really feel better now..
(I have read
psalm 91 and 1.. as
you told me to do.)
I will pray for you too before I go to
I am looking for a priest,
Father George White. He was an
American Indian from
upstate New York.
I believe it was
Ogdensburg, New York. He was a close friend to our family in
Essex, New York.
The church there was St. Josephs Catholic Church. He would have been
born about 1920's. He was an oblate father and served in
South America. I
was hoping someone could direct me on to locate him now?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Thank you to Monsignor Patrick Panos and Father Steven Shadwell at
St. Catherine of Bologna Parish in
Ringwood, NJ. We are
blessed to have priests with the courage to speak the Truth. I am so
grateful for your dedication to reaching our youth and for the sacrifices
you make to serve them. Thank you for being "a priest first".
Thank you to Father Gregory Kandt, formerly of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
in Salem, VA (now of Charlottesville, VA). You were instrumental in Rob's
journey into the Church and I am forever grateful. We miss your
friendship, but pray often for you. God has gifted you in amazing ways to
share His love and shepherd His people. Thank you for being our shepherd
and for traveling to NJ to baptize John.
Rob, Blair and John Ransom
Dear Fr. Carmel,
One thank you note doesn't seem enough to
thank you for all you have done to help me to be a better person, to bring
me closer to God. I always thank you quietly by saying daily rosaries for
you but every once in awhile I should let you know how much I appreciate
you. I am so grateful that God sent you into my life, I wish it had been
earlier but better late than never. You are the ideal example for
seminarians: selfless in your care and time for others, especially the
sick and dying, always available for your people, meticulous in how you
keep the church so beautiful. The deeply devout way you say Mass and
Novenas with such faith and love it reaches out to all of us who
are present. You never read or use notes for your homilies, they come
straight from your heart and they are deeply moving lessons on Scripture.
I see you as a person who would love to convert the whole world and
frustrated over the impossibility. Thank you Father, for everything.
I wanted to thank Father Carmel Polidano for all that he has done for
myself and my family in giving us a concrete example of what a good
priest is and reminding us in these trying times for the
Catholic Church, that they do still exist. Father Carmel is
always there for his parishioners, past and present. He has a way of
giving homilies that draws you to listen to the message .
Thanks again, Father Carmel! Hang in there. We need good priests to keep
true faith alive.
When I think back to the
all priests I have known in my life the one I think of with gratitude and
love is Father Carmel Polidano. This priest came here from
Malta 28 years ago
after being ordained on the Feast of St. Paul. Father Carmel is one priest
who came to my parish who has made the biggest positive impact in the lives
of all those he has touched. I am so grateful for his encouragement and
guidance. He stressed that we should be reading and living
The Word. The impact of following his instruction and the effect it
has made in my life is obvious to all I meet. God bless you, Father
Carmel, for being a priest EXTRAORDINAIRE. I pray for you daily.
Thank you father for changing my life before i died, ill never
forget what you have done for me! love,Von.
Thank you Father Twohig for being
there in our time of sorrow. The day of my father, Roland "Joe"
Dymon's, funeral you had just
the right words of comfort and support.
Thank you so much for helping
everyone remember the memories they each had with my father.
May God bless you.
Carrieann Dymon Bailey
To all priests everywhere, Thank
Fathers for your
Thank you, Fr. Ted Gibowski!
I will always remember your faithfulness, constancy,
zeal, dedication to your priesthood and your love of
our Our Holy Mother, Mary.
Fr. Ted was our parish priest who was born and raised
Poland, suffered through nazi occupation and
lived under the Communist regime. One night, or
rather very early in the morning, the germans came and
ordered the family, with 13 children, out of their
home, giving them one half hour. Some of the children
were placed in an orphanage, the father was sent to a
concentration camp and some of the older
brothers were sent to the military. During this time
he made his
Holy Communion. On that day, his mother asked
him to pray to Jesus that his father would be released
from the camp and war would end. Both indeed did
happen. Since all Polish young men had to serve in
the military, he signed up for duty. He eventually
became a missionary priest and served in
America. From there he wound up in
North America and was incardinated into the
diocese of Providence where he faithfully served the
St. Stanislaus Kostka.
He was a faithful, loyal son of the church, and even
though he was the only priest at the church, he rarely
took any time off. He prayed the 15 decades of the
rosary with the people EVERY day except Sunday before
daily Mass, never taking his day off from Mass. He
was always there. It was his belief that he should be
accessible to his flock. He heard my confession every
week without fail, whether he was sick, tired or
having a number of pressing issues to deal with. He
led May devotions EVERY day during May and also Rosary
Devotions during October. He led "Lamentations"
during Sundays in
Lent - and on Fridays during Lent
Stations of the Cross in English then
Later in Polish. He led a Holy Hour
every Thursday and implemented Adoration on Mondays.
He visited the sick on First Fridays and brought Holy
Communion every Sunday to the sick. One day i was in
the rectory counting the collection. I heard the
phone ring and heard him apologize for forgetting to
bring Holy Communion to someone. His dinner was hot
and ready to eat but he got up right away and went to
the sick person, totally forgetting himself. He did
many repairs to the church himself - the church as
small and poor. He was a tireless worker, right up to
the end. He finally retired at 75. There is so much
more to say about him that it would require many
pages. However - in summary, when i think of Fr. Ted
- I think of his love for God. He really had such a
pronounced, visible love for God.
I saw his holiness and
love of God to a degree i had never seen in a
priest up until i met him and this kept me close to
the church. As i stayed close to the church through
the sacraments and devotion, I grew to love Jesus and
Mary more and more. I will ALWAYS be thankful for Fr.
Ted. I will ALWAYS be thankful to God for sending Fr.
Ted to America. I don't see him any more, but i pray
for him every day and he is always in my heart. He
was my priest,
Confessor, Spiritual Director and ultimately,
my friend. May Our Lady cover him with her mantle and
one day bring him to heaven.
Until we meet again,
his spiritual daughter,
I would like to thank Fr. Chrispin, Fr. Mario, Fr. Jean-Baptiste,
Fr. David Kennedy, Fr. Tony, Fr. James, Fr. Gerald
Anthony, Fr. Anthony, Fr. DeGrandis, Fr.
Fr. Maxwell, Fr.
Damian, Bishop Choby, Fr. Eric, Fr. David, Fr. David Dormer,
Cardinal Arinze, Fr. Wade, Fr. Sean and so many other
who have walked (and prayed) with me in my journey to loving
and coming back in full communion with the church. Without
(sometimes stern) guidance (but filled with The
not have persevered by myself and with my family. I cannot
many others who suffer so much for us despite loneliness,
misunderstandings, difficult parishioners, etc. May God
abundantly and build a straight path to Heaven for them.
May the Lord
bless them and cover them with His
I have been a Catholic for 60 years. In that time, I
have benefitted from almost no support from my
pastors, vicars, deacons etc. Although I have tried, I
have now forsaken any attempt to change the status
quo….it will be forced to change. However, I do recall
an incident in New Haven Kentucky back in the mid 80s
which I remember to this day. New Haven is near
Bardstown KY and not far from Gethsemane Monastery
etc, a very Catholic locale. A new priest was “taking
over” the duties of pastor at the
catholic church in New Haven . He was
relatively young and I happened to attend one of his
first Masses while visiting relatives. He stated to
the congregation that he was there to serve the
spiritual needs of the people….any other issues
associated with administration such as new furnaces,
plant and equipment etc could be handled by a parish
advisory council of some sort. You could hear a pin
drop. Here we had a priest who verbally acknowledged
his role was to administer to the spiritual needs of
his parishioners. I was very much impressed with this
priest. I thank him and hope that he is still serving
in the capacity that he so eloquently presented.
Beloved Father in heaven, look upon your troubled
sons and give them the strength they need to
shepherd their flock.
Savior, brother of all the beleaguered
priests, look upon them and grant them the graces
your people truth,
love and mercy.
beloved Mother, Oh my beloved Mother, you who cry
for all your troubled sons, intercede for them
with your son, and grant them peace in their
hearts, in their homes and in their churches.
ask as in all things through Christ our Lord.
I want to thank all the priests who served the parish St Pauls in Owosso
Michigan Diocese of Lansing:
Fr Frank Williams
and with my poor memory I don't want to leave any one out so If I forgot
to mention you it is my fault not yours. I have had my ups and downs and
because of Christ's love through His Priests I have finally found the path
that leads to Jesus, The Father , and the Holy Spirit and I thank God for
gracing us with His Shepherds. I once was a lost sheep and because of
good solid teaching and wonderful parents I have been found and love God
more and more each and every day.
Talk again later,
God Bless You,
Thank you, fathers! Thank you Bp. Capalla! For shepherding the flock in
Davao. Thank you for the spiritual guidance and nurturing
you made in
Davao. We are so blessed to have all of you here. May we continue
to journey towards going back to our 'home'. Be assured with my prayers
Sister Joan D. Castro
Davao Ministerial Interfaith Inc.
want to thank a wonderful priest, Father
Michael J. Fitzpatrick from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA.
May God richly bless him for all he has done for my
family and myself.
I was a fallen away catholic. I had not seen or spoken
to a priest for 31 years. There was no particular reason for leaving the
church. I just never went back after I graduated from catholic
Four years ago my mother was at my home dying of brain
cancer. I called the parish my father had attended to see if a
priest could come to the house. When Father Fitzpatrick got the call he
dropped everything and rushed over. What a wonderful and undeserved
blessing we received to have a priest present at the moment of my mother's
death. Father Fitzpatrick has a very easy going and jovial temperament.
That day he had just the right words of comfort and support. Father
Fitzpatrick was a wonderful example to us of the true mercy of Christ.
I have since returned to the church and I attribute
much of that directly to Father Fitzpatrick. He truly shines with the
light of Christ, and I pray for him daily.
Thank you again,
I wish to thank Father Fred Nijem, pastor for Sacred Heart
Warner Robins GA. for his outstanding representation of Jesus Christ,
our Lord. As one of Jesus Christ's apostles, he exhibits such a
spiritual aura that makes it a pleasure to return and honor him daily
attending daily Mass. He is definitely a passionate adherent; a strong
supporter towards his congregation. Father Fred's passion and
interpretation of the gospel every day is inspiring. I met and became
friends with this Priest and he has brought me back to my faith. How
I ever thank him for saving my soul and for allowing me to hear his
homily. I was told that he is reaching 65 years old and I am so
that he will consider retiring from our church.
Each Sunday I find it a pleasure to donate alms to our church because
Father Fred is indeed the best priest I have ever met in my life and I
am 55 years old. Father Fred constantly shows his goodness and loyalty
to our Eternal Father and to our
Catholic Church in Warner Robins GA.
I pray for his health and his soul for he has definitely saved me. I
thank God and all the Angel's and Saints for bringing this holy man
my life. If I could honor him with accolades and proclaim to the
Christians in Warner Robins, I would appeal to all the fall away
Catholics to visit Sacred Heart and observe his kindness, sincerity and
love that he brings to all the fall away Catholics. If they would visit
Sacred Heart I know they will come back to Jesus Christ and our Blessed
I beg and plead for Father Fred to be blessed and to go straight to
Heaven. Father Fred does not need to be purified to face our Eternal
Father. He is already a Saint to me.
Mrs. Margaret Santiago
113 Spring Chase Circle
Kathleen GA 31047
I need to thank Father Stan and Father
Matt, They are in Cincinnati Ohio and what great guys they are!
we are a small parish and Father Stan id
retired, or so he thought!
I cannot put into words what they mean to
me. THANK YOU BOTH!
I will never forget how my husband and I were spiritually fed by a
priest we met while my husband was stationed in
Mainz, Germany in 1984-1986. My husband and I are involved in our
parish church today because of this priest. I know he's from Massachusetts
and his name is Fr. Paul Bomba. I got in touch with him while he was in
Iraq a few years ago. But since then, he has retired and I have
lost contact with him. If anyone knows him, please respond to this web
Dear Thank you Father,
I would like to tell you about our priest, Fr. Janusz Lipski here at
St. Hedwig's R. C. Church in Floral Park, New York (Long Island). He
is here from Poland as well as our other 2 priests. He goes out of
his way to talk to the people after Mass and I think that's a real
effort in the NYC area where people are not very friendly (take is
from a person from Southwest Pennsylvania). His English is pretty
good and he tries to touch the hearts of the American people.
I only wish that more of our Bishops would take notice of these
gentlemen who come to the States to minister The Gospel to the
American people. I am grateful! I thank God for holy priests like
May God Bless you and Mary keep you,
I would just like to say thank-you in so many ways to Fr. Cash. My
family and I have followed him all around
Pax Christi Vobiscum!
(Peace in Christ !)
Mr. Corey Bruns
S.T.L.P./ G.T. /Catholic/Student/ Media Producer/Band/ Server/Beta
searching for Pete Tomanio whom graduated from Lehigh University. I believe
that he may be a priest today. My name is Brenda and he can contact me by
responding to this Web site.
Father Javier Hinojosa, Mexican
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico is in
Kenya and asks us to pray for him and for the parishioners under
his care, as well as for the missionaries from other Christian
denominations who are trying to escape from the slaughters that are taking
Nairobi. Father Javier has accepted God’s will and is willing to
die for Christ in that African country where his mission is. (We
transcribe the letters received tonight). In
Kenya it is 6:15 AM of Saturday, January 5; Cities are covered with
flames and the noise of the weapons and bullets is very close to those who
are trying to save their lives.
THANK YOU to all the
wonderful Priests at
St Mary’s Catholic Church in Old Town, Alexandria (Virginia).
I am so blessed to be a part of this parish!! Thank you Father
Kleinmann, Father De Celles, Father Ruskamp, and Father Jean-Claude!!
May God bless you and keep you near Him, always!
Hello Fr. Don Demmer,
What a group of Faithful parishioners you have, we have ,for everyone
benefits!!! You have been missed much but I still picture you
with your flock of which I also have benefitted from attending Mass at
St. Dunstan's on various occasions. Looking forward to attending the
celebration of Mass with you and for the intentions of you and your
All of those rosaries are a blessing for all.
Buon Natale, Buon Anno,
God Bless All,
Joan D. Ford
Thank you Father
Eduardo Malagon of
St. Francis Xavier Church in
Lake Station, Indiana. Your homilies are unforgettable. You
have made such an impact in our lives. We are truly blessed to have
you as our priest. God Bless you always.
Niko and Noah Lara
I send a special prayer of thanks to Fr.
George A. Cairns of blessed memory for his encouragement and support
of my religious vocation. With this I thank the many other priests who
have also contributed to fostering vocations.
--Bro. Joshua Seidl, SSP
Father J C
Cain, I sure do miss your awesome sermon's it hasn't been the same since
I will never forget you, I would like to visit at your new
Kindly let me thank my parish Priest Rev. Father Linus Mulenga of
Sacred Heart Parish, Kitwe Zambia. He is a very committed Priest who
goes about serving God's children wholeheartedly. He is humble,
simple and ready to receive and listen to his parishners. He is
always available all the time. Since he came to my parish, he has
made a lot of difference in my life. He is a gift from God. Because
of this, I always miss him when he is not at the parish. I always
have peace each time I see him even he does not talk to me.
He and other priests are always in my prayers.
I'd like to thank Father Gary Schlack from
Annunciation of Our Lord (Hamilton,Ontario
Canada) parish and also Father Francis Hubilla from same
parish for all they both do for us.Their time is well spent to help
people .They are both pious priest and we really thank them for
serving God in such a beautiful way..We love you.
Friends in Christ,
John and Bernadette Walker
We wish to honor, in particular, Reverend
Major Joseph C. Vella, Retired,
United States Air Force Chaplain Service. Father Vella was born
on May 18, 1942 at St. Mary's Parish, Zebbug Gozo, Malta. After High
School, he continued his studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Gozo and
was ordained a priest on May 11, 1968.
He began his Pastoral ministry at Queen of
Sunnyside, New York in September 1968. He was assigned to St.
Joseph's Parish in Astoria, New York the following year, September 1,
1969, where he stayed for 10 years.
In September 1979, he went into active duty
U.S. Air Force as Chaplain. His services in the
USAF were at K.I. Sawyer AFB in North Michigan, Kevlaric Air Base
Iceland, Homestead AFB in South Florida, Ankara Turkey, Whiteman
Missouri, Weisbaden AB and Ramstein AFB in
Germany, Norton AFB in
California, Grand Forks AFB in
North Dakota, and Vance AFB in
Oklahoma. He also had short training tours in Korea and
Saudi Arabia. Father Vella retired from the Air Force in
After a sabbatical for 3 months in
Rome, he returned to the Diocese of Brooklyn in September, 2000.
His first short assignment was in Saint Elizabeth in
Ozone Park. In January 2001 he moved to Our Lady of the Cenacle
in Richmond Hill. He was there until he was assigned to St. Mark Parish
on July 1, 2006.
Dear Father Don Demmer,
At my first mass at Saint Dunstan's I
You said, "Lift up your Hearts"
Mine did, and again at every mass you
I could feel the presence of the Holy
As you delivered your endearing homilies
To make each person present that day
Recognize Jesus Christ in everything they
Our mass did not end with only a song,
You waited at the door to greet each of
AOD please understand the connection
Between Father Don and his congregation
He brought people closer to God;
Please allow him to rescind his
Thank you and Love you Father Don!!!!!
This is a heartfelt THANK
YOU to Fr Martin Fox of
I came upon your blog site in search of
answers, mine was about annulments. Thankyou for taking the time to
like to show my support and love for our Priests, may God and
our Blessed Mother be their joy and their all!
I would like to thank Fr. J C Cain from Our lady of Guadalupe Catholic
Austin , Tx. He made a lot of difference in my life, He 's the
kind of a person who you can just lesson to and a very caring and kind
hearted person. I miss him a lot since he left us. May God Bless him
where ever he may be.
I am trying to locate Father Ed Fugoso, Davao Philippines.
I am an old friend of his from the
Philippines. We went to the same high school.
I hope he is well, please forward this message to him so I can
communicate with him again.
God Bless and Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Namaste. Thank you, Arlene Mercurio
"A Call To My Arms"
"Mother Teresa," said a voice from above,
"My children need your tender love.
Will you care for the sick as they deserve?"
Mother said, "Yes, Lord, I will serve."
"Father Groeschel," the Lord said one day,
"My little ones need to hear what you say.
Will you write and speak and help them now?"
Father replied, "Yes, Lord, I shall."
"Father Pavone," God said from on High,
"The whole universe trembles when My babies die.
Defend life and tell them never to kill."
Father responded, "Yes, Lord, I will."
"Mother Angelica," spoke the Lord from His throne,
I need you to speak out and make My ways known.
Begin a worldwide network, Will you start today?"
Mother said, "Lord, I will obey."
"Father Corapi," he heard the Lord say,
"Use your strong, bold voice to teach and pray.
Will you travel the world and proclaim what you know?
Father said, "Yes, Lord, I will go."
All My Priests and Nuns-wherever you are
The whole world over, near or far,
You are My Beloved. You have answered My call,
You are close to My heart, each one and all.
I planted a seed in the depths of your soul,
You responded with Joy to your beautiful role.
My glorious purpose for the life of each one
Is to win souls for Heaven in the Name of My Son.
You have sacrificed all because you love Me,
You are martyred and mocked by those who don't see.
Work in My vineyards of missions and schools,
Tend to My flock and teach them My rules.
Feed My poor children and hug them for Me,
Use your gifts for the Orphans and Widows you see.
Pray for My Infants who are swept to their death
Even before they take their first breath.
Care for the sick in sorrow and strife,
You have promised to serve all the days of your life.
Should you fall in this good and evil War.
Step back on the path that leads to My door.
My heart with an ocean of Mercy will flood
And transform the whole world with My Body and Blood.
If you give Me yourselves, My special ones,
I will give you Heaven, My Priests and My Nuns.
Labor on until I call you home with Me,
And you will rest in My Arms for eternity.
Will you do all these things and love Me still?
They answered in chorus, "Yes, Lord, we will."
To the Present Team of Fathers
Felix, Vincent, Gavin, Cajetan, Lonappan and Colman.
St. Blaise Parish, Amboli,
Thank you Dear Fathers, for being a guiding light of Christ Jesus, to
every parishioner and youth, and striving hard to bring the love of Jesus
into our homes through the Small Christian Communities, with your
preachings and various activities, which reflect the WORD. Keep up the
good work and May You always walk in the WAY of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Thank you to Father Joseph Hartmann
St. John the Evangelist Church in Loveland Colorado.
He makes a difference in all our lives. His homilies are wonderful and
his spirit gives me hope
and understanding....thanks for everything that you do ....b and e.....
this is a beautiful way to say "Thank you" to our priests. I didn't
know this web site: I've known it finding many catholic religious orders
web site to send prayer requests for Rev. Mons. Ricciotti, my spiritual
Father, who is very sick in hospital from May 3 after a hard operation.
So, I want to thank him for his goodness of heart, for being a really
man of God and of the Virgin Mary, for teaching and telling me by his
life who's Jesus.
You're irreplaceable, my friend. Please, recover you soon.
I once was asked by another Priest to pray
for the Priests at our church, when we have prayer requests at Mass we
take turns in doing so ,so I always ask for prayers for the Mission
fields One Priest who was dressed in a golf shirt,looked at me when I
requested it, I thought it was weird ,when it came time for the peace
he hugged me. After Mass I find out he was a Priest visiting his
sister, and he just kept smiling at me ..so I was thanked there, I was
not looking for it . The reason for this story is that there are
people always praying for our Priests and saying the Rosary ,even
little children who sometimes we think they are not paying attention
,are and we add "THAT THE LORD SENT US A LOT OF HOLY PRIESTS " SO
THANK YOU PRIESTS THAT YOU SAID YES TO OUR LORD WHEN HE CALLED .KNOW
THAT SOMEONE IS ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU .WHEN YOU FEEL ALL ALONE JUST
THINK I KNOW SOME CARES FOR ME SOMEWHERE SOME PLACE IN THE WORLD
.............MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS
Father Trumie (Pepper) Elliott, Once the Lord asked you
to come and labor in his vineyard-ministering in His name. Thank you for
loving God. Life Greetings May God Bless
I would like
to thank Father Michael Steber of St. Anne's Church in Escanaba,
has been a great inspiration to me, my family, Parish, and to
the community. I feel confident in saying that our Lord has smiled
on all our lives. Through Father Mike's homilies and ways of
disseminating the Holy Trinity's agape, I've taken on a deeper
search to understand and hear the Word thru the Divine Office / Liturgy of
May God bless
Father Mike Steber
I give thanks and praise to all those priests who give of themselves day
after day preaching the Gospel truths to those who need to hear it
around the world. These priests are unique and special because of
their sacrifice and willingness to bring as many souls to Christ.
I particulary would like to thank Fr. Clement Machado, S.O.L.T. who
saved my life by guiding me in the right path while counseling me in the
Sacrament of Confession. I have been a follower of his since then
and He is truly a gift from God. He is constantly on the go doing
God's work like the 'Hound of Heaven!'
I would also like to thank Fr. John Corapi, S.O.L.T. for his many
teachings on Church doctrine and making them available on CD's and videos.
They are a huge help, especially at a time when the faith is being
challenged every day with ambiguity and confusion among so many Catholics.
His teachings are clear and to the point and pulls no punches when it
comes to speaking the truth.
These two great priests are not afraid of speaking up for the truth,
no matter what the consequences. They are on fire with love for
Christ and will stop at nothing in order to win souls and bring those (who
have turned away from God and His Church) back to the fold and the
embrace of the One True Catholic Church.
May God continue to bless them in their ministry.
THANKS BE TO GOD!
God Bless all our devoted priests. thank you for being
there for your people and for the many difficult
times you go through. I pray the love of Jesus becomes stronger
each day and brings all people together in love and caring for one
another's needs. I appreciate all our priests . One in particular who is
not well but continues on the devoted path to Heaven by continuing
to preach the word of God with love. May Our Dear Lord hold each
of you when your lonely or having a difficult time. May joy be in your
hearts for always. thank you God Bless you, CMETS
In 1994 I went to Medjugorje with a group led by Wayne Weibel. At the time
I was not a Catholic. I had, however, been given the gift of faith
overnight by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, so my faith landscape was
rapidly changing at that time from a nothing to, untimately, the Catholic
For some time before my trip to Medjugorje, I had been attending Mass at a
chapel just across the street from where I worked. Then I read Wanye's
book, Medjugorje The Message, and I began to pray the Rosary.
Shortly after I went to Medjugorje. All this background was probably good
for me as I was one of the few non-Catholics on the trip, and would have
otherwise been lost and probably felt a bit left out in a sea of Rosary
For a number of reasons, after being in Medjugorje a few days, I had a
great desire to go to confession. As I mentioned above, I had been
faith-wise a nothing for a long time. And as anything is OK for a faith
nothing, I had a lot to confess. And despite my great desire to go to
confession, I was utterly intimidated by the idea. So I procrastinated and
hesitated. Finally I made up my mind to do it, and went so far as to pick
out in my mind a particular priest. God, however had other and more
merciful plans for me.
I was at noon Mass, and just after it ended I hurried out the door to
catch the attention of the priest I had targeted for my confession.
He was a very popular and busy priest, and I did not see him outside the
church. I stepped back inside to see if I had missed him, and he was not
there. Sadly, and feeling quite disappointed, I went back to the door, and
as I stepped through the doorway, there stood a priest - almost as if he
were there waiting for me. I had seen the man on the tour. But he was
lodged in another building than the group I was staying with, so I really
did not know anything about the man.
Our eyes met and I introduced myself. When he told me his name was Father
John Welch I was stunned. My deceased brother's name is John, and my best
friend from High School's last name is Welch. As the import of his name
hit me, I somehow knew that this was my priest. I said told him that I was
not a Catholic, but that I wanted to go to confession. He smiled and
agreed, and to my horror, instead of going to a confessional, suggested
that we just go sit on a nearby bench. As I have mentioned, I had led
a pretty sinful life, and I was not eager to face anyone one-to-one for
confession, much less one standing in the Holy Trinity's shoes - but I
felt that I had committed myself. So full of trepadition, off we went. And
it was good. After a short time it began to feel just more like a good
cathartic conversation. After I had unburdened myself of all I could then
remember, we began to just talk. He asked how it was that I ended up in
Medjugorje, and other questions about what I knew about the Catholic
faith. So I explained about being raised Episcopalian, rejecting that
faith, being given the gift of faith overnight, going to Mass each day
across from work, praying the Rosary, and about the impact that Wayne's
book had on me along with other Catholic books on the Saints I had read.
We ended up talking about priests, and I explained how much I admired
them, and that I understood that their vows of chastity should not be
changed as such vows were a daily rejection of self as a sign of love and
commitment to God, and that such vows greatly strengthened the priesthood
spiritually. At the end I told him that I understood that he could not
grant me absolution as I was not a Catholic. And I have to say that the
admission made me very sad as I knew that I was somehow going to miss out
on the true meaning and benefit of confession. As I finished, Father Welch
looked at me and said that I was correct, and that generally non-Catholics
could not be granted absolution. And my heart fell. But then, to my joy,
he said, that in my case he would make an exception. As I heard those
wonderful words of absolution for the first time in my life, my heart
soared with joy. I literally felt light as air.
I don't really know if Father Welch was correct under church law to do
what he did. I hope he was. And I don't really know why he absolved me
that April day in the courtyard of Saint James Church in Medjugorje.
Perhaps it was because he saw that I was in essence more Catholic than
many Catholics he saw, or perhaps I was Catholic enough in my thinking and
knowledge. But whatever the reason for his actions, I am deeply, and God
willing, shall be eternally gratefully, to him for showing me such
compassion and mercy as he did.
I have never seen Father Welch since that trip. But I think of him often,
and try and pray for him whenever I do so. And I am grateful to God for
forming such a good priest as I can imagine the harm he could have
done had he rejected me for confession or ended up being one of those
confession "horror story" priests that cradle Catholics always
seem to have a story about.
I have for some time given up believing in coincidence. I believe in
Christincidence, as Tom Rutkowski says. Father John Welch was a great
Christincidence in my life, and the first of many in my life as a
Catholic. If any of you know Father, please give him my best regards.
Somehow I think he'll remember me not by name, but by occasion.
Thanks to our priests both the young and the
they have helped us in so many ways, untold,
teaching and guiding us in all of our ways,
spending their lives, both the nights and
in sacrificing their lives and time for all,
who need assistance in any way at all.
We appreciate and love you for what you have
and pray for you, to the Father and His Beloved Son,
that they keep you and hold you ever in their care,
and every blessing to you they do not spare,
but impart in abundance for the lives you have lived,
for all the service to them that you did give.
We say, as from the Father you one day will
"Well done, good and faithful
servant", to us you are dear,
so do not despair,
when at times life treats you unfair,
for your reward will be great in our
with your brother priests there you
will never be alone.
God Bless all of you.
TO THE BISHOP AND PRIESTS OF ROCKVILLE
ESPECIALLY ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST IN CENTER MORICHES THANK YOU FOR YOUR
DEDICATION AND EXAMPLE OF HOLY MEN OF GOD.
THANK YOU FOR TIRELESSLY SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY OF ST JOHNS WITH YOUR
KINDNESS, AND CARING CONSTANTLY.
FATHER MCDONALD, AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SEM. IN HUNTINGTON LONG ISLAND
AS ST JOHN MARY VIEHANNY SAID : "NEVER GIVE UP"
AN APOSTOLATE OF THE CROSS (THE GREEK)
God bless them all:
Msgr. Nolan, who was pastor at St. Paul's, Jacksonville, FL when I was
in grade school there in the 50's. You're probably in Heaven by now;
please pray for my family.
The Navy Chaplain on the Hornet when my husband-to-be was a young pilot
in 1963-64. I said, "Dear Blessed Mother please help us" and my future
husband wrote from WestPac that he had talked to the Chaplain and was
going to become a Catholic.
Father Anthony May in San Diego, who loves the Blessed Mother so much.
I always know that is one sign of a holy priest!
Father Charles Troncole,
are a true inspiration for souls desiring God! The patience and
understanding you have displayed have given me courage to seek the Lord.
Thank you for everything and may the Lord always preserve you. May
an abundance of grace be poured onto you for the love that you’ve
shown to all of us. Teresa
would like to thank our Pastor, Father David Bialkowski. He
has given his parishioners strength and encouragement by the example
he sets for us through his faith, dedication and devotion to the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments. We are truly blessed
to have him for our Pastor and Spiritual Leader. Thank you Father
David. May God bless you and Mary continue to protect, love and
the Peace of Christ,
John Gualbert’s Church
Our Church in Melrose,
MA is VERY blessed to have these two priests. They
are awesome! Father Sullivan married Joseph and me in April
of 2005 and gave us all the time we needed with him to prepare for our
wedding day. When I was faced with a horrible family
emergency, both Father Sullivan and Father Carroll were there for us
through the entire ordeal which lasted 18 months.
Father Carroll even offered special prayers for us on Divine Mercy
Sunday on a trip to Poland.
They made sure they were available to meet with us and offer help and
prayers, and they offered masses for the entire time. God is good
-- the crisis is over and all is well. They have
incredibly busy schedules and it takes a lot to be a priest and serve
God in this way. My family is so grateful for them and what
a blessing they are to all of us. Thank you for asking.
They all deserve our unending and total support.
Janice Nikitin Stravinskas
Our sincere love and thanks to Fr. Joe Thomas Noonan of Chicago,
Il. for his faith in Christ and Our Lady. We appreciate all of
the Masses he has celebrated in our community and the kindness he has
given to so many families. God bless Fr. Joe always.
THE HOLY CATHOLIC PRIEST
I saw him climb the altar steps
His white head bowed in prayer,
His hands, those graceful hands of his
Bless all assembled there.
And in his face, that holy face,
I saw the years gone by
And all the love and sacrifice
They meant for you and I.
The Sacred Host, the Golden Cup
Raised time and time again,
The hallowed feet that rush to serve
In ways that never end.
We thank you, God, for this great gift
To say the very least,
The incense of humanity
The Holy Catholic Priest.
Kate Watkins Furman
En la Santísima
Padre Roberto Mena, S.T.
I am looking for A Priest. His name is
Please respond to this web site if you
have any details.
To Rev. Fr. Jose Erlito Ebron of St. Theresa's Church in Kenilworth,
Hello Fr. I
don't know if you still remember me, it's been a long time since we saw
each other and that was in Florence
Italy remember the Filipino community there. Well i just want
to thank you for all the goodness you've shown and the time and effort you
shared with us in the community, hope you still remember them in your
prayers. Thank you also for being faithful to your vocation, i was already
wondering where you are since I haven't heard from you, I'm glad
that I was able to surf the internet and found your name. I
always thank the Lord for keeping you in his love. Hold on
always and pray that our Blessed Mother will always keep watch
on you specially in times of temptations.
you for your faithfulness to the Magisterium, life issues and
presenting the beauty and truth of our faith. You
don’t shy away from the hard issues such as: contraception and
abortion, marriage between man and woman only, faithfulness to the
teachings of the Church. You catechize your flock.
We deeply appreciate and love you and want the world to know
how great you are. If any one comes to the
Archdiocese of Detroit, be sure to come to St. Gerald’s of Farmington
, MI . You won’t be disappointed.
Christ's love, Tony, Karen and Dan
Thank you God for Mike Marrone. He has 1 year left until he
is a priest. Mike, you helped me in high school to get
through some of the roughest times of my life that I never
thought I would be able to get through. With your never
ending guidance, whole heartedness and kind words you gave
strength to walk the right path. Recently my brother took
his life and I never imagined being able to walk around
again with a smile on my face, much less making it through
his funeral mass. You gave me a hug and told me I was full
of strength and God took my brother to a better place. That
he rescued my brother from his demons, you said he was free
of his pain and happy now and that I should be happy too.
No matter how much I miss him or how much it hurts at times,
you were right, I should be happy for him and I am. He is
free and is with God. You also gave me
great strength stand up and speak for my brother at his
mass. The whole time I knew you were there to catch me if I
fell and because of that I did not. Soon following these
days you gave my father strength to go on. You told him he
was a saint for all he has dealt with and made it through.
You gave him strength. You are the kindest and most loving
man I know. I thank God for you. You will make the best
priest and will always do for others selflessly, no one
could ever ask for anything more. And you would never give
anything less. God Bless your heart.
Thank God for our good priests. Do they
really know that their office of priesthood is "divine". Therefore, all
respect should be given to all those holding authority. They are the
handy men for Christ. Their whole being is the representative of Christ.
They are the only ones that can save souls for Christ. We must kiss
their hands and bow in adoration for the divine office they represent.
O! Holy priests of God. There is a saying that says, If you met an
angel and a priest whom would you salute first, answer- The Priest. So
lets give all our good priests a 100 % having this great office bestowed
upon them by Christ.
Sending out a
heart-felt thanks to Fr. Dieckmann and Fr. Suren at St. Paul’s in
Fenton. We thank you (and our Deacons too) for all you do for the
faithful--your steadfast faith, your guidance, your counsel, and your
humor. It is obvious that each of you wants all souls to come to know,
love and serve the Lord and to be happy with Him in this life and
eternal life beyond. For all the blessings of your priesthood, we thank
you and we thank the Lord. May He continue to abundantly bless you in
your service to Him and to His flock, as well as all other areas of
life. The Holy Father Pope Benedict, you and all the clergy are in our
grateful and supportive prayers.
The Kammerer Family
Dear Father, anchor yourself in the word of
God, and tremble at the privilege that you have to hold the Body of
Christ in your holy hands at the consecration of the Holy Mass. Keep
close to Mary and love the work that God wants you to do for his
people. What a blessing, to SAVE SOULS for Christ. God bless you in all
your endeavors for Him. T. Y. flora
I have been blessed to have known many to teach the bible in ways that
we can learn, understand and adore Jesus Christ our Savior.
Today, I wanted to thank two special priests that have moved me and my
family in many ways.
Firstly, I want to thank Father James P Murphy for giving me the
opportunity to be a Eucharist Minister along his side and to teach me so
much about Church and its importance and his great ways of explaining
God's word. I miss you Father Murphy and I thank you for being my
friend as well as my pastor.
Again, I have been blessed to find another great Priest, Father Jordi,
and my little daughter has found great interest in learning the Word
every Sunday because of how Father Jordi teaches us. Father Jordi
has a special way about him and he is blessed with teaching the Word in
such a great way, that even my 3 year old daughter has found interest in
learning more. God has blessed Father Jordi with conveying the
Love that Jesus has for us through his devotion to his parish and great
causes. I also think that he has a special blessing, not only with
his parishioners but with children (Father Jordi is very approachable)
and I thank him for everything he does for our salvation.
God bless you all,
Father Joseph Nolan,
Dear Fr. Nolan,
I just want to thank you for serving our
Parish each and every day with your holiness and adherence to the
magisterial teachings. Your special homilies make the teachings of
our wonderful church interesting.
We are blessed to have you as our pastor at
Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach, Fl.
wanted to take this time to thank all the priest I have know in my life time
that made a difference. We go along our way every week to Mass. We say
hello and good day to our spiritual advisors, but it seems we never open up
our hearts to tell them what a real difference they make in our life.
We never tell them that we are grateful that they are the hands and spirit
of God helping us along our way. We appreciate them dropping
everything to be at our love ones bedsides, or praying for our love ones and
ourselves throughout life. We never tell them thank you for the
encouraging words they give us when some one passes to the other side in the
Glory of God. They are there to remind us of Gods mercy and love.
I thank Father Ralph Torsiello for being there in my youth and
young adult years. I thank Father Don Worsh for his genuine spiritual
guidance and his direction, for taking all my friends and family and praying
for them and helping them in their hours of need. I thank Father
George Reid at St Mary’s in Barnesville for his years of devotion, and his
spiritual healing, opening up the sacraments for all who knock on his door
without question. He and Father Don P. Worch I know have that extra
special place in heaven, because they truly saved a lot of souls. To Father
Walter Lawrence, and Father Zella, thank you for your gentle encouraging
support. Thank you for making our beautiful church in Barnesville, Maryland
“St. Mary’s Church & Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima” a special
place, a blessed place for all who come up to its doors. Your in my
thoughts, Joyce McCartin
Dear Fr. Ron Domhoff,
Happy Birthday! Thank you for being our shepherd at OLC. All the
people in the city of Lou. and Valley Station should hear how good a
homilist you are on Sunday's and on our daily Mass days. You explain the
Word so well. You truly spread the Good News to God's people.
Thank you, Fr. Ron, for all the hard work work you've had to do since
you were sent to OLC. May God bless the work of your hands, mind,
and heart. Suzann Duvall
Our gratitude and prayers go out to Fr. Timothy Henderson at St.
Ferdinand Church in Florissant, MO. Thank you, Fr. Tim, for bringing
Divine Mercy to our parish, for offering up special Masses of
to atone for the sins of the world, for enriching and deepening our
Catholic Faith, your unwavering defense of the True Faith, your
guidance, your L-O-N-G hours in the confessional, and for enduring
persecution and suffering while defending God and the Truth. Thank
too, for your sense of humor. We thank God for placing you in our
Tom and Bel
my name is munyaradzi mushuku and i am a
redemptorist postulant in zimbabwe. i would love to be a priest,
especially in this congregation and this thanks to you. i attende a
conference for the renewal in harare 2004 and that was the turning point
if my life, since then i have tried to live life with christ in
conciousness but of late i have been feeling so dry. i know that i love
god and i want to serve him with all that i am. even living in community
as we do is not proving easy. before i joined the congregation, god
showed me a storm that was to come, now it has come, i need help in
overcoming it. i am grateful i got this chance, i hope to god my mail
reaches you. will you pray for me to succeed in religious life. thank you
in advance god bless you.
Please pray for a special Priest. To give him what he has prayer for
long. God Bless All. Thank You. Margie
to REV. FR. JOSE ERLITO EBRON of St Theresa's church in Kenilworth, New
thank you for inspiring us here always. whenever I think about your
kindness to me and to my family, I feel so blessed that I would want to
pass that kindness to others too... just like "conspiracy of kindness".
you've been not just a good priest here, but also like my brother--a real
part of our family. All of us here loves you a lot. and now that you are
in another country, I hope you would share your kindness, time and talent
to other ones like me. we always think the world of you here.
became a new single mother, I was alone in a new town with no family
or friends to help me. I can't even remember how I met Fr. Mike
Mannion but he would come to visit me often. He would simply talk to
me about how God loved me and my son, how God wanted my son to be here
as opposed to abortion, and how He would always take care of us. He
never left without leaving some money even though I never asked for
it, which no one has ever done for us before or since. He was such a
simple, loving priest who gave me hope and forgiveness for all the bad
decisions I had made in life. I lost all of my friends, family, my
job, my son's father-everything-when I chose life over abortion. Fr.
Mike made me feel I had made the right decision no matter how hard it
was to carry it through. Now, twenty-four years later, my beautiful,
wonderful son is, and has been, the joy of my life. And Fr. Mike's
holy love, friendship, and moral support is greatly responsible for
that. Only God will be able to adequately reward him for all Fr. Mike
did for us.
I'd love to be able to thank Fr. Bill Walsh, a Franciscan priest who
served as chaplain for Moravian College and Lafayette College in
Bethlehem and Easton PA until 1997. He was an inspiration and guiding
light of Christ in my life at a very young and tumultuous time in my
life. He helped lay a foundation of faith that has gotten me through
some difficult tests. He left Moravian and went on sabbatical, as the
story goes, abruptly in the summer of 97 never to be seen or heard from
again. I pray he is well and send him my love every day.
Maura Domashinski (McGowan)
Moravian College Class of '99
Newman Assn Secretary 95-99
Father Bill Cuddy was a continual presence at Rockland High School,
Rockland MA during a most difficult time in the life of the students.
We lost 3 classmates due to car accidents. I was not Catholic at the
time. His presence was a comforting sight in the halls of our mourning
A few years later Father Bill was officiant of my wedding and I had
the blessing of getting to know him better over the next few years.
Many years later I lost my brother in a car accident. As I was
grieving, the thought of Father Bill continued to enter my mind. Ii
was comforted by prayer. Shortly after this event I went through RCIA
program at Holy Family Church Rockland.
Father Bill is currently Chaplain in the United States Coast Guard. I
will always be grateful for the spiritual guidance he provided for me
and this town.
In years past, the State of Idaho had several "missionary" priests
retained at least a trace of the brogue, even after years living as a
yank. These were placed in working-class towns, where a man was
by the number of trees he could cut between dawn and sunset, or the for
the "forward footage" he could make in an 8-hour shift underground.
Converts were not made from the pulpit.
If one would visit the rectory in a small North Idaho town during that
time, the priest was often close, but seldom in. He would be on a
ladder changing a light bulb in the church, putting a coat of paint on
the church basement, or in the yard with a shovel in his hand. He
preached from the pulpit; otherwise, he walked the walk. He built a
and a gymnasium, and a convent. His converts respected him first as
man, observed his (true) Christian example, and came around.
The nuns would send grade-school problem cases to him. He would slip
them 35 cents and send them downtown for a milkshake. After a decent
interval, they would return to the school room. The nuns would
they were appropriately chastised.
He taught his altar boys basic Latin, to ensure the right color
vestments were selected and placed. He taught them pronunciation and
to correctly and effectively convey the Epistles. He took them on
camping and fishing trips. He found work for them in the summers.
He retired unceremoniously (culminating a life of sacrifice), and
slipped back to Ireland, where he was called "the Yank," because he'd been
gone so long. He said Sunday masses across a circuit of little Irish
villages without a priest until his large heart gave out while attending
a greyhound race in Dublin.
He was passionate about his beliefs and it shone in the example he
set--not words, but sweat--and his handling of every challenge. And
was sufficiently providential to see him angry, they would realize he
wasn't a quiet saint.
One might say his legacy is like the wind--but one might say it's like
the air, vital and omnipresent. And one might have honored their son
with his name.
*It's unfortunate that research to find more information on a not-so
quiet saint would return so much negative information on the
vocation--but I guess that's why you created this site. I named my
Father Colman H. King.
I attended Bishop David
High School from 1961 to 1965. I would like to thank several of the
priests there who influenced me, including those who later left the
priesthood in order to have a family. My first thanks goes to Rev.
Theodore (Ted) Sans, who a wonderful, inspirational teacher. He brought
out creativity in me in many ways. At that time, I stuttered badly in
the classroom. By the time I'd had Fr. Sans for a couple of years, I
was giving speeches and appearing in plays that B.D. put on, including
Witness for the Prosecution and Stalag 17. Although I did
not turn out to be future actor, I will never forget how his influence
allowed me to regain confidence. He also, along with Rev. Robert Edelen,
greatly encouraged my love of writing, and that continues to this day.
Fr. Edelen also gave me a life long love of art. Fr. Tom Maloney was a
wonderful theology teacher and a confidante. I've never forgotten him,
or what I learned. His approach to moral decision-making guides me to
this day. Thanks also to Rev. Tom Bohnert and Fr. Feistritzer, the
former an inspirational teacher of history (my college minor), and the
latter a fine teacher of theology in my freshman year. Forty years
later you are all well remembered, and I would love to hear from you.
I wish to praise and thank God for all
the dedicated priests and bishops who serve us so well. They are suffering
great hardship and ridicule because of the human sinfulness of a small
percentage of clergy. We can be assured that the Holy Spirit will guide
the Church and be with us till the end of time.
are several priests, just like the Holy Fathers, Papa John II and Pope
Benedict present. for whom I am so grateful for in this day and age.
Just when I fear there will be no more like them, I am given the
opportunity to hear a homily from a young priest such as Fr Ken at St
Hyacinth in Pasadena Tx. But I will also mention a few who have made
impressions on more than one generation. Monsignor DeBlanc from OLQH
in Lake Charles, LA has too many stories from too many parishioners
for too many years to probably count and who is now suffering with
such love and patience in his infirmities, I have no doubt he is a
victim soul like Pope John Paul II was. Also Fr George Olsovsky from
St Philip Apostle in Humble Tx who, even in retirement works for the
kingdom of God helping those women prisoners open to his loving
guidance. He adores Our Lady and is so caught up with the Holy Spirit,
just being present at one of his Mass celebrations, you feel as if
heaven and earth truly meet at the consecration. Fr. Groeshen is
another priest (St Thomas Aquinas High School Houston Tx if I recall
correctly) whose popularity with parishioners is apparent during Mass
when his teaching homilies are so filled with passion and long lines
form outside his confessional box during missions etc. If fact, all
these priests mentioned inspire so much because of their readily
apparent love of Christ and his Church, each in his own way expresses
that love which really does inspire me and you to love as Christ does
and as these holy priests do.
I forgot to
mention another young priest who is so vital to my faith, and I am
sure countless others, Fr Troy at Sacred Heart CoCathedral- he
does so well with such a large and diverse congregation, you can
feel the vitality of this church and it's living faith- Fr Troy, I
believe does not stifle the Spirit but instead helps the Spirit to
flourish at Sacred Heart. Also, my husband and I fast and offer up
each Wednesday for priests- today happens to be a Wednesday that I
find your website! I think I'll read a little about these
wonderful priests each Wed along with fasting and prayer. I
believe regular fasting and prayer is the best thanks we can give
our priests - they need it so much! And we all need them so much!
To all the wonderful priests who belong to or visit Holy Hill National
Shrine of Mary in Wisconsin I want to say Thank You.
During these times when confession is being held in local parishes
only one day a week for about 1/2 hour or must be scheduled privately
I want to say thank you for all the sacrifices that you make so that
every person coming to Mass may find themselves absolved of their sins
and able to go to Holy Communion every day and every time they go to
Mass. You hold confessions every day for 1/2 hour and every weekend
before every Mass. There are always long lines of people waiting to go
to confession and you priests are the most understanding and
compassionate I have ever come across. When I go to confession to you
I feel as if I am whispering into the ear of God.
I pray that one day the local parishes will rejuvenate this
sacrament and make it readily available for all parishioners because
it is a sacrament filled with grace.
May God Bless each of you abundantly.
In His Love and Her Heart...dani MarieBernadette
I want the pray "thank you father"
1952 to 1956 I served in the US Navy working with some of the finest men
I have ever known --Navy Chaplains. Two of them were Fr. Dennis
Kerrigan and Fr. Paul Bradley. They were a great influence on me and
many other young men. Thank you.
Bay Village, OH
Saint Jerome's in West Long Branch, New Jersey is so fortunate to have
not one, but two FANTASTIC priests. Father Harry Cullen and Father
Vincent Euk. They are both so special. They always have such
interesting homilies. We are truly blessed to have them at our
parish. I would cry a million tears if either were to leave us.
God Bless their hearts, their chaste lives and their hands which bring
us Jesus at Mass.
I am trying to
locate Father Henry Liguori. He was a priest at Naval Air Station,
Fallon, Nevada in the late 80s early 90s. He was very dear to my
family and I. His love and spirituality is one of the reasons I
became a Permanent Deacon for the Church. Many thanks and God’s love
Deacon Ron and
A good time to say thank you for being my friend and also more
importantly a Good Priest. I pray for you everyday. Have a safe and
happy trip to Europe, you deserve it as you have had your hands really
full the last few years. God bless you and keep you a Holy Priest.
As long as I see that rosary by your favorite chair I know you are in
Good Hands. See you when you return...Love, Stella....
Thank you to all the priests who have served and are currently
serving in Racine, Wisconsin, and most specifically to those who
have served/serve at St. Lucy's. Fr. Vajda, Fr. Schneider, Fr.
Theilen and now Fr. Uhen and Fr. Mark Jones. Your holiness and
spiritual leadership have helped me in my own walk with God.
And thanks to Fr. Francis Mary (Life on the Rock) for suggesting
I am so grateful to all our
priests for all their hard work. God Bless Dot hatch and
Thank you Father Moore for sharing the Holy Thursday mass
community. This year was the first time I saw and participated in
service. The beauty, depth and significance of Christ washing the
feet gave me a deeper understanding of his compassion, and love.
Thank you for being
Spiritual Fathers and giving your lives to save souls.
Brian in CA
Thank you Father Cregan from Our Lady of the Angels Parish for
helping me see Jesus through daily mass, and for being my
conformation sponsor. Thank you!
I'd like to thank all the priests who have helped me in my
spiritual journey. Every one in some way led me to a better
understanding of the truth, especially Fr. Bob Deehan, Fr.
Peter Grover and the other Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and the
priests of the Society of St. James, all in Boston, MA. Thank
you and God bless you all in your ministries!
Thank You to all the good and holy priests I have known throughout my
life. Thanks for giving yourself to God and His Church!!
M. R. Hammersley
I thank God for bringing you to our
parish Sacred Heart Church in Lancaster, California.
You are truly a man who is humble,
spiritual, and you honor our Blessed Virgin Mary too.
Your love for the Lord Jesus is
present in you.
May God Bless & keep in His care
Thank all of your who serve us and the LORD - At Mass this
morning, I prayed for our country on the weekend all the weeks
of the year - God bless you, Ada Feldman
Thank you Father Joe,
You was always was encouragement to me when I went to All
Saint Grade School. You help to develop the faith I have
today. Thank you for following your calling.
I wish to thank you personally for your hard work in
ministering to the People of God. I wanted to be a priest,
but could not because of my illness. Wish I could be among
you to work side by side with you, but rest assured my
prayers are with you. Again, thanks.
Robert Lloyd Jude Biggs
New Haven, CT
am seeking to find Father Scott previously at St. Raphael in
Rockville Maryland. Father Scott has prayed for the healing of
my Aunt who was scheduled to have her leg amputated & miracles
happened when the doctors walked to prepare her in the morning
& the operation was canceled.
am in desperation to locate him, for my cousin in Jordan who
had an aneurism and has been in a coma for 3 weeks now. Please
I know he was transferred to Washington DC then I lost contact
of his location. I know he is out there and I am praying to
God to locate him with desperate help and your assistance is
I saw him climb
the altar steps
head bowed in prayer,
those graceful hands of his
And in his
face, that holy face,
I saw the
years gone by
And all the
love and sacrifice
for you and I.
Host, the Golden Cup
and time again,
feet that rush to serve
In ways that never end.
We thank you,
God, for this great gift
To say the
The incense of
The Holy Catholic Priest.
the portal in this world
which the Christ will pass,
like a snow white rose
priestly hands at Mass.
chosen from all men
marry, lay to rest
us of our sin.
sacrifice no equal knows
For with him
we have everything
him we are lost.
There is a priest I pray for every single day and I don't even
name. I was away from confession for more than 15 years and had
weight on my soul. I agonized about going to confession because
particular sin I needed to confess. I worked up my nerve and
the church. But our regular priest wasn't there! I was so
relieved to be
able to confess to this retired fill in priest. But when I
kneeled down, so
much shame and emotion flooded through me that I began to sob and
uttered one word. The kind and gentle priest was so
compassionate and began to
go through each commandment. When he came to thou shalt not
guessed that my sin was the abortion I had had in college many years
knew exactly what to say and how to treat me. I felt like I was
forgiven and it was a turning point in my life. I still couldn't
to pray, so the priest absolved me and said that since he was acting
Christ in the confessional, he wanted to give me a hug in Christ's
was one of the most poignant moments in my life. I still work on
myself, but I truly felt God's forgiveness that day. I never saw that
priest again, or learned who he was. I truly believe it was
God's work that
my priest wasn't there and this wonderful man was- I may not have had
courage to go to my regular priest, and his "bedside manner" is
efficient but not so loving. I pray for "the priest that I love"
day and I hope that he will be the first person I meet in Heaven.
Dear Father Dennis,
I wish to send you my personal love,
prayers and thanks for everything that you have meant to me during
your time as our parish priest. You have always spoken the Gospel
of Our Lord with truth, love and respect. For the betterment of
all of our lives, you have led us with the shepherds hand. Always
with compassion in correction did you make obvious the truths of
our faith and His Word. I thank you Father and I will pray that
the life you are to lead in the future may be as fruitful as the
lives that you have touched in our community.
May you continue to be in His Grace
Thank you Fr. Dahn Dahn for helping me threw this difficult time
that I'm in, thank you for helping me understand my faith a lot more
and being there to listen to me and pray for me. You mean a lot to
me because you took the time to listen and help me. Thank you for
helping me grow as a person and helping me keep my faith.
Thanks to Fr. Otto and Joachim at St Matthews Parish in Ridgefield
NJ in the 1960's. Wonderful men who influenced many. Thanks Bill C.
To Father Joe Rankin (StRita) Louisville, Ky and Father John "Jack"
Caskey (Most Blessed Sacrament)
I just want to say thank you for being
there for us in our needs...and when we didn't have needs.
You guys are what I think Jesus wants
you to be.
You make me proud to be a Catholic.
Charlie and Mary Bard
This is for my favorite priest, Fr. Brodrick "Bo"
Pabillo who is now stationed somewhere in Palawan.
Dear Fr. Pabillo, I praise and thank our Lord Jesus
that I was given the opportunity to know you and to
learn so much from you. Little do you know, that you
had touched me so much and you had served as an
inspiration to me. I saw the dedication in you in
all the tasks that you do as a "servant of God". I
am so touched by your humility and your sense of
"being truly one with Jesus" among the poor. I read
one speech of yours and when I read it it was as
though I was able to enter into your heart - one line
that caught me and I knew it was truly YOU is when you
said you want to be a priest by the poor and not just
a priest for the poor. With that, the more I
understand why you chose to go and serve the poorest
of the poor. I thank God for this encounter with a
living saint. I shall always pray for you. EMMA P
(your former co-DLFI worker)
Sacred Heart Church Coronado, CA is
blessed to have Father Michael Murphy and Msgr. Jeremiah O'Sullivan
ministering to us. Our liturgies, music and many, many outreach
programs are of such high quality that our small Church is
overflowing with those who come to be touched by the overwhelming
spirituality, sensitivity and beauty found here. We are grateful to
Father Mike and Msgr. Jeremiah and to our Deacons, Dr. Kevin Murray
and Bob Griffin, for all they give to us. Joan Smith.
I need help in locating our Chaplain from Vietnam, 1969,. who served in
the 5/60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, at Rach Kein. His name is
Father Butler. I have his picture but not his first name. He was always
available to all who needed spiritual help in our Fire Base... If there is
a directory available, this would help in locating our Chaplain. Please
respond to this web site.
Thank you for the times you got up during the night to anoint our brothers
and sisters so they would be ready to go home.
Thank you for the times you sat listening to our stories in the
reconciliation room and helping us find our way fully home to God.
Thank you for the times you worked on your homily so that you didn't put
us to sleep in the pews.
Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice of giving up wife and children
so that you could be a priest. (We need to pray that is changed soon!)
Thank you for the times you really wanted to get over to have breakfast
and read the paper but you stopped to listen to the elderly after morning
Thank you for the times you rearranged your schedule so that you would be
available for a special wedding, baptism or funeral.
Thank you for being you and we apologize for all the times that we take
you for granted.
YOUR CHURCH ... because "WE ARE THE CHURCH"
If there was ever one called to his profession, it is Father
Richard Cash. His sermons get down to what it's really all about;
loving God with your whole heart, soul and mind and loving your
neighbor as yourself. I had the opportunity to hear him at Mass last
Sunday at St. Charles, where he is pastor.
He went on to say that Lent is more than just giving up
something, but a time of love, prayer and fasting that is all done
for the love of the Lord. He encouraged us all to pray more and not
just talk to God, but also to listen. He pointed out that He is our
loving Father who sent us His only Son.
Richard Weisenberger and Family
Hi, Father Walsh, Just wanted to thank you for being a Priest and
being a friend....God Bless you all-ways....
I would like to thank God for calling the most amazing person to the
Priesthood. He got his calling at
Medjugorje and entered the seminary at the age of 32. His name is
Fr. John McLaughlin. He is the most devoted, spiritual,
warm-hearted, hard-working, giving priest I have ever met, yet so
down to earth. I pray for more like him. He is a new pastor at a
very busy parish and is alone. I pray another priest is assigned to
help him. He works 24/7 in whatever needs to be done. I pray that
his new parishioners hold him in their hearts as we did until his
recent transfer. May God bless him always in everything he does in
God's name. Another priest I thank God for is soon to be Cardinal
Sean Patrick O'Malley. He took over in the Boston Archdiocese when
it was in the worst shape due to the scandals. He has done an
amazing job and remains a quiet, humble and simple man. He has
little needs, nothing extravagant about him, not a showy person at
all - sticking to the Franciscan ways! In fact, I've heard he
drives himself around instead of having a driver!
ARE some amazing priests out there - pray for more like them and
pray for the ones who have fallen and soiled the reputation of the
Bless and thank you!
Does anyone in Philippines know of the
present whereabouts of Fr. McCarthy from Ireland believed to be
with Columbian order.
Would greatly appreciate any
information including address.
Thank you and God bless to all.
The parishes of St. Francis of Assisi in
Northville, N.Y. and St. Joseph in Broadalbin, N.Y. have lost
our beloved priest, Rev. Robert Powhida. For the past eight years,
Father Powhida has brought a revitalization and a sense of community
to our parishes. He has taught us so much about the love of GOD and
especially a love for the Eucharist. We will miss him sorely as he
goes to a new assignment. God Bless you Father.
Mary and Jacqueline
To all priests: Its easy to turn and run from a difficult situation. But, we are
taught to stand our ground and not loose sight of our true mission.
We all struggle with the pitfalls in life, our Lord never promised
an easy path.
Never give up, never surrender!
Dear Father Lawrence Joseph Patrick
This Irish person thanks you,
another Irishman, for your years of dedication to God and our
Church. You are truly "another Christ". You go about preaching
and guiding and loving and understanding and healing. You
saved my life. May God love and bless you all the days of your
dear life. SMBTP
This is about Father Andy.
I just wanted to let someone know about this wonderful man.
He has been a friend of the family for 18 years now. He has
taught us so much about faith and about life. I am just
overjoyed that a site like this exists--so that he can what
a blessing he is to others....
We were in Medjugorjia this past year and Our Blessed Lady
loves her Priests! She calls them "MY SONS!" One of the
visionaries - Marijanna says that Mary never says what her
Priests should do, but what we should do for our Priests -
Pray and Fast for them! We have a son a Priest, and since
coming back from Medjugorjia I know longer pray for just our
son, but for ALL PRIESTS! Mary loves her SONS! Thank you for
The Lord's work that all of you Priests are doing.
This is just a note to publicly
thank a wonderful priest for just being himself and making it so
easy for me to talk to him about my painful marriage and breakup.
Several years ago, I visited Father Halliwell at my parish at that
time (St. Anthony's in Northvale, NJ - I lived there for only 4
years). I went looking for some spiritual guidance, and for
comfort from my pain. Father Halliwell was reassuring, and
absolutely WONDERFUL. He was so genuinely caring and supportive.
He made me feel as if he had been a true friend of mine for many
years, although I had only spoken with him occasionally when I
went to confession. I have thanked him personally, but he
deserves to have other people know what a wonderful priest (and
person!) he is. God bless that man... he made a difference in my
Palisades Park, NJ
I would like to thank Father Brett for his remarkable sermons while at
Heart of Mary in Mobile AL. He is indeed a scholar of the Bible and a
Many thanks to the holy priests who have
become holy bishops . Martha.
Sometimes its hard to find a priest who
is easy to talk to. I spent 7 years talking to Fr.Waguespack
and found him very helpful;
Fr. Frank Pavone is my favorite
preacher. Every time he comes on E.W.T.N. I listen to him. Preaching
is definitely his talent!
Dear Father: Hi my name is Teresa Cappuccio I am in 7th grade at
St. Teresa's in Runnemede Nj. (South Jersey) I would like to
find Father John Vignione he was our Pastor at St. Teresa's in
the year 1998. He always had a special place in my heart. I
remember him he had black hair, glasses, he was kinda short. I
remember when he used to say his homily O was it the best, It
put a smile on my face every time I see him. When he walked down
the aisle he would smile at me and I would smile back. I loved
how he said the mass. I used to go to mass with my grandparents
everyday at 5:15pm at St. Teresa's. I would never miss mass
because I loved Father John so dearly and of course to pay my
respect to Our Lord. I miss him dearly. Just a few years later
when I was in fourth grade we found out that my grandpop the one
I went to mass with had Stage 4 Throat Cancer. Thank The Good
Lord he survived and he is still here with us. The surgery took
place at John Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland. It took 16 hours
for the whole operation. Now they live in Elkton Maryland in a
55+ community. I am so blessed to have him here today.
Thank you Father Mark Bozada or all
that you do for the people of the parishes of St James and St
Marys and for being a very special friend of mine. God has truly
blessed us by him working through you. You are truly a
remarkable priest. thanks for
all that you
Thanks to Father Roger Caplis and Father Bob Grib,
I feel so lucky as a convert to the faith to have had these two
amazing men to reach out to. They were always available to answer
any questions I had along the way and provide any help they could in
a very loving way, never condescending or unapproachable. It would
have been a difficult road without their support.
Helen in Chicago
Thank God for all our dedicated priests
who are hanging in there knowing that God is near them leading them to
care for His people. Take courage and follow the light. God bless and
keep you good priests in His loving care. Flora
Thank you to Father Tom Kozeny who for many summers ministered to
families in Cambria, Wisconsin; we want to say a big THANK YOU, and
think of you often, and pray you are well.
Margie and Luly Chaires
Just a public note to thank you for all you have done for me over the
past 10 years. Your encouragement helped me through the seminary to
ordination to the permanent diaconate and your strength in a world
corrupted by sin has helped me to grow more in love with mother church.
So thank you and the archdiocese of NY for recognizing in small ways how
good a "Priest" you are!
Deacon Michael L. Devenney
DEAR FATHER IVAN TURIC,
THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD INFLUENCE ON
ME IN MY YOUNGER LIFE WHEN YOU WERE LIVING IN TEXAS. WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
PRAYING FOR YOU,
from the bottom of my heart for beginning & supporting Perpetual Adoration
at St Louis Parish for the last year. Its been such a blessing for all of
I would love to send a message to Father
Frank Pavone for being the encompassing picture of what it means to be
a Catholic Priest. I know there are many great, and holy Priests out
there, but not many have the special Heavenly gifts of Father Frank's
kindness and unlimited compassion. We have all seen Father Pavone
stand up for the life of Terri Schiavo and stick his own neck out
when others were "lulled asleep and could not watch even one hour".
Knowing that Father Frank Pavone was there to comfort the Scheidlers
in their "Trial of the Century", was the only comfort we had at this
horrendous time of our country's history.
The love and peace I have found in Jesus
through Father Pavone is indiscernible. Thank you Father Pavone for
being a beacon in the night! You are the Salt of the Earth; pure,
promoting thirst for the Lord, adding the seasonings of faith, hope
and love to life and preserving generations to come.
May you be a role model for all our
Blessed, Holy Priests and continue to give credence and guidance to us
all for many years to come. Please, remember me when you enter the
Kingdom of our Heavenly Father.
Yours for life, Nancy
Dear Fr. Bradley thank you so much
for all you do
Love Anna Dewey
Fr. Dan Sullivan,
You've made such a difference in my
life. I feel very blessed that I had the opportunity to have
someone like you in my life. You have many supporters who know the
goodness in your heart.
Msgr. Art Valenzano iIs without a doubt one of the holiest priests I
have ever known. He always has a smile on his face. And when he
comes into a room his favorite _expression is "It's a Praise Jesus
Day." No matter the weather. His homilies always have three points,
for which he gets kidded a lot. By parishioners as well as other
We at St. John are so lucky to have Msgr. Art at the helm. He is
going to be going to Rome in February for study at the 'College' there
and he is as excited as any kid with a new toy. Fortunately for the
parish -- HE will be coming back to us, but we are happy for him,
because this is something he has wanted to do for a very long time.
The people of St. John are in awe of this wonderful priest.
Westminster MD 21157
This is a thank you to a "good guy" priest who has faced false
You have been an inspiration in my faith, my studies, and my
discernment and now living out of my vocation to marriage. Thank
you for sharing
your love of Christ, of the liturgy, and your faith and hope despite
the worst of circumstances and the ugly side of humanity. It is
your patient and loving response to the tragedy of your situation that
I see hope for the Church, and for all of humanity in Jesus and His
All Souls Remembrance for a few faithful, good,
holy and dedicated Priests who have touched my life in a most
significant way and lead me to God's Altar as a Priest of Jesus
Reverend Father Method J. Mraz, O.S.B. - Saint Vincent
Reverend Father Louis M. Doychalk, V.F., - Diocese of
Very Reverend Father Thomas A. Connors, V.F., Diocese
Rt. Reverend Leopold Krul, O.S.B., Archabbot - Saint
Reverend Father Dominic Oliverio - Diocese of
Reverend Father Constatine Zach, O.S.B., - Saint
Reverend Clifford Kramer - Diocese of Greensburg
Very Reverend William Schnieder, V.F., Diocese of
Reverend Father Aloysius J. Kislick - Diocese of
Reverend Father Norbert E. Belliveau - Diocese of
Most Reverend William G. Connare, D.D., Bishop of
Most Reverend Richard H. Ackerman, D.D., Bishop of
Most Reverend Vincent J. Hines, Diocese of Norwich
Most Reverend John F. Whalen, D.D., Archbishop of
Reverend Father Anthony Casimano - Diocese of Norwich
Reverend Father J. Lawrence Ouimet, Ph.D. - Diocese of
Very Reverend Father Leo J. Ovian, Ph.D.- Missionary of
the Holy Apostles
Reverend Father Raymond Halliwell - Missionary of the
Reverend Canice Welsh, O.S.B. - Saint Vincent Archabbey
Rt. Reverend Egbert Donavan, O.S.B., Archabbot - Saint
Reverend Father John Quinn, C.M. - Congregation of the
Reverend Father Thomas Bertolina - Diocese of
Reverend Father John Senassi - Diocese of Greensburg
Reverend Father Norman Van Cor - Missionary of the Holy
Reverend Father Issac 'Bud' Raney - Missionary of the
Very Reverend Eusebe F. Maynard - Founder Missionary of
Reverend Father Joseph P. Horton - Diocese of Norwich
Reverend Russell Boisvert - Diocese of Norwich
Reverend Monsignor Hugh Phillips - Mount Saint Mary
University & Seminary
Reverend Father Alred Beck, O.S.B., - Saint Vincent
Reverend Father Joel Lieb, O.S.B. - Saint Vincent
Reverend Clair Gannon, O.S.B. -Saint Vincent Archabbey
Reverend Father Roland Heid, O.S.B. - Saint Vincent
May their Priestly souls and all the souls of the
faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Revered Father Thomas J.
Diocese of Greensburg
My wife and I have been fortunate to have had some really good
priest. A special thanks goes out to all these men who dedicate their
lives to serve "God" and us. or our current pastors Fr.Gary Davis And
Fr.Kenny Kamber we thank for your time and energy in ministering to us
at St. Michael's in Louisville. We always keep you in our prayers.
Bill & Barbara Sweat
I just want to tell you of my experience
with one Father - who was called Father JB in St. Peters Church, Bandra,
Bombay, India. He was pretty old in terms of age but otherwise very
active and always helping in the Church by serving masses, playing piano
during masses and offering confessions. He used to serve the early
morning mass (6.30 am) mass and it was amazing to watch him handling the
Holy Eucharist with such love, awe and reverence....He used to be in a
different wavelength all together. I used to feel profoundly touched by
his total holiness and love for Christ. I used to always wonder "how
these saints love Jesus so much" that they always carry Jesus in their
hearts, minds and body at all times .....I used think that Father JB is
one such Father who used to reflect Christ love in his celebration of
the mass and the holy Eucharist.....the full mass used to be an amazing
healing mass. He is no longer with us but surely in heaven with Jesus
and Mother Mary and all the other Saints. Although I never ever had a
one to one encounter with him, listening to Father JB's mass was a
miracle by itself .....
Dear Holy Priests,
We Catholics need you so much in today's world. I ask Our Lord, His
Blessed Mother and all the Angels and Saints to watch over and protect
you all. I can not thank you enough for your call to Our Lord. My
wife and I Love You all.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
To Our Dear Spiritual Fathers:
I thank you for your sharing of yourself at
on our behalf.
Thank you for realizing that your have a
not just a "job".
Thank you for being our "Spiritual Fathers",
us to our "true home" HEAVEN.
We are praying for all of you DAILY !!!!
Prayer: Our Dear Lady of the Precious
Blood, please continue to watch over the living chalices of Jesus.
Protect them and give them peace. Amen.
Mrs. Mary Anne Hutcheson
El Paso, Texas
A big thank you to Fr. Jeff Holtman for
20 years of service to the diocese of Springfield. You have touched
the lives of many people and been an inspiration to me because of
your prayerful liturgies and love of the Blessed Mother. Be assured
that I will be praying for you daily as you begin your postulancy
with the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province tomorrow. God
bless you and be with you always.
I would like to greet all my friends priest here in davao they are
Msgr. Bonifacio Borlaza, Father Ed Fugoso,Father Gene,FatherJack
Walsh,Father Rikki Penialosa, they are always w/me in times of my ups
and down. May God shower them all the blessing in life,in serving Our
Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Anthony of Padua
Mary Kathryn, hermit
Brilliant doctor of Church
Things for old ladies.
Where are his writings?
Why virtually unknown, his
Homilies? Must read.
Gifted with visions . . . .
Child Jesus delighted
To rest in his arms.
Franciscan “Doctor” . . .
Poor, chaste, filled with
To all the PRIESTS of the World:
May you never get tired of taking care of your flock. God loves you so much!
May God bless you in your priesthood.
Thank you for your ministry;
You are in my prayers always.
I would appreciate if you could post the
following thanks on your website:
Thanks to Bishop Roman Danylak and Father
I was going through difficulties in my
life about a time when a friend of mine invited me to a healing mass
celebrated by father Miroslav Cajka in Toronto. It was such a wonderful
experience that I had never stopped going to healing masses during my time
in Toronto. I met also bishop Roman after one of the masses and he told
me: "God loves you and will help you". Since then we keep in touch and I
offer my prayers for them and they also pray for me and my family. Before
I met them I was not a very good Catholic, but God through them changed
everything and now I thank God for everything he has been doing for us and
also I thank bishop Roman and father Cajka that they have helped me to
strengthen my faith and go through difficult times. And I would like to
thank my friend Michael Starosta who invited me to healing masses and was
a great example how to live the faith.
I remember very well of what Fr. Field have done a lot for my family
even though we have a big family so money was difficult those days.
He usually sometimes paid for our education in catholic schools. He
used to say Mass for us in our private home. He used to say Mass for
my first communion. I remembered he would blessed my car so I can be
safe driving. He also said in private Mass for my college
graduation. I am sure he did to my brothers and sisters. I am so
sure that he did for other people as well. He was a wonderful priest
who loves to jokes with families and friends. I will never forget him
because of what he has shown as Christ-like individual by giving and
help other people in needs. I am sure he is in heaven watching over
us. At last, I would like to say Thank you Fr. Field! May God bless
For an exhausted pastor who's helper priest just got transferred, on
his birthday. In case no one else said it, Father, "THANK
YOU!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! WE NOTICE!" (from the 5
consecrated women of the parish)