Last night, the rectory at the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix, Arizona, was broken into. Assistant pastor Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was killed, and pastor Fr. Joseph Terra, FSSP, is in critical condition.
Fr. Walker was born in upstate New York on September 13, 1985. He studied at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, from 2003 to 2005, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 19, 2012. Please pray for the repose of his soul, as well as for Fr. Terra’s recovery.
A Solemn Requiem Mass will be offered for Fr. Walker at Holy Family at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20.
A statement from the FSSP North American District can be found here.
A statement from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy can be found here.
Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.
UPDATE: June 13
Fr. Eric Flood, Superior of the FSSP North American District, is in Phoenix and has seen Fr. Terra, who was conscious and able to communicate. Despite head injuries and a number of broken bones, Fr. Terra’s life is not in danger and he is expected to make a full, albeit slow, recovery. Fr. Terra was able to give Fr. Walker the last rites before Fr. Walker was transported to hospital, where he died of his wounds.
On Monday, June 16, Fr. Flood will offer a Requiem Mass for the repose of Fr. Walker’s soul, with Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix in attendance. A date has not yet been set for the funeral, but it will take place at the FSSP apostolate in Maple Hill, Kansas, where Fr. Walker’s parents are parishioners.
UPDATE: June 15
A letter from Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and a short biography of Fr. Kenneth Walker have been posted on this page.
Fr. Berg will celebrate a Solemn Requiem Mass in Fribourg, Switzerland, on Monday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. local time. The Mass will be webcast live on www.LiveMass.net at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
UPDATE: June 17
Requiem Mass for Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20.
Fr. Walker’s funeral will also take place on Friday at 11 a.m. in Kansas. As Fr. Uy will be attending the funeral, our Mass at Holy Family will be a Sung Requiem instead of the Solemn Requiem announced earlier.
To pray for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy that we all must perform. Fraternity and diocesan priests and other Latin Mass communities throughout the world are coming together to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Walker. As a parish with special devotion to priests and priestly vocations, let us unite in participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for him. If you are unable to come on Friday night, please remember him in your prayers.
Please note: Because Fr. Uy will be away, there will be no 9 a.m. Mass on Friday and no 7 a.m. Mass on Saturday.
UPDATE: June 18
This article appeared in The Catholic Sun, the newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix, on June 12.
In this article, Professor John Paul Meenan of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy remembers Fr. Walker.