First Mass of Fr. Ian Verrier, FSSP
Fr. Ian Verrier, FSSP, ordained in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday May 30, 2015, offered his first Mass at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE. Father Verrier was assisted at the altar by Fr. Matthew Goddard, FSSP, with Fr. Robert Ferguson, FSSP, assisting as Deacon and Fr. Jean-Pierre Pilon assisting as Subdeacon. Images below are from this Mass.
Father grew up in Birmingham, England. He was the only child of Douglas and Janet Verrier (may they both rest in peace). Father Verrier is a convert from the Church of England, having been received into the Catholic Church at Pentecost 2003.
Upon the completion of high school he read Music at The University of Birmingham, England, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Honors degree. He then gained a postgraduate certificate in Cello Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England, whilst at the same time completing a two-year postgraduate certificate of education taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Metropolitan University, Didsbury Campus and various high schools around Greater Manchester.
Before entering Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Fr. Verrier taught high school music, catechism and English in his position as Head of Junior Section at Chavagnes International College, a Catholic boys’ boarding school in the Vendée region of France. While teaching at Chavagnes, Father discerned a call to the priesthood and fell in love with the Traditional Latin Mass. He was particularly drawn by the reverence and majesty given to Almighty God and the harmony between the different roles in this liturgy.
At seminary, Father Verrier quickly grew to appreciate the joy and benefits of community life, the Traditional Latin liturgy and Thomistic studies. Father feels greatly honored to have been one of the organists throughout his time at the seminary and to have had the opportunity to direct the Polyphonic Choir from 2011 to 2015.
Father thanks all his confreres, friends and relatives for their support, good example and love. If a young man were to ask Father Verrier what he must do to make it through seminary, Father would say that cultivating a simple and humble obedience, trusting in God and devotion to Our Lady really helped him.
Father looks forward to aiding souls to find, know, love and serve God, Who is the Final End of all.
June 11, 2015