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Fr. Luke Joseph Leighton, CFR

Fr. Luke grew up in Red Bank, NJ. He had a conversion experience in high school that led him to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at 15 years old.  About a year later he felt invited by the Lord to share in his Priesthood. As a seminarian for the Diocese of Trenton, he attended Seton Hall University where his knowledge of the faith and the life of prayer grew tremendously. After college graduation, he entered the Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, and has been serving in the friars’ mission of preaching the Gospel and attending to the needs of the poor in NYC for fifteen years. Fr. Luke was ordained a priest by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in May of 2013. He currently serves at Saint Anthony’s Shelter for Renewal in the South Bronx and Cardinal Spellman High School. He recently completed the Institute for Priestly Formation’s Spiritual Direction Training Program.