Fr. Edward Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay June 6, 2015, and currently serves as Parochial Vicar of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, Oshkosh, WI and Priest Celebrant of both St. Mary in Omro and St. Mary in Winneconne.
At a young age, Fr. Looney fostered a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has remained with him to this day. As a young boy, he joined the parish community for the Rosary after daily Mass. While growing up, he regularly watched The Song of Bernadette and became mesmerized by the story of Our Lady of Lourdes.
During the summer of 2005 Fr. Looney, as a high school sophomore, made a Marian pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help (Champion, WI). During this pilgrimage, Fr. Looney experienced a profound re-awakening in his faith. Deeply moved by his experience at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Fr. Looney knew that he was being called to share the story of Sister Adele with not only the people of Northeast Wisconsin, but throughout the nation.
Fr. Looney is an accomplished author, with two Children’s books: The Story of Sister Adele and Breakfast in Bethlehem; two devotional works: Praying the Rosary with Sister Adele and A Novena to the Queen of Heaven, Our Lady of Good Help; and two informational texts: Our Lady of Good Help: Mary’s Name, Message, and Mission and The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help: Frequently Asked Questions. His books are available through his online store at http://www.edwardlooneybooks.com
Fr. Looney regularly contributes to popular online blogs including Catholic Lane, Ignitum Today, Catholic Exchange, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is a member of the Mariological Society of America and serves on their Administrative Council. Fr. Looney has published in theological journals on topics related to Mariology including the Marian Spirituality of Thomas Merton (The Merton Seasonal, 2013) and Chiara Lubich (Marian Studies 2015), and on the Wisconsin Apparition (Marian Studies, 2011 and Chicago Studies, (2016). Fr. Looney has other research projects in the works and other articles pending publication.
To learn more about Fr. Looney’s work, visit his website at: www.edwardlooney.com