Father James Barnett is a priest of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great. He was ordained in 1965. Father Barnett has served in Bolivia, Honduras and El Salvador. Recently, he worked in campus ministry at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Currently, Father Barnett lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he serves as student master for the Dominican Priory at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.
“The best years of my life were spent with the poor in Central America. Every weekend I preach, I feel that I'm continuing to offer hope for my friends there and for many more families through CFCA.”
— Father Barnett
Father Richard Bayuk is a priest of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He was ordained in 1975 and has served in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy, teaching, and, recently, as formation director at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In addition to his ministry with CFCA, Father Bayuk is currently the vice-provincial for the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
“I am grateful that I have the opportunity to use my gifts as I invite people of faith to respond to the call of the gospel of compassion and justice and become sponsors.”
— Father Bayuk
Father Jerry Beat has been a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., since 1963. He has served as a pastor at several parishes and also as a hospital chaplain. He has a long association with CFCA, begun during his 12 years in Venezuela with the Wichita diocesan mission. His time in Venezuela had the greatest impact on Father Beat’s life and ministry and prepared him for serving in Hispanic ministry back home in Kansas.
“It is a blessing for me to preach for CFCA because I can be a voice for the poor and become a bridge connecting families of different countries in God’s love.”
— Father Beat
Father G. William Fischer is a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, ordained in 1969. He has served as a pastor, high school teacher, retreat director and hospital chaplain in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Currently, he serves as chaplain for a retirement community. Like many CFCA priests, he has long been engaged in serving the poor. While living in Michigan, he founded a soup kitchen to help feed people in the inner city.
“I am able to invite others to participate in a ministry to the poor and marginalized, which helps make their faith commitment more personal and concrete.”
— Father Fischer
Father Gerald Flater is a priest of the United States Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was ordained in 1957 and then received his licentiate in sacred theology from Catholic University a year later. During his years as a priest, Father Flater has worked as a chaplain and pastor. He lives in the Boston area and currently serves as a mission speaker for his community, in addition to his preaching for CFCA.
“As missionaries in today's world, Oblates are called to involve themselves more fully in promoting the mission of the laity in the Church and in the world. What better reason for preaching for CFCA?”
— Father Flater
Father Cyrus Gallagher is a Capuchin Franciscan friar living in Colorado. Ordained in 1965, Father Gallagher has served as a high school teacher, diocesan director of marriage and family life, retreat master, vocation director, director of religious formation for his Capuchin community and, in various capacities, a preacher. In addition to his preaching for CFCA, he currently serves as a prison chaplain and in a Colorado Springs ministry.
“The personal relationship Jesus showed to people is made present by CFCA’s offer of personal relationship to individual children, youth and elders. I am honored to offer this to people in our parishes.”
— Father Gallagher
Father Patrick Geary was ordained in 1963. During the early years of his priesthood he worked primarily in Catholic education, serving in several high schools throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. He has also served in campus ministry at Iowa State University and as a pastor. One of the highlights of his priesthood came while on sabbatical in Rome, when he celebrated Mass for Mother Teresa and members of her community.
“CFCA has given me the opportunity to become more aware of wordly conditions and our failure to remember and provide for our sisters and brothers.”
— Father Geary
Father Joseph Gosselin is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. He was ordained in 1965. He has served as a seminary faculty member and director for the La Salette community in the Philippines, and he has also studied in France and led groups for extensive workshops in Mexico. Recently he had a profound experience of immersion and service in Haiti and hopes to stay connected with the people there.
“I like the fact that CFCA helps the most marginalized of our people. It seems to complement my missionary experience, especially in Haiti.”
— Father Gosselin
Father John Graden was ordained for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1976. He has served in several parishes in Ohio, been a high school teacher and served his religious community in vocations and formation work. Father Graden has also been extensively involved in adult education and preaching parish missions. He considers the opportunity to experience the Church in different countries and cultural settings to be one of the great privileges of his life.
“It is part of my mission as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales to practice a priority for the poor. I have chosen CFCA as one of the ways I can do that.”
— Father Graden
Father Jerry Hackenmueller has been a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Minn., since 1969. Throughout most of his priesthood he has served as a pastor, mostly at parishes in his home diocese but also, for 11 years, in Venezuela. He especially values his time in Latin America and his work with Spanish-speaking communities in Minnesota. As one of CFCA’s bilingual priests, Father Hackenmueller brings a much-valued skill to his preaching ministry.
“I love the opportunity to help people on a one-to-one basis in all aspects of ministry.”
— Father Hackenmueller
Father Bob Hasenkamp was ordained for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., in 1963. He has served as a pastor at several parishes and as the director of the archdiocesan liturgy office. During a sabbatical in 1980, Father Hasenkamp visited retreat centers and houses of prayer throughout the world. Calling it one of the best years of his life, he credits this experience with helping him recommit to his priesthood and to the service of the poor.
“Working with CFCA is such a blessing to me. I find great satisfaction in knowing that I am helping to make a difference in the lives of some of the poorest families in the world.”
— Father Hasenkamp
Father Peter Hereley was ordained in 1963. He has been a pastor, campus minister and chaplain, prior for the Dominican community in River Forest, Ill., and, at one time, was a producer/director for Dominican Central productions in Chicago. Father Hereley has also served as the president of the American École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem. Now living in the Chicago area, he is one of CFCA’s first preachers, having joined us in 1992.
“CFCA gives me an opportunity to carry out the Lord’s mandate: ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
— Father Hereley
Father Martin Holler is a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, ordained in 1966. He has taught seminary philosophy at the college level and has served in campus ministry and as pastor at Christ the King University Parish at Ohio University. Through a connection with the university, Father Holler spent six months working at a school in Kenya, which was a personally transformative experience and led to his interest in CFCA.
“My pastoral work has given me many ways to notice and to reach out to the poor — to be a witness to the dignity of each person.”
— Father Holler
Father Jim Horath is a priest of the Diocese of Superior, Wis., Ordained in 1973, Father Horath has spent most of his life as a pastor. He now lives in retirement and enjoys serving his brother priests in the Diocese of Superior by filling in for them when they are away from their parishes. Fr. Horath recently began preaching for CFCA and is enjoying this new chapter to his priestly ministry.
“I believe in the work CFCA does and have been a sponsor for many years. I see preaching as an opportunity to use my God-given gifts to help others.”
— Father Horath
Father John Malasi Ighacho is a priest of the Diocese of Mombasa, Kenya, currently serving in the Diocese of Owensboro, Ky. Ordained in 1990, Father Ighacho has also served in Jamaica and Canada as a pastor and chaplain. He considers the experience of being able to work in different countries and relate to new people as a miracle, and he considers his work with CFCA an opportunity to express gratitude for all he has received.
“It is indeed very humbling and liberating to be the voice of Christ’s message of hope, compassion and love for the poor and the marginalized.”
— Father Ighacho
Father Arthur Kirwin has been a priest since 1984 and currently lives in Texas, where he is the chaplain for a community of Dominican sisters. Throughout his priesthood he has served in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and within the Dominican community in vocations promotion and as prior. Father Kirwin has found prison ministry particularly rewarding because he has been blessed to witness inspiring acts of forgiveness and reconciliation.
“CFCA is action on behalf of justice as a constituent part of preaching the Gospel. In 11 years, I have never felt a weekend went without a graceful encounter.”
— Father Kirwin
Father John Kirwin is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., ordained in 1966. Before serving as a pastor he was involved in Catholic education as a high school teacher and campus minister. He currently is enjoying retirement and helping out his brother priests as weekend pastoral support. Having recently joined the community of CFCA preachers, Father Kirwin believes this ministry helps keep him in touch with the Church universal.
“To accompany people on their journeys of faith has provided me with many privileged moments of grace.”
— Father Kirwin
Father George Knab is a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Ordained in 1967, he has been a high school chaplain and chaplain at university hospitals in Indianapolis, Ind. There he was involved in raising funds for a food storage outreach in Mexico, an experience he found especially rewarding. After serving as a pastor at parishes in South Carolina and Florida, Father Knab now preaches for CFCA and for the Oblate community.
“The gap between rich and poor is a countersign to the Gospel. Sponsorship through CFCA is a beautiful way to bridge the gap and make our religion more credible.”
— Father Knab
Father Peter Kohler was ordained for the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in 1968. During his priesthood he has served in parish work and has served the La Salette community in vocations, formation and administrative roles. Father Kohler has also worked in the missions in several areas throughout the U. S. as well as in Madagascar, South Africa and India. He has found all of these experiences to be great and rewarding.
“Preaching with CFCA affords me the opportunity to continue my mission outreach and make concrete the option for the poor. I continuously meet so many good, loving and caring people.”
— Father Kohler
Father 'Rick' LaBrecque was ordained in New Hampshire in 1967. He is a priest for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Most of his priesthood has been spent serving the Spanish-speaking community, and he found the experience of helping to introduce Hispanic ministry to a traditional U.S. parish particularly rewarding. He has also served in vocations work, communications and continuing education, as well as organizing mission trips for parishioners to Honduras.
“CFCA gives me an opportunity to help connect people with our brothers and sisters in poorer parts of the world. It has also been a wonderful way to experience the church today around the country.”
— Father LaBrecque
Father Mark Lane is a priest of the Oratory Parish of St. Boniface in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ordained in Sydney, Australia in 1983, Father Lane came to the U.S. in 1991. In addition to serving as pastor, Father Lane has worked in publishing and served as a hospital chaplain and theology professor. Several trips to Kenya were a turning point for Father Lane, and it set him on a journey that eventually led to CFCA.
“I love that through our preaching we can help create relationships that will be beneficial in surprising and rewarding ways for both sponsors and sponsored persons.”
— Father Lane
Father Donald MacKinnon has been a Redemptorist priest since 1959. He has served primarily as an inner-city pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco for 25 years and the Kmhmú Laotian Pastoral Center in Richmond Calif., for more than 20 years. Father MacKinnon considers his preaching ministry with CFCA as way to give thanks for more than 50 years of serving as a priest.
“When I break the Host, I think of the people I’ve witnessed in Central America and elsewhere, who often have little to eat or good fresh water — or sometimes a roof to keep rain out.”
— Father MacKinnon
Father Bill Martin is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, currently living in Vermont. After his ordination in 1963, he served as a high school teacher and prison chaplain. Most of his priesthood has been spent as a chaplain in the United States Air Force. During his military career, Father Martin's most notable experiences were helping to rescue a wounded fellow chaplain in Korea and celebrating Christmas Masses in the Egyptian desert.
“Who, in your opinion, made himself neighbor to the man who had fallen among thieves? They had to admit; the one who treated him with compassion!”
— Father Martin
Father Richard Mauthe is a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. He was ordained in 1958. Father Mauthe served as a Newman Center chaplain and a pastor. He is the first recipient of the John Henry Cardinal Newman Award by the National Association of Diocesan Youth Directors of Campus ministry. Father Mauthe is retired from active ministry, but he still provides substitute work during the summer in parishes that serve tourists in Door County, Wis.
“Apart from the years that Jesus Christ walked the earth in person, I have lived through the most explosive years of human history. What an honor to have been able to make some contribution.”
— Father Mauthe
Father Richard Maynard was ordained at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence, R.I., in 1956. He has served most of his life as a parish priest in the Diocese of Providence and, for eight years, in the Prelatura of Santarem in Para, Brazil. Father Maynard found the ministry in Brazil’s Amazon region to be physically challenging but spiritually enriching, and he greatly values his memories of that time.
“I have considered my preaching with CFCA a continuation of my missionary efforts in South America.”
— Father Maynard
Father Jerry Morgan is a priest of the Diocese of Salina, Kan. He was ordained in 1962. During his career he has been a teacher at various levels and served as a pastor at six different parishes. Currently he is the director of the diocesan finance office. His most fulfilling experiences as a priest have come in being able to accompany people during significant moments in their lives, such as weddings, funerals and baptisms.
“Poverty is not just a word. It is an experience, a sensation, a reality. It is a life of vulnerability, and I get to help change that vulnerability into self-sustenance.”
— Father Morgan
Father Francis Ndey was ordained in 1994 for the Diocese of Kumbo in Cameroon. He is currently studying canon law in Ottawa, Canada. During his summer break in 2013, Father Ndey traveled to the U.S. for the first time and preached for CFCA, while also helping out at a parish in the Diocese of Wichita, Kan. He greatly enjoyed his time here and his work with CFCA and hopes to continue with it in the future.
“Assistance given to the poor uplifts their human dignity. Without it, some of these children would never have gone through school and some of the sick would never have received medical help.”
— Father Ndey
Father Anthony Nguyen is a Redemptorist priest living in Berkeley, Calif., He was ordained in 1992. He currently serves as a director for the Redemptorist west coast mission team and frequently conducts missions in countries outside the U.S. Born in Vietnam, Father Nguyen especially enjoys helping to introduce people to Vietnamese culture and traditions. He also is a musical composer and writes articles on liturgy and sacred music for Church publications.
“CFCA ministries are based on the Gospel call not only to serve the poor, but also to serve them with love and dignity.”
— Father Nguyen
Father David Noone is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., now living in North Carolina. He was ordained in 1962 and served primarily as a pastor. Father Noone enjoys traveling and has an ongoing relationship with a parish in New Zealand where he helps out from time to time. He has also become deeply involved in an outreach in Haiti. It was this experience that led him to an interest in preaching for CFCA.
“I see CFCA as a ministry through which I can continue to become more socially aware and share that awareness with others, encouraging them to help bring about change.”
— Father Noone
Father James O’Toole is a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. He was ordained in 1964. He has served as a teacher and pastor, and spent 21 years as an Air Force chaplain serving in the U.S. Pakistan, Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, he spent several months working in Calcutta, India, with the Missionaries of Charity. Father O’Toole continues to travel to stay in touch with people living in poverty in the developing world.
“If we are to be followers of Jesus we must live as he lived, caring for others. I believe that if we seize every opportunity for good, we can push out the suffering in this world.”
— Father O'Toole
Father Roger Plante is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. He was ordained in 1961 and has served as a high school seminary headmaster and teacher, pastor and as provincial and various other offices for the La Salette community. In New Hampshire, Father Plante began a cooperative called F.O.O.D. (Friends Organizing for Ongoing Development). He has also preached missions for his community and, for the past 17 years, for CFCA.
“To work on behalf of the poor and marginalized energizes and motivates me to keep serving in this ministry for as long as I can do it well.”
— Father Plante
Father Thomas Singer was ordained for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1957. Most of his ministry has been in formation and administration, having served as director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., personnel director for the O.M.I. community; and U. S. General Councillor in Rome, Italy. In 1963 Father Singer helped launch a mission in Brazil, which he considers a personally transformative experience.
“Of all the organizations I know, I believe CFCA is one of the most personal and effective in making a real difference in the lives of needy children and elderly. Plus, CFCA has a sterling record of stewardship.”
— Father Singer
Father Richard Tillman was ordained in 1965. During a time of great change in both the Church and society, he served as the associate director of Catholic Charities and the Human Rights Commission for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He has also been a pastor at diverse communities in the inner-city, suburbs and rural parts of the archdiocese. For the past 10 years, Father Tillman has been actively working on behalf of immigration reform.
“CFCA has given me energy to continue to "spread the Good News" on a much broader scale and enriched my own spiritual life.”
— Father Tillman
Father Joseph Uecker was ordained in Ohio in 1968. He is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Early on he served as a high school teacher, and then, for 34 years, as a pastor in the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas. One of the highlights of his priesthood was studying in Mexico City, which introduced him to Hispanic ministry and helped him hone his Spanish skills.
“I am no stranger to working with people who begin with a certain disadvantage. So it is a joy to preach to the advantaged for the sake of the disadvantaged.”
— Father Uecker
Msgr. William Wangler has been a priest for the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., since 1963. In addition to serving as a pastor, he has helped with retreat weekends for married and engaged couples and served as a chaplain at a children’s hospital. It was there, in spending time with and ministering to families struggling with serious illness, that Msgr. Wangler believes he gained the most valuable insights about the gift of preaching.
“CFCA is a meaningful way for me to give back in thanksgiving for all that I have received from people and God in 50 years of priesthood.”
— Msgr. Wangler