We are blessed to have 7 members of the religious community present on our grounds.
Fr. John McFarland
Rector & Prior
Fr. John Mark McFarland was fairly new to traditional Catholicism when he entered the seminary in the fall of 2006. In fact, only two years previous had he attended his first Latin Mass in September 2004. Growing up with the Novus Ordo Mass, he attended Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida.
Even though the name of the school suggested Catholicism, it did very little to sow the seed of a vocation. The religious atmosphere of the school was essentially non-existent. It was, as a matter of course, a nominally Catholic school, and nothing more. Following his graduation, Fr. McFarland attended the University of Maryland where he got a degree in history. Even at this time, he had no serious thought of a vocation. That started coming in September 2004 when he attended his first Latin Mass.
He was ordained in 2012, and was assigned to St. Mary's Academy in Kansas, where he has spent 5 years in the Academy teaching, and assisting with parish duties.
He is also the chaplain for the men's Holy Name Society, and the Ladies' Auxilliary.
Fr. Jaime Pazat
Church Assistant / Retreat Assistant
Fr. Pazat is a native of Spain, and entered the seminary of Ecône in the mid 1970's. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1981, and was immediately stationed in El Paso, TX. 5 years later, he moved to Phoenix, where he was integral in Our Lady of Sorrows' initial growth and development. in 1995, he was transferred to St. Mary's, KS for 10 years, and then served as prior and headmaster of St. Anne's in Detroit.
He returned to Phoenix for his second tour in the Fall of 2017, where he serves as Fr. McFarland's primary assistant, hearing Confessions in Spanish for the local community, and guides the local organization for older faithful - Nunc Dimittis.
Fr. Romain Pons
Pastor & Retreat Master
Fr. Christopher Pedersen
Father Pedersen hails from St. Mary's Academy with his family. After graduating from the Academy in St. Mary’s, he earned an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from the College.
Fr. Pedersen entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2007 and was ordained by Bishop de Galarreta in 2013. Since his ordination, Fr. Pedersen has been posted at St. Aloysius Gonzaga retreat house. He helps in the preaching of retreats and teaches Religion to the high school students at St. Thomas More School.
He will be overseeing the daily operations and growth of Our Lady of Sorrows Academy.
Fr. Peter Kallal
Assistant - Mission: Albuquerque
Fr. Kallal, from St. Louis, MO, was ordained in the summer of 2017 in only the second class of the new St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Virginia. He is experiencing the priestly life in his first post at Our Lady of Sorrows. He serves as a church assistant, teaches classes at the Academy, and assists the prior and retreat master in various duties.
He also has taken on the role of chaplain for the local children's Eucharistic Crusade organization.
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