Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Fr. James Farfaglia

7/18/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Father Mike was always smiling and always filled with joy.

On July 10th I learned that my friend Father Michael Jordan, SOLT was dead; killed in a tragic car accident on Interstate 37, near Pleasanton, Texas. Father Mike was in love with Jesus, in love with the Church, in love with his priesthood and he had a deep zeal for the salvation of souls. Frequently, he would preach ardently against the great evils of abortion. Father Michael Jordan's entire priesthood was a life of magnanimity.

Father Michael Jordan

Father Michael Jordan

Highlights

By Fr. James Farfaglia

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/18/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Father James Farfaglia, Father Michael Jordan, SOLT, Corpus Christi, Texas, Catholic, priesthood, vocations


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - A flurry of phone calls, text messages, emails and Facebook notices began to circulate early Tuesday morning, July 10. My friend Father Michael Jordan, SOLT was dead; killed in a tragic car accident on Interstate 37, near Pleasanton, Texas.

The incident occurred about 90 minutes away from his SOLT residence in Robstown, Texas on Monday evening as he was returning from a Mission Appeal in Nebraska. 

His community wanted him to take a flight back to Texas in order to be early enough for the SOLT General Assembly which took place last week in Corpus Christi, but that would mean that Fr. Ed Roche, SOLT would have to drive back from the Mission Appeal by himself.

Father Mike refused to take the flight in order to help a fellow priest with the driving. 

Father Michael Jordan's entire priesthood was a life of magnanimity.  

As one of the founders of the SOLT mission in Rapu-Rapu, a remote island off the coast of the Philippines, Father Mike would frequently receive word that a dying parishioner was in need of his help in the middle of the night. 

Rapu-Rapu is a place of extreme poverty.  Father did not have a car.  Instead, he would walk three hours to reach the needy parishioner.  He would hear the person's confession, anoint him or her, and then walk three hours back to the mission only to be ready to celebrate the early morning Mass for his people. 

Father Mike was always smiling and always filled with joy.

At the local abortion clinic, we would stand there on the sidewalk together many times.  Despite the sad circumstances of so many girls going into the clinic, Father would always be filled with kindness, compassion and love. 

He was passionate about his regular visits to the local area prison facilities, the care of the poor in Robstown and the elderly in the nursing homes.  Characteristically he was late for his community events, simply because he would always stop to help an elderly priest confined to a wheelchair. 

He was known for his long homilies, homilies that would last forty-five minutes.  Father Mike was in love with Jesus, in love with the Church, in love with his priesthood and he had a deep zeal for the salvation of souls.  Frequently, he would preach ardently against the great evils of abortion. 

My favorite Father Mike story took place this past Good Friday.  I invited Father to hear confessions at my parish.  He started at Noon and continued until 7:00 PM.

He took one ten minute break for a glass of water. 

One by one, people entered the confessional.  Father was known as a gentle, but thorough confessor.  He was always looking for conversions and he would always take the time to help his penitents grow in their relationship with the Lord. 

At Noon, I led the Seven Last Words.  At three o'clock, we sang the Divine Mercy Chaplet and then we celebrated the Solemn Good Friday Liturgy.  After the Liturgy I also heard confessions, so between the two of us combined, we heard nine and half hours of confessions.

When we both finished at 7:00 PM, I figured Father Mike would be totally exhausted.  Instead, I found him beaming from one ear to the other, filled with his characteristic joy. 

Father Michael Jordan used to introduce himself to new audiences by saying that he was the real Michael Jordan, and he certainly was for real.

He was a real friend, but must importantly he was a great priest.

------

Father James Farfaglia, is a contributing writer for Catholic Online and author of Get Serious! - A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More U.S.

Thousands of Christians Flee Under Death Threat From Tyrannical Caliph and ISIS Jihadists Watch

Image of (Pictured: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, or Caliph Ibrahim) At first, Christians were ordered to gather in a central place to receive the directive from the self appointed Caliph. Understandably, given the track record of this maniacal tyrant, few did. So, the text of the statement was issued as a formal declaration to all Christians - We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of Jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

By now, everyone who is in anyway concerned about what is happening to Christians in Iraq has heard the horrific news. The madman who claims to be a descendant of Mohammed, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi - who in his delusion and grandiosity has taken to calling himself ... continue reading


A Tribute to Protestant Bishop Tony Palmer, Friend of Francis and Champion of Christian Unity Watch

Image of The late Bishop Tony Palmer with Pope Francis- He was catapulted into prominence in the broader Christian community when, while meeting with his friend the Pope in January, he was given a recorded message from Francis to deliver to a large group of charismatic, evangelical protestant leaders who gathered in the United States. The video went viral. It moved millions to sincere prayer for the healing of the divisions in the broken Body of Christ and is prompting a renewed commitment to common apostolic action between Christians.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I never personally met Bishop Tony Palmer. However, I look forward to spending an eternity in the full communion of God's love with him. I appreciated his Christian courage and felt that his efforts were prophetic. He wrote his life - and lived his ministry - ... continue reading


Exclusive: Tribute to Bishop Tony Palmer, A Life Dedicated to Unity Watch

Image of (Pictured: Left to Right - Dirk West, Matteo Callisi, Bishop Tony Palmer, and Deacon Darrell Wentworth) - Faith to Bishop Tony Palmer was a dynamic, lived experience and, as a result, his life built up the whole Body of Christ and tore down the walls some have built to separate us from each other! What a legacy! A true example of living Jesus' prayer in John 17! (Deacon Darrell Wentworth)

By Deacon Darrell Wentworth

Monday, July 21, 2014, was supposed to be like most Mondays - the start of a work week. But Deacon Keith Fournier sent me a text informing me that my friend, Bishop Tony Palmer, had died. Shock went through my body as I processed that news; then disbelief as I ... continue reading


Anarchy in Chicago! Weekend of crime tears city apart Watch

Image of The weekend of July 18 saw the death of five people and the wounding of 47 in Chicago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There were 47 shooting victims in Chicago this weekend, five of which ended up being fatal, statistics from the Chicago Police Department report. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chicago officials met on July 21 to discuss the city's recent surge in gun ... continue reading


The Contraceptive New York Nanny, Bill Donohue and the Catholic League Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The idea that the government is now in the business of arm-twisting women not to have more children - immediately after childbirth - is morally obnoxious and socially disturbing. It is so apt that this is happening in a city where its mayor lusts for abortion ... continue reading


Building a culture of life: Colorado clinic takes brave stand Watch

Image of Inspired to bring their mission home to Colorado, they decided to start a natural women's health clinic that would uphold the dignity of women and give them the care they deserve.

By CNA/EWTN News

A Colorado women's health clinic seeking to offer natural care that respects human dignity has drawn praise for helping to build up a culture of life. (CNA/EWTN News) - Authentic women's care "is essential to the pro-life movement," said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, ... continue reading


When more than 80 percent of California faces extreme drought -- the spigots remain open Watch

Image of At the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, fountains are still operating. The one change is that they turn off at mid-morning, and haven't been running full-time since the spring.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Extremely dry conditions in the state of California has 80 percent of the so-called Golden State in extreme drought conditions. Many couldn't tell the difference in many urban areas: Sprinklers go full blast on many lawns, and lots of waters goes wasted by ... continue reading


IT'S ABOUT TIME: Rick Perry deploys national guard to halt southern invasion! Watch

Image of Texas Governor Rick Perry will send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, in an effort to stem the flood of illegals that have crossed over throughout 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an effort to stem the influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children that have been entering the United States illegally in 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry will send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the southern border. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Is Mount Rainier about to blow? A new study promises to reveal clues about an upcoming eruption Watch

Image of Mount Rainier is the tallest volcano and the fifth-highest peak in the contiguous United States, towering more than 14,400 feet.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A huge magma reservoir below Mount Rainier in Washington state has been mapped by American and Norwegian researchers, which may provide subtle clues as to when the volcano will next erupt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This huge magma reservoir was formed as ... continue reading


BUSTED: FedEx indicted on numerous counts for shipping illegal internet pharmacy drugs Watch

Image of Online pharmacies, operating beneath the radar of drug regulation, often make drugs intended for pain control and psychiatric needs available for illegal recreational purposes.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Online pharmacies, operating beneath the radar of drug regulation, often make drugs intended for pain control and psychiatric needs available for illegal recreational purposes. As a result, FedEx Corp. - a trusted mail delivery system has now was indicted for ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Song of Songs 3:1-4
1 On my bed at night I sought the man who is my ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2 Thus I have gazed on you in the sanctuary, seeing ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:1-2, 11-18
1 It was very early on the first day of the week and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Mary Magdelene
July 22: She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter