A new Redemptorist priest has been ordained in Aberdeen, aged 31.
Fr Peter Morris, C.Ss.R., was ordained to the priesthood on Monday October 26th at St Mary’s Cathedral.
The young priest is a former seminarian for the Diocese of Aberdeen but discerned the call to religious life in the Redemptorists while at Scotus College, the then only seminary on Scottish soil.
Fr Peter said: “The decision to join the Redemptorists was not easy it certainly disappointed some who had hopes for me becoming a priest in the diocese.”
He added: “The occasions of coming home have been essential for keeping a sense of my roots. I’m still inspired by the generations of Catholics who kept the fire of faith burning in the area during the period of persecution.”
Fr Peter was ordained by Bishop Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R., the Redemptorist who was his first superior when he entered the congregation and now the Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam.
Fr Peter was attracted to the preaching charism and community life of the Redemptorists and soon came to learn of their founder St Alphonsus Liguori.
He said: “St Alphonsus is a great example of a priest ablaze with love for those placed in his care. In fact, I see a lot of similarities between his and Pope Francis’ writings.”
Fr Peter will return to London as curate of St Mary’s parish in Clapham which is served by the Redemptorists.
He said: “I’ve got a lot to learn from the parish. There’s plenty of work ahead and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!”
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