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Fr. Kenneth Walker

June 11, 2014

Rev. Kenneth Walker FSSP, 28, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ., as a result of injuries he received in a break-in at the Mater Misericordia Parish Rectory in Phoenix.

 

He was born September 13, 1985 at Poughkeepsie, NY, the son of Thomas Walker and Marypat Luber.  He was baptized on October 13 of the same year at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. During his high school years, his family discovered and began attending the Traditional Latin Mass. He was strongly influenced by both the Mass and the devotion of his family, and began considering a vocation to the priesthood. After high school, he attended Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Barry’s Bay, ON, pursuing a classical formation in liberal arts from the fall of 2003 until April 2005. After the influence of his parents, Fr. Walker always credited the College as being essential to his formation in the faith prior to entering the seminary.

Fr. Walker was accepted to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the Fraternity of St. Peter’s International House of Formation for English speakers in Nebraska, in the fall of 2005, and began the normal course of studies and formation. His dedication to fulfilling the ideals with which he approached the priesthood was evident in his time in seminary. He performed very well academically, always receiving high marks in his courses. He immersed himself in the fullness of the program of formation, from the life of prayer and liturgy to recreation with other seminarians – especially in his love of playing soccer, a popular sport at the seminary.

After completing the First Year of Spirituality, he was first incorporated into the FSSP, received the cassock, and received Tonsure from Bishop Alvaro Corrada, SJ, on October 6, 2006. After five more years of prayer, work, and study, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz ordained him to the subdiaconate on January 29, 2011. He was permanently incorporated into the FSSP on March 18, and on the next day, March 19, 2011 – the feast of St. Joseph – he was ordained a deacon by Bishop Czeslaw Kozon of Copenhagen.

As a deacon, he traveled to the Fraternity’s other seminary in Wigratzbad, Germany for several months in order to complete further studies and gain the perspective of the Fraternity’s international presence. He also assisted for a number of months at the Mater Misericordiae Mission of the FSSP in Phoenix, AZ. Interestingly, he performed his first Baptism on October 13, 2011 – the anniversary of his own Baptism. Returning to Nebraska in May of 2012, he made a retreat in preparation for his priestly ordination, the culmination of his seven years of studies and prayer life.

On May 19, 2012, Kenneth Walker was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Christ our Savior in Lincoln, Nebraska by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. He offered his first Mass at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, and was assisted by Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the FSSP. He received his first priestly assignment that summer, returning to Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix as an assistant priest under Fr. Joseph Terra, FSSP.

Survivors include his mother, Marypat Luber (George Green) and their daughter, Stephanie; his father, Thomas (Amy) Walker, siblings, Tavia (Jack) McGowan, Raul (Fawn) Contreras, Thomas (Theresa) Walker, Sasha (Thomas) Keys, Travis Contreras, Cassy (Luke) Harbin, Katie Contreras, Rosie (John Mark) Hoffman, Matthew (Mary) Contreras and  Joseph Walker; 13 nieces and nephews; a grandmother Peggy Ann Smith; aunts and uncles, Mary (Steven) Dubuis, Peter Walker, Christopher (Megumi) Walker, Carol Walker, Barbara (Gary) Curtis, Patricia (Daniel) Lucari, James Walker, Jonathan Walker, Jack (Eileen) Luber, Bruce (Carol) Luber, Ann (Thomas) Dumbroski, Peter (Lisa) Luber; Robert (Patricia) Smith, Kathy Plumb, Nina (Robert) Wolfe, Penny (Brian) Menning, Mark Smith, Steven (Angela) Smith and Francis (Pam) Smith: numerous cousins.

Requiem Mass will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newbury.  Fr. Walker will lie in state on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 2:00 until 5:00 P.M. at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  There will be a Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M. Thursday evening at Sacred Heart Church.  Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made in Fr. Walker’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Fr. Kenneth Walker

  1. My Sincere Condolences to Fr. Walker’s family and parishioners at such a tragic loss. May he intercede for us in his new home – the Heavenly Kingdom to which we all aspire to obtain.

    Sincerely, A Brother in Christ – Formerly of the Society of St. Pius X

  2. We were heart-broken and shocked to hear of this senseless and tragic loss. Please be assured of our prayers for Father Walker, Father Terra, the misguided soul who harmed them, and for all of their families and friends, parishioners, and others struggling to make sense of it all.
    Sympathy and prayers from Allan and Teresa, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
    (We feel the loss through ties with two of our local vocations: Fr.McDonnell was ordained the same day with Father Walker, and Father Uy is now ministering to souls in his home parish).
    It is hard to accept such a loss during a time of a shortage of priests. There is some consolation in hoping that others may be inspired to the Catholic Faith and Latin Mass by hearing of the sad news and hearing of the truly Catholic virtues of Father Terra during his own pain; he still had the presence of mind to give Last Rites to Father Walker! That is a blessing, a consolation, and an inspiration. I want to call the act heroic, but it is still not adequate enough to describe it. Deo Gratias!

  3. RIP dear holy priest of Jesus Christ , dear Fr. Walker .
    I pray for the peace of Christ to descend upon your entire family as they mourn and grieve , how they will miss you .
    We have all been affected by this terrible tragedy but we pray the God will be praised and loved because now dear Fr. Walker you are now in heaven with all the Saints and Angels , you too are now a Saint with Our Jesus , Our Blessed Lady and Saint Joseph ! Please pray for us as we desire to become saints and LIVE for God Alone ! RIP dear Fr. Walker …you are loved and will be in our daily prayers .

  4. May you be now, or very soon, in the eternal company of the great Family of God. May Jesus, Mary, & Joseph escort you to the many mansions in our Father’s house; to be united forever to the Blessed Trinity with the company of all the angels & saints! I pray the peace & Divine Mercy of our Lord envelop all whom you leave behind. God bless you Father!

  5. Rest in Peace Fr Walker, you will be in my prayers, always
    Deepest Symapthy to all his family.
    Only God knows why Good will come from this of that I am sure.

    Jacinta Liverpool England

  6. I am so sorry to hear about the senseless act of violence that took the life of Fr. Kenneth Walker. My sincerest sympathy goes out to father’s family, friends and parishioners. You are all in my prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. I am grateful for his devoted service to the Catholic Church.

  7. Father Walker was the closest person I’ve ever known to being a “Living Saint” in my lifetime, and I am 70 years old. He was purity defined. I am deeply honored to have known him and in being a friend of his in Christ. He loved the cookies my wife made for him as a special treat. He was beauty beyond words. I’ve placed him just below St. Joseph and Bishop Fulton Sheen who are my models in manhood. We only walk for a short while on this earth, but Father Walker, our brother in Jesus, walked many more miles in his brief time with us than many who walk the path in a lifetime of seasons. Rest now in Christ, dear one, and bloom rich in The Father for all eternity. Bill Buerger, Phoenix, AZ

  8. Although I didn’t know Father Walker personally, I am deeply sadden about the violent act that to a man of God Life. I will pray for his family and friends who knew him.

    Doreen Velez
    Fayetteville, NC

  9. Priests everywhere are saddened and horrified by the senseless act of violence and murder that took the life of Fr. Kenneth Walker. May his parents, family, and religious community know that they are in the prayers and thoughts of brother-priests all around the world. May Kenneth rest in peace in the eternal embrace of the Lord and God he served.
    Fr. David C. Downey
    North Palm Beach, Florida

  10. To all of Fr. Walker’s family, friends, and brother priests,.

    Though I never met Fr. Walker on this earth, I join my prayers to those of his fraternity, diocese, and local parish. I express my most deepest and heartfelt sympathies at this time. As his brother priest, I look forward to that day where I, God willing, will join him in the halls of heaven, and forever will be face to face with our eternal high priest, Jesus Christ.

    God love you all,

    Fr. Michael Strother,
    Pastor, Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church
    Diocese of Beaumont, Texas

  11. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Father Walker. He is a Saint and I will pray to him. I grew up in Paxico, Kansas and have 14 siblings. You have a beautiful family and know how hard it must be to lose a son. Will offer my holy hour at Most Pure Heart tonight from 6-7 p.m.

  12. God bless and keep you and your family! I will remember you and your family in my prayers along with all the parishioners in your parish who will be missing you so much.
    Sincerely,
    Veronica Jensen

  13. God bless you Father Walker and rest in peace! We have you and your family in our prayers along with the parishioners back in Phoenix, AZ. You have left a big hole in their lives and have touched so many lives all over America even here in Virginia.
    Sincerely,
    Veronica M. Jensen

  14. Remembering a Special Man, Mourning His Passing, Honoring His Memory, and Celebrating His Life. We will miss you Kenny. Love, Uncle Bruce and Aunt Carol and Cousin David

  15. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and parish of Fr. Walker. Thank you for your faithful service dear brother. May your reward be great in Heaven
    Love,
    The Wysoski Family from Montana

  16. Rest in peace, Father Walker, and may God bless your family and friends! Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Reidy, Atlanta, Georgia

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