Burlington man to become married priest

Russell Arnett remembers the day he proposed to his wife.

The Burlington-area resident made a reservation at a nice restaurant and he had roses and a card waiting for her.

It’s a story many people tell about their lives, but it’s not a story most Catholic priests ever have the chance to tell because most Catholic priests are not allowed to marry.

But Arnett will soon become one of very few married Catholic priests able to tell that story.

Under a provision established in the 1980s, married Episcopal priests who fully convert to Catholicism are able to become Catholic priests. Arnett, 52, will be ordained as a priest on Saturday.

He will join a long line of priests ordained before him, but his wife of 10 years will be in the church, watching.

– Stephanie Jones

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Married area man to be ordained a Catholic priest (Journal Times)