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Much to his surprise and delight, Fr. Leo Walsh, S.T.D., was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1964, the last of eight children born to Leo and Beverly Walsh.

Baptized in Holy Family Cathedral, the future Fr. Walsh and his family were asked to be one of the founding families of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Spenard, Alaska. It was there that he learned to celebrate his Catholic Faith, first in public elementary school gymnasiums, later in a rented Methodist Church and finally in a modest parish center that was built by his father and many other volunteers.

In 1987, Fr. Walsh received a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Labor Relations.

After working in the private sector a few years, Fr. Walsh entered seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Anchorage in 1994 and returned to Rome for a year to finish a Licentiate in Ecumenical Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe, also known as the “Angelicum.” In 2008, Fr. Walsh was granted a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum with a concentration in Ecumenical Theology.

After assignments as Associate Pastor at two inner city parishes, Fr. Walsh was named Pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Eagle River, Alaska, in 1999. In addition, Fr. Walsh has served the Archdiocese as Vicar General, Vicar for Clergy, Vocations Director, Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer, as well as on the College of Consultors and as a trustee on the Priest Retirement Trust.

In May, 2009, Fr. Walsh was appointed Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Interreligious Specialist.

On June 1, 2011, Fr. Walsh returned to Anchorage to server as Pastor of St. Benedict Parish where he intends to remain for a long, long time.

Fr. Walsh has served on innumerable boards and task forces including Catholic Social Services and the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers. In 2002 he was invested as a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and was promoted to the rank of Knight Commander in 2007.

He is also a licensed Rugby Referee and a Nationally Certified Beer Judge. Fr. Walsh is a licensed private pilot with multiple ratings and is a proud member of the National Association of Priest Pilots. Blessed with the “Gift of Gab,” Fr. Walsh loves to give talks on a variety of topics, and does so in dioceses and parishes throughout the United States and Canada.

When he is not in the parish or traveling around the country, he enjoys flying his float-equipped bush plane to many secret fishing holes or to his remote cabin in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness.

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila was Jerry’s guest. His Excellency discussed his upbringing in Southern California, first hearing God’s call to the priesthood in his middle school years. He entered college as a medical student where he says the Lord continued to tug at his heart. Archbishop Aquila would soon thereafter enter the seminary where he clearly learned that Jesus wanted him as his priest. He says his greatest joy as a priest is teaching others the faith; the love and mercy of God, offering the sacrament of reconciliation while also bringing people back into the Church.
Archbishop Aquila was ordained for the Archdiocese of Denver in 1976. He is the first rector of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, which opened in 1999. He served as Bishop of Fargo, ND before being named Archbishop of Denver in 2012.
Archbishop Aquila is chaplain on the first Vocation Boom Holy Land pilgrimage December 28, 2015-January 6, 2016.

Our History Serving the Catholic Priesthood

We’re building a culture that’s open to the priesthood, clearing the path to discovery, and unlocking hearts and minds to God’s call.

Vocation Boom is a non-profit initiative that is the fruit of more than twenty years of prayer and deliberation. It grew out of a vision which began to take shape in the heart of Jerry Usher while he spent time in priestly formation from 1989 to 1995. In 2009, shortly before Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed The Year for Priests, he gathered a team of colleagues and created the Vocation Boom website, which launched on September 14 of that year – The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

In February 2011, Vocation Boom Radio debuted on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. The show airs Saturdays at 5:00 PM Eastern Time, 2:00 PM Pacific Time. It features cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, and laypeople, all of whom share our passion for promoting vocations to the priesthood.

Vocation Boom’s weekly TV show can be seen on EWTN three times a week. It airs Sundays at 11am, Tuesdays at 2:30am, Thursdays at 5:30pm (all times Eastern). Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to watch it at a more convenient time.

We’ve also talked with many vocation directors and seminary rectors about creating events “on location.” We hope to gather young men (and their families) for a day of inspiring talks by seminarians and young priests, a live radio broadcast, and more.

We ask that you prayerfully consider helping us with this important work. At Vocation Boom, it is our belief that after the life and family issues – marriage, family life, abortion, euthanasia, and so on – there is nothing more important that Catholics can engage in than the cultivation of priestly vocations.

Thanks for visiting our site. It is our prayer that you find many helpful resources for your own discernment or for assisting someone you know who is considering the priesthood.

God bless you.

Nuestra Historia

Aquí en Vocation Boom, nosotros construímos una cultura abierta al sacerdocio. Despejamos la via al descubrimiento, abriendo corazones y mentes al llamado de Dios. Vocation Boom es una iniciativa sin ánimo de lucro, el fruto de mas de veinte años de oración y deliberación. Creció de una visión la cual empezó a formarse en la corazón de Jerry Usher mientras que él pasó tiempo desde 1989 hasta 1995 en la formación sacerdotal. En 2009, poco antes de que proclamó Papa Benedicto XVI El Año de los Sacerdotes, reunió a un equipo de colegas y crearon el Vocation Boom website, el cual presentó el 14 de Septiembre de ese año – La Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz.

En Febrero 2011, Vocation Boom debutó en el EWTN Radio. Se puede escuchar al programa en el radio los sabados a 5pm EST. Cuenta con invitados tales como cardenales, obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos y laicos – en breve, personas que comparten nuestra pasión para la promoción de las vocaciones al sacerdocio.

Vocation Boom debutará muy pronto en el EWTN TV. Los primeros trece episodios fueron recordados en julio de 2013, y se puede verlos en la tele empezando el 31 de Agosto a 11am EST (cada episodio será retransmitido los martes a las 02:30am EST y los jueves a las 5:30pm EST).

También hemos hablado con muchos directores de las vocaciones y rectores de seminaries sobre la creación de eventos locales. Esperamos reunir a los jóvenes (y sus familias) para un día de presentationes inspiradoras por los seminaristas y jóvenes sacerdotes, un programa de radio en vivo, y más.

Le pedimos que en oración considere ayudarnos con este importante trabajo. En Vocación Boom, es nuestra creencia de que en conjunción con informarnos de la enseñanza de la Iglesia en los topicos de la vida y de la familia – el matrimonio, la vida familiar, el aborto, la eutanasia, etc – no hay nada más importante que los católicos pueden involucrarse en que el cultivo de las vocaciones sacerdotales.

Gracias por visitar nuestro website. Es nuestra oración que usted encuentre muchos recursos útiles por su discernimiento o para ayudarle a alguien que usted le conoce que está considerando el sacerdocio.

¡Que Dios le bendiga!

"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis

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