First Mass of Fr. Joshua Curtis, FSSP
Fr. Joshua Curtis, FSSP, was recently ordained a priest by Bishop Athanasius Schneider and offered his First Mass the next day in the cathedral of his ordination: Saint Cecilia’s in Omaha, Nebraska. Father was assisted by Fr. Karl Marsolle, FSSP, while Fr. Anthony Uy, FSSP, assisted as deacon and Fr. Brian Thompson, FSSP, assisted as subdeacon.
Both of Joshua’s parents – John and Jodi Curtis – were from Houston, Texas, but as his father was employed by Bell Laboratories, Joshua was born in the Chicago area. He was raised Protestant by his parents, until the death of his mother in 1998. About a year later his father converted to Catholicism and married a Catholic woman, Mary.
In the spring of 2004, Joshua was received into the Church. In the fall of that same year, his father passed away after fighting for eighteen months with a malignant brain tumor. Joshua’s father left behind a wonderful wife, three daughters, along with Joshua. It was of the greatest consolation to Joshua that his father was able to be present at the Easter Vigil to see him Confirmed and receive his First Holy Communion.
After his conversion, Joshua worked for another two and a half years before he was accepted by the Diocese of Peoria as a pre-theologian seminarian. The Bishop sent him to the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he was introduced to the Traditional Latin Mass. Having been struck by its reverence and its beauty, he was convinced that, Deo volente, he wanted to offer this sublime form of worship to God every day for the rest of his life. He thereafter applied to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and was received for studies at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in the fall of 2008.
After six years as a seminarian with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, Father was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2014. Please pray for him!
June 23, 2014