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Culp: Being heard and hearing others

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Diaconal Ordination Photo Essay

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Turn to St. Peter Claver, Page 5 Turn to Moriarty, Page 8

Linda Harvey


LEXINGTON. Three hundred people gathered June 8 at The Carrick House in Lexington to give to tribute to Father John Moriarty in the celebration of his 25th anniversary of his priesthood that occurred on June 1, 1991, at Christ the King Cathedral, where he was or- dained by Bishop Kendrick Williams. Fr. Moriarty was born in Versailles in 1962 and was baptized on March 11, 1962, at the original St. Leo Church. He is the fourth of eight children with four brothers and three sisters. His mother Susie Moriarty and sister, Amy Blakeman, were on the planning com- mittee for the event and were beaming the whole evening with joy and pride. Fr. Moriarty has been the third pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (SEAS) for the past 11 years. He has served at other parishes including Holy Family, Ashland, Mary Queen of Holy Rosary, Lexington, twice, and St. Mar- tha, Prestonsburg, and St. Luke, Salyersville. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975, and

Parishioners, family, friends fete priest's 25th Anniversary

Msgr. John Rolf (residing in Florida) was the founding pastor who served from 1980-1993. Father Wil Fraenzle (residing at Taylor Man- or) was the second pastor who served from 1993-2005. SEAS is a special and unique community.

Father John Moriarty famously reaches into his "prop bag" during the homily at Elizabeth Ann Seton parish as Deacon Spencer Parrott listens. CR photo: Juan Carlos Torres

We are grounded by our founders who have kept us strong, including the people that surround me," Fr. Moriarty said in his opening remarks. My mother inspired me because she is a moth- er of great faith-all of us were loved. My father, be- fore he died, said we are a blessed family, not perfect but we love each other. By surrendering to God, he will provide everything. I have not always sur- rendered," he said. "It's a marriage, and I have learned much from the Marriage Encounter when I made one in 2000. Marriage Encounter teaches husband and wife deeper reflection for listening. I am on the team working with staffand parishioners-hopefully a wise man who listens and then acts." Listening and acting has been a part of his journey that began with his social work de- gree from St. Thomas More College in 1987. He entered St. Pius X Seminary in Erlanger and later entered Mundelein Seminary to study theology. Building the school and developing a bud- get were challenging. I met Tamara Shumate and her husband while at MQHR and they wanted to come to SEAS. I told them to pray about it first," said Fr. Moriarty. "Tamara was hired as our development director, then we asked her to be parish administrator which has been my gift in my weakness-she works with justice and fairness, and I work from mercy and forgiveness." JeffVanderHorst was the parish represen- tative who gave the following remarks. "The parish was losing $300,000 a year, and I told him that it was not good business," he said. Fr. Moriarty responded that the church is not a business, and I learned much during this time. Father was getting advice from every- one, then he made some tough decisions at times and many were not popular."

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I have never seen a Bishop take a seat with the people at a conference," said M. Annette Mandley-Turner, founder and coordinator of the Interregional African-American Catholic Evangelization Conference (IAACEC), referring to Lexington Bishop John Stowe. "We are so happy to have you here," she continued. "It is always good to come to- gether as family; we are all family, home, here in this place." The place was the Galt House in Louisville, where 500 people were registered from 11 collaborating dio- ceses and attended June 10-12. This year's theme was You Are My Witnesses" taken from Isaiah 43:10.

Bishop John Stowe joins St. Peter Claver at the IAACEC

I loved the theme," said Beth Ross of St. Peter Claver Church. I was very inspired to go out and evangelize more boldly. Although St. Peter Claver is of African American worship, I loved ex- periencing the other churches of this culture. Every worship service filled me immensely." The conference provided more than 30 workshops from which attendees could choose in the ar- eas of evangelization and effective

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