Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MEET OUR STAFF: Father James P. Morgan, Pastor

Father James P. Morgan was ordained in the American Catholic Church in Nevada through the Catholic Apostolic Church on April 5, 2008. Father James was incardinated into TNCCNA on September 22, 2013 and serves as Pastor of SVFC in the Diocese of Christ the King. In addition, he provides spiritual care and comfort as a Chaplain at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. On October 9, 2014 Father James married his partner, Robert Nocon, becoming one of the first gay couples to be legally married in Nevada.  

He writes, "It was a strange road that brought me to SVFC. As a 'cradle catholic,' I have always had a strong connection to the catholic faith tradition. I have always had a calling to ordained ministry, but I did not understand how I would be able to answer that call in the Roman system, knowing who I was and understanding who I was going to become. A new world was opened to me when I was introduced to the independent catholic movement.After a long period of discernment I came to understand that my calling was for ministry outside of Rome.  

"I was now exposed to a whole new world of faith and spirit and love that I had never known before. This was a community in which diversity was celebrated, but we were all united in Christ. I learned that our unity is a gift of God who holds us together in the midst of diverse opinions, varieties of languages, and a multitude of unique experiences. Let no one mistake the Spirit's variety of gifts in our midst for any lack of common commitment to God. Here I can whole-heartedly answer my call and be true to my God.  

"We live in a world that is filled with injustice, racism, hate crimes, hungry children, warfare, poverty, confusion over issues of sexuality, disease, and violence. Even so, we still are called to bear witness to a God who 'so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.' I am committed to keeping focused upon the mission of revealing Christ to this world, a world which God loves."  

Father James can be reached at [email protected]

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