HAMMOND — Pope Francis commissioned Missionaries of Mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood religious order who is serving Northwest Indiana.

The Rev. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S. is assistant to the President and faculty members at Calumet College of St. Joseph. He has been commissioned as a Missionary of Mercy by the Holy Father.

Pope Francis personally welcomed the priests recently. On Ash Wednesday, the pope conferred the mandate during a concelebrated Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Of the 800 priests selected to be Missionaries of Mercy, 100 are from the United States. The selection process included some priests who applied to become Missionaries of Mercy, while others were recommended by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

Missionaries of Mercy are authorized by the Vatican and available to bishops to give presentations, retreats, workshops, and hear Confessions with an emphasis on the scriptural, theological and pastoral dimensions of the Mercy of Christ.

“Pope Francis seems to be saying that the priests who have been given this title aren’t the only priests who are ‘missionaries of mercy’. All Christians are missionaries of God’s mercy. But all priests are missionaries of God’s mercy uniquely through the Sacraments,” said Rev. Scalf.

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