The practice of receiving a priest’s “first blessing” after his ordination Mass is a praiseworthy custom and we hope you will join us for this special occasion.
Come for the Mass, and offer up prayers and well wishes for newly ordained priests. Fr. Emmett Hall and Fr. Paul Bechter. There will be a reception held after each of their masses in the Assembly Room which all are invited to attend. Both priests have close ties to our St. Ann community.
To watch a live stream of the Saturday 10am ordination click here.
Fr. Emmett Hall’s Brief Biography
I was born in Irving TX, and attended Valley Ranch Elementary before moving to Coppell proper in 2000. I attended Coppell High School, and after participating in a couple of St. Ann's Mexico Mission Trips ('06 & '07), and after a very formative year at the University of Dallas, I discerned a vocation to the priesthood, and entered seminary for the Diocese of Dallas in 2009.
After I graduated from UD and Holy Trinity Seminary in 2011, Bishop Farrell assigned me to study theology in Rome, where I have lived ever since—with the exception of summers, and a pastoral year at St. Patrick's in Lake Highlands.
Last year I completed my theological studies, was ordained to the diaconate, and began work on a degree in Canon Law. After priestly ordination, I will return to Rome for a few more years to continue my studies, before eventually returning to the Diocese of Dallas.
Fr. Paul Bechter’s Brief Biography
I was born in Houston, TX on February 3, 1988 to Allan and Patricia Bechter. When I was six years old, we moved to the small island of Bermuda-- a part of the British
Commonwealth-- where I spent my childhood and where my parents still live.
After graduating from high school in Bermuda, I wanted to return to Texas, and so attended the University of Dallas in Irving to study physics. It was there I heard the vocation to the priesthood for the first time, and it was in large part due to the impact of UD on my faith that I joined seminary for the Diocese of Dallas.
After finishing at UD and Holy Trinity Seminary in 2011, I was sent by Bishop Farrell to attend major seminary in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. I spent two years there studying theology and enjoying the pasta before I returned to Dallas for my pastoral year at St. Ann. Returning to Rome after that wonderful year, I have since finished my theology degree, been ordained a deacon, and begun another degree at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Sacred Scripture.
After ordination to the priesthood on May 21, 2016, and after celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Ann the following day, I will return to Rome for two more years to continue my studies in Scripture before finally coming home to the Diocese of Dallas.