Two Nashville, Tennessee Priests Publicly Endorse Voice of the Faithful

By Bill Dixon
June 3, 2003

New Hartford, CT -- According to the May 23 issue of The Tennessee Register, the diocesan paper of the Nashville Diocese, (see article below) two brothers, both priests in the diocese, were honored by the Nashville Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice for their community, ecumenical and human rights concerns and activities.

They each received the inaugural Eternal Light Award, "established to recognize individuals who have made positive impact on the city of Nashville.

Father Philip Breen and Father Joseph Patrick Breen were raised in Nashville. Father Phil is the pastor of St. Ann Church, Father Joe Pat is pastor of St. Edward Church.

The Breen brothers are active participants in the Covenant Association, and interfaith clergy group, and Tying Nashville Together, a citizens community improvement coalition.

Father Joe Pat a priests for 41 years, supports allowing married priests and women priests.

The Register article continues: Both Breen's are also vocal supporters of the Nashville chapter of Voice of the Faithful, which meets at St. Ann Church.

"I would like to see more support for Voice of the Faithful," said Father Joe Pat. "I strongly urge more lay involvement." Father Philip Breen is quoted as saying: "Lay involvement in all parishes is absolutely essential. It's not just a matter of the shortage of priests but using the talent available.

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