Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Suspect Arrested in Florida in Murder of Louisiana Dominican Catholic Priest (Update) RIP Fr. Ed Everitt, O.P.

This is pretty horrible. I had not heard of this till today. See Report: Man arrested in connection with murder of Hammond priest

Catholic Dominican Priest blogger Domine, da mihi hanc aquam! knew him of course and there are comments at this posting on people who knew him

He was a Priest at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond Louisiana. According to a Hammond Newspaper account he was 70 years old and a prayer vigil will be had tonight.

Update- Picture and name of suspect here. See Suspect in priest's murder a convicted sex offender . It appears he was a maintenance man at the retreat house.

Update II-

From the Above Holy Ghost Catholic Church Link the Bishop of Baton Sends a Message:

A Message from Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench
Beloved Clergy and Parishioners of Holy Ghost and Our Lady of Pompeii Churches,

“Weep with those who weep.” (Romans 15:15b)

I join each of you in expressing my utter shock and profound mourning over hearing the news of the murder of your revered pastor, Father Edward Everitt, O.P. This tragic loss of Father Ed’s life leaves a deeply-felt void in all our lives.

Together we pray to the Author of all life to provide Father Ed with the peace of eternal life. May our grief be seen in that perspective as we thank God for his valued life and priestly ministry. May the words of Jesus proclaimed in the Sunday Gospel two weeks ago resonate in our hearts: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28). And may we be consoled by the words of St. Paul in the second Scriptural reading for this past Sunday’s liturgy: “I consider that the sufferings of the present time are as nothing compared to the glory to be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

In the compassionate love of Jesus,

Robert W. Muench
Bishop of Baton Rouge

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