“I’m honored the bishop would ask me,” Farrell said.
However, when the bishop asked him, Farrell wasn’t surprised. Farrell said he has a long history of working in the media industry, particularly in newspapers.
Farrell received his Bachelors of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He went on to work as a wire editor for the Hattiesburg American in Mississippi. He came to New Mexico to work at the Farmington Daily Times as a features editor for three years.
Later, Farrell attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia where he received a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts Degree. While in the seminary, he worked as a feature writer for “Catholic Standard and Times.”
In 1989, Farrell was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at St. Mary’s Parish in Farmington. He served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish in Winslow, Ariz., and then again at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup. He has also served as pastor of St. John Baptist Parish in St. John, Ariz., and at San Rafael Parish in Concho. He has served as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmington for the last 18 years.
During the 23 years he has been a priest for the Diocese of Gallup, he has been on many committees as well as the editor of the diocesan newspaper. He has also served as the vocations director and as a chairman of the Presbyteral Council, which is the diocesan priests’ council.