Catholic Priests Attacked at Phoenix Church, One Killed

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Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix


Two Catholic priests were attacked Wednesday night at their church in Phoenix.

Father Kenneth Walker, an assistant pastor, was shot and killed, while Father Joseph Terra, a pastor, was hospitalized.

The Diocese of Phoenix released the following statement:
We are stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic assault perpetrated last night against Fr. Joseph Terra and Fr. Kenneth Walker, two religious order priests who belong to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Fr. Walker's life was taken. Fr. Terra remains in critical condition but stable.

The reported attack occurred at Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix.

The police are still gathering information and trying to sort through the details of this senseless act of violence. We ask that people offer prayers for both priests, the religious community, their families and the parish.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
The church is located a couple blocks away from the state capitol.


The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has a biography of Walker, who was still in his 20s, on its website:
Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP was born in Upstate New York near Poughkeepsie, the middle of 11 children (6 boys and 5 girls). His family moved frequently when he was young. While his father was working construction in Wilmington, N.C, the family decided to build, with their own hands, a log cabin on some land they owned in nearby Tennessee. Their intention was to sell the home, but they changed their minds and moved in. While living there, they visited a used book store and found a book called The Incredible Catholic Mass. It described the Tridentine Mass, which they had never seen nor heard. The book was considered worthless and the storeowner gave it to them for free.

The family was intrigued. The more they learned about the Traditional Mass, the more they wanted it in their daily lives. On his own initiative, Fr. Walker began learning Latin. The family decided to sell their log cabin and move to rural Pennsylvania near Scranton where the Traditional Mass was offered. Fr. Walker eventually became an altar server at the FSSP Apostolate, and after attending Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom Academy in Ontario, entered the seminary.

He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in 2012, and currently serves as Assistant Pastor of Mater Misericordiae Mission, the FSSP Apostolate in Phoenix.
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Father Kenneth Walker.
Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos says Terra was able to call police during the attack last night, reporting it as a burglary. At the time of this post, Terra hasn't been able to give police more information due to his medical condition.

Police are asking that people call Silent Witness if they have any information about the suspect or suspects.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: From Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes:


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28 comments
tigger
tigger

Has anyone investigated that this may have been a quarrel between the two, and the older one shot the younger? Strange that the older one didn't have a description of the assailant....

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Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

It could be worse. We could be part of an organization that rapes children, covers it up, and then sends the rapists to new areas where no one knows them so they can rape a whole new batch of children.

Luke Hart
Luke Hart

The world right now is just sad. Worst part is there will be no change in our future.

Paco Gee II
Paco Gee II

fuck the Phoenix, PD asshole that said that they aren't sure what they can do since they murdered a priest .. well maybe the priest molested them. And I won't feel guilty, because fuck religion

Kyo Ono
Kyo Ono

Where is that church @? Hope the one surviving gets better, really those ehit talking comments? Really?

Rita Hankerson
Rita Hankerson

May God grant solace to the priests's families and to the parishioners, and may he have mercy on the evil perpetrators and those who choose to post cruel and heartless comments here.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Its all good, i laugh too when i see white cops get popped and killed on the news.

Jose Medina
Jose Medina

You guys are real fucking assholes commenting shit like that someone got killed and you fuckers want to fucking play around like that

Carissa Rosales
Carissa Rosales

So sad ... Ppl are robbing churches now! Prayers go to the father's and parish:( ...Hope person/ ppl involved are found n brought in.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Surely this was god's will. So why was he hospitalized?

Scot Koontz
Scot Koontz

my they be brought to justice! RIP to the one Father. :(

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Interesting that this is the same church where Phx PD was kidnapping prostitutes to and telling them to either sign up with the church programs or go to jail... all without legal representation or even being 'officially' arrested.... even though in handcuffs and unable to leave...


Coincidence???? 

jimbri57
jimbri57

I remember Father Walker as a young man living here in Shohola, Pa. with his parents and brothers and sisters.  He was a very religious young man growing up and when his parents told me he wanted to be a priest, I knew God was calling him. 


He will be Greatly missed by everyone.  Eternal rest grant him oh Lord, and may the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace, Amen.


Jim Brislin

Lackawaxen, Pa.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

Yes I read about this in all the other media.  This is pure sick and evil and who ever did this must and will be caught and when they are they must be tortured and beaten worse than anyone can ever imagine.

PHXR
PHXR

@Flyer9753 are you saying that pimps might have done this?

Jukes
Jukes

@arizonanewtimes.com Why is your answer to violence always MORE violence?  When will it ever stop?  Our nation was built on laws to address our problems, not hideous behavior suitable to the uncivilized.

rickaz59
rickaz59

@arizonanewtimes.com Whoever did this was no doubt on drugs; probably had served time in Maricopa County's subhuman jail; and must have been a victim of child abuse and neglect.   A society that condones these conditions, and sociopaths who support torture, are sick and evil.

Ioannes
Ioannes

@arizonanewtimes.com 

Fr. Kenneth would want their souls to be saved, more so than any bodily violence inflicted in his name. He was a priest, it was what he was meant to do. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Jukes because in the mind of a mentally ill person...........it makes sense. every time he posts anything it just demonstrates that this country does not know how to address or deal with the mentally ill.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy "how to address or deal with the mentally ill."


Ship them all to a Desert Racist Wasteland.


hth.

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