Young priest loses mentor, then his father — both to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Joseph Dutan lost his mentor and the first Catholic priest in the United States to die from the coronavirus. Days later, Dutan’s own father contracted COVID-19. It was not the first time Dutan had faced death. Before he followed his calling, he was treated successfully for leukemia at the same hospital where his father was on a ventilator, fighting for his life. Dutan has mourned personal loss while he continues to console the community of St. Brigid Catholic church in Brooklyn during the pandemic. He says: “You can relate to the fear, you can relate to the anxiety, you can relate to the desperation.”