RIP Fr. Walker, to whom God gave joy in youth

Fr. Walker at his first Mass in 2012. Photo from FSSP web site.

Fr. Walker at his first Mass in 2012. Photo from FSSP web site.

This morning, my sister in Arizona called to alert me to the tragic news of the murder of one of the priests at a Catholic church she and her family frequent. His pastor, also involved in the attack last night, survived, but is in critical condition.

I had a nice conversation last summer with this murdered priest, Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP. His order, Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, developed the iMass app which I used (for the first time) during his Mass. Would he mind the fact that I had my cell phone out during the Liturgy, I wondered? Ends up he was very pleased to see people using the app to help them to participate in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (in Latin). There was no doubt that he was rather proud of his order for developing it.

He had only been ordained a year, so we talked about his vocational call and where he grew up, that sort of thing. What a thoroughly delightful young man who was the embodiment of joy in ministry. This is so tragic.

Consider the fact that each day since his ordination he said these very words as he ascended the altar to begin Mass: “Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam.” (I will go in unto the Altar of God. To God, Who giveth joy to my youth). He was 28 years old when gunned down last night in his church compound. Requiescat in Pace, Father Walker.

We also continue to pray for Fr. Joseph Terra who was critically injured in the attack.

Peace.

Mercy.

Jennifer Kane
editor, Catholic Apptitude

UPDATE Arrest made June 15, 2014 see story. We continue to pray for all involved in this tragedy and for the recovery of Fr. Terra.

Tags: , , ,

Categories: Blog for Catholic Apptitude

Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother and avid Catholic app user who works in the field of corporate communications --BA Journalism; MA English--and is communications director at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, NY. What began as an e-mail service to priests and seminarians looking for quality Catholic apps for mobile devices has grown into a world-wide community of Catholic app enthusiasts looking for and recommending great Catholic apps.

Join our digital community of people endowed with great Catholic Apptitude!

Get our latest posts and updates. Share with the rest of us your recommended Catholic apps or other Catholic digital media for mobile devices.

No comments yet.

Your app recommendations and comments are welcome!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: