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.
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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.