Thursday, 12 June 2014

Priest of two years, murdered in Phoenix, another critically injured! Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP - Our Lady of Seat of Wisdom alumnus

The late Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP celebrating the Holy Mass
at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy at Barry's Bay, Ontario.

From Rorate Caeli Blog.

FSSP Priests attacked in Phoenix, Arizona, 1 murdered, 1 critically wounded

The Mater Misericordiae Mission, the Latin Mass community of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, run by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), was the scene of a terrible tragedy on Wednesday night, following the breaking and entering of their church.

Father Kenneth WalkerFSSP, Assistant Pastor, was murdered. Requiescat in pace. Please, pray also for the consolation of his family.

Father Joseph Terra, FSSP, Pastor, was severely wounded by the criminals, and is (at least to our knowledge as of this moment) hospitalized in critical condition. Please, pray for his health and his complete recovery, through the mercy of God Almighty.

Finally, let us also pray for their parishioners and all who are affected for this ordeal. Let us pray for the law enforcement officers, may they accomplish justice according to God's will.

Let us pray for the criminals, may they find conversion and salvation on this earth and avoid eternal damnation. [Tip: Parishioner. Local news report and video here.]




Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, at the moment of his Ordination, on May 19, 2012 (post from the time):

Father Walker is the first on the right.
Father Walker gives his first blessing to his ordaining bishop, Bishop Bruskewitz


First Alumni Ordained to the Priesthood: Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, and Fr. Ben Weber

FSSP May 2012 Ordination
Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, on far right, at his May 19 ordination. (Photo (c) – Priestly Fraternity of S. Peter)
This spring OLSWA rejoiced as two alumni, Fr. Kenneth Walker (’05) and Fr. Benjamin Weber (’06), were ordained to the priesthood and are now priests forever “according to the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 5:6).”

Fr. Kenneth Walker, a member of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, was ordained on May 19, 2012, with four other young men. They were ordained by His Excellency Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz in the beautiful Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Nebraska. On May 26, 2012, in the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, His Excellency Bishop Gerard P. Bergie ordained Fr. Ben Weber and Fr. Chad Grennan for St. Catharine’s diocese in Ontario.
Through this sacrament of Holy Orders these young men are now consecrated and called to act ‘in persona Christi Capitis’ (in the person of Christ the Head), bringing the Sacraments to Christ’s Church. The joy of this vocation shone in Fr. Ben’s smile as he gave his first priestly blessings. In answering the Divine call to the priesthood Fr. Kenneth and Fr. Ben gave a resounding ‘yes’ to God’s will.
Laying on of hands
Bishop Bergie confers Holy Orders on Fr. Ben Weber.
As His Excellency Bishop Bergie noted in his homily at Fr. Ben’s ordination, this ‘yes’ answered the question that Jesus posed to Peter in John 21, “Do you love me?” Christ called in love, and these men have responded by choosing to live out their yes to God daily in joyful, loving dedication to Christ and His Church.
As each priest gave his first priestly blessing, he handed out cards of remembrance. Fr. Ben’s cards fittingly quoted John 2:5, “Jesus’ mother said to the servants, ‘do whatever He tells you.’” Fr. Ben, Fr. Kenneth and all other priests are doing what ‘He is telling them to do.’ They are living out an apostleship of love. As the Curé of Ars states, “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.”
 Fr. Kenneth shared the following message with OLSWA leading up to his ordination: “I would also like to express my gratitude to the Academy for the truly excellent education and warm friendship I experienced there, and I found it to be a wonderful preparation for entering seminary. May God continue to bless the efforts of all those involved in the Academy!”
Let us keep Fr. Ben, Fr. Kenneth and all priests in our thoughts and prayers, thanking God for them daily.

1 comment:

Dan Millette said...

Fr. Kenneth (Kenny) went to Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry's Bay, ON, for two years. Saddened beyond words.