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He's an Eagle Scout. If you ever get lost in the woods, you'll want him with you. He knows the way home. He's now a Marian priest. If you ever get lost in your spiritual journey, you'll want him with you, again because he knows the way home.

He was once simply Andy Davy, a fan of Spider Man, of The Muppets, of music, and of the great outdoors, who was raised in a holy household that put love of God above all things. He joined the Marian Fathers in 2003, having learned about their history and charism during a game of ping-pong with a Marian seminarian. He moved into the Marian House of Studies in Washington, D.C., where he promptly placed on his wall a replica of the sword of Lord of the Rings' hero Frodo, an emphatic act that put his fellow Marians on notice that he was a warrior for Christ — and a fun guy to have around.

He became Br. Andy Davy, MIC, in 2004, a self-described "mamma's boy" — Our Blessed mother's boy, that is— who had come to know Jesus through the Blessed Mother, "through the one who knew Him better than anyone," he says. In January 2009, he became Deacon Andy Davy, MIC, dreaming of the priesthood, of being a teacher, preacher, and shepherd, of following in the steps of his heroes — super or otherwise — who eschewed the easy life, who offered their life as a sacrifice for the sake of others.

On May 30, 2009, with somewhere between 750 and a 1,000 people present — fellow Marians, friends, and family — Deacon Andy Davy, MIC, became Fr. Andy Davy, MIC, ordained to the sacred priesthood in his home parish, St. John Neumann, in Gaithersburg, Md.

And the world has become a better place as a result.

[View a photo gallery from the weekend's celebrations.]

Before his hands were anointed in the sacred oil, he received some advice from the principal celebrant of the ordination Mass, the Most Rev. Martin D. Holley, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. In his homily, Bishop Holley said:

May your faith and witness to the mercy and love of God in Christ Jesus, strengthen you for the rest of your priesthood. ...

Let your duties absorb you, and be conscious of yourself and your teaching at all times, depending on the grace of God, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Lord's Divine Mercy. ...

And like your founder, Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski ... continue to be an apostle of mercy, by your preaching and teaching, and through your love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and your prayers for the souls in purgatory. ...

Take for your example what we hear from Jesus in the Gospel of St. John, when He says, "I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me in the same way the Father knows Me and I know the Father; for this sheep I will give my life."

In your ministry, especially to your young people, continue to reach out to them always welcoming them back to the fold, as a good shepherd who cares deeply for his sheep.

But above all, may the Blessed Virgin Mary, be your model, as one of humble service, who like her Son, Jesus Christ, came to serve, and not be served.

[Read the full text of Bishop Holley's homily.]

An Ordination with an Imprint
The ordination Mass had Fr. Andy's imprint upon it. He chose the music. He chose the readings. The readings emphasized how he views his priestly call.

From the first reading, Jeremiah 1:4-9, come the words "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you ..."

Father Andy, the second of five children of Deacon Michael and K.C. Davy, recalls how, when he was a boy, during Mass, just before the Consecration, his mother would put her arm around him and whisper, "Andy, prepare your heart. You know who's coming. Remember to say, 'My Lord and my God, I love You."

He joined the Marians after receiving what he describes as a direct and unexpected call from God. It was in March 2002. He was a junior at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He went to Holy Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Catholic University.

"Around the time of the Consecration, I heard a voice in my soul. It went through my entire being," Br. Andy recalled. "The voice said, 'You could be a priest.' " He remembers thinking, "What does it mean: could?" The voice persisted. He became overcome with a feeling of peace, a peace that fills him still. He describes the peace thusly: "This is what I was created to be — a Marian, a religious, a priest."

From the second reading, 1 Timothy 4:12-16, come the sobering words of responsibility, of not squandering "the gift you have" and of the need to set an example "in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity."

He was inspired to choose this passage as a result of a pre-ordination retreat. He was standing before a statue of the Child Jesus holding out His Heart. He meditated on this image.

"I felt the Lord telling me that on my ordination day He wanted to give me His Heart so that as I'm ordained a priest, I can love with His Heart and minister to the people and put the message of Divine Mercy into action," Fr. Andy says. "He was encouraging me to live within His Heart and to never neglect this great gift I've been given."

And from the Gospel reading, John 10:11-16, Christ calls Himself the "good shepherd" who "lays down His life for the sheep."

"That's my model," says Fr. Andy. "The Good Shepherd leads with a strong gentleness, and with a self-sacrificial love that teaches me that my life must be lead in service of others."

An Ordination as Super Soaker
It's no surprise that Father Andy, a personable guy if there ever was one, would have weekend's worth of celebration stamped with a personal touch.

His brother Paul's country-bluegrass-folk band, Sligo Creek Band, played at the reception. His friend, the Marian seminarian Steve Ybarra, made a cake to feed 750. It was a work of architecture as well as baking (though it did eventually sink under its own weight).

Father Andy specifically requested the ordination be held in his home parish, the parish in which he was baptized, "to maximize the effect it could have on people," he says.

He explained, "Something happens during an ordination. There's just a tidal wave of blessings that go forth."

He made it a special point to invite the school children from the nearby Mother of God Community, an ecclesial movement in the Catholic Church. He was raised in the community and his mother is an elementary schoolteacher there.

"I was especially aiming the ordination at the children, like a Super Soaker," Fr. Andy says, laughing.

At his first Mass the following day, he drew upon an ancient tradition when he presented to his mother the manuterge, the cloth within which his hands were wrapped during the Anointing of Hands at the ordination. As tradition holds, upon her death, his mother will be buried with the cloth as a sign she was the mother of a priest.

"It was a powerful moment," says Fr. Andy. "I am just so grateful to my mom and dad for their great witness."

For the first Mass, he wore the chasuble given to him through the vocations committee of St. John Neumann's. It's emblazoned with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

"She's a very important figure for the Hispanic community, which I hope to really reach out to as a priest," says Fr. Andy. "She's also the patroness of the unborn, which is very important."

The chasuble was purchased through an "Eat for Andy" fundraiser.

'I Wasn't Expecting That'
Among the many things about the weekend that he'll never forget:

He wasn't nervous.

"I had peace in my heart," Fr. Andy says. "Bishop Holley even noticed and said, 'It looks like the graces are already operating.'"

And during the Litany of the Saints — when all the saints are individually invoked to pray for the man to be ordained — a strange and deeply comforting thing occurred.

"I had a real sense of whenever one of the saints was invoked, it was as if each one was laying a hand upon me, the whole communion of saints, praying over me and asking for the Holy Spirit to come," he recalls. "I wasn't expecting that."

Father Andy will spend several months helping to serve in the Marians' new mission in the Philippines. He will return to the United States in November where he will serve at St. Mary's, the Marian-administered parish in Plano, Ill.

His goal as a priest? In his own gentle, searching, disarming words:

• To imitate that Good Shepherd who first loved me;
• To live a life of thankfulness to God;
• To live The Divine Mercy message and to allow it to touch others through me and through the priesthood;
• To console the merciful heart of Jesus;
• To allow the mystery of the Immaculate Conception to be a guiding star;
• To preach the hope that comes from Christ, especially in this culture right now, which is suffering from so many fears, uncertainty, and darkness; and
• To be able, as a priest, to help people encounter the real love of the Merciful Savior.

He is Fr. Andy Davy, MIC: teacher, preacher, and shepherd. Christ is the fixed point by which this new Marian priest seeks to bring God's people home.

Please help us educate the Marian priests of tomorrow.

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michael - Jun 2, 2016

Fr Andy, congratulations on 7 years of priesthood! I recall first seeing you in July 1996, playing drums for Mother of God prayer meeting. It was the first charismatic everything I had ever attended and I myself was a Marian postulant that summer.

I turned to the youthful seminarian next to me, who would later become Father Anthony and rector of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, and whispered "Pray for that boy playing drums. He is supposed to be a Marian priest."

We prayed fervently. But I had wondered what had ever become of you. Several years later I discovered you were preparparing to be a Maria priest!!

That "super-soaker" was already at work, aimed at us that day in 1996! Please continue to direct the super-soaker with great abandon and soak the youth of MOG and America- and ultimately the world with the grace of pure love and Christian abandon.

Our Lady of Pure Love, Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Conception, be Friday Andy's even brighter guiding light as Fr Stanislaus is canonized this Sunday. May it begin a new era of glory in The Spirit and may that "super-soaker" once again be re-directed at Fr Andy and the entire Marian community, The Mother of God community, and in mercy- to the whole world.


Deacon Dad - Jul 13, 2009

Congrats, son! Being drawn into the Battle of our times, remember lessons from childhood - put on the full armor of God and be in awe with Pslm 8. Remember your your guardian angel vision as a sign of God's love and generosity for you. We found God's Providence and Grace always suffice and so will you. Hold on tightly to our Mother's mantle always.

maria pamela uy - Jun 19, 2009

GOD's Blessings and Light be with you always--I was one of the 750 guests during your ordination at SJN.It was a remarkable day, full of Mary's grace and presence.We will pray for you--I heard you will be in the Phil this summer.Pls enjoy our country and the millions of warm and faithful Catholics.MIC priest is a great gift-went to Eden Hill 2x now,awesome experience.

Amy-Canada June 16, 2009 - Jun 17, 2009

Congratulations, Father Andy for answering God's call, and I assure you of a warm welcome for your first assignment in the Philippines, where i come from. God Bless you and your family.

Maria P. (Canada) - Jun 15, 2009

Thank you Father Andy for your "fiat". Please be assured of our cenacle prayers. Thank you for this inspiring article. I have never had a son but in my heart you are adopted. I am very proud to see young men "giving their life to the Lord". Be strong, be courageous, always keep your focus on Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother. Congratulations again with many blessings from God to you and your family, and of course, your brother priests.

Terry (PA) - Jun 15, 2009

Dear Fr Andy:
I am deeply moved to have just read about your ordination and your goals for he rest of your life as a Marian priest! God is blessing the world through you and the Marians! May God continue to bless you daily in easily discernible ways! Way to go for God!
Thank you!

sally - Jun 14, 2009

a priest who loves the muppets?! wonderful!

madison - Jun 14, 2009

congratulations father andy! :) keep us in your prayers and grow a tree of life for all the people you pray for

Lucy, Long Island NY - Jun 11, 2009

Brother Andy,

I just opened my email after several days of fighting with depression and panic attacks. Everyday my cell phone alarm rings at 300pm to pray the chaplets or at least remember a few words of Lord;s Passion. I have been a pilgrim of Eden Hill for the last 3 years. I haven't been praying nor going to mass because of my condition, but reading about your ordination brought tears to my eyes. And your mom's comment in her email I will "Shout to the Lord". Thank you for being who you are.

Long Island NY

Mama KC - Jun 11, 2009

Dearest Son, As your mom,who has known you the longest, it has been amazing to watch you get to this point in your life and to see the Lord work. Such graces have been poured out on our family! God is faithful. Thank you for responding to His call. Never forget to SHOUT TO THE LORD!

Noeline - Jun 9, 2009

Congratulations and may God continue to Bless and Guide you.

Please keep us in your prayers

Lourdes, Alice, and Bert - Jun 9, 2009

Congratulations, Fr. Andy! We met you a week prior to your ordination at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. You have been in our prayers and will continue to be in our prayers as you embrace Holy Life as a Priest.

Tricia Goguen - Jun 8, 2009

Hi, I'm from Massachusetts and just tickled to see a man like you become a priest. You are so badly needed, especially over here in Massachusetts. God bless you and keep you always. In Christ through Mary, Tricia Goguen

Rosa - Jun 8, 2009

while i was reading Fr Andy's story my heart was filled of joy!! God Bless you Fr Andy!

Bernadette - Jun 8, 2009

Thank you Fr. Andy and Divine Mercy group for sharing your story, experiences, aspirations and photos for those of us who could not attend. You are an inspiration in our times. The MOG cenacle will keep you in our prayers always that you and your ministry might be continually blessed and strengthened.

Faustina Amo - Jun 8, 2009

Am so happy to hear a young man like you doing the work of God.Indeed God will reward you too welcome Fr. Andy

Carol - Jun 8, 2009

Congratulations Fr Andy! I can only pray that you will return to Eden Hill often. You are so wonderful at ministering to the pilgrims who come here.

Jeannene in Elk River MInnesota - Jun 8, 2009

Congratulations Father! I will keep you always in my prayers.

Divine - Lipa City, Philippines - Jun 8, 2009

We need more of you. Thank you for answering that call. God's blessing be with you. May you always be covered with the mantle of our Loving Mother. I hope you can come our way....

sarah - Jun 8, 2009

hey you got ordained on my birthday! congrats!

A Friend in the Risen Christ - Jun 7, 2009

Dear Fr. Andy,

Thank you for saying yes to the call to the Priesthood. What a wonderful year to be ordained in. The year of the Priest! You will be in my prayers and I will say a extra special prayer just for you daily. I will pray for our Blessed Mother to put Her Mantle around you and keep you safe from the evil one. I will pray for the Sacred Heart of Jesus to sheild you always.

God bless and keep you Fr. Andy!

Michael - Jun 7, 2009

Father Andy,

Thank you for responding to God's call.

I will be praying for you often. Please pray for my intentions too, especially my nephew Matt who stopped going to mass.

May Mary's Immaculate Conception engulf you always and bring to you an unexplainable joy in discerning and following God's will.

Amen. Pax Christi!

Cathy Kelly - Jun 7, 2009

Oh yeah! Totally excited to see a huge picture of your face in my email! There are no words to express my joy that you are now a priest. Love you, bro!

United States - Jun 7, 2009

Father Andy, congratulations on your Ordination! I was especially touched by your experience during the Litany of the Saints. I would imagine that time to be one of intense humility. It is also another time during an Ordination that strikes me as being particularly holy and all consuming. Your community must be very proud to have you among them. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary protect you always and continually guide you as you go forth into the world for them.

Joan from West Virginia

Susan in Florida - Jun 7, 2009

Bless you and the job you have undertaken, Fr. Andy. I was inspired by your life's story...and I know you were strongly influenced by the example your parents set for you!
You will be in my daily prayers.

Fr.Andy, - Jun 7, 2009

Heartfelt congratulations on your ordination! I was so moved reading the article-feeling a sense of wonder and thanksgiving for all who will be blessed through your ministry. You will indeed need to be a warrier in this very secular world! You will happily be kept in prayer! God's blessings to you and to your beautiful family always!

Eugenie & Dave Walter - Jun 7, 2009

Although we live in small village in South Africa, we feel very connected to the Marians through the Divine Mercy. May God richly bless your ministry of Mercy throughout your life. May you be a shining light in a dark world.

Michelle - Jun 7, 2009

Congratulations father! We are so blessed to have you, added to the ranks on God servants. May Our Lady be always with you, may the Spirit of The Lord guide you and may Jesus Christ be you daily companion along this new journey.
God Bless

Some who could be lost and in need of a scout - Jun 7, 2009

I would like to e-mail Father Andy and ask him a question i have been battleing for a while. you say he can lead anyone home and I just came back to the faith 2 months ago but I have a question that he might not be able to answer, i dont know, it seems no one will answer it and they all say the same thing. I need some answers from someone who realy knows the Bible. LOve of Christ.

JackRussellGirl - Jun 6, 2009

Dear Fr. Andy:
Congratulations on your ordination! May our Lord Jesus always hold you in the palm of His hand! Our prayers go with you as you begin your service to God, His Son, and our Blessed Mother.
Mary, Mirror of Justice Praesidium
Legion of Mary
St. Augustine Parish

Joanna Odom - Jun 6, 2009

Dear Fr. Andy:
I am so glad your ordination was shared with us! Priests are dear to us and you have become part of our family. God has blessed you, and I am blessed to have read about you. And, to have read your words. Take care and I know Jesus and Mary are watching over you.
Love & Blessings, Joanna (Respect Life Rep)

Kathy - Jun 6, 2009

congratulations brother I'm sure our Blessed Mother has many blessings for you and your mom and family it is nice to see a young priest who can maybe get through to our young people.

Dawn - Jun 6, 2009

Dear Father Andy,

May God always bless you and keep you in your mission serving Him. I pray every day for the intentions of all Marians. This gives me great joy. It is a pleasure to have you in these prayers.

In God peace,
Dawn Borst

Vic R. N. - Jun 6, 2009

Congratulations Fr. Andy on your ordination. May you find the strength and peace on your first assignment in the Philippines. May God protect you always as you spread the Gospel to those who need it most.

Rowena - Jun 6, 2009

Dear Fr. Andy,
Congratulations on your ordination! What a call! What a answering the call!!! I pray for you and all the great things you do in the name of our Father.
Thank you for serving in my country, the Philippines. You must be a great guy! Thanks to your mom & dad, family & friends, teachers.. God bless, Rowena Sia, RN

Beth - Jun 6, 2009

Fr. Andy,

Congratulations and Many Blessings to you and your family! May you also during your life provide an inspiration to todays and tomorrow's youth that it is a truly wonderful thing to follow Christ and live a full Christian life, to show them that living for Christ can be "Cool" and that finding trouble is not what they are really looking for. May God Richly Bless you for having the courage, grace, love, and devotion to Our Lord and His Mother by being a Marian Priest. Congratulations on your Ordination!

Matthew - Jun 6, 2009

Fr. Davy,

I had never heard "To console the merciful heart of Jesus", one of your priestly goals, as being something that someone could aspire to do. Wow. Reading this had an immediate effect on me. I will try ro remember it often.

May God bless you abundantly in your new office!


Mattthew C. Masotti
New Jersey

fernando - Jun 6, 2009

congratulations, don't ever let the world entice you away from our dearest Lord. Not money, not women, not fame - nothing. The life you have agreed to lead after receiving your call will be hard. But so is any life, whether married or single. You are truly blessed in having received this call. My love and my prayers are always with you. What a gift, the gift of being a Priest for Our Lord and Master - all else pales in comparison. Blessed be God now and forever. Amen.

GrandMa Sue - Jun 6, 2009

God must be soooo proud of you. We sure are. Please know you are in my prayers, and that God smiles down on you. with love

Fr. Joe - Jun 6, 2009

I am very proud of you Fr. Andy. God bless you and your new ministry!

Paul - Jun 6, 2009

Andy, You are the greatest brother a guy could ever want. I look up to you in so many ways. Your ordination and first mass deeply affected me. I felt the Super Soaker of grace!

Kate - Jun 6, 2009

Dear Fr. Andy: Thank you for hearing and listening to Our Lord's voice. How much He loves you. I so enjoyed reading about your journey and ordination. Remember to stay in the Arms of Mary our Mother. She will always protect you as Her Priest. God BLess you with many many years of beautiful service in the harvest of souls for Him.

Helen (New York) - Jun 6, 2009

Congratulations Father Andy! May our Blessed Mommy take good care of you as you continue your hold service to Daddy!

Helen :)

Kathleen - Jun 6, 2009

Congratulations from Nashville! May God bless you, keep you and surround with his love. May your life be a beautiful psalm for God. We all look forward to hearing the beautiful music you make.

Br. Angelo - Jun 6, 2009

Ditto on what COMIC BOOK WRITER said above! Greetings from the Philippines from the other half of THE GREAT A-MEN!

Fr. Don - Jun 6, 2009

The ordination and first mass were awesome! Press on, Fr. Andy! You are a blessing to the Church and the Marians. May Jesus and Mary be praised.

Lisa S. - Jun 6, 2009

Fr. Andy,
You are truly inspiring. I am forwarding your story to my kids. My husband will be able to relate to your story, too! I am praying that at least one of my 2 sons will be blessed with a priestly vocation. I know you will receive a warm welcome in my home country, the Phils. Thank you for being a priest!

Holly - Jun 6, 2009

Dear Father Andy,
God Bless + keep you. I believe you were
very close to your mom growing up.
She must have been a terrific inspiration to you. Thank you for your

Tom - Jun 6, 2009

Congratulations Fr Andy! May Our Lady keep you wrapped in her protective mantel and guide you to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, this day and every day of your life. (The manuterge information brought tears to my eyes as did the Litany of Saints comments.) Thank you Mrs Davy for bearing a wonderful son and priest. God bless you and your parents and your entire family!

Fr. Jan & Valerian and br. Bart - Jun 5, 2009

Congratulatins Andy we are very happy that you are a prist of Jesus. May God bless you and your preislty life with Mary of the Immaculate Conception in the Marian community. We are also waiting for your comming to the Philippins soon.

Art & Chris - Jun 5, 2009

We were so inspired by this article, by your life, and by your spirituality. WE have known you for a few years, but now we know you so much better. You will be in our prayers, and we pray that we will be in your prayers too. May God bless your life and your ministry!

Una (Ireland) - Jun 5, 2009

Father Andy,
Heartiest Congratulation on the wonder ful occasion of your ordination to the Holy Priethood.
When I saw your surname, I knew you had to have West of Ireland connections,and it is wonderful to know that the seeds of Cstholic faith that were sown in your family roots in Ireland has produced the fruits, of an ordained Marian Priest.May our Blessed Mother always protect you in Her Mantle of love and warmth.
I shall remember you in my daily prayers, and ask others here in Ireland to do so also.
God keep and Bless you always Fr. Andy,shielded in His Sacred Heart.


Congratulations, brother! With you and Angelman on our side, BeBub has no chance. The Marians, and the Church, have added a GREAT ONE. That's you, bro!
Much love from me and MRS COMIC BOOK WRITER.