Deacons with local ties to be ordained at Notre Dame

April 13, 2014

Two deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers who served in the Colorado Springs area will be ordained to the priesthood April 26 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

The Revs. Adam D.P. Booth and Patrick E. Reidy will be ordained by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South.

On Sept. 7, Booth and Reidy professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and committed themselves to the common life and apostolic work of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Booth was born in London, the oldest of three children. A 2004 graduate of the University of Oxford, he converted to catholicism while pursuing his master's degree at the University of California at Berkeley. Before entering the seminary, Booth taught college mathematics for two years to men at San Quentin State Prison. During his novitiate year, 2009-2010, he served as chaplain at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs; he later received a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame.

"The greatest joys in ministry will be the times God puts me in just the right place at just the right time, to be pledge and reminder of the reality of God's presence, care and support at the moment when someone is vulnerable enough to be open to that," Booth said.

Reidy is a native of Greenwood Village who served as a cantor and sang in the choir at Holy Rosary Chapel in Cascade and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Manitou Springs. He entered Holy Cross in 2008 and in his novitiate year served as a chaplain for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame in 2013.

As a priest, Reidy said he looks forward to working in education and living the example set by those who mentored and inspired him during his formation. "They helped me seek a kind of completeness in God's call, learned and discerned through the formation of my mind and heart, of my whole person," said Reidy, who after his ordination will continue to serve with the Office of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame.

Reidy will celebrate a Mass on May 25 at his home parish at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial.

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