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Fox News priest Jonathan Morris is engaged to be married

Fox News priest Jonathan Morris is engaged to be married, DailyMail.com can reveal.  

The Fox News religion contributor and former New York pastor proposed to ABC News producer Kaitlyn Folmer, 37, last month and are expected to wed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.   

This comes a year after Morris, 47, announced he was leaving the Catholic priesthood because he regretted ‘not being able to marry and have a family.’ 

He asked Pope Francis to relieve him from his duties, saying his decision wasn’t ‘due to any existing relationships,’ which the Vatican has now granted him, freeing him to marry in the church.

Morris told DailyMail.com of how he met his fiancee and his excitement to finally be married.  

‘Last year, after much discernment, I left the priesthood, and expressed very publicly then, that I was doing so with the hope of love, marriage, and family,’ Morris said.

Former priest Jonathan Morris, 47, proposed to ABC News producer Kaitlyn Folmer, 37, last month, DailyMail.com can reveal

'I just can't wait to marry Kaitlyn and be with her for the rest of my life. I will continue to express my faith in God and my love for the Church in this new chapter of my life,' Morris tells DailyMail.com

‘I just can’t wait to marry Kaitlyn and be with her for the rest of my life. I will continue to express my faith in God and my love for the Church in this new chapter of my life,’ Morris tells DailyMail.com 

Father Jonathan Morris, 47, proposed to ABC News producer Kaitlyn Folmer, 37, last month, DailyMail.com can reveal

Father Jonathan Morris, 47, proposed to ABC News producer Kaitlyn Folmer, 37, last month, DailyMail.com can reveal

The couple are expected to wed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. Their engagement comes one year after he gave up priesthood because he regretted ‘not being able to marry and have a family’

‘Soon after, Kaitlyn and I went to lunch. One month later, we went to dinner. Every day since, we have seen each other or spoken by phone. 

‘In November of last year Pope Francis gave me the final dispensation from my vows and encouraged me to live my faith publicly as a lay person.   

‘He’s such a nice man, and Kaitlyn is quite the lady,’ a source tells DailyMail.com

‘I see all of this – including my 17 years as a priest – as an amazing blessing from God. I just can’t wait to marry Kaitlyn and be with her for the rest of my life. I will continue to express my faith in God and my love for the Church in this new chapter of my life.’  

A Fox News source tells DailyMail.com that the engagement has been the ‘talk of the town.’

‘Just over a year ago he announced he was leaving the priesthood and now he is engaged to be married,’ they said. 

‘He’s such a nice man, and Kaitlyn is quite the lady.’ 

An ABC News source told DailyMail.com: ‘It’s nice to see them so happy. Everyone is excited for Kaitlyn.’

Folmer, an NYU grad, is a Lebanon, Pennsylvania, native who has worked for Good Morning America and is now part of ABC’s investigative team. 

In May 2019 Morris said he made up his mind to leave priesthood following a sabbatical, which gave him time to think. 

In a statement, he said: ‘Taking this step is something I have considered often and at length in years past and discussed with my spiritual guides. 

‘While I have loved and thrived in so many aspects of my ministry, deep in my interior I have struggled for years with my vocation and with the commitments that the Catholic priesthood demands, especially not being able to marry and have a family.’ 

In a statement from May 2019, Morris announced he was stepping down from priesthood. He said he regretted not being able to marry and have a family

In a statement from May 2019, Morris announced he was stepping down from priesthood. He said he regretted not being able to marry and have a family 

The former Catholic priest is best known for his role with Fox News as the network’s religion contributor. This comes one year after he gave up priesthood because he regretted ‘not being able to marry and have a family’

Morris, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, was ordained in 2002 and left the Legion of Christ theological school in Rome in 2009, three years after the Vatican suspended its founder, Father Macial Marciel, who was found guilty of various forms of sexual abuse and misconduct as well as abuse of power. 

Morris then joined the Archdiocese of New York with the support of Cardinal Timothy Dolan and in 2013 served as a chaplain at Columbia University with Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan. 

In 2015 Morris became the pastor of The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Bronx until his departure last year. 

He has appeared on several TV networks and has been a regular contributor for Fox News.

Morris was a theological adviser to Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ and appeared as Frank Sheeran’s priest in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 film The Irishman starring Robert DeNiro. 

An ABC News source told DailyMail.com: 'It's nice to see them so happy. Everyone is excited for Kaitlyn.'

 An ABC News source told DailyMail.com: ‘It’s nice to see them so happy. Everyone is excited for Kaitlyn.’

Along with being a Fox News contributor, Morris was a theological adviser to Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ and appeared as Frank Sheeran's priest in Martin Scorsese's 2019 film The Irishman starring Robert DeNiro

Along with being a Fox News contributor, Morris was a theological adviser to Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ and appeared as Frank Sheeran’s priest in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 film The Irishman starring Robert DeNiro

Morris also served as the program director for The Catholic Channel, a project of the Archdiocese of New York, on the Sirius XM radio network for three years, Crux reported. 

And now he’s moved on to having his own consulting firm Morris & Larson Advisors, with James Larson, also a former priest. 

Morris said that his decision to leave priesthood should not ‘take away anything from the many heroic men and women who are living out their religious vocations with admirable fidelity and fulfillment.’

He added: ‘I will always be in the pews ready to support you, because my faith in God and love for my Church is stronger than ever. I look forward to serving in new ways alongside of you.’

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