‘Walking Priest’ Makes Himself Available and Approachable

The Remnant, Michael Matt: Fr. Lawrence Carney is chaplain to a traditional order of nuns, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Gower, Missouri. He visits the community daily to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass, hear confession and offer spiritual guidance. Then he takes to the inner-city streets of St. Joseph in his cassock and wide-brimmed hat to pray the rosary and be a visible presence of Christ and his Church. He has encountered many lost souls on his walks, and successfully brought them back to the Faith. “It’s what Our Lord did,” he reasons. “Many people see me and are moved to come up to me and talk.”

Fr. Carney had the idea to do this after going on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in his cassock, and was approached by an estimated 1,000 souls during his 32-day trek. He has continued this unique method of evangelization for over three years in America, and has finally received permission to establish an order to expand the ministry. More here.