Your Favorite Priest! As Catholics we too infrequently recognize those Priests who do an outstanding job. Please tell us in the box below about your favorite Priest and what sets him apart! firstname.lastname@example.org 21 thoughts on “Your Favorite Priest!” For many years, by his kindness and devotion to the Mass, Monsignor W. Louis Quinn at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a constant inspiration to me. He radiates goodness! Armiger Jagoe Reply Monsignor Quinn has always been my favorite also, may he rest in peace. He gave me my First Communion, married me and baptized 3 of my 5 children. Always a close family friend and I will miss him dearly. Reply Father John Mericantante, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pahokee, Florida Pahokee is a small agricultural community on the shores of Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. The earth is rich and black, and from December to June it brings forth wonderful crops of vegetables and also sugar cane until later in the year — when the occasional freeze in January/February or the occasional hurricane in September doesn’t destroy those wonderful crops. The people doing the back-breaking work to raise these crops are mostly poor migrants who came from Central and Latin America and are trying to eke out a meager living for themselves and their families. The majority of them are Catholics and this is where Father John comes in. From what I understand, he was sent to St. Mary’s about 10 years ago, without speaking Spanish, and has since then submerged himself totally in their culture and needs, helping in every way possible. The water in Pahokee is very often not drinkable and he has shared the clean water from the rectory’s filtering system with whoever needed it. He has assisted in completing paperwork, obtaining housing etc. for his parishioners whenever asked. St.Mary’s Church is tiny and behind it there are two small wooden sheds, one for food and one for clothing and appliances. People from other communities, members of the Knights of Columbus as well as unaffiliated private citizens, bring the above-mentioned items to St. Mary’s. Some are given away, some are sold at very low prices and any “profits” are then used to pay such things as electric bills for the needy. When we bring a van full of items, Father helps unload the bags and boxes. He has also arranged to have a clinic on the premises where doctors give their time without charge to give medical aid to the poor people in the area. He was offered a transfer to another parish some time ago but he has chosen to remain in Pahokee with the community who needs him so much. In the midst of all this poverty a very special thing occurred last year: an anonymous donor gave $750,000. to St, Mary’s Church so that a new, larger Church can be built. Hopefully, there will be a ground-breaking soon. Fr. John is a very special person and a very special priest. Anita and Bob Kehlhofer, Atlantis, Florida Reply Father John Mericantante, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pahokee, Florida. Pahokee is a small agricultural community on the shores of Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. The earth is rich and black, and from December to June it brings forth wonderful crops of vegetables and sugar cane. Later in the year an occasional September hurricane or a freeze in January/February can destroy those wonderful crops. The people doing the back-breaking work to raise these crops are mostly poor migrants who came from Central and Latin America and are trying to eke out a meager living for themselves and their families. The majority of them are Catholics. Father John was sent to St. Mary’s 10 years ago, without speaking Spanish, and he has submerged himself totally in their culture and needs, helping in every way possible. For example, the water in Pahokee is very often not drinkable and he shares the clean water from the rectory’s filtering system with whoever needed it. He has assisted in completing paperwork, obtaining housing etc. for his parishioners whenever asked. St. Mary’s Church is tiny and behind it there are two small wooden sheds, one for food and one for clothing and appliances. People from other communities, members of the Knights of Columbus and unaffiliated private citizens bring the above-mentioned items to St. Mary’s. Some are given away, some are sold at very low prices and any “profits” are then used to pay such things as electric bills for the needy. When we bring a van full of items, Father helps unload the bags and boxes. He has also arranged to have a clinic on the premises where doctors give their time without charge to give medical aid to the poor people in the area. He was recently offered a transfer to another parish but he chose to remain in Pahokee with the community that needs him so much. In the midst of all this poverty a very special thing occurred last year: an anonymous donor gave $750,000 to St. Mary’s Church so that a new, larger Church can be built. Hopefully, there will be a ground-breaking soon. Fr. John is a very special person and a very special priest. Submitted by Anita and Bob Kehlhofer in Atlantis, Florida Reply Good Day: Father Bob Hayden, Pastor of St.William the Abbot in Seaford NY is indeed a man that cares for his parish flock 24/7. He has always placed his needs behind those of his parish and always with a kind word and a genuine smile. He has been an inspiration by his quick wit and keen intelect that a priest can be so many things to so many people in fulfilling God’s plan . He genuinely cares and that is why he is my favorite priest. Reply Pingback: The Joyful Catholic My favorite priest is Father David Ross who served at Toledo Ohio Sacred Heart Parish. He was a very charismatic priest who revived an old parish. His reverence for the mass and the Eucharist was always evident. His gift of preaching made you want to come to church to hear the sermon, He had a beautiful singing voice and every Christmas and Mother’s Day he sang Ave Maria. It was so beautiful that it brought tears to your eyes. Father Dave was a wonderful confessor and I never felt uneasy going face to face confession to him. His penances were always so appropriate, and when he gave you absolution it was as if God was laying his hands on your head and heart. The parish school children loved him and were always waiting to give him hugs. He was sadly missed when he was transferred to a parish over 50 miles away. If only there were more priests like Father Dave, the churches would be vibrant and full! Reply Marcia you have described our Father Federico Capdepon in every word….Here in our church St Martha in Miami Shores, Fl….we are going thru the same thing exactly….Fr Federico was with us for 10 years he transformed and re built St Martha there is not one single soul that does not love him but he was transferred to St.Hugh in the Grove, Miami Florida luckly not so far as 50 miles but St Martha is just not the same without him…We have gone to visit twice at his new parish ,,,oh and the Children they adore him, my two grandaughtes, especially the little one prays every night and in every meal and never leaves out, ‘Please Dear God bring back Fr Federico to St Martha”, she does drawings for him and prepares gifts to bring him…Our first visit to see him at his new parish was on the first Mass he gav in July of this year…a group of us parisheners from St Martha gathered up and rented 2 tourist bus and they were full of us who love him,,we got there and when he saw us, oh I will never forget his expression, His eyes twinkled with happiness he felt like he was back home, he was so impressed that all he could say at First was, MY FAMILY, MY FAMILY IS HERE….then after he got over the surprise he kept saying, YOU PEOPLE ARE SO CRAZY BUT I LOVE YOU SO…it was a wonderful experience and trip to go see him one we will never forget..At the beginning of the Mass he went to intruduce himself to his new Parish, he was so pleased to see us that instead of saying…Hello I am Father Federico I am your new Pastor here in St Hugh, he said, I am your new Pastor here in St Martha…well that church is not have the size of our Parish St Martha but indeed it was full and of more St Martha Parisheners than of St Hugh…We all stook up when he said that and started to clap and laugh and cheering…..He was like i cant believe I just said that…well to what he responded, “is that i am seeing so many people of my Home St Matha that I though I was back home….but yes as you describe Fr Dave, he is a very charismatic person, full of love for all around him, he thinks of others before himself he can make you laugh cry weep he will hug you where ever he finds you and with the Childred oh he welcomes them up to the altar at Mass when it is time to Say the Our Father, he just says please all the children here come on up and let’s hold hands and let’s pray together, then he speaks to them a little about the gospil in a manner that they can understand the children love to do that there is so much of Jesus in him…The new Father that replaced him at St Martha is OK but it just isn’t the same without Fr Federico, the new one is so much younger and not to into children he is more serious and when a couple of us asked him to bring the children up to the altar as Fr Federico use to do (cause the Children love that it motivates them to go to church and participate and they miss it as well, Fr Federico would spoil them so much),but his answere was no I will not do that I dont find that appropriate and it is incorrect..Oh wow you can imagine how we all felt but you know that Sunday Mass attendence has dimished and so many children that use to attend mass every sunday are no longer seen, it is very sad…But i love my church St Martha and the new Father is OK I guess, we just have to give the benefit of the doubt, maybe with time he will be better than OK..but he will never take the Place of Father Federico …well glad I got to tell you the story of Our Father and Church and glad I heard yours, hope to KIT….Thank you and God Bless you and Fr Dave oh and I agree totally with more Fr like them the Churches would be VIBRANT AND FULL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pingback: During your next Mass, give a joyful greeting to two strangers. « The Joyful Catholic Pingback: Every generation shall give joyful praise to you-Tobit 13:11 « The Joyful Catholic Pingback: How Wonderful to Pee! « The Joyful Catholic Pingback: Busy Work! « The Joyful Catholic Brother Edward Adams, FSC, MA, ML There is a joyful Catholic named Brother Ed Adams. He is always engaging people with joy in every environment he enters. He greets people with joy at church, in the library, at the malls, at the post office, at the car service center—in short, wherever he goes. People often ask him, “Why are you so joyful?” His reply is, “I’m so glad you asked. I am joyful because Jesus is in my heart, and I see him in every person I meet.” (Submitted by John Ceccotti, Bethesda, MD) Brother Ed is a De La Salle Christian Brother, who was a high school teacher and administrator for 23 years. With a past of distinguished service in many branches of Catholic Faith, he is now Director of Inter-faith Activities at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum and a board director of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, DC Reply ed adams is a great guy and has been a terrific friend to me since i met hm in 2009 at the library in lovely wildwood new jersey. knowing him has changed how i think of myself in the world. he has made me a believer of good in this world and in people. he has shown me loyalty an honor and christian counsel even in my darkest hours; more so he has done it in a light, and cheerful way and not all serious an dark. Reply brother ed adams, is a light unto all people. i met him in the library in wildwood nj, and he took me for groceries, and treated me to dinner one night of crab cakes. and at 82 years old, swam in the rough atlantic ocean like a 10 year old. Reply Br Ed is simply the kindest classiest man I have had the pleasure to meet and consider a friend. He is the reason myself and other St Johns classmates had such a wonderful experience at St Johns High School. Mike Smith SJC’75 Reply For Catholic Schools Week we wrote about our St. Anthony Paris Priest, Father Del Lape. This is what the Fifth Grade Students said. Father Del is a very good, nice priest. He is always nice and helpful to everyone. Father Del is great because when he is busy, he puts others first. He always helps when you first start serving Mass. Father Del is a great priest and teacher. He comes to our classroom mostly every Wednesday. Father Del is a person who tries to teach about God and have a fun time when he is doing it. He really tries to bring people together in church. Father Del is very nice, helpful, and funny. Father Del always answers our questions that we ask him. Father Del is funny and always makes us laugh. He is kind and answers all of our questions when we ask him. Father Del is a nice man and he is fun to be around. He is a great person to follow because he does things right. Father Del comes to every classroom to talk about God. He eats lunch with the kids at school and makes them laugh. He makes you smile when you are in a bad mood. He includes everyone. We are reading a book about Saint Anthony and he lets everyone read. Father Del is trustful and kind. He always makes me smile when he makes up jokes. Father Del is the best preacher ever. He does the best homilies ever. Father Del is always ready to hear our thoughts. He always does good for our parish by saving money for the poor. Father Del is funny and nice to all people. Father Del lends money to poor people who come to his door. Father Del, You are terrific and fun. You are the best priest ever and I don’t want you to leave us. Father you do the best at Mass. The deacons must think that you are a role-model. You are a role-model to me Father Del. Fatjer De; a;was Reply Awesome stuff. You made a really nice compilation. Thanks! Reply My favorite priest is Fr Noel Sanvicente, he is an awsome, nice priest. He is a wonderful preacher who brings the great joy to the listerners. He has served God and people with love, care, faithfulness and diligence. I see Jesus through him. I wish I could attend his masses often and I pray for him in my daily prayers. I thank God for sending him to us. May Our Jesus Christ and his Virgin Mother bless him and protect him always. Reply MY FAVORITE PRIEST IS KEVIN NELSON OF LANTANA FLORIDA….HE”S FUNNY ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH & ULTRA SMART A TOTAL ALPHA MALE PRIEST. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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