Father Anthony Uy, FSSP, was ordained on Saturday, June 1, and offered his first Solemn High Mass the next morning at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, Nebraska. Fr. Uy was assisted by Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP, Assistant Pastor of Holy Family in Vancouver, Rev. Mr. Paul Leung, FSSP, was Deacon, and Acolyte Danial Nolan, FSSP, was Subdeacon.
Fr. Uy was born in the Philippines to Victor and Jean Uy, pious Filipino-Chinese Catholic parents. The third of four children, Father grew up in Batangas City, attending the Parish of the Basilica of Immaculate Conception in the Archdiocese of Lipa. He completed his high school studies at Saint Bridget College, run by the Religious of the Good Shepherd. He went on to study Physics at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, but moved in 2002 to Vancouver, BC, in Canada, where he finished his bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of British Columbia.
In Vancouver he first attended Holy Name Parish in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, but moved to the then-Divine Mercy Latin Mass Community (now Holy Family Parish) run by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Soon after he graduated from UBC in 2006, he entered Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, where he spent seven years of formation. Father was ordained to the Diaconate on March 17, 2012, and served as deacon at St. Clement’s Parish, the Fraternity’s apostolate in Ottawa, Canada.
Fr. Uy remembers being asked as a boy whether he wanted to become a priest. From time to time the same question would come up as he was growing up, but he usually avoided the question until he was in University studies doing Physics, where he started going to Mass more often. He started discerning a vocation to the Priesthood while in University, and inquired into the charisms of different religious institutes, being inspired by the lives of St. Benedict and St. Thomas Aquinas. As he was discerning what community to join, a vocations director suggested to pray more and ask God.
Soon thereafter, he attended a wedding in the traditional Roman Rite in Vancouver. This was his first experience with the Mass of the Ages, and the seed was sown. He started attending Mass there with his younger sister, whom he also encouraged in her vocation. A few years after he entered the FSSP Seminary, his sister entered the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, Nebraska, where she took the name Sr. Maria Dolores of the Precious Blood, and is now temporarily professed.
Father will begin his priesthood serving at Holy Family, our apostolate in Vancouver, BC. Enjoy the images.