On Wednesday night out in Phoenix Arizona two catholic priests were attacked in their parish. One of them was killed, and the other remains in critical but stable condition.
Fr. Kenneth Walker and Fr. Joseph Terra of Mother of Mercy Mission Church are religious order priests in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, commonly known as the F.S.S.P.
For those who don’t know, the F.S.S.P. is dedicated to offering the Traditional Latin Mass.
What is that?
It’s the catholic mass that my grandparents attended when they were young. For years it was the only catholic mass offered, until the 1970s or 1980s I think, when they wrote the Norvis Ordo. You’d have to check me on that time line though…
In short, it is a beautiful celebration of the sacrament of the mass, and my family have been attending it for about 5 years now.
Fr. Terra, pastor of Mother of Mercy Mission church, sustained severe injuries in the attack.
Fr. Walker, assistant pastor, was shot and killed in the attack. He was only 28 years old, and had just celebrated the second anniversary of his ordination.
This is a terrible loss not just to their families and parish, but to all.
My parish offered special masses for them yesterday, and though I was unable to attend, my parents and younger brother did.
My Mom told me that one of our own young priests who’d been ordained the same year as Fr. Walker looked stricken.
I don’t blame him.
This is nothing short of horrific.
I ask for prayers for comfort and peace for the parishioners of Mother of Mercy, and for the families of the two priests.
And especially prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. Kenneth Walker.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
If you wish to read more about the two priests and the attack, there is a complete article on the Phoenix New Times website.