The Missionaries of the Precious Blood announce the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. David Hoying, C.PP.S.
Fr. Hoying, a native of Minster, Ohio, entered the Congregation in 1975 at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. He was ordained on June 18, 1983.
Fr. Hoying was active in pastoral ministry for many years, is a local historian, and preserves the history of the Congregation as its archivist.
After his ordination, Fr. Hoying served as associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Wapakoneta, Ohio and St. James the Less Church in Columbus. In 1990, he was appointed pastor of St. Paul Church in Sharpsburg, Ohio, and nearby St. Wendelin Church. He became pastor of St. Francis Church in Cranberry Prairie, Ohio, and St. Aloysius Church in Carthagena, Ohio, in 1995.
Fr. Hoying was pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Bryant, Ind., from 2004–17.
In 2021, he served as parochial vicar of the St. Henry Cluster in St. Henry, Ohio, for several months.
Fr. Hoying was appointed provincial archivist in September of 2009 and continues in that role. He makes his home at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.
There, he faithfully fulfills the ministries that are set out for him, especially sacramental ministries. He offers to preside often at Mass in Assumption Chapel, where he weaves homilies that are rich in historical context and lovely turns of phrase.
He believes fervently in the Congregation and once wrote of the mission cross and its chain, “A chain speaks of strength and protection, connection and relationship, and of binding and subjugation. An understanding of St. Gaspar’s vision sees that the Precious Blood was his strength, drawing him heavenward; his protection, defending him as chainmail in battle; his lifeline, binding him in a vital union with the one Mediator; and his sacrifice, surrendering himself once-for-all to Jesus.
“As a Missionary said of the gold chain, it signifies ‘our part of bearing the Cross.’ The Missionary binds himself to Christ, taking up the cross, living not for himself, but for Christ alone.”