Archive for May, 2015

For Anderson, childhood Bible jump-starts journey to priesthood

For Anderson, childhood Bible jump-starts journey to priesthood

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

An accidental glance at a Bible atop a stack of cardboard moving boxes was the turning point in Jake Anderson’s spiritual life.

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Diabetes suffering nearly derailed vocation, now enhances it

Diabetes suffering nearly derailed vocation, now enhances it

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Deacon James Stiles’ journey to the priesthood nearly ended before it began.

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Deacon Powers takes cues from father, a permanent deacon

Deacon Powers takes cues from father, a permanent deacon

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

John Powers was a junior at St. John’s University in Collegeville when he jumped at the chance to spend a three-day weekend within the abbey of the Benedictine monks who founded the school. He wasn’t thinking about joining their community, he said; he was simply intrigued by their life and knew it might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although the monastery sat in the heart of campus, students weren’t ordinarily permitted in its confines.

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Daily Mass during college years paved road to priesthood

Daily Mass during college years paved road to priesthood

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The light of faith grew gradually brighter in Deacon Thomas (T.J.) McKenzie’s life until, as a college senior, he could see his vocation to the priesthood clearly enough to pursue it.

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Nigerian native desires to serve the poor, communicate well

Nigerian native desires to serve the poor, communicate well

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a self-described “new chicken” to the United States, Deacon Bruno Nwachukwu tries to learn something from each person he encounters. While studying to become a priest, Deacon Nwachukwu, 35, has also had to acclimate to American culture.

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With eclectic interests, Hughes brings strong prayer life into priesthood

With eclectic interests, Hughes brings strong prayer life into priesthood

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Check for a Roman collar on that bearded guy on the motorcycle. He could be your next associate pastor.

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‘Hands for work, hearts for love’

‘Hands for work, hearts for love’

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the St. Paul Seminary, priest hopefuls learn what it means to be wedded to the Church and be experts in the spiritual life

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Pope to new priests: No boring homilies, never tire of mercy

Pope to new priests: No boring homilies, never tire of mercy

| Cindy Wooden | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ordaining 19 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis not only told them to make sure their homilies were not boring, but he offered them advice on how to ensure their preaching would touch people: Speak from your heart.

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MCC ‘very proud’ of passage of prenatal diagnosis bill

MCC ‘very proud’ of passage of prenatal diagnosis bill

| Joe Towalski | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thanks to the work of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and a coalition of disability advocacy groups, expectant parents whose babies are diagnosed with certain prenatal conditions will receive accurate and supportive information from local and national organizations.

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Couple’s purity in dating becomes fruitfulness in marriage

Couple’s purity in dating becomes fruitfulness in marriage

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dan and Sarah Driver come from polar opposite backgrounds: She grew up in a strong Catholic family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and never left the faith, while he received less Catholic formation in Reading, England, and then adopted a hedonistic lifestyle until his conversion.

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The meaning of human sexuality

The meaning of human sexuality

| Betsy Kneepkens for The Catholic Spirit | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jesus’ incarnation proclaimed that matter matters. If we could step out of creation and let go of our inclinations, I believe we could easily see the mastery of our created universe — a harmony ordered by our Creator, with a diversity that tickles our intellect and a purpose that points us to him.

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To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

| Father Michael Byron | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first time I became smitten with cemeteries was while I was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in Collegeville. There on a gorgeous sloped hill to the west of the lake was the cemetery where the monks had been buried for generations, marked with simple gray granite stones. I found it a marvelous place of bringing life back to earth.

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