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“What makes me happy to be a priest?” Fr. Mickey McGrath and Fr. Tim Horan, ROC priests, explain.
Fr. Tim Horan
Entered Seminary – 1974
Ordained – 1979
Fr. Horan is the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Rochester. In addition, he serves as the pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Webster, NY.
How did you discover your vocation?
There was a time in my life, just after college (a year and a half), when I had a pretty intense awareness that “this was it.” You only get one shot at life so let’s make it something…beautiful. But what?! So I started to look around… I finally asked God to come into my life; to really show Himself in ways I could understand. God answered my prayer and came into my life in wonderful, subtle, funny, joyful ways. It made me so happy that I wanted to find a way to live my life sharing God’s love with others. Hmmm… maybe priesthood? God said “come”.
What is my greatest happiness as a priest?
That was 41 years ago (5 years in seminary. 36 years a priest). I would do it again in a heart-beat. My greatest happiness as a priest? Well first, of course, is the privilege of offering mass and preaching. This has always been a joy and nourishment for my soul. But along with this has been the privilege of knowing that God used all of me in bringing some hope to the world.
Who do YOU know who would make a good priest? Encourage him to consider priesthood and contact Fr. Tim today!
“Without the priesthood there is no Eucharist and without the Eucharist the Catholic Church loses its foundation, its purpose, identity and mission.” -Bishop Salvatore Matano (Installation Mass Homily)“Without the priesthood there is no Eucharist and without the Eucharist the Catholic Church loses its foundation, its purpose, identity and mission.”
-Bishop Salvatore Matano (Installation Mass Homily)