Father Rudy Juarez blesses the Iowa City Catholic Worker House with holy water on July 2, 2016 at our first public ceremony a day after closing on 1414 Sycamore Street.
Iowa City, Iowa --
When Father Rudy Juarez first came to Iowa City's St. Patrick Catholic Church in 2004, he was so popular in his previous parish at St. Mary's in Davenport that 800 of his former parishioners signed a petition to the Diocese of Davenport requesting they cancel his reassignment to Iowa City.
Sixteen years later, Father Rudy returned to Davenport on July 1 to start a new chapter in his service to the Church at St. Anthony's, just in time for the 40th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on July 19.
"Father Rudy is a humble man whose influence is without public recognition," said Lindell Joseph, a parishioner at St. Patrick Church. "He believed in and supported me to initate the Lay Carmelite's."
Some of Father Rudy's major achievements while in Iowa City include:
Father Rudy may be in Davenport now, where he will continue the unassuming yet critical role he always has. But his legacy of spiritual nourishment and social justice will remain in Iowa City long after he's gone and for years to come.
Happy 40th anniversary, Father Rudy!