Fr. Francis Peffley is a priest and author of the book Inside the Catholic Family: Reflections of a Parish Priest.
Reverend Francis J. Peffley is not your ordinary priest. His dedication to educate and guide Catholics is evident in his pastoral and ministry work and his books, audio recording, and articles. His knowledge and wisdom of the Catholic faith is something that we all should aspire to. Today, we will take time to get to know more of Father Francis J. Peffley, his works, and his contributions to Catholic literature.
Childhood and Education
Father Francis J. Peffley is from Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was born March 16, 1963, to William and Mary Peffley. His parents met in the Legion of Mary, an international association of members of the Roman Catholic Church who serve it voluntarily. When Francis was only ten years old, he decided to join the Legion of Mary. He joined along with his sisters, Edel and Natia. After completing his basic education, Francis enrolled in Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Francis also attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he received his priestly formation and Master of Divinity and Master of Arts Degrees. Father Francis J. Peffley was ordained to the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, on May 19, 1990.
Father Francis J. Peffley
As a priest, Father Francis J. Peffley wasted no time and spent his time and energy doing pastoral and ministry work. He became the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville, Virginia, from 2001 to 2011. He also serves as Spiritual Director pastor to over 4,000 families. The lively and growing community has 65 other ministries and organizations. Fr. Francis then served as parochial vicar at Saint John the Apostle in Leesburg, Virginia. He held the post until 2016, and he currently serves as parochial vicar at St Mary of Sorrows in Fairfax, Virginia. The energetic Fr. Francis is famous for his work with the parish young adult ministry. He often does retreat work and pilgrimages with the youth. He is also active with Catholic apologetics and evangelization.
Besides his busy schedule, Fr. Francis J. Peffley also serves as Spiritual Director of the Arlington Regia. He has also been a chaplain of the Knights of Columbus councils in each parish he has served for two decades. And in all these, the youthful priest still finds time for his other interests and hobbies, including juggling fire torches and machetes, golf, scuba diving, bowling, billiards, baseball card collecting, and traveling to pilgrimage sites and shrines.
List of Published Books
An Invitation to Consider the Catholic Faith
An Invitation to Consider the Catholic Faith is an essential read that presents a compelling read on why we should consider the catholic faith. In this book, Fr. Francis J. Peffley offers five (5) reasons why we should embrace Catholicism. He then follows it with a simple outline of the steps one would take to begin the process of becoming Catholic.
Inside the Catholic Family: Reflections of a Parish Priest
Inside the Catholic Family: Reflections of a Parish Priest is a very relevant read, especially today when modern families are attacked. Reading this book will remind you of the importance of family in raising God-fearing and kind individuals. It is a book that every family should take time to read and reflect on.
The Passion of Christ in Light of the Holy Shroud of Turin
Father Francis J. Peffley takes us to one of the most controversial and studied relics in all of Christendom. In the book The Passion of Christ in Light of the Holy Shroud of Turin, Fr. Peffley provides new and detailed scientific and medical evidence for Holy Shroud’s authenticity.
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