Military Priest celebrates his faith on the front lines October 20, 2016

The priest believed to be the last to celebrate Mass at the altar of a 1,400 year old monastery in Mosul, Iraq, prior to it being razed by ISIS is coming to San Antonio to share his stories of faith with his fellow chaplains. Father Jeffrey Whorton (Major, U.S. Army, Archdiocese of Military Services) is the keynote speaker at the 35th anniversary celebration of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE).

“It was extremely emotional and a spiritually palpable event for me,” Fr. Whorton told the Catholic News Service about his experience at St. Elijah’s Christian Monastery. "I was able to offer Mass there three or four times on that altar. I was made very aware of the great cloud of witnesses.”

Fr. Whorton will speak about his ministry of service to the military and will also share memories of his time spent in CPE. Whorton and his fellow chaplains and friends will reconnect at this fundraising event.

“Whether on the battle field or in health care settings, chaplains provide an element of spiritual care that can help heal emotional, spiritual, and physical wounds,” said Mary Davis, Director, CPE. “This event has chaplains from across the globe gathering to remember the impact spiritual care and education have on a person's life.”

The CPE Anniversary Celebration will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s Family Center Banquet Room in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, October 26. The event begins with a banquet at 6:00 p.m. and includes fundraising activities, to help ensure the continuity of CPE training throughout the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System.