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Meet 10 of the world’s most amazing priests

As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives

By on Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Fr Apostoli preaches at a Mass marking the end of preliminary research into the life of Archbishop Sheen (CNS)

Fr Apostoli preaches at a Mass marking the end of preliminary research into the life of Archbishop Sheen (CNS)

1. Fr Andrew Apostoli

Fr Andrew Apostoli was a leader in the founding of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a strict order that lives the austere Franciscan life to the letter. They seek to live among the poorest of people and have a policy that if a local community improves and becomes wealthier, then they must leave and move to a more deprived area. They have a house in the suburbs of Limerick city in Ireland and in the South Bronx of New York.

In 1988, Fr Andrew influenced the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.

A regular host on EWTN, Fr Andrew is a world expert on the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. Ignatius Press published his book Fatima for Today, which offered rebuttals to Fatima campaigners who argue that the Third Secret has not been fully revealed. Fr Andrew uses the story of Fatima to illuminate many complex subjects, and believes that, if properly understood, the fact that Our Lady appeared at Fatima should lead to better relations between Christians and Muslims. Fr Andrew quotes Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s point that Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, a place named after Mohammed’s favourite daughter, is a sign of Our Lady’s love for the Muslim people. Incidentally, Fr Andrew is the vice-postulator of the Cause for the canonisation of Archbishop Sheen.

Fr Andrew has written many books, one of which bears the astounding title What to Do When Jesus is Hungry.

2. Fr Hugh Thwaites

One of England’s best-loved priests will celebrate his 95th birthday on July 21. Known for his bright smile and infectious missionary spirit, Fr Hugh Thwaites is a symbol of what one priest’s unflagging commitment to evangelisation can achieve.

Fr Hugh knows what it is to convert to Catholicism. He converted from Anglicanism when he was a passenger aboard a troop ship bound for Singapore during World War II. He spent three punishing years as a Japanese prisoner of war, which gave him insight into human nature. “To see men in such extreme conditions is to see the very roots of their character,” he has said. In order to survive in the prison camp Fr Hugh sold his watch. After the war he was ordained a Jesuit.

The zeal of the convert has never left Fr Hugh and he first asks new people he meets: “Are you a Catholic?” If they reply “no” then he asks: “But you would like to be, wouldn’t you?” Fr Hugh is a champion of the Legion of Mary, an ardent supporter of the Extraordinary Form and renowned for his tenacity in spreading devotion to the rosary. In his startling booklet, Our Glorious Faith and How to Lose It, Fr Hugh links the abandonment of the rosary with losing the faith. He explains that Our Lady has asked us to say the rosary. “If we want in any way to be like Jesus,” he says, “we must do what His Mother asks. If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God.”

Fr Hugh may be advanced in years and describes himself as “living on the edge of eternity”. But his many talks are available online and blogs are buzzing with lively discussions about how he brought new people into the Church.

3. Fr Anthony Pinizzotto

Fr Anthony Pinizzotto was a forensic psychologist by day and priest by night. He led a dynamic existence as a priest who simultaneously worked for the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit, while also serving in a suburban parish in Virginia.

Fr Anthony has a total of five university degrees and earned a PhD in psychology from Georgetown University. In the 1970s, he spent three years working as a policeman in Washington before being ordained a priest in 1978. The FBI discovered him and in 1988 he went to work for them with the assignment of investigating the killings of on-duty police officers.

He has written two spine-chillingly accurate studies: Killed in the Line of Duty and Violent Encounters. A chief area of his expertise concerns why some policemen are far more likely than others to be gunned down by criminals. One of his findings was that policemen who are helpful may be shot on duty because they “let their guard down” when searching a vehicle or arresting someone.

In 2008, after more than 20 years in the FBI, Fr Pinizzotto retired. But his vast knowledge of the criminal mind is not going to waste. He has since become a consultant to the FORCE Science Research Centre and he travels the world to deliver lectures. He has also been appointed science director at the Istituto Formazione D’Eccellenza in Montova, Italy.

4. Fr Josef Bisig

Fr Josef Bisig is originally from Switzerland and in 1988 he led the founding of the Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) after private consultations with the then Cardinal Ratzinger. Fr Bisig made sure that the FSSP, while not a religious order but a priestly association, would prioritise forming priests and training them effectively for parish work.

The FSSP saw success very quickly: within 10 years it had seminaries in both Europe and America. In recent years they started a House of Formation in Australia. Fr Bisig has become a global leader in advocating the Tridentine Latin Mass. He had the honour of celebrating the first Extraordinary Form Mass on EWTN on September 14 2007, which was day the July 7 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum went into effect. Fr Bisig continues to meet the Holy Father and they reportedly enjoy spirited discussions in their mother tongue.

Known for his humility, Fr Bisig prefers to credit others for the FSSP’s success. After completing his term as founding superior of the FSSP, Fr Bisig became the rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska (pictured above). Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary has reason to be one of the most selective seminaries in the world, because it can only accept a small percentage of applicants due to limited space. Among their seminarians is Ian Verrier from Birmingham.

5. Fr George Grafsky

Fr George Grafsky is the parish priest of St Anne in Le Sueur, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a bitterly cold, frosty spot. Fr George has a cheerful expression and a relaxed, child-like face, which is not what one expects from a priest who meets many challenges in the most frenzied and panicked of situations.

As well as being chaplain to the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department, he also works side-by-side with the police and is often one of the first people they call when they have harrowing tasks to perform. Fr George is unflappable. A police sergeant, Dave Struckman, was alone at the scene of an accident when he had to pull two dead bodies from a car. None of his colleagues were available and so he called Fr Grafsky to help him, and together they pulled the bodies from the wreckage.

Fr George is not indifferent to the pain caused by sudden death, and he has a special way of guiding families through their grief after they have lost a loved one to an accident or fire. Some tragedies do unsettle Fr George’s serenity. One concerned a boy who drowned a mere day after making his First Communion. While he was saddened, Fr George did not shirk from accompanying the mother as she watched her son’s body being fished from the water.

6. Mgr Keith Barltrop

Much of the huge success of the tour of St Thérèse’s relics throughout England and Wales in 2009 (pictured above) is due to Mgr Keith Barltrop. The patient, softly spoken priest was the organiser of the tour and his great efficiency and attention to detail meant that 240,000 Catholics and people from many different religions venerated the relics of the Little Flower.

Before the relics of St Thérèse visited England, Mgr Keith made it clear that everyone was welcome to visit the relics and that they could volunteer and be part of a team to help the smooth-running of the visit. He encouraged others to invite their friends, whether Catholic or not. Mgr Keith was one of the first to talk about the New Evangelisation, long before it became a buzzword. While too often lip-service is paid to evangelisation without concrete initiatives, Mgr Keith is a champion of supporting practical plans.

As director at Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation (CASE), he helped parishes, schools and individuals to bring cradle Catholics back to the practice of the faith and to seek converts. He is now parish priest of St Mary of the Angels in Notting Hill, west London, and has seen the potential for new immigrants to evangelise us. But he has cautioned against large bodies of immigrants being isolated in their own churches because it does not allow for mutual enrichment.

7. Fr Pio Mandato

Fr Pio Mandato is a Capuchin priest who, in some ways, has followed in the footsteps of his relative, Padre Pio. Fr Mandato was named after the saint and, like Padre Pio, traces his roots back to the sun-baked, dusty village of Pietrelcina in southern Italy.

Fr Mandato received his first Holy Communion from Padre Pio before he and his family migrated to America in 1964. At 17 Fr Mandato entered the Capuchins. After his ordination in 1985 he became involved in hospital chaplaincy and developed a reputation for devotion to the sick, not unlike Padre Pio who founded two hospitals in San Giovanni Rotondo: the Civil Hospital of St Francis and the House for the Relief of Suffering. Fr Mandato also worked with homeless people in New York. His mother wrote a memoir, Padre Pio: Encounters With a Spiritual Daughter From Pietrelcina. The book was originally written in Italian and Fr Mandato translated it into English.

In 1998, after serving for 13 years as a Capuchin, Fr Mandato began to lead a life of prayer and solitude as a missionary hermit in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, under Bishop Joseph Bambera.

Now 56, he takes breaks from the eremitical life to travel around preaching and offering healing Masses for the sick, which draw huge crowds.

8. Fr Emmanuel Katongole

Fr Emmanuel was born in Uganda to Rwandan parents and was ordained in 1987.

He has been stationed in parishes in Africa, Belgium and America. A globe-trotting academic, he is associate professor of theology at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina.

He is the author of several books that ask very hard questions about why Christians forsake their faith in times of great panic. In Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda, he examines why Rwanda, a country that was known for its missionary Christianity, took to internecine butchery. The Rwandan genocide is ever-present in his mind and inspired him to co-found the Centre of Reconciliation in the college where he is a professor. The centre trains ambassadors so that they can travel to different hotspots where war is threatened and seek to establish a ceasefire.

Fr Emmanuel is a clear voice in explaining the distinctive role that the Church in Africa plays. If the moral authority of the Church has been weakened in our part of the world because of the child abuse scandals, Fr Emmanuel is quick to remind us that the Church in Africa has an increasingly strong standing because it gives refuge to victims of war and of disasters and of disease. He says that the African Church works for “the voiceless”.

9. Fr Chris Riley

Fr Chris was born in 1954 and brought up on a dairy farm in the Australian state of Victoria. Salesian-educated, he was greatly moved by the film Boys Town and studied to be a teacher before being ordained a priest in 1982. Fr Chris spent a decade performing the normal priestly duties, but in 1991 he set up Youth Off the Streets (YOTS), which has the objective of supporting destitute young people by first meeting their basic needs. His first project was a food delivery van that distributed food to homeless youths in Sydney. His first foray into providing education for young people on the streets was when he opened Key College, which gave a flexible education to disadvantaged young people who couldn’t attend traditional schools. YOTS has developed to the point that it now runs refuges, schools, and drug and alcohol programmes.

Not content to confine his mission to Australia, Fr Riley put in place an Overseas Relief Fund, which operates in diverse locations such as Ethiopia, the Philippines and Tanzania. In 2006 Fr Chris’s determination to save young people from homelessness was rewarded. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and honoured with the Human Rights Medal. And this year he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Western Sydney.

10. Fr Kevin Doran

A native of Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Fr Kevin entered seminary at a mere 17 years of age. He was strongly influenced by a teacher, Brother Finbarr, who prompted the first stirrings of a vocation in him.

Fr Kevin recently came to international prominence for his role as secretary general of the Eucharistic Congress, which was held in Dublin last month. Fr Kevin spoke on EWTN and Salt and Light about the Congress’s potential to restore reverence for the Eucharist in Ireland. Fr Kevin’s calm, level-headed nature was essential for running a complex, international event that transformed Dublin into a temporary home for 80,000 pilgrims from all over the world. Throughout the Congress, Fr Kevin was the touchstone for 1,700 volunteers, gaggles of journalists who had burning questions about the abuse crisis and thousands of pilgrims.

Fr Kevin speaks in a gentle Dublin cadence and is known for his common touch. He has worked extensively as a vocations director and also has defended priestly celibacy. In an essay he wrote on celibacy he said: “I feel a great sense of joy about what celibacy makes possible in my life.”

As long as there are priests of Fr Kevin’s calibre, with the spark of faith, there is hope that the fire of faith will rekindle in Ireland.

  • Adam

    I was received into the Church on 1st of January and although I haven’t met him, Fr Thwaites has had a huge influence on me. Love that Holy man!

  • http://www.thereluctantroad.wordpress.com/ Reluctant Road

    I joined the Church from an evangelical background recently. Great to hear about leaders in the faith! 

  • Gerry

    I am extremely suspicious of lists like this. It would be useful to know;
    1. Who compiled this list?
    2. Exactly what criteria did they use?
    3. In order to ascertain that a specific priest is not ‘am,amazing’, and therefore does not warrant being on this list, can the compilers confirm please that they have studied in-depth every priest in the world?

    As far as I, and possibly thousands of others are concerned, every priest is amazing. 

  • Marian

     Gerry, I don’t think this is by any means meant to be an exhaustive list (or even a “top ten” list).  It is inspiring to read the stories of some outstanding priests in the world today.  Of course I’m sure there are countless “unsung heroes” within the priesthood.  And I agree with you, every priest who faithfully strives to live out his vocation is amazing and a blessing for us lay faithful.  We should pray for them every day!

  • Deesis

    Fr Bisig? Really? Having known some who grew up with him, some whose rector he was a Zaitzkofen, and some of the very first who went to the seminary at Wigratzbad he is not humble! I also know him and have found him to be petty and even unjust. I know a priest who related how incredably inflexable and overbearing he was. He listens to no one, acts in a dictatorial manner covered in a veneer of saying it is God’s will.

  • Dl2208f

    Some are facts but obviously the ultimate objective is simply propaganda against a certain group within the Catholic Church.  Additionally, we find it hard to believe this list has been properly and fairly filtered. I know of a lot of Saintly Priests who I believe should be included in this list. 

  • Columcille of Iona

    Lists of this kind are more about the narcissistic culture in which we live than giving an accurate assessment of extraordinary priests. 

    One example . . .

    Fr. Kevin Doran and the Eucharistic Congress. I don’t fault Fr. Doran, but his appearance on EWTN didn’t exactly fill one with a sense that this is a priest with an orthodox vigor. Further, the Congress was roundly considered a serious disappointment by faithful Catholics on the ground for promoting a horizontal Eucharistic theology that was all the rage in America in the 1970s (and can still be found in some outposts here and there) – the Eucharist as the people of God gathering together around the dinner table. This theology has been linked to liberation theology and it seeks to minimize the supernatural presence of Christ in the Eucharist, i.e. placing the tabernacle in the corner, down playing Eucharistic piety and devotions like adoration and benediction, etc. This dead theology was the top-down vision imposed upon the Congress. 

    Note that the opening event of the Congress was an ecumenical gathering THAT EXCLUDED THE EUCHARIST!!! Further, adoration of the blessed sacrament was almost non-existent in the program and was going to be excluded altogether if faithful Irish Catholics hadn’t put pressure on the Congress organizers to include it. 

    The speakers at the Congress were lack luster and drawn from some very odd places (what was Peter Sutherland of Goldman Sachs speaking there for? Especially when GS funds the pro-abort groups in Ireland!?!)

    Finally, the liturgies were firmly rooted in the 1970′s and completely ignored the work of Pope Benedict XVI’s reform of the reform and the new liturgical movement that is restoring the sacred. Frankly it was an embarrassment.  

    Such was the state of the Congress, that an alternative congress was organized in Dublin with orthodox speakers and intense adoration. 

    I don’t know who picked this list, but it seems to be more political than based on a real assessment, at least where Fr. Kevin Doran is concerned. 

  • Columcille of Iona

    This whole list seems to be political in its origin. 

  • Jeannine

    Not for nothing, but priests are human too with all the associated weaknesses. For example, Padre Pio & St Jerome were curmudgeons. They are but 2 examples of the many great but flawed priests who became saints. So lighten up & pray for these men who God has called to serve us, the laity.

  • Tina in Ashburn

    Its nice to see a list that puts a positive spin on priests and their accomplishments – so many priests could be candidates for a list like this. Encouraging any priest for any good characteristic is a kindness.

    Pray for priests and offer sacrifices for them – the devil hates priests more than any other creature and tempts them more than the laity. Most of us have no clue what silent crosses they carry, and the daily dilemmas these men face.

    I hope the slander and calumny will tone down here in the comments – maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the very personal attacks to be deleted?

  • shieldsheafson

    I would add Canon John Marmion.

  • EZBS

    For those that call the list political, look at your very political comments! I read this post and thought, wow what a breath of fresh air- positive, uplifting article that shines our priests in a wonderful light! Who gives a flying pig if your favorite priest isn’t on this list. That wasn’t the point!

    I for one can say that I have followed the work of Father Chris Riley for many years and have heard him speak at our parish many times. He is serious, frank, doesn’t mince words, loves young people, just, and not one for being politically correct or sugary in his manner – and I LOVE that about this priest. He gets the job done.

    Much like Jesus showed us – plastic smiles and happy fairy things don’t make you representative of what’s the Truth – it can infact garner you more enemies, and in Jesus case condemn you to death.

    For the jealous and critical commenters here, why don’t you become a priest so we can criticize you for your lack of so – called perfection?!

    Or is it more comfy for you to sling mud from your armchair.

  • ZJohn

    “Fr George Grafsky is the parish priest of St Anne in Le Sueur, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a bitterly cold, frosty spot.”
    I do not intend to attack the integrity of this article, or of the wonderful priests mentioned within. However, I would like to point out that Le Sueur is not a suburb of Minneapolis, but rather is a good hour to hour and a half south of the Twin Cities. Second, Bitterly cold and frosty do not accurately describe the climate of southern Minnesota. Just last night the low temperature was 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Hartponder

    A truly unsung hero is Fr. Lincoln who serves Sacred Heart parish in Palm Desert, Ca. Father may not have written a book, but his tireless effort to build a church in Mecca, one of the poorest areas in the nation, while continuing to serve the needs of our Parish, brings tears to my eyes as I write this. I am grateful to witness the Holy Spirit at work in these Holy Men. Thanks to all the priests!

  • Anthony Hulse

    While it’s great to see articles praising priests as persons, EVERY priest is remarkable whether they are famous, skilled, talented, likeable or not.

  • AlexB

    Summers in the region of Minneapolis can indeed be toasty, however the winters are among the coldest of any other major city in the U.S. Temperatures often hover around zero Fahrenheit, with wind chill -10 or lower. During the mid 1990s when I was a frequent visitor there, an engine block heater was an essential accessory for every car, to ensure that the engine could be started in the cold temperatures.

  • Mary Unrein

    Thanks for the great info on great priest.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4IROAXIX5AAY6JXMN2ZHVHNFR4 NotsoQ

    While I understand the need for an article highlighting good and faithful Priests, I am glad that most of them did not have pictures. Priests are such a bullseye for satan to begin with this, fame and attention only makes it harder for them fulfill God’s Will for them.

  • Parasum

    I wonder whether this kind of attention is a good idea  :( ? Time enough to praise people when they have died, surely – in this life, people can go to the bad.

  • Parasum

     “the Eucharist as the people of God gathering together around the dinner table.”

    ## This is an entirely valid insight, as far as it goes. It would be equally-one sided to talk of the Eucharistic as though it were nothing more a sacrifice.  The Eucharist is both of these, and much more.

    As for liberation theology, even the S.C.D.F. admitted in 1985 that it wasn’t all bad.

  • Parasum

    How long would they be Saintly if they knew they were being praised ? 

  • Ronk

    “Political”? How do you figure that? All these priests seem to be apolitical, or else insofar as they display any political leanings they are all over the place.

  • Ronk

    Please read Marian’s reply to Gerry.
    Really people, where did you read the words, “These are the ONLY or MOST saintly priests in the world.”? You imagined them just to give yourself something to whinge about.

    As for “propaganda against a certain group”, what? Which group? Conspiracy theory paranoia alert!

  • Ronk

    I don’t know him, but I know plenty of priests and other people who have been called all eight of the insults you just hurled at him, and many more, merely because they dared to plainly speak of the truths revealed by Christ and taught by His Church, and to lovingly invite people to believe them and to obey His commandments and the directives which He empowered His successors on earth to give to His Church.

  • Ronk

    Are you serious? We mustn’t ever praise anyone until he’s dead because he might do bad things in the future? These priests would have to do a whole lot of REALLY bad stuff to cancel out all the good stuff they’ve done so far in their lives.

    You can’t open a magazine or turn on the TV without finding lay people being lavishly praised for “achievements” which are nothing compared to what these priests have achieved. Why should priests be the only people who are never praised, only criticised and condemned?

  • Ronk

    I’m sure Satan is smart enough and powerful enough to work out who they are and how much good they are doing without needing to see their photos on what you seem to imagine is his infernal computer monitor.

  • Padepugh

     Pray!

  • Anon

    All the Holy Priest are not mentioned in the list because they are the ones that transmit Christ the most.

      ” I must decrease because Christ must increase ”

  • Hartponder

    This article is well in line with Hebrews 13:7 :

    “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.”

  • Hartponder

    This article is well in line with Hebrews 17:3:

    “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.”

  • Columcille of Iona

    Parasum, 

    At best, this is a minor dimension of the Eucharist, yet there is a whole generation of Catholics who wanted to make this the whole meaning and eliminate the vertical, supernatural presence, and sacrificial dimensions. This is a wound to the faith. It does damage. Yet, this was the Eucharistic theology of the Congress. It was sad. If Fr. Doran is the model of Irish priests, then Ireland is in real danger of losing the faith within a generation. That is not to blame Fr. Doran, he probably got terrible formation like so many priests of his generation. 

  • Anne A.Hall

     Might I hopefully assume, that that you will be off to confession when the realization of what you have said,  and the sin you have just committed against that priest awakens your conscience., surely, you won’t be receiving the body of Christ without  repentance.

  • Jim

    Where is Fr Robert Barron?  Have you not seen “Catholicism” or his wordonfire.org website.  The man is a doing fantastic work in his attempts to evangelise the modern culture by modern means.  The man is a genius

  • Columcille of Iona

    Exactly! Fr. Barron is an extraordinary priest. 

    Or how about Fr. Mitch Pacwa? Or Fr. Groschell? Or Fr. Frank Phillips, CR? Or Fr. Seraphim, MIC? Or Msgr. Sweatland? Or Fr. Rocky? Or Fr. Richard Simon? Or Fr. Kelleher, SOLT (who fills stadiums in America for Rosary Bowls)? 

    This list is a bunch of bunk. 

  • Ronk

     Apparently I need to point out again, please read Marian’s reply to Gerry earlier.
    Really people, where did you
    read the words, “These are the ONLY or MOST saintly priests in the
    world.”? You imagined them just to give yourself something to whinge
    about.

    NObody, least of all I expect the author, would dream of denying that teher are thousands of amazing priests in the world.

  • Ronk

     Blessed Teresa of Calcutta received an enormous amount of praise over the last 30 years of her life. It didn’t stop her from being saintly. And teher are many more examples.

  • Pegafranciscan

    I agree with Anthony below. Each priest has the Holy Spirit and the charisms as well. Do we pray for them? Do we ask Mary to envelop them in her mantle of protection? We get what we deserve  as we expect them to be holy without our assistance. I try to spend  an hour a day in front of the Blessed Sacrament before or after the Holy Mass. The rosary is very powerful as well.

  • Ave Verum

    Because, in persona Christi, through Ordination they are imbued by His Spirit which works in, through and despite them

  • Livedogster

    Just discovered this article and read it – and the ensuing comments – with great interest. I love lists! They are such rich sources of inspiration, discussion and debate. The omissions often are as controversial as the inclusions. For what it’s worth, I have the privilege of working with many priests, in my capacity as the Director for Catholic Mission in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, in Australia. They are inspiring with their commitment, humbling with their devotion and gifted with their devotion and dedication. None of them appear in this article but they will definitely be on my Christmas card list!

  • Burt

     Some priests unfortunately are ‘remarkable’ for the wrong reasons. Dissenting, rebellious priests who have little real Catholic belief and lost any sense that their duty is to work to try to save souls. sorry to make a negative comment, but that is a big issue in this day and age.

  • Annie13

     Columcille of Iona, I must disagree with you. I live in Australia and could not attend the Congress but  your description of how the Congress was organised from a theological point of view would have met all my expectations and would have nurtured my soul. The Eucharist is a FEAST. That’s how Jesus celebrated with his friends at the Last Supper.and I’m sure there were women present too.Unfortunately our Church, with its backward-looking leaders has developed a liturgy where the people of God are mere spectators – with little input.
    it’s time we follow in the footsteps of Jesus and celebrate the feast as He did.

    Anne Doran (no relation to Kevin)

  • 12Maria34

    Very nice article

  • Franciska

    I am proud to state that at least I know 2 of these priests and I live in Malaysia!  Fr. Hugh Thwaites, the saintly priest who was Chaplain to students from the Far East and African in London.  He certainly lives Jesus Christ.  Another priest is Fr. Kevin Doran who gave me insights in Philosophy.  I am a lay person living an Apostolic LIfe through the gentle guidance of these priests and very much loving my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ

  • Melianthus

    It’s not Satan’s monitor the priests have to worry about.  It’s their own.  I make a habit of praying especially for priests who are in positions that tend toward celebrity.  That sort of life can be very corrupting.  

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  • Ronk

     No doubt the Ppacy is the position which tends by far the most towrads celebrity. Yet we have not had a corrupt pope for 500 years.

  • Amanda

    I very much like this article but the author has forgotten one exceptional Priest; Fr John Saward.