Tuesday, August 26, 2008


David Harris never considered his conversion to Catholicism six years ago to be a rejection of the Baptist faith that nourished him from childhood in Eastern Kentucky.

But as a married man, Harris did think the switch meant he would leave one thing behind -- his status as an ordained minister.

He was wrong.

Early next month, he'll make history as the first married, former Baptist minister to become a Roman Catholic priest in the United States.

He'll also be only the second married man from any former denomination to become a priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Harris, 53, is scheduled to be ordained Sept. 6 at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

He is the only priest being ordained in the archdiocese this year.

His ordination is allowed under a seldom-used exception to the church's requirement that priests be celibate.

Read it here...

This is the first time I recall seeing a Baptist minister become a Catholic priest. He did receive a master's in theological studies from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Southern Indiana according to the article. I am assuming that is a Catholic school. If this trend continues, it will be interesting to see what these married priests will bring to the priesthood and the Church.

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