Holy Ghost Priest Shot to Death at Retreat

Parishioners at Holy Ghost and Our Lady of Pompeii Churches in Tangipahoa Parish were in shock, mourning the death of their pastor, Fr. Ed Everitt, O.P., who was killed Monday afternoon at a retreat home on the Gulf Coast.

Everitt was reportedly shot while staying at a beach house owned by the Dominican Fathers in Waveland, Miss.

His body was found around 4:30 p.m. by a caretaker. Reports indicate the priest’s vehicle was not on site at the time his body was found.

Waveland Police Chief James Varnell told the Sun Herald Monday evening that police were called out to the home, located on Beach Boulevard, around 4:30 p.m.  Crime Lab investigators were still on the scene, and the case was being treated as a homicide. At the time of the newspaper report, the man’s name had not been released by law enforcement.

Here in Tangipahoa Parish, word spread quickly as parishioners mourned the loss and questioned how such a kind-hearted individual could have been treated in such a violent manner.

Everitt has served as pastor of Holy Ghost and Our Lady of Pompeii Churches since shortly after Katrina. He was also a key leader at Holy Ghost School, the parish’s largest Catholic school, and had served many years back as an associate at St. Albert’s Catholic Church on the SLU campus.

As of late Monday, there are no details on funeral arrangements or prayer services scheduled to remember the late priest.

The above was here.


Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, servant of the Most High.

A suspect has been arrested.

The Holy Ghost Catholic Church website is here.


Bible Archaeology

Ancient Shabbat Boundary Rock Discovered

In Lower Galilee:

Inscription, discovered by chance by visitor in Lower Galilee, appears to date from the Roman or Byzantine period.

An ancient rock inscription of the word “Shabbat” was uncovered near Lake Kinneret this week – the first and only discovery of a stone Shabbat boundary in Hebrew.

The etching in the Lower Galilee community of Timrat appears to date from the Roman or Byzantine period.

News of the inscription, discovered by chance Sunday by a visitor strolling the community grounds, quickly reached Mordechai Aviam, head of the Institute for Galilean Archeology at Kinneret College.

“This is the first time we’ve found a Shabbat boundary inscription in Hebrew,” he said. “The letters are so clear that there is no doubt that the word is ‘Shabbat.’”

Aviam said Jews living in the area in the Roman or Byzantine era (1st-7th centuries CE) likely used the stone to denote bounds within which Jews could travel on Shabbat. The Lower Galilee of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages had a Jewish majority – many of the Talmudic sages bore toponyms indicative of Galilee communities.The engraving uncovered in Timrat is the first and only Shabbat boundary marker yet discovered in Hebrew – a similar inscription was found in the vicinity of the ancient Western Galilee village of Usha, but its text was written in Greek.

Aviam and his colleagues plan to enlist local help in scouring neighboring areas to locate additional inscriptions, and eventually to publish their findings in an academic journal…

There’s more here.