Father John Graden
Jan 27 2021

Remembering one of Unbound’s first preachers, Father John Graden

Father John Graden

Father John Graden


Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Senior Writer/Editor Larry Livingston.

Spiritual teacher and Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales wrote, “Let us be what we are, and be that well, so that we may bring honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork we are.”

Rarely has anyone been better at being who they were than Father John Graden, OSFS, a member of the religious community that bears the name of the great saint. Father John was a wise, loving, gentle, funny and generous servant of God. He was also one of Unbound’s first preachers and a cherished member of our community.

Father John passed away on Jan. 20. We will miss him greatly, but we are also filled with gratitude for the nearly 30 years he partnered with us in serving children, elders and families in need. He was the second priest to join the Unbound preaching team and the first to actually visit a parish. And, until he was sidelined along with the rest of our preachers in March, he’d planned to keep going once the pandemic was over.

Because Father John was willing to share his magnificent gift of preaching with Unbound, 29,630 sponsors joined our community and the lives of countless individuals and families were made better.

We can’t help but think that the Master Craftsman is pleased.

Please pray

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Larry Livingston

Senior Writer/Editor

Larry has been with Unbound since 2005. He has a background in theology, pastoral ministry and Catholic education, and has written for several national publications. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College and a master’s degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology. He lives in Shawnee, Kansas with his wife, Kristi, and their son, Ben.

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