“The vocation is truly a treasure that God places in the hearts of some men, chosen by Him and called to follow Him in this special state of life. This treasure, that must be discovered and brought to light, is not made to ‘enrich’ someone alone. He who is called to the ministry is not the ‘master’ of his vocation, but rather the administrator of a gift that God has entrusted to him for the good of all the people…”
Pope Francis spoke those words about the priesthood in general, but they certainly apply specifically to the Rev. Martin O. Moran III, pastor of Divine Redeemer Parish, Mount Carmel, who marked the 30th anniversary of his ordination May 14.
Father Moran’s journey to his arrival here five years ago began when he felt called to a vocation while a student at Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg. It took him to the Seminary of St. Pius X, Erlanger, Kentucky, for his undergraduate degree and then to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, in preparation for his ordination.
His assignments in the Diocese of Harrisburg included chaplain and Catholic minister at Bucknell University, a post that foreshadowed his work in Mount Carmel. Father Moran came to Divine Redeemer after serving as director of Catholic Campus Ministry Association.
Since his arrival, the pastor has marshaled the resources and talents of his parishioners to restore the church’s clock tower that greets those entering the town via the Viaduct. In response to parishioners’ wishes, he spearheaded a renovations project that included the installation of a vintage “back altar” and equally beautiful side altars.
Father Moran was also involved in the founding of the Mother Maria Kaupas Center, an epicenter of spiritual ministries and a productive partnership with Bucknell. It is an alliance that has produced a wide variety of projects that benefit not only the community, but the lower Anthracite Region.
The priesthood is definitely a treasure that God placed in Father Moran’s heart. Father Moran is a treasure that God placed in the hearts of those whose lives he has touched.
Everyone’s vocation is love.