Young Baton Rouge priest leads first Easter Sunday mass

Young Baton Rouge priest leads first Easter Sunday mass

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - This is more than just another day of church for Father Joshua Johnson.

The 28-year-old is leading Easter Sunday mass at Christ the King at LSU for the first time.

Father Johnson is new to priesthood. A Robert E. Lee High School graduate, he's served the Catholic Church just eleven months, setting the stage for Easter Sunday.

"This is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ so it's huge. It's a huge day," said Father Johnson.

Reading at the altar, Father Johnson connected with his audience by asking everyone to hear a special message.

"Please close your eyes and imagine Jesus Christ speaking to you right now," he said. "Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be me, I am there. I love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father. As much as the Father has loved me, I have loved you."

Also happening at Sunday morning's mass, three people receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

"I'm just honored to be a part of their journey," said Father Johnson.

At at time of shortages of priests worldwide, the church is busy trying to identify its next generation of spiritual leaders.

Father Johnson says he's happy to answer the call.

He says he was first inspired to become a priest during a church retreat when he was 16. He says serving the Church has been the best decision of his life.

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