Staff Member: Father John Fallon
Father John Fallon
Father Fallon graduated from St Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland and was ordained on June 7, 1969. Following his ordination, he moved to Alabama as a priest in the Archdiocese of Mobile where he served at St. Leo the Great in Demopolis (and its missions) for two and one-half years and then at St. Mary of the Visitation in Huntsville for one and one-half years. Father’s next assignment was Campus Ministry at University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa for 12 years. After that, he was assigned to Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa for 13 years and during his tenure Holy Spirit Catholic High School was built.
In 1998 Father Fallon arrived at Prince of Peace. Under his leadership these past 20 plus years, the church has grown from 700 registered families to over 3,200. In 2000, the main sanctuary was dedicated and the first new elementary school in the diocese in 40 years, Prince of Peace Catholic School, opened. Enrollment grew and in 2004 the current elementary school building was constructed for grades pre-K through eight.
Under Father Fallon’s pastoral guidance, the church’s columbarium was built in 2007 and the school cafeteria and art room were added in 2009. The middle school building opened in 2015 to provide a state-of-the-art facility for grades six through eight, allowing classrooms in the elementary building to be reallocated to the lower grades to accommodate demand. A new education/office annex was added in 2019 to provide classroom, conference room and office space. Father Fallon celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on June 9, 2019 with Mass and a reception at Prince of Peace and continues to lead Prince of Peace Catholic Parish in the stewardship way of life.
Father Fallon retired on June 30, 2022 and was granted the title of Pastor Emeritus by Bishop Steven J. Raica.