On Saturday, May 26, 2012, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. will ordain David Joseph Carr, Stuart Benjamin Priddy, and Christopher S. Rhodes to the diocesan priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. The ordination will take place at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.
Deacon Carr, 45, is a native of Louisville, Ky. and the son of Alfred and Verna Carr. Carr worked as a security policeman in the United States Air Force. After this service, he received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a master’s degree in theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana. He entered the seminary in 2007 and then earned a bachelor of sacred theology from Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and a master of divinity from Sacred Heart School of Theology in Franklin, Wisconsin. Deacon Carr is a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Fairdale, Kentucky and will celebrate his first Mass there on Saturday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. He has been assigned as associate pastor of the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Kentucky and of St. Michael Parish in Fairfield, Kentucky.
Deacon Priddy, 37, is a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and is the son of Judy Roguz. He received a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida; a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio; a master of arts in Catholic philosophical studies and a master of divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana. Deacon Priddy is a member of St. James Parish in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and will celebrate his first Mass there on Sunday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. He has been assigned as associate pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Louisville and part-time associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in LaGrange, Kentucky.
Deacon Rhodes, 34 and a native of Dallas, Texas, and is a twin and one of four siblings born to Major Rhodes and Larry Stanton. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, a master of philosophy from Saint Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana and a master of divinity from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Deacon Rhodes converted to Catholicism while attending Morehouse College after his experience with Catholic campus ministry at that school. He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in West Louisville and will celebrate his first Mass there on Sunday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. Deacon Rhodes has been assigned as associate pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Lebanon, Kentucky and of Holy Name of Mary Parish in Calvary, Kentucky.
These three men will serve as diocesan priests within the Archdiocese of Louisville. A bishop or archbishop ordains diocesan priests, also called secular priests, for a particular geographical area called a diocese or archdiocese. Diocesan priests usually serve in parishes, though they also may serve in schools, hospitals, prisons or diocesan offices, depending upon local needs. Diocesan priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Louisville serve in the 24 counties in Central Kentucky that make up the Archdiocese.