IRONDALE, Ala. – Fathers John Paul, Matthew and Leonard begin new assignments on Monday August 6, 2018, Feast of the Transfiguration.

Six years ago Fr. John Paul became the manager of the EWTN Pilgrimage Department. He oversaw the coordinating and scheduling of group visits to the Network. The newly ordained Fr. Matthew will take John Paul’s responsibilities and manage the Pilgrimage Department at the Shine of the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Leonard was

assigned as Employee Chaplain of the EWTN Alabama Facilities in August 2014. He provided spiritual direction, counsel, visited sick workers in their homes and at hospitals and celebrated Masses in the Network chapels. Fr. John Paul will assume Leonard’s responsibilities and also serve EWTN’s international studios and offices.

Fr. Leonard will be pursuing another graduate degree in Communications Management via online classes through the University of Southern California.

Pray for our friars as they transition into their new assignments. God bless them.

73 thoughts on “Friars receive new assignments

  1. Love all of you! Miss our days when back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s we went up there every 1st Saturday weekends for Retreats (Miracle of the Rosary Mission) I still feel our connection from the Bayou’s of Louisiana as being close!!! That spiritual jump start of the soul was priceless!!!! Love and prayers to you all, always!!! Good Luck Fathers. Say a special Hello to our own Br. Leo! You will always hold a special place in our hearts!!! God bless!

  2. I hope you all know how very important you are to us viewers – may God bless you in your new assignments, and may He bless our Holy Roman Catholic Church everywhere in all places. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  3. Being an elderly home bound, you have NO idea how much my daily inspiration is provided by, YOU, the people I LOVE !!!!! 💖💖🙏🙏🙏 I thank God daily for each of you. I could name each by name but there is no need because I love you all equally. I do throughly enjoy Fathers Anthony and John Paul’s homily. They add a little humor that I appreciate. I’m known for my warped humor, (a gift from God) 😊 keeps a person from nodding off during the sermon. 👼
    God keep you all in His hands, especially now during Satan”s efforts to destroy our faith and credibility. NOT in this household. NEVER!!!! Nor at EWTN, I forbid it !!!!
    Love, prayers and blessings from an old woman who loves you ALL.
    In Jesus’ name. Amen

    1. I too find inspiration in the daily masses and wonderful homilies by the priests and friars of EWTN, but I greatly miss Father Anthony. It’s been nearly 2 months since he celebrated mass and am very concerned for his health and well-being, especially since his twin sister’s passing. PLEASE let us know if he is OK and when we will see him again. Love, prayers and blessings to ALL.🙏🙏🙏

      1. This is such a great blessing! However, we all miss Fr. Anthony Mary! The comments in response highlight this. Please let us know specifically what has happened to him! Candor is always important, especially in today’s environment. Is there a place we may see him? If we come to confessions in Irondale, May we see him?

      2. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    2. I really miss FR Mary Anthony I have followed him since he was a young novice ‘

      Where is he now?

      Oh how can I send an E-Mail to FR Mary Joseph?

      God Bless!

      FR Tim Ryan

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  4. MFVA Friars: I think you are missing something in your responses on folks missing Fr Anthony (as do I). We feel an attachment to him, so your response about “duties which preclude” seems cold and uncaring of the love people have for this superb homilist. Respecting his privacy, perhaps a more personal response can be provided, preferably by Fr Anthony himself. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  5. I too miss Father Anthony Mary. His gentle manner, his explanation of the Gospel. I pray that he is one day soon able to return to lead his television followers. You do not have to give your standard response to this email. I just wanted Father Anthony to know that he is loved and missed. I will pray for you Father Anthony, that you are in health and that you are doing work that is satisfying. Also know there are many waiting your return into our living rooms and into our hearts. With love and respect, Donna.

    1. I too am looking to find out where Father Anthony is. My sister who is handicapped first noticed him missing. I hope all is well. We miss him as we would each of the Friars if they suddenly went AWOL to their flock. God Bless you all.

    2. I agree with Maureen and Donna and miss Father Anthony very much. This will have an impact
      on my giving to the Friars and the network.

    3. I also want to leave a message of caring for Fr. Anthony Mary. I offered my attendance at Mass for him yesterday as I would for anyone if I noticed his or her presence was missing for a while without explanation. I respect his privacy, as I trust in time and faithful prayer.

    4. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  6. I thought I was the only one who noticed Fr. Anthony has not celebrated Mass on EWTN TV since the new abuse accusations. Besides Fr. Joseph, he is definitely favorite, as others have said, homilist. God be with him!!

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  7. After reading the previous postings, my question has been answered on Fr. Anthony’s whereabout. I’m glad of his new assignment, but I still miss him. God bless you, Fr. Anthony.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  8. I also miss having Fr. Anthony on the Daily Mass. His ability to make Holy Scripture relevant to today is a pure blessing. Please consider an arrangement that will allow him to celebrate the televised Mass. Why does EWTN always “hide” the best priests? The same thing happened with the late Fr. Angelus, unfortunately.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  9. Father Anthony is the best homilist I’ve watched on EWTN Personable with keen insights into the scriptures and their applications for daily living and spiritual growth. He excels at evangelizing over the airwaves.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  10. Greetings, I was trying to find out regarding Dear Fr Anthony Mary’s whereabouts for my husband who misses him very much and was understandably worried. I do understand with new his new duties he is unable to be the celebrant at 7am Mass , does this new rule also apply to The Sunday Mass televised?

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  11. I have been wondering for weeks where my favorite homilist, Father Anthony, was. I am relieved through my Internet research to hear that he is OK, but would love for him to return to the broadcast mass. He is missed. God bless us all

  12. I totally agree with Maureen. We have been listening to Fr. Anthony for many years and this behavior is hurtful. One feels cheated somehow. We do wish him well. We are two viewers who have followed him through many relocations, multiple states and now a different country. EWTN has been a rock for us. He was a big piece of this rock. As was Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, who also disappeared without a goodbye.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  13. I too miss watching Fr. Anthony Mary & Fr. Leonard. I hope & pray all is well with both of them & hope they continue to live in the truth & light of God. Miss them both. You’re always welcomed to visit St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in San Antonio, Tx.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  14. I forgot to mention Fr John Paul. He too is greatly missed & is welcomed to visit St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in San Antonio Tx. God bless, protect & guide him, Fr Anthony & Fr Leonard. 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

  15. There must be a button you push to ptoduce the standard answer for inquiries about Fr. Anthony Mary. It raises one’s suspicion of why we dont see him anymore. Too bad.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  16. I miss you Fr. Anthony. You are a wonderful homilist and priest. You are one of the main reasons why I am back in the Church full-time. I hope you are well. Please come back. I miss hearing Gods message from you. May God bless you always.

  17. The people who watch EWTN MASS to see Fr Anthony May change channels because they have an attachment to Fr Anthony. My personal feelings also. At least have him say mass once a month. PLEASE

  18. Everyone misses Fr Anthony Mary , most specially my friend who retired last year, who watches EWTN, now for hours & hours. BUT, we , viewers, SHOULD PRAY to the Holy Trinity, more so, to the HOLY SPIRIT, that these FRIARS, & the PRIESTS all around the world, be protected ” from being stolen”, from Jesus Christ. I hope you “understand”, what I mean. I BEG to GOD, each morning or each night before I go to sleep, to “keep all the EWTN Friars” be GUIDED by the Holy Spirit, because they have that responsibility to the “ETERNAL Word”: the WORD made flesh. I also PRAY for the CPM PRIESTS; the Capuchins; our own Parish Friars; then the rest of ALL the Religious, all over the world.

  19. I am anxiously awaiting the return of Fr. Anthony. I miss his homilies so very much. I pray he is well and will return to us very soon. I can’t imagine a duty that would prevent him from sharing his kind and gentle thoughts with us. Please bring him back to our homes.

  20. We are missing Fr. Anthony and his homilies. We hope he is in good health and not in any sort of troubling situations. Prayers his way from Long Island, New York!

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  21. Ft. Anthony friendly understanding of the human and Christian situation during mass reassures me all is well. If over exposure is affecting him, I understand his withdrawal from broadcast mass. We just miss him. I use this opportunity to thank all you wonderful loving priests and religious for mentoring me,on my spiritual journey.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

  22. Add me to the list who miss Father Anthony: I understand change in duties. However, do these new duties mean 365 days a year at 7AM?

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful concern you have expressed for Father Anthony Mary. Father has a chronic, non life threatening health condition that results in major bouts of fatigue forcing him to cut back on his normal schedule. Although he is largely unable to assist at our early morning, televised Mass he remains quite active midday, regularly offering Noon Mass for the EWTN employees, and hearing confessions. Father misses being with our EWTN family at the broadcast Mass but is grateful for your care and for your prayers. He sends his love to all of you.

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