William Holt, O.P.

I think one of the most important things is that people can see that you are happy in your vocation.

What has been the hardest part about being a priest?

The hardest thing is definitively the funerals for young people. There was a heroin overdose here in Pleasantville less than three years ago. It was terrible.

What is one of your fondest memories from your time here?

Seeing the change in young people after the parish’s service youth trips. For kids in Pleasantville, ‘poverty’ is just a word, they’ve never really seen it. Young people realize service is a moral obligation, and they get involved with the community when they return.


2 thoughts on “William Holt, O.P.

  1. Holt’s quotes are so compelling, and the questions he was asked were great. I especially liked when he said “For kids in Pleasantville, ‘poverty’ is just a word…” Coming from a much less affluent area, it has been interesting to see how people in Westchester understand social class. I, myself, had never considered myself to be of a lower class until I came to school here and saw how different everyone’s ‘normal’ was. It is easy for me to see how a priest in this area might have a difficult time teaching about service to the poor. Holt’s perspective is so interesting and reflective of this blog’s location of focus.


  2. This is such an interesting post! It gave great insight into his profession and the passion he has for his way of life. Emily brings up a great point about the area’s views on wealth and I think it’s great how openly and honestly he commented on this issue. I also applaud him for hosting the youth trips because I’m sure they change the perspectives of those who go.


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