FATHER MARVIN LEVEN CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION
On May 16, 2019, people from several Oklahoma parishes joined with residents from St. Ann’s Retirement Center to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Marvin Leven. Father Leven celebrated his last public Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel at St. Ann’s. After Mass, there was a reception and program honoring him in the Grand Theater.
In his 60 years as a priest, Father Leven served as pastor of five Oklahoma Parishes and as associate pastor at four parishes. After his retirement in 1999, he continued to serve as chaplain for Mercy Hospital; for the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of the Carmel of St. Joseph; and as Ship’s Priest for the Holland America Cruise Line. He also substituted on weekends for pastors throughout the archdiocese.
In 2013, Father Leven moved to Saint Ann’s Independent Living Center. Like many of the residents, Father Leven uses a walker, wears hearing aids and has diminished eyesight. These difficulties have helped him to understand the lives and the difficulties of the St. Ann’s people with whom he lives. He has continued to serve by saying Mass at St. Ann’s two to three times a week. Those who live at St. Ann’s, as well as neighbors who attend his Masses, have found his deep love for Jesus and his reverence for the Eucharist a real inspiration. He has been especially appreciated for his meaningful homilies.
At age 94, Father Leven has been the oldest priest in the Archdiocese who has continued to say Mass for the public. Because of his limited vision as well as other health problems, it has become too difficult for him to continue doing this. Therefore, this May 16th Sixtieth Anniversary Mass was his last public Mass. It marks the end of a sixty year career caring for, and serving, the people of Oklahoma. Many thanks and much appreciation from the people were expressed at this celebration.