Father Price society holds annual gathering

RALEIGH - Members of the Father Thomas F. Price Catholic Heritage Society gathered Oct. 26 at the Catholic Center for their 9th annual Mass and luncheon.

Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama presided at the celebration of Mass, which was held in the chapel, and shared a homily. The Gospel reading, Luke 13:18-21, included the parable of the mustard seed that grew and became a tree. Carol Reilly, a member of the society, offered the prayers of the faithful.

The fellowship event that followed included remarks from Maureen Lindgren, executive director of The Foundation, which coordinates the society. Father Jairo Maldonado shared a keynote address and thanked members for helping to support him on his journey of discernment to the priesthood.

He also shared a story from his childhood of watching his grandmother observe the needs of others and quietly serve them in her small, farming town in Colombia.

“That example has nurtured my faith,” he said. “We are called to give from whatever we have.”

According to its website, the society “was created in 1998 to honor the Christian generosity of those who have invested in the future of the diocese or any of the parishes, schools or diocesan ministries through a bequest in their will or some other form of planned gift such as a charitable gift annuity or trust.”

To learn more, visit http://www.foundationdor.org.