Fr Kevin Scallon, CM a renowned retreat master who founded the ministry Intercession for Priests in 1976, died on Monday, June 25th in Palm Harbor, Florida. The Vincentian priest was 83 years old.
The Intercession for Priests was started by Fr Scallon at All Hallows College in 1976 in response to the upheaval in the priesthood which followed the social, religious, and political changes of the 1960s and 1970s. At the time many priests had decided to leave the priesthood while those who remained were questioning the nature of priestly ministry.
Sr Briege McKenna joined the gathering of Fr. Kevin and 11 other priests on the very first day of the Intercession for Priests, 16 July 1976, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Over the years, the Intercession for Priests has grown and countless priests have found it a source of renewal for their priesthood. This year’s Intercession for Priests gathering will begin at the Knock Shrine on 6 August on the National Day of Prayer for Priests with a special day of gratitude in honor of Fr Kevin Scallon.
The Apostolate for Family Consecration’s beloved founder Jerome Francis Coniker (“Jerry”) passed into eternal life on July 4, 2018. Jerry Coniker and late wife Gwen founded the Apostolate for Family Consecration in 1975. For nearly 45 years, AFC, a pontifically approved international association, has strived to sanctify families by consecrating them to the Holy Family, and by teaching the truths of the Faith in the spirit of Saint John Paul II.
Through its FamilyCatechism.com, Familyland Television Network, the Consecration in Truth Catechetical Series, the Apostolate’s Internet Library and its events at Catholic Familyland in Ohio, the Family Apostolate has reached numerous families in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North and South America.