The Rev. Alvan I. Amadi is the administrator of St. Mary Parish in Algoma, Wisc., in the Diocese of Green Bay. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the director of Worship and Liturgical Formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee.
My life as a parish priest in Wisconsin is very different from my childhood in Nigeria. But I am so grateful to now be an American citizen, and despite its flaws, I love this country.
Wherever the church has flourished, it is because men and women gave their lives as witness to a love that is stronger than death. Father Alvan I. Amadi writes that the saints of North America are proof of the church’s vitality.
Three years ago, Pope Francis elevated the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, on July 22, to a feast day. To help better appreciate the gifts that women bring to the church, it is time to further elevate the feast day to a solemnity.