Robin Perry has been named principal of Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler, effective June 1.

The announcement was made by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Father Anthony McLaughlin, vicar general of the Diocese of Tyler and president of Bishop Gorman, at a March 22 press conference at the school.

Perry, 46, is a veteran Catholic educator who comes to Bishop Gorman Immaculate Conception Cathedral School in Memphis, Tenn., a PreK-3-12 program where she was head of school. Perry also is a graduate of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.

“I am pleased that Mrs. Perry will serve as the new principal of Bishop Gorman School,” said Bishop Strickland. “Her background, personality and enthusiasm for Catholic education fit perfectly with our mission to form our students as intentional Disciples of Christ.”

Bishop Strickland thanked Perry for “her discernment in choosing to come here” and for “embracing this new path that God has called her to. It’s a joyful day, a day of great hope, a day of excitement, and a day in which our new president and principal, our faculty and student body and staff, the whole Gorman family, face new challenges and new work to continue to be disciples and to build up this part of God’s kingdom.”

“Mrs. Perry is known as an exceptional academic and institution-building leader. At Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, she worked tirelessly to integrate the latest educational models and technology into classroom instruction, while building strong constituent relationships at all levels,” said Father McLaughlin. “Perhaps most importantly, Mrs. Perry is a woman of deep and sincere faith, who passionately embraces the ministry of Catholic education as vital to the work of our Church. I am excited for Mrs. Perry’s highly-anticipated arrival to East Texas, so we can begin our work together in ensuring the Gorman school community remains accessible to all, while delivering excellence throughout our mission, and ensuring a robust and sustainable future for Catholic education in the Diocese of Tyler.”

Perry was chosen after an intensive nationwide search for a successor to principal Jim Franz, who will leave the school at the end of this academic year after 19 years at the helm.

“The only charge that I gave to the search committee was a simple one – please find for us the best and the brightest,” said Father McLaughlin, who was named president of Bishop Gorman on Feb. 1. “I am very pleased to report that the committee did offer the bishop and me the very best and brightest. We are happy to appoint and hire Mrs. Robin Perry to be our next principal.”

“It is a great privilege and honor to be here today and to be welcomed into the Gorman family,” Perry said at the press conference. “I am so excited to be a part of this new (president-principal) team as we bring Gorman further into the 21st century and as we make certain that our students have everything they need in order to be successful.”

Perry said she spent the six-hour trip from Memphis to Tyler trying to invoke “the wisdom of Solomon” in order to adequately express her joy and excitement at this new phase in her life.

“I got nothing,” she said to laughter from those gathered in Bishop Gorman’s Holy Family Library for the press conference. “All I have, in order to truly convey my sentiments at this moment, is to say, ‘Hi, my name is Robin Perry, and I am the newest Gorman Crusader.”

She paid tribute to Franz and his nearly two decades at Bishop Gorman, and said she will build upon that work.

“Mr. Franz has done an amazing job,” she said. “It is only through his hard work and the foundation which he and the Gorman family have already established that we can move forward and grow.”

As principal, Perry will be working closely with Father McLaughlin as Bishop Gorman settles into the president-principal model of leadership, a new one for the school.

“The model is becoming more common in Catholic high schools in Texas and around the country,” said Father McLaughlin. “Over the years, it has become increasingly clear that a single person, the principal, cannot do everything that is now required to make a Catholic high school successful. The principal cannot alone juggle the responsibilities of development, of community outreach, of finances, and of curriculum, discipline, and academics. So the president-principal model seeks to divide those responsibilities, to allow the president to handle development and outreach, while the principal oversees such areas as curriculum and guidance.”

Bishop Gorman’s reputation for academic excellence and deep community support greatly influenced Perry’s decision to join the Gorman family.

“When I was in my interview with the search committee,” she said, “there was such a broad range of people who had so much concern and care for Gorman. It was a huge spectrum of the community here in Tyler. I decided that if that many people care about the leadership of a school, I’ve got to be part of that.”

She also stressed the “Catholic” part of the school’s identity, and said Bishop Gorman, and all Catholic schools, have a unique and important role in education.

“The difference between a Catholic school and other schools is that we teach virtues,” Perry said. “We don’t teach values. A value is arbitrary. I value punctuality and neatness. But go look in my daughters’ rooms, and they don’t value the same things. But virtues are timeless. And that’s what we teach here. We don’t have to have a class on virtue; we model it. We see it in the way faculty and staff interact with one another. We see it in how the faculty interacts with the students and how the students interact with each other. We teach virtues, and we have the privilege of acknowledging God’s presence every day. God is present all the time, but we have the privilege of acknowledging it. And that’s what makes it different.”

“I believe that I am entering the Gorman family at an exciting time in its highly-respected and storied history, and I see this opportunity as an amazing time to continue to build and foster a strong and highly-supported school community,” Perry said of her new role as principal. “It’s a great time to be a Crusader with incoming President Father McLaughlin leading the school further into the 21st century.

“I am ever mindful of the strong foundation and traditions that Mr. Franz and the Gorman faculty and staff have worked so hard to build for the students and school community. The level of commitment to the mission of Catholic education by Bishop Strickland, the Gorman family, and the supportive families of East Texas creates an unparalleled opportunity which I enthusiastically embrace,” she said.

Bishop Gorman, a nationally recognized Catholic secondary school for grades 6-12, is the longest serving non-public secondary school in Smith County. Founded in 1958, Bishop Gorman has in recent years been recognized on the National Catholic High School Honor Roll and is a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon “Excellence in Education” award recipient.

Perry was hired after a nationwide search by Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, A Boston-based search and recruiting firm devoted exclusively to developing excellence in Catholic school leadership retained by the Bishop Gorman principal search committee.

Prior to heading Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, Perry was first the academic dean of Sacred Heart of Jesus High School in Jackson, Tenn., and then principal. She also has served other Catholic schools in Tennessee as a history and English teacher at the junior and senior high school levels.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tennessee, Master of Arts in Teaching, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Memphis, as well as a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.

She was born on Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., but has lived in Tennessee since 1977. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School, Immaculate Conception Cathedral for Girls for High School in Memphis and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she studied majored in History with a concentration in European history as well as English and communications.

She has a Master of Arts in teaching with a concentration on curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.

She has been married to Keith Perry since 1994, and they have two daughters, Anna Katherine, 19, who attends Mississippi State University, and Emilee Grace, 16.

Perry was a competitive swimmer in college, She still swims, runs, and calls herself “a voracious reader” who has “killed two Nooks from overuse” and is on her third.

“Education has been my passion for almost my entire life,” she said. “I love teaching, mentoring, being a part of the learning process. Nothing is more exciting to me than seeing the ‘light bulb’ finally turn on for a student. To know that I have been a small part in shaping our future leaders of our world makes me feel like I have accomplished great things – even if no one else ever knows except for me and that student.”

Terry Braun, father of Tyler priest Father Justin Braun, converted to Catholicism on Christmas Day, 2016. We interviewed them at their home parish, St. Mary’s in Longview, a few days before Terry was to be received into the Church. We asked about conversion, what it’s like to have a priest as a son, and to have a dad about to become Catholic.  (This story appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine.)

Terry Braun: I was raised in central Texas in the country outside of Waco. We went to a little Baptist Church. I went to vacation Bible school and did all the typical things. We went to church every Sunday and Wednesday, and I went to Sunday school. I was baptized when I was 9 years old. Along the way, my family changed churches to a different Baptist community because of disagreements, then later to yet another one. Of course, as a child, I didn’t understand precisely what happened.

I graduated high school in 1966, and left home in ‘68. When I left, I pretty much left the Baptist Church behind. It didn’t inspire me. I can’t pinpoint any one thing, but I think I was most influenced by what I saw as hypocrisy in religion. The moral rules in the Baptist culture I was raised in were very strict, with absolute prohibitions on dancing, and drinking—but I saw that people did them anyway. They’d slip back into church through the side door the next day, and endure a chastisement in the sermon, but something was missing. I knew that these were, basically, good people, but something was wrong in the way sin was dealt with.

How did you discover Catholicism?

Terry Braun: Well, I met Helen, my wife. I had finished technical school and my mother and I went out to visit relatives in California. I ended up at her birthday party and met her there. I was smitten, I guess you could say, and I start writing to her. We corresponded regularly until I was drafted in May of 1969 and ended up in the Marine Corps. It’s tough to write a letter at boot camp, you just don’t have any time to yourself. After boot camp, I started to have a little free time, and luckily I was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, just 90 miles away from her. I’d take a bus and stay with relatives to see her.

The Vietnam War was winding down and so I was stationed in Barstow, California. I was in the Marine Corps until April of 1971, and Helen and I were married two weeks later. Now, Helen was a devout Catholic from a Catholic family, and so we were married in the Catholic Church. Although I wasn’t very concerned about religion in my own life, I made a promise to help her raise our children as Catholics, and I took that promise very seriously.

Were you thinking about converting at that time?

Terry Braun: In my own mind, at the time, it was “Church is Church.” I wasn’t thinking about becoming Catholic, but I gradually came to realize that Catholicism is different. I knew my wife was going to Confession regularly, and although I didn’t understand the details, it struck me that this forgiveness was different than chastisement.

The next years of my life, I worked a lot of Sundays at the steel mill in Longview, so I didn’t go to church with the family often. When I did have Sunday off, I went to Mass and also to parish events. I think a lot of people thought I was Catholic. I didn’t go to Communion, though. Not for 45 years.

Father Justin Braun: As a kid, I knew my dad wasn’t Catholic like me and my mom, but I never felt like my dad was on a different team. He did his part. He got us out of bed for Mass and supported my mother completely in this. I had this recurring thought, though—I really wanted my dad to go to Communion.

Why not go to Communion?

Terry Braun: Well, those were the facts. That was the rule, it was what the Catholic Church taught, and I respected that.

Father Justin Braun: My dad taught me about respect. Whenever he came into the Catholic Church building, he always showed respect. He always genuflected to the tabernacle, he would sing with everyone; he participated at Mass. He taught me respect for the Holy Eucharist even though he never received it.

Terry Braun: Oh, I was mostly clueless about the doctrines of the Faith, but I was raised in a culture of respect. Respect for God was instilled in me, and so I wanted to be respectful in His Church.

Then your son told you he wanted to be a priest.

Terry Braun: Yeah, that was a shock. I had a hard time with that.

Father Justin Braun: Yeah, I definitely told my mom first! When I finally told my dad, I could tell he was disappointed. I know he wanted me to carry on the family name and bloodline. Neither of my parents said, “no,” but they obviously had misgivings.

Terry Braun: Looking back, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. I remember when I was driving him to JV baseball practice one time. It was Holy Thursday. After the drills were over, Justin asked to be excused to go Church, to serve Mass. The coach said to him, “you need to get your priorities straight!” Well, Justin walked off the team, right at that moment. A teenager willing to do that, to give up a sport he loved, I knew he was committed to God.

Father Justin Braun: It all started right here, for me, in the adoration chapel at St. Mary’s. My mom got me to go to Eucharistic adoration with her. She didn’t make me pray or do anything in particular, but she did want me to go. In rebellion, I sat in the back and blasted Metallica through my headphones, but eventually Jesus started to work on me. I developed a love for the Eucharist.

Terry Braun: So, even though I was uneasy, I supported him. I drove him up to Philadelphia to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. That was a culture shock. Although I had spent all that time on the west coast, I hadn’t been any farther east that probably Shreveport. Philadelphia was foreign territory. When I saw that tiny room he’d be living in—you couldn’t even stretch your arms out; it was so small—I was troubled. Also, being Texans, we tend to be a little more friendly than folks from up there, you know?

Father Justin Braun: We were a couple of East Texas boys, and that was our first experience with people from the North! I’m sort of surprised we didn’t just turn around and run back home.

Terry Braun: I remember driving away, and looking in the rear view mirror and seeing him, and I knew we were both wondering, “Is it going to be ok?” It was tough to leave my son. I knew we were both sacrificing.

But, it worked out. It turned out that he made a lot of good friends. It was better than either of us thought.

As he went through his formation, as he grew in his knowledge, I listened to him. When he was home, that was what he talked about. The faith started to get closer and closer to my heart. It was working on me. Once he was ordained, it became really clear to me that I was missing something. Seeing the Eucharist through his eyes, it has changed me.

How did you feel when he was ordained?

Terry Braun: Intensely proud of him. Calling him “Father” for the first time was one of the proudest moments of my life.

Father Justin Braun: My dad’s conversion is the greatest gift God has given to me since my ordination. My dad is going to have the sacraments. There’s nothing more wonderful.

Terry Braun: I’ve been going to Eucharistic adoration with my wife, and there’s a little library in the chapel. I picked things up, read them, and my understanding has increased greatly.   

How can Catholics help people like yourself who are in our midst, but aren’t Catholic?

Terry Braun: Be genuine. Never be ashamed about your Catholicism, but practice it honestly. Don’t be a hypocrite. Do what you say, and be honest about it. Be honorable.

We live in a place where most of the people, while they may not know all the details of theology, are Christians, and they want to do what’s right. Sure, things have changed a lot in the last 40 or 50 years, and it’s unreal to me the virtues the world has lost, but we retain a culture of respect in East Texas. That helped prepare me for Catholicism, and it has prepared other people. I was taught to do what’s right.

Father Justin Braun: And, if you do what’s right, and stick with it, you’ll eventually run into the Catholic Church.

Terry Braun: Exactly.

On Christmas Day, 2016, Father Justin Braun received his father, Terry Braun, into the Catholic Church. Terry received Confirmation and first Communion from his son. The entire extended Braun family was in attendance at St. Mary’s Church in Longview, for the event.

Proclaiming that “love has come to Mineola,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland formally installed Father Lawrence Love as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mineola March 12.

The bishop also consecrated a new tabernacle, crafted in Italy and purchased with funds given to the parish by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

In his homily, Bishop Strickland recognized Father Efren Naño, who is in residence at St. Peter and has served the parish for many years despite serious health problems.

“As we formally install Father Lawrence Love, we’re blessed to have Father Efren Naño with us,” the bishop said. “And we give thanks for all the priests who have served this community since 1964, when this church was built.”

Father Love, in his remarks after his installation, also paid tribute to Father Naño.

“You were right,” he said to Bishop Strickland, “love is here, and not just me, but lower-case love, because this man over here,” he gestured to Father Naño, “is a sign of the love that has been in this parish. We are so happy to have him still here with us and staying in the parish, and we hope that he will be with us for a long, long time, in many ways.”

Father Love’s formal installation as pastor came seven months after he was assigned to that position on Aug. 1. Prior to that, he was administrator of the parish.

In his homily, Bishop Strickland said the installation of Father Love, the presence of Father Naño, and the blessing of a new tabernacle present “an opportunity to rejoice” in St. Peter’s history of faith “and give thanks for the priests and deacons, and all the wonderful people who have lived their faith journey here, and for all of you who have gathered his this morning to continue that journey.”

That journey, he said, never ends.

“The Lenten season, as we celebrate this second Sunday, really is a beautiful reminder in our Catholic faith that it’s always a journey. We can never say we’ve fully arrived, but we should never despair either, because we’re always drawn closer to the Lord. We can always journey a little closer, even with our sinfulness and the brokenness of our world, even when we sometimes think we’ve taken a step backwards rather than forward.

“There is always hope in Christ,” he stressed.

That eternal hope is celebrated in every Mass, every baptism, every confession, every wedding, every funeral celebrated in St. Peter throughout its history and into its future.

“This place, as the beautiful introductory part of the formal installation of a pastor reminds us, is a family home, the family of God,” he said. “And all the family things happen here, with the grace flowing through the ministry of priests and deacons, through the support of all the faithful of the community.”

Even before the installation of Father Love, the bishop said, “love was already here, primarily in Christ, but also through the wonderful priests who have served here, all the deacons, all the faithful who have been part of this community through many years.”

Another sign of Christ’s presence in St. Peter is the tabernacle, which Bishop Strickland blessed during Mass. The tabernacle stood open and empty until its consecration, and Bishop Strickland used that as a teaching moment, or an opportunity to explain, as he said, “why Catholics do that.”

“You’ll notice that we did not genuflect (during the entrance procession). I’ll confess, coming into the church early this morning, I did. Then I realized, nobody’s home,” he said to laughter from the congregation.

He also pointed out that, having removed his zucchetto, “or, as I know some people call it, ‘little pink hat,’” at the consecration of the bread and wine, he kept it off until the tabernacle was blessed and the Eucharist reposed within it after Communion.

“It’s a sign that, as bishop, I must be humble before the Lord and take off all signs of the office I’m called to carry out,” he said. “And as we leave, we will genuflect, because Christ is alive and present in the Eucharist in repose in the tabernacle.

“The Lord is here,” Bishop Strickland proclaimed. “Certainly he dwells in us, but the Eucharistic presence of the Lord is that strongest sign, Christ himself, alive and present in us, beautifully, to be our food.”

The Lord also is present in the persons of the priests and deacons who serve St. Peter and in the community that gathers to worship there, the bishop said. And the readings for the second Sunday of Lent spoke clearly of what they are called to do.

The first reading was from Genesis, with God calling Abraham – then still Abram – to leave his homeland and journey to a land that God would show him.

“Abram is directed by God,” Bishop Strickland said. In that same spirit of faith and obedience, “Father Love and all of us as a priestly people, like Abram, are called to allow ourselves to be directed by God.” Such faith and obedience also require prayer and discernment from those who would follow God’s direction. “What is God calling out of my life, out of our lives, out of the life of Father Love in this community?” the bishop asked.

The second reading, from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, made clear what is expected from people of faith.

“Bear all hardships for the sake of this community,” Bishop Strickland said. “That’s Paul’s instruction to Timothy, but we can all be Timothy in that setting. Bear your share of the hardships for the sake of the Gospel. What does Christ tell us? ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’”

It is a stark and often fearful command, but one that cannot be ignored.

“In the mystery of our Catholic faith,” he said, “the heart of Christianity, we have all learned the truth of what the Scriptures tell us. If we try to avoid the cross, if we try to pretend it’s all just blessing and wonder, we’re taking the heart out of what it means to follow Christ. He tells us, ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’

“Father Love, you must hear those words,” he urged. “Replace the name Lawrence for Timothy in that reading and listen: ‘Bear your share of hardship for the sake of the Gospel.’ And not just Father Love,” he turned to face the congregation, “but all of you. (Father Love) cannot do this alone. It is not his job to live your life of faith. But together, as a community, as the body of Christ, (you must) allow yourselves to be directed by God, like Abram, and be willing to take up your share of the cross for the sake of the Gospel.”

But the Gospel reading from Matthew, he said, shows what lies at the end of those hardships.

“Ultimately, in the beautiful Gospel reading today, we hear about the Transfiguration of the Lord. What does the voice of the Father say? ‘Listen to him.’

“Father Love, listen to Christ in your life,” the bishop instructed. “Let his Eucharistic presence speak to you, speak to this community. All of you members of this community of St. Peter’s in Mineola, Texas, let us all be aware. Listening to Christ is the call of those like Abram, willing to be directed by God, willing to bear their share of hardship. We listen to Christ, and what is the result? Transfiguration.”

And as those who hear and heed Christ’s call are transfigured, so can they transfigure others.

“That’s the call we all share – Father Love with you, you with Father Love, having an effect not just on the people who gather in this beautiful little church here on the outskirts of Mineola, Texas, but on every person on this area.”

He urged all present to “go out, strengthened by Christ, energized by the love and supportive ministry of Father Lawrence Love, and bring Christ to this corner of God’s world.”

Whether at work or in school, or even in the aisles of Wal-Mart, “wherever we are, we bear Christ, the hardship, the direction by God, and we can bring that transfiguring love that even right here in Mineola is desperately needed, by many of your neighbors. Sometimes our own family members, who have forgotten who they are, don’t come and worship here every Sunday. Beckon to them, welcome them, bring them in. Let them know we are called to go on this journey and cooperate with Father Love in following Christ.”

The readings lay out a daily plan for Christians.

“Be directed by God,” Bishop Strickland said. “Bear whatever hardships are necessary for the sake of the Gospel. And seek by listening to Christ to be transfigured in him. That is our purpose on this planet.

“All of us too easily forget that purpose and we wander into darkness, into foolishness, into sin, into destruction. That is not God’s plan. That is not the journey we are called to and what Jesus Christ the Son of God has revealed to us.

“So, people of St. Peter here in Mineola, work with Father Lawrence Love, support him, challenge him, be challenged by him, and ultimately, together, listen to Christ and allow this beautiful tabernacle, which will be the Eucharistic presence of Christ shining forth from this community, to be not just a beautiful work of art, but something much more – the presence of the very light and love of God, here with us and calling us on the journey.”

Father Love was ordained June 28, 2014, and has served in Our Lady of Victory Church in Paris and St. Peter in Mineola. He is a native of St. Paul, Minn., and was an ophthalmologist prior to entering the seminary. He was married to the late Nancy Meredith Love and has two children and several grandchildren.

Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of the 39 original priests of the Diocese of Tyler, has died.

Father Zakshesky died at his home in Sinton, TX. He was 72.

His rosary, led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, will be Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Interment will follow in the diocesan section of Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler.

Francis Zakshesky was born Sept. 3, 1944, in Alpena, Mich., to Anthony and Regina Kapalla Zakshesky. He was baptized in St. Casimir Church in Posen and graduated from Alpena Catholic Central High School in 1962.

He did not immediately enter the seminary, but chose a career in engineering. He received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1966 and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1974.

He spent the next 10 years in Dallas, working for Rockwell International Corporation as an electrical engineer, first in communications and then in computers. He helped design technology used by the U.S. Air Force.

After a decade at Rockwell, he began to discern a vocation to the priesthood. In 1976, he entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas and began studying for that diocese.

Father Zakshesky was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dallas May 2, 1981, at Holy Spirit Church in Duncanville by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe.

He served as parochial vicar in St. Mark Church in Plano (1981-1984) and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Richardson (1984-1985). In July 1985, he was named pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Texarkana.

When the Diocese of Tyler was created in 1987 from the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont, and Galveston-Houston, Father Zakshesky was one of 39 priests who were incardinated into the new diocese. He served as an auditor for the Tribunal in the early days of that office. He also was a member of the Priests’ Pension Board.

Father Zakshesky was pastor of Sacred Heart in Texarkana until Oct. 21, 1993, when he was reassigned as pastor of St. Anthony Church in Longview. He served there until 1995, when he moved to Sacred Heart Church in Palestine as priest-in-residence while he sought a chaplaincy in the Federal Correctional System.

In 1996, he requested early retirement from active ministry for medical reasons.

After retirement, he spent some time in his native Alpena, caring for his ailing mother until her death, and then moved to South Texas for health reasons, where he remained until his death.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a dispensation from the discipline of abstinence from meat on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, for the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler

Normally, and by immemorial tradition, Catholics are bound to abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. However, approximately every seven years, the Memorial of St. Patrick (March 17) falls on a Friday and many bishops dispense with the obligation in favor of allowing Irish-American customs. Without the dispensation, Catholics would not be able to enjoy foods traditionally associated with the celebration, namely corned beef and cabbage.

St. Patrick, was a fifth century missionary and bishop who brought Christianity to the island. He is the patron saint of Ireland and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.”

To learn more about fasting and abstinence from meat during Lent, visit the USCCB’s information page.