The planning committee for the fall Southeast Catholic Conference in Juneau, Infinite Mercy, has announced that one of the Missionaries of Mercy commissioned by Pope Francis for the Holy Year of Mercy, will be a presenter and will also minister at the Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 conference.

Father John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA is a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, a religious community of men, founded by the late Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA. The MFVA’s were founded in 1987 by Mother Mary Angelica to preach and teach the Catholic Faith through the modern means of social communication, television, radio, internet and printed word, as well as leading retreats and attending to the spiritual and sacramental needs of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.

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Fr. John Paul Mary Zeller is sent forth as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday, 2016, at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Father John Paul was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Robert J. Baker on June 22, 2013 in the Cathedral of St. Paul in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.  His current assignment is at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama as the Assistant Chaplain.

On Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Father John Paul Mary was commissioned by His Holiness Pope Francis, as a Missionary of Mercy during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. He received a special mandate to preach and to teach about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, Forgiveness, the Mercy of God and in Pope Francis own words— “the closeness of God.”

Pope Francis gave all the Missionaries of Mercy the faculties to lift the excommunication and absolve from 4 specific penalties or “sins” otherwise reserved to the Holy See. The four specifics are: Profaning the Eucharistic species by taking them away or keeping them for a sacrilegious purpose; the use of physical force against the Roman Pontiff; the absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the Sixth Commandment and a direct violation against the sacramental seal by a confessor.

Pope Francis reminded each of the Missionaries of Mercy that it is Christ who welcomes, it is Christ who listens and it is Christ who forgives in the Confessional.