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.
‘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.
‘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.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Kayla Brantley