Follow usTwitterFacebook


26 Sep 2016 News No comments

'He saw the priesthood as a gift' - Oldest bishop in the world passes away

Archbishop emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 - 77 years after his ordination …

Read more

02 Jun 2016 Americas Europe Middle East News USA Vatican Comments (2)

A Catholic in Ohio Sentenced to twelve Services in Baptist Church by Judge

An American Catholic who got into a fight with a street preacher has been sentenced to attend services at a Baptist church for 12 Sundays. Judge William Mall…

Read more

11 Jan 2016 News Vatican No comments

Stunning views of the Basilica of St Ignatius of Loyola; as recently captured by drones: Watch

The Sanctuary of Loyola or Shrine and Basilica of Loyola (Spanish: Santuario de Loyola; Basque: Loiolako Santutegia) consists of a series of edifices built in C…

Read more

06 Apr 2016 Articles Comments (9)

The Early Church Fathers: What the Early Church was Like

Q:  What was the early Christian Church like?  Shouldn't we try to be more like it today? To help answer this question, every Christian should be a…

Read more

25 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Is it illicit for a priest to sing the words of consecration?

Full Question My understanding is that it is illicit for a priest to sing the words of the consecration. Is it so, and where is it written? Answer …

Read more

24 Mar 2016 Articles Comments (27)

Pope Francis' 13 Warnings against Satan

These are Pope Francis' thirteen (13) most popular warnings against the devil:   1) “When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldlines…

Read more

11 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

What are Mormons referring to when they talk about "the stick of Joseph"?

Full Question A Mormon missionary has been trying to argue for the Book of Mormon by discussing "the stick of Joseph" and "the stick of Judah." What on ear…

Read more

06 Jan 2017 Articles Comments (3)

Mulling the practical pros and cons of married priests

There are plenty of historical and theological arguments for and against married priests, but few stop to consider the practical pros and cons. Yet Catholicism …

Read more

02 Nov 2014 Articles No comments

Paganism, Prophecies, and Propaganda

Did you know that Catholic bishops are actually high priests of Dagon, the ancient fish deity of the Philistines? You see, the miter the bishop wears is a repli…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

This nine year-old wants to meet Francis – oh, and be pope someday too

  • Written by:
  • 1 Reply

Ever since he started attending Catholic schools three years ago, nine year-old Parker Langdon has wanted to be a priest.

“He asked my mom to make him vestments, and he’d set up the altar, and get cups, and he wanted hosts, so he’s loved to do that with his cousins and for the neighbors,” said his mother, Jordan Langdon.

When he’s visiting his grandparents, Parker also likes to invite people over and “say Mass” and give homilies, she said.

Oh, and Lincoln, his three year-old brother?

“He’s ‘Deacon Lincoln,’” said his father, Josh Parker.

“It’s been quite a surprise to us and very touching, and something he’s maintained an interest in, so we want to support his interests as far as we can,” Jordan added.

(Parker and his mother, Jordan Langdon. Credit: CNA).
So when the Langdon’s found out about Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, they shared the news with their son.

“My dad told me about how he was going to come, and he asked me if I wanted to go and I said yeah!” Parker recalled. “But then I found out I had to raise the money, which I thought it was going to be a little hard. But it was sort of hard and sort of easy.”

The Langdon family put their heads together and formed a committee to raise the money – more than $3,000 – that would be necessary to send Parker and an accompanying parent to the World Meeting of Families trip with the Archdiocese of Denver, which concludes with Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.

Parker was the committee head, Dad was treasurer – “He’s good with charts”, said Parker, and Mom was secretary – “She helped to do stuff like write out things and all the stuff for us to get ready for the trip.”

“I had to write out an agenda, because we had our own little meetings to communicate with each other to see what was going to happen,” Parker said.

He also drafted a letter to send out to friends and family, asking for donations for his trip:

It was slow going at first. The letters didn’t come pouring back right away like Parker had expected.

“My first donation was from me, and so I had $57 at the time, so I put that toward the trip, so I didn’t know if I was going to make it,” he said. “But once I started getting money and getting letters, I thought ok we’re making progress here.”

At first, Josh and Jordan were nervous about what would happen if Parker couldn’t raise all the money. They started coming up with contingency plans for making up the difference.

But once the word spread, the campaign gained some serious traction. The whole project became a lesson in gratitude and generosity for the Langdon family, Josh said.

“I was having a network meeting with another business man who’d never met Parker,” Josh said. “We were at lunch just talking about (the trip), and towards the end of lunch he just slid $200 in cash across the table and said, ‘Tell Parker to have a great time.’”
Josh said the people of their parish, Our Lady of Loretto in Aurora, Colo., including Knights of Columbus Council 12336 and the Men of Faith group, have been overwhelmingly supportive and generous.

Handwritten thank-you notes were sent to each donor, as well as a promise of gifts from the trip.
Once the funds were raised and the trip was a clear “go”, the Langdons began preparing in other ways.

Nine days before the trip, they began praying the Divine Mercy novena, and getting their packing lists together.

“Parker’s thinking about snacks, of course,” said Jordan, “He’s packing a backpack full of beef jerky.”
And his binoculars, for prime papal viewing.

They’ve also been preparing to travel with a group that’s quite a bit older.

“There’s one other family that has a few kids going, and then everyone else is quite a bit older,” Jordan said. “So Parker and I have been talking about preparing ourselves mentally for what that means to go on a pilgrimage with people that are older, and that we might have some sacrifices to make and help them along the way.”

During the trip, Jordan said she’s looking forward to seeing Pope Francis in person and to watching Parker’s reaction to seeing the Pope.

Parker said, besides the plane rides, he’s most excited for the Papal Mass and seeing Pope Francis in action.

“I really want to be the Pope someday, I kind of want to be a priest, so I thought maybe I could see him, see what kind of things he does.”

By Mary Rezac


1 comment

  1. Vero Reply

    God Bless you Parker you are such an inspiration

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories