We are blessed to have men in formation, preparing for lives of Franciscan service to God’s people and are pleased to announce that Friar Bede Thigpen has been ordained a priest. The celebration took place at Saint Ita Church in Chicago on Saturday, November 11. Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, Bishop of Lacrosse and fellow Franciscan, who had previously ordained Friar Bede to the diaconate. Parishioners volunteered to sing in the choir and the Secular Franciscans prepared Jubilee Hall for the following reception.
Fr. Bede celebrated his First Mass at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee on November 12th.
Fr. Bede serves as Chaplain at St. Josaphat Parish School. The school celebrated his Ordination at an assembly, and memorialized the occasion with a Friar Bede bobblehead.
Please pray for Rev. Fr. Bede Thigpen OFM Conv. as he continues to serve God’s people in priestly ministry.