Let us pray for the special fathers in your life.

Let us pray for the special fathers in your life.

When I sat down to write this Faterh's Day letter, I immediately thought about Fr. Gerry Flater, O.M.I. and his remarkable relationship with his dad, Albert.

Father Gerry's dad was Lutheran and his mom was a strong Irish Catholic. When they got married Albert agreed that the children would be raised Catholic. The difference in religions didn't stop Albert from having a profound impact on the faith development of his son.

Albert taught young Gerry his lessons in preparation for First Communion. When he became an altar server Gerry would stay with his Lutheran grandparents on days when he served the early Mass. They lived next to the Catholic Church. Father Gerry jokes that he preferred sleep overs going to Mass, and if not for his Lutheran grandparents dragging him out of bed he may never have become a Catholic priest.

In high school Gerry began to examine a calling to the priesthood, and Albert was in full support of his son's decision. As Gerry progressed through the seminarian program, Albert experienced a personal conversion. Seeing the joy and happiness the Catholic Church was bringing his son, Albert began exploring the idea of joining the Catholic Church.

Father Gerry was ordained in 1957. His first convert to the Catholic faith was his father. The first person he gave First Communion to was also his father. Albert remained active with his Catholic faith for many years, and even became the head maintenance man at his parish. When Albert passed away, the priest presiding at his funeral Mass was his son.

Today at age 89, Fr. Gerry lives at a residence for elder and infirmed Oblates. His room is simple, with a photo of his dad prominently displayed. Father Gerry says when he looks at that photo he offers a quick prayer in gratitude for his father's loving guidance.

On Father's Day, Fr. Gerry will spend time in prayer remembering his dad. Today, I invite you to honor your father - and all the special fathers in your life - by following the following simple step.

I look forward to honoring your father and any other special fathers in your life through the power of prayer. Please keep Fr. Gerry in your prayers, and all of the other fathers in our missions who are vessels of our Heavenly Father's love for each and every one of us.



I will have their names placed in the Father's Prayer Capsule at the Father's Memorial Wall at the Shrine. I will also place his name at the altar for the Father's Day Novena and have him prayed for at the Church of St. Joseph in the Holy Land.

Send your father’s name, along with the names of other special fathers in your life.

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