Fr. Walker, Young Priest Murdered in Phoenix, Teaches About Mercy and Justice

“We have grown far too attached to our own knowledge, our technology, and our pleasures–such that we have forgotten God and what He has done for us.”  

Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP

On June 11, 29-year-old Father Kenneth Walker, a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter  (FSSP), was killed in what is believed to be a burglary.  Father Joseph Terra, 56, who was with Father Walker at the rectory of the FSSP’s Mater Misericordia Mission, was also shot and remains hospitalized.

One touching story emanating from the tragedy is how Father Terra, wounded himself, managed to administer the Last Rites to the dying Father Walker before the ambulance arrived.

Watching this young priest, who had been ordained only two years when his life was tragically cut short, it’s hard to imagine that someone so eager to lead others to Christ will not be here to carry on his noble mission.  We pray that God will welcome him into heavenly glory, and that through his continuing intercession from his heavenly home, others will continue to grow in faith and love.

Through the wonders of technology, we have one more opportunity to learn from Father Walker, as he speaks about God’s great mercy and love.

  • Ramona

    God in Heaven, bless Fr Walker’s soul. We were blessed by his short life.

  • Emmanuel

    What a shame. “Before they persecute you, they have persecuted me.” May Fr. Walker rest in peace.

  • Mary E.

    I watched this last night as a way of paying tribute tribute to Father Walker. It is so hard to see his earnest, open, friendly face, and then remember that he is dead. May five more young men be inspired to take his place.

  • johnnyc

    O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Fr. Kenneth Walker
    to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ,
    according to the Order of Melchisedech,
    giving him the sublime power
    to offer the Eternal Sacrifice,
    to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar,
    and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name.
    We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness
    and to forget his faults,
    admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence,
    there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labours.
    This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord.


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