the cowboy priest



"Francis Xavier Sullivan left St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers after two years of prayer and study to become a police officer, leaving his mother in tears, her express-lane to heaven now blocked, his father elated, and his uncle Tim Cooney, a New York City cop, proud. When he was a boy, Francis told anyone who asked that he wanted to be a cowboy priest when he grew up, riding the range in his Roman collar on his palomino, Archangel, bringing the sacraments to cowpokes and buckaroos around the campfires and bunkhouses." 

Francis X. is a minor character in a novel I'm writing. Today I found out he could have joined the Cowboy Church Network had he followed his dreams.