Archive for June, 2016

Father Northenscold: Giving one’s life to the Church just makes sense

Father Northenscold: Giving one’s life to the Church just makes sense

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A thoughtful 26-year-old, Father Matthew Northenscold takes his time answering questions, pausing before replying, and, often with eyes closed, seemingly searches for just the right response.

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Father Tokashiki finds balance of work, contemplation in Pro Ecclesia Sancta order

Father Tokashiki finds balance of work, contemplation in Pro Ecclesia Sancta order

| Susan Klemond | June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Adam Tokashiki, a member of Pro Ecclesia Sancta, encountered Christ as a high school student in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s, quitting his punk rock band and cutting his long hair were just the beginning of a radical life redirection that culminated in his ordination to the priesthood 4,000 miles away in St. Paul on May 28.

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After ‘testing the Lord,’ priesthood promptings reign

After ‘testing the Lord,’ priesthood promptings reign

| June 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Father Joseph Zabinski remembers being mesmerized as a 4-year-old during Mass when the priest would hold up the host for consecration.

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Draw to priesthood came from seeing ‘regular guys’ strive for holiness

Draw to priesthood came from seeing ‘regular guys’ strive for holiness

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Mark Pavlak, 29, describes himself as a “regular Catholic guy.” With his parents, Reginald and Kathleen, and eight siblings — including a twin sister — he grew up in the parish-school community of St. Agnes in St. Paul. He enjoys reading, watching sports — especially Minnesota pro teams — and playing basketball and card games.

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‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Michael McClellan was in grade school at Divine Mercy in Faribault, his mother would tell people she thought her son would be a priest someday.

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Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Michael Daly seemed on his way to becoming a doctor and doing mission work in Honduras.

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Father Kowalczyk’s path to priesthood marked in road miles, slow steps

Father Kowalczyk’s path to priesthood marked in road miles, slow steps

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Kyle Kowalczyk admitted he has taken “slow steps” on his road to the priesthood.

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Archbishop Hebda among bishops to implement ‘Joy of Love’

Archbishop Hebda among bishops to implement ‘Joy of Love’

The archbishop who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has appointed the chairmen of five USCCB committees to an informal working group on the implementation of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”

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Student says religious icons are ‘transitions, windows into spirituality’

Student says religious icons are ‘transitions, windows into spirituality’

| Mary K. Tilghman | June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Layer by layer, an icon comes to life. First dark colors obscure the brilliant white gesso covering a wooden board. Brighter and paler colors and shiny gold leaf follow.

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God has a weakness for humble hearts, pope says at audience

God has a weakness for humble hearts, pope says at audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

While the prayer of a proud person isn’t strong enough to reach God’s heart, the prayer of a humble and contrite heart is capable of opening wide the door to his mercy and love, Pope Francis said.

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