Our dear Father Barnes on the Priesthood…

WE ARE GRATEFUL our Community has been blessed by the friendship and pastoral care of a number of remarkable Priests of the Archdiocese, fulfilling Pope Benedict’s desire that Ordinariate communities be fully integrated into the life of the larger Church yet remain true to their own particular tradition and charism. The most recent is our current Pastor, the Reverend Richard Sterling Bradford, who — although he has always Celebrated Mass by the Vatican-approved Anglican-patrimony liturgy — as an ex-Episcopal Priest entering the Church before the erection of the Ordinariate through the Pastoral Provision is a member of the Archdiocese’s presbyterate. The first was the Reverend David Barnes. At the time the group which would become Saint Gregory the Great was being gathered Father Barnes was Beverly’s Pastor. He gave us our first home in the Church; it was in his parish our first members were Received and worshipped while we waited for our founding Pastor to be ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood — which happy events were also celebrated “under his roof.” Father Barnes’ generous spirit and robust Catholicism left an enduring mark on our young community; he is now Catholic chaplain at Boston University where he undoubtedly is giving that same great gift to the many students who pass under his care. In 2011 Father Barnes began a blog to describe and explain the experience of being a Catholic Priest. A SHEPHERD’S POST swiftly became that and much more; it is always worth reading. Today’s post, however, is a particularly deep and feeling meditation on exactly the issue which first inspired him to pick up his electronic pen. Please remember this good Priest — and all his brothers! — in your prayers.

Father David Barnes (center); our founding Pastor, Father Jürgen Liias (at the time, still an Episcopalian, left); and Scott Landry (right), during a broadcast of THE GOOD CATHOLIC LIFE in 2012. You can listen to the interview here .

Father David Barnes (center); our founding Pastor, Father Jürgen Liias (at the time, still an Episcopalian, left); and Scott Landry (right), during a broadcast of THE GOOD CATHOLIC LIFE in 2012. You can listen to the interview here.