Walking the Road to God and Out of the Darkness
Fr. Carney is a remarkable priest who heard God's call to save souls. He chronicles his journey in his book, Walking the Road to God: Why I Left Everything Behind and Took to the Streets to Save Souls.
I was born November 11th, 1975 to loving and faithful parents Kathie and Larry in Wichita, Kansas. I received all the Sacraments of initiation at St. Joseph Wichita, a Redemptorist parish. I was blessed with a Catholic education by sisters and the presence of some holy priests. That continued at Bishop Carroll High School as the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Wichita made a big impact on me. After graduating from the University of Kansas in Accounting and Finance, I worked for Sprint, Commerce Bank and the Trust Company of Kansas. At the age of twenty-five, I was accepted to study for the priesthood by Bishop Olmsted at Mount St. Mary's Seminary. I was ordained for Wichita on May 26th, 2007. After two years as an associate pastor and four years as a pastor, I asked His Excellency Michael Jackels for permission to discern the religious life. After searching Europe and the Midwestern USA, Divine Providence led me to accept an invitation as chaplain of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Along with this invitation, I was invited to explore the possibilities of forming a semi-contemplative men's order and walk the streets of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Currently I reside at St. Patrick's Parish in St. Joseph, Missouri. I enjoy my chaplaincy with the nuns and also the Rosary Walks here in the city with the blessing of the local Bishop.