Fr. Tony Russo is pastor of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Rockford, Michigan. He has a degree in mental health and human services from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He revisited his amazing – and tragic – journey to the priesthood, which saw the Lord call home his beloved fiancée, Julie, just months before they were to be married. Then, just weeks after being ordained, Fr. Tony’s father died in an auto accident. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that he is now serving for the second time at Our Lady of Consolation, having been assigned there as associate pastor for his first priestly assignment.

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