Fr. Steve Gallagher of the Diocese of Juneau recently realized a long-held desire of publishing a Catholic prayer devotional specifically for Law Enforcement Officers.
Gallagher was a police officer for over 30 years in Port Angeles and Olympia, Washington prior to his seminary training and final ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Juneau in April of 2011. He is currently serving as the pastor of St. Rose of Lima parish in Wrangell and St. Catherine of Siena parish in Petersburg.
Fr. Gallagher originally drafted the prayer devotional during the 1990’s. However, the unfinished project stayed on the ‘back burner” until recent years while he focused on more pressing matters such as his seminary studies and recovering from a series of health setbacks — a bout with bladder cancer and a heart attack in 2012. Today Fr. Gallagher is already looking forward to future additions and revisions to the self-published booket.
The prayer devotional book includes daily prayers ‘At the Beginning of Your Shift’ and ‘At the End of Your Shift’, prayers for courage, for mercy, for healing, for assistance, and for blessings upon all whom our ‘Men and Women in Blue’ serve, including the homeless, those in physical danger, for the lonely, and even for our enemies.
Through this devotional, Fr. Gallagher reminds all Catholic law enforcement officers, whether on the job or retired, of the importance of using ‘spiritual weapons of prayer and receiving the sacraments to complement their calling to protect and serve.’
In a 2011 article in the Catholic Herald of Milwaukee, Gallagher encouraged other Catholic cops: “Stay connected or re-connect to your faith,” he said. “There’s a lot of evil out there that cops have to deal with on a day-to-day basis, and we’ve got the best partner to team up with. When the Lord says, ‘Come, follow me,’ there is no desperation; it is simply hope. Be not afraid.”
Vercillo’s Catholic Book & Gift Inc is the exclusive distributor of this devotional that was compiled, written, edited, and published by Fr. Steve Gallagher. (They can be reached at 253-472-8399 or Toll Free 866-471-8399.)
Read more about Fr. Steve’s journey to the priesthood in the following article available online at: http://catholicherald.org/news/local/coptrades-bulletproof-vest-forpriestly-vestments/