Father Joseph Moriarty ’85 is Catholic Person of the Year

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Father Joseph Moriarty at the podium

Father Joe speaks to the audience at Catholic Business Network’s Inspiring Connections, where he was honored as Catholic Person of the Year.

The Rev. Joseph Moriarty, a 1985 graduate of Scecina Memorial High School, has been honored as the 2021 Catholic Person of the Year by the Catholic Business Network (CBN).

Father Joe was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1993. The current rector of Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary, he has served in many capacities for the archdiocese.

Father Joe grew up on the Eastside of Indianapolis, the youngest of nine children, and attended Little Flower Catholic School before high school at Scecina.

He was honored at the CBN’s 13th annual Inspirational Insights breakfast on Aug. 26.

At the event, Father Joe credited his mother and father for his strong Catholic upbringing. He told the audience, “I thank you for what you believe about the Catholic Church” despite the challenges the Church has grappled with in recent years. “We never fail until we stop trying,” he said.

In 2016, Father Joe was named to serve as a “missionary of mercy” for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Father Moriarty was one of only two priests in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis appointed by Pope Francis as a missionary of mercy.

The Catholic Business Network was founded in 2005 as an association of businesses and professionals working together for the mutual benefit of its members. It is devoted to the support and development of Catholic education. Proceeds from the Inspirational Insights event benefit the CBN General Education Fund., which assists in providing affordable faith-based, student-centered education to families who could not otherwise afford a Catholic education for their children.

Father Joseph Moriarty pictured on screen at event

The Catholic Business Network’s 13th annual Inspirational Insights.

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