A Message from Bishop Francis Kalabat

Dear faithful,

I write to inform you that Fr. Anthony Kathawa communicated to me on July 24, 2019, of his decision to be released from the priesthood, which I have accepted with a heavy heart. God calls all people to serve Him in different ways, and I am thankful for Fr. Kathawa’s openness to respond to that call, and all that he has contributed to our Church. I am confident that, through prayer, Fr. Kathawa has continued to listen to that same voice, which is now calling him to a new kind of service.

I have given him the blessing to celebrate his final Mass on Wednesday.

I am very understanding of the burdens he endures during this time and the difficulty of this decision. For this reason, I shall continue to support and pray for him, and I ask that you do the same during this important time of transition. 

Thank you and may God bless us all.

Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat
St. Thomas the Apostle
Chaldean Catholic Eparchy, U.S.A

Read Statement from Fr. Anthony Kathawa
Today (August 4) is the feast of St. John Vianney. He is the patron saint of parish priests. Please pray the following prayer of St. John Vianney:

I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.