The University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, had the honor of holding the first Hall of Fame banquet honoring the first inductees of Immaculata High School. And it came as Leavenworth County marked its 150 years of Catholic Education.
Two were honored at the banquet. Joe Brown, who taught and led Immaculata Raiders to an undefeated season and state basketball championship in 1962, and Father David McEvoy, O.Carm., a 1970 Immaculata graduate and current pastor of Immaculate Conception and Saint Joseph parishes in Leavenworth.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was the main celebrant and homilist at the Mass, held in Annunciation Chapel at the University. Father David concelebrated and his brother, Deacon Tim McEvoy, who is assigned to Immaculate Conception and Saint Joseph’s served as deacon.
Standing in front of the more than 150 guests that were present at the gathering Father David listened as Mike Connelly, a 1966 Immaculata graduate honored him.”What he has done for our school cannot be measured, “Connelly said. “He’s a huge supporter of everything we do at Immaculata High School. Father David represents Immaculata, every single day.”
Father David, who was ordained in May of 1988, has accomplished wave upon wave of good works for Gods community. Besides attending St. Joseph grade school and Immaculata High school in Leavenworth, he also attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he received his Bachelor’s in History in 1974. Father David furthered his education achieving a Master’s degree in History at the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1976 and a Master in Theology degree at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC, in 1988.
Father David started his career as a Carmelite priest in pastoral ministry at St. John Parish in Leonia, New Jersey, where he served as associate pastor. In 1990, he became Eastern Commissary Provincial and vocation director. Leaving those appointments, in 1995, he became Novice Director of formation in Middletown, New York. After two years Father David became the pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Leavenworth, Kansas. Five years later, he took on the additional duties becoming an elected member of the provincial council. Today Father David remains in the parish that he loves, being the pastor of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph’s parish in Leavenworth.