Fr. Rob Walsh was ordained to the priesthood in 2006 and was first assigned to the Shrine of St. Jude’s from 2006-2008. He then worked in the archdiocese Office for Priest Vocations and as priest secretary to the Archbishop Emeritus from 2008-2010. His last assignment was chaplain at the Catholic Student Center at University of Maryland. Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Fr. Rob attended University of Maryland and had a 10 year career in the automotive industry before entering seminary. He credits many family members and friends with inspiring his vocation to the priesthood, but primarily credits the example and friendship of Msgr. Tom Wells, a lifelong family friend.
Fr. James Morrison was ordained to the priesthood in summer of 2020 and serves Our Lady of Lourdes as his first pastoral assignment. The journey towards the priesthood formally began immediately after high school as a freshmen at the Catholic University of America and a member of the pioneer class of Saint John Paul II Seminary. Upon graduation in 2015, Father James continued seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he studied theology and ecclesiology at the Angelicum University. Father is the eldest of seven children, loves smoothies, and welcomes anyone to a game of Spikeball.
Msgr. James Beattie (June 24, 1934 – April 13, 2018)
Msgr. James Beattie is a native of Philadelphia, where he attended La Salle College before transferring to Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD. After graduation, he remained at the Mount for seminary, and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1961. Msgr. Beattie served as Parochial Vicar at St. Ambrose in Cheverly, St. Michael in Ridge and St. Camillus in Silver Spring. He served as Administrator at St. Mary in Landover and as Pastor at St. Camillus, St. Catherine Laboure in Wheaton, and St. Bartholomew in Bethesda, from which he retired as pastor in 2011 before joining us at Our Lady of Lourdes. During his 50-plus years of priesthood, Msgr. Beattie also served as Director of the South East Catholic Center in Washington and as Director of Clergy Personnel for the Archdiocese. In addition to his valued cooperation at Lourdes, Msgr. Beattie also serves as a spiritual director at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.
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