A mother’s love

Story and Photos By Peter Finney Jr. | CLARION HERALD

Father Leon Poché, a widower who was ordained to the priesthood last June, delivered the homily at the annual Mass of Thanksgiving to Our Lady of Prompt Succor on Jan. 8. After losing his wife Maureen to cancer in 2015, Father Poché sat inside the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, where he and his wife had served for many years as board members. “I looked up to the statue and said, ‘What now?’

I was 58 years old, and I thought I had lost my reason for living,” Father Poché said. After speaking with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, he discerned a call to the priesthood. Father Poché said some have the impression that at the wedding feast at Cana, the Blessed Mother didn’t ask Jesus to do anything because she said only: “They have no wine.” Father Poché said whenever his wife announced to him that the family had run out of milk, “I knew precisely what it meant. I was at Time Saver in five minutes!” He asked the congregation never to stop praying for Mary’s intercession: “Mary notices. Mary intercedes. Mary mothers.”

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