Bring Jesus to the people

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For Deacon Noah Morey, prayer is the reason for his vocation.

The sixth of eight children, he was born March 28, 1986, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Michael and Kathy Morey. He grew up near Seattle.

He's not the only sibling with a religious vocation. An older brother is a Benedictine priest and an older sister is a Discalced Carmelite nun.

He began serving Mass in the fourth grade, and that grew into a sacristan role in his sophomore year in high school. The added responsibility of being a sacristan was important for him, because he was home-schooled.

"I was able to see the liturgical side," he said of his sacristan duties. "(And) I had no reason to miss daily Mass."

Deacon Morey was an Eagle Scout, and for his project, he wrote an altar server manual and then trained servers at his parish.

After being home-schooled his entire life, he enrolled in Christendom College in Front Royal in 2004. He chose Christendom for several reasons: He was looking for a "solid Catholic school," and he wanted to play sports - especially soccer and baseball. He also was interested in journalism, and Christendom had a good writing program.

The Front Royal school was a good fit because it was small enough where he had access to professors, and he made a lot of friends.

After college, he taught Latin at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal. A year later, after discerning a vocation, he enrolled in Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

He said there were several priests who helped him with his discernment. He thanks Father John F. Heisler who was chaplain of Christendom when he was there. In addition, Fathers Edward C. Hathaway and Jerome W. Fasano were instrumental in helping guide him toward the priesthood. Their example of love of God and His people inspired him to seek a share in the priesthood.

His diaconate assignment was at Our Lady of Hope Church in

Potomac Falls and said that Father

William P. Saunders has been a great mentor.

Deacon Morey looks forward to his ordination and said he is blessed and thankful for the opportunity to serve God. He looks forward to administering the sacraments.

"The central part of a priest's life is to bring Jesus to the people," he said. "A lot of people are hungry for the spiritual food that only Jesus can bring."

Borowski can be reached at dborowski@catholicherald.com. or on Twitter @DBorowskiACH.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015