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Newly ordained Oblates of the Virgin Mary priest has Denver roots
By Father Thomas Carzon, O.M.V.
|Photos by James Baca/DCR
Newly ordained Oblates of the Virgin Mary Father Thomas Cannon.
Father Thomas Cannon, an Oblate of the Virgin Mary, was ordained a priest by Archbishop Chaput at Holy Ghost Church June 26, the solemnity of Corpus Christi.
In his homily, ordaining prelate Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., invited the congregation and Father Cannon to renew and deepen a sense of “eucharistic affection” for the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the altar.
The archbishop also recalled the Church’s intuition that the heart of priestly ministry is offering sacrifice—receiving the sacrifice of God’s people and offering it in union with the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Father Cannon is the second of three children. A native of Illinois, his family moved to Denver when he was in high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geological and civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He then received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and worked as an environmental engineering consultant, a business analyst in telecommunications, and a marketing manager for Motorola and General Dynamics. His work took him to all parts of the world, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Qatar.
He was living in Genesee, Colo., when he began discerning what he believed was a call from God to the priesthood. He had been active in the Church, teaching a confirmation class at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lakewood, and regularly attending Mass at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden. He met the Oblates of the Virgin Mary through the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Holy Ghost Church, and he entered the OMV seminary in Boston in 2004. He made his final profession of vows as an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and was ordained a deacon in Boston in January.
On June 27, Father Cannon celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with his family and friends at Mother Cabrini Shrine.
He is assigned to serve as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Alton, Ill.