Fr. James Walling

FrWalling Fr. James WallingFr. James Walling was born in 1968, and is a native of Jackson, Michigan.  He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 1994, professed first vows on August 15, 1995, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2001.  Fr. James has served in parish work, as a college chaplain, and on the Mission Band of the community before his current assignment as the chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Fr. Frank Sherry

Fr. Frank Sherry.Jan 2010 225x300 Fr. Frank SherryFr. Frank Sherry was born in 1952, and is a native of Cresson, Pennsylvania.  He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 1985, professed his first vows on August 15, 1986, and was ordained to the priesthood on December 22, 1989.  He has served in various assignments during his priesthood, and is currently assigned to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Fr. Ricardo Pineda

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Fr. Ricardo was born on August 4, 1987, into a Catholic family of both Salvadoran and Mexican descent. He is a native of San Diego, California. Following high school, he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. While in studies at Notre Dame, he played trumpet in the marching Band of the Fighting Irish. In May of 2008, he graduated from Notre Dame at the end three years, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a minor in Theology.

Fr. Ricardo began hearing a call to the priesthood as early as age 6, but it was not until his freshmen year of high school that he began serious discernment of his vocation in prayer. This discernment continued throughout high school and college. After learning more about the vocation to priesthood as well as the vocation to marriage, he discovered that although the thought of marriage made him happy, he imagined himself happier as a priest, serving God for the salvation of souls. So by the end of his second year at Notre Dame, he had accepted God’s call to the priesthood with a firm “Yes!” In time, he further discerned a call to the religious life.

Fr. Ricardo joined the Fathers of Mercy as a postulant in July of 2008. Following his one year novitiate, he professed his first year of temporary vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity on August 14, 2009. He graduated from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2013, and was ordained a priest for the Fathers of Mercy in 2013.

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Fr. Ken Geraci

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Fr. Andy Cravalho

Fr. Andy Cravalho 238x300 Fr. Andy CravalhoFr. Andy Cravalho was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in northern California for most of his life before graduating from Mother of Divine Grace homeschooling curriculum in 2001. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2005 with a B.A. in Journalism. After working as a sports journalist in California, Father Andy felt God’s call to the priesthood. He entered the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and took first vows in August 2007. Fr. Andy received his M.A. in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT and was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 2012. After a year serving four parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville, Fr. Andy was reassigned to the Fathers of Mercy missions.

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Fr. Wade Menezes

Fr. Wade Menezes Fr. Wade MenezesFr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.

Having served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine. Both the Monastery and Shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also host of the EWTN segment series, The Crux of the Matter.  His many theological and doctrinal presentations have been featured on EWTN Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Guadalupe Radio Network, Covenant Network Radio, Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, and Voice of Virtue International.

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Fr. Tony Stephens

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Fr. Tony Stephens was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. In 1999, Fr. Tony graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia. Discerning a call to religious life and the priesthood, he joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and he was ordained a priest in 2005.

The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of “the Missionaries of France.” The community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now an exclusively American community, headquartered in South Union, Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats in effort to re-evangelize and revitalize the faith of those who hear.

During the mission, Fr. Tony will challenge the parish community to make a stronger, deeper personal commitment to Christ and His Church. Among the topics he will usually speak on are:
The Importance of the Church in our Lives
The Holy Eucharist
The Mercy of God
The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints
The Power of Prayer

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Fr. Tom Sullivan

Fr. Tom Sullivan Fr. Tom SullivanFr. Thomas Sullivan was born in 1959 and is a native of Havertown, Pennsylvania. In 1998, Fr. Thomas became a member of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy. He is a 2004 graduate of Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and was ordained to the priesthood in May 2004. Prior to his joining the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Thomas owned and operated his own roofing company and worked extensively with the Missionaries of Charity throughout the world and with the Padre Pio Center in Barto, Pennsylvania.

The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of “the Missionaries of France.” The community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now exclusively an American community. The generalate is located in South Union, Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats throughout the country.

During the mission, Fr. Thomas will encourage and challenge the parish community to make a stronger, deeper commitment to Christ, His Church and the Sacraments. Among the topics he will speak on are:

The Holy Blessed Sacrament
The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Mercy of God
The Ten Commandments and
the Angels and Saints

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Fr. Peter Stryker

Fr. Peter Stryker Fr. Peter StrykerAlong with his two brothers and three sisters, Fr. Peter grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enjoyed photography, running, and other wholesome activities, yet he also has fond memories of attending Mass and praying the Rosary as a family. After college he worked for Westin Hotels & Resorts. He frequently stopped in at the Daughters of St. Paul Bookstore, and the Sisters there encouraged him to pray about religious life and priesthood. He entered the Fathers of Mercy in August of 1991, received formation at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto, and he thanks God that he was ordained a priest on May 30th, 1998. Fr. Peter is now blessed to be serving the faithful at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, located in the Diocese of Green Bay.

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Fr. Lou Guardiola

Fr. Lou Guardiola Fr. Lou GuardiolaFather Louis was born March 23rd, 1953 into a Mexican-American family in Detroit, Michigan. He has been a member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima since 1967. He attended Loyola University of Chicago, graduating Cum Laude in Scholastic Philosophy and Classical languages in 1976, having studied four years of Latin and five years of Greek. He taught Religious Education for many years in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Connecticut as a layperson, novice, religious brother, Deacon and Priest. He studied under Fr. John Hardon as a Lay Catechist for seven years (1989-96) assisting him in research for his articles, books, and catechisms and in coordinating conferences with bishops and cardinals.

Father Louis entered religious life with the Fathers of Mercy in 1996. He studied at Holy Apostles Seminary 1997-2001, graduating with M.A. in Divinity and M.A. in Theology, Magna cum Laude and class valedictorian. He was ordained May 31st, 2001, then assigned as assistant Pastor of Sacred Heart Church and interim Pastor of St. Peter?s church 2001-2. Father now resides at the Fathers of Mercy Generalate in South Union, Kentucky when he is not preaching missions, retreats and 40 hours devotions. Fr. Louis, and other members of the congregation, in conjunction with The Real Presence Association , is available to:
Come to your parish as Eucharistic Speakers to promote Perpetual Adoration and Education
Come to your parish to conduct a 40 hours devotion
Come to your parish to conduct a week-long Eucharistic mission or retreat

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