St. John Paul II & St. John XXIII

Yesterday Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were canonized in Rome. Somewhere in this picture you’ll find my brother, Fr Matthew!!

I remember serving John Paul’s 2002 Easter Vigil in Rome. He was already weighed down by Parkinson’s. After the homily, everybody stood up to recite the Creed. I saw the Pope trying to lift himself up too, but he just couldn’t do it. The master of ceremonies came over to reassure him that it wasn’t necessary that he stand. Then, I saw the look on the Pope’s face which communicated very clearly: “You get me up right now!”

Five months later, I saw the Holy Father again, this time in Toronto, for World Youth Day. I had just been assigned to work in Canada. It was pouring down when the popemobile entered the field for Mass. To everyone’s surprise, the Pope had his roof open so that he could greet the young people. He started the Mass soaked with water.

I learned from his example, that a priest has to be close to his flock.



About Fr Simon Devereux LC

FR SIMON was born on February 4, 1979, in Dunedin, New Zealand, the seventh son of Marie and Michael Devereux. He entered the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, on September 15, 1997. After his novitiate and year of humanities in Cheshire, he studied a bachelor’s in Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome from 2000 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2007, a licentiate in Philosophy. In between, he worked as a youth minister in Quebec, Canada, and he made his perpetual profession in Rome on October 4, 2005. In 2010 he completed a three-year bachelor’s degree in Theology and was ordained on Christmas Eve of the same year with 60 of his brother Legionaries by Card. Velasio di Paolis. Two of his brothers are also Legionary priests. Fr Simon is now based at the Legion of Christ seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut.
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