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For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Austin Barnes, 26, vividly remembers his first time as an altar server, as a fourth grader at Holy Trinity in South St. Paul. For one, none of the other servers showed up. And a visiting priest was saying Mass.

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Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Nathan Hastings hadn’t really thought about the priesthood growing up. “It wasn’t on my radar at all,” he said. He planned to become an engineer and get married.

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For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The wish of Deacon Paul Hedman’s great-grandmother is about to come true.

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Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On a retreat in Italy during his junior year in college, Deacon Clayton Forner was sitting in a chapel with an assignment: meditate on the Nativity. He was trying to place himself in the scene, imagining what he would see, smell, hear. And as prayed, he found himself viewing the scene through the eyes of Joseph — witnessing Jesus’ birth, wiping the infant with a towel and gazing upon him.

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Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What began as a chance to meet new people on a mission trip in the Andes of Peru became an opportunity for God to reach more directly into Deacon Cesar Valencia Martinez’s life, calling him to the priesthood.

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Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than a decade ago, Deacon Tim Tran had set his career path and was on his way to fulfilling it at the University of Minnesota.

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Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Yamato Icochea looks forward to helping people in ways only a Catholic priest can: providing the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and confession.

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“Unorthodox” and the Modern Myth of Origins

“Unorthodox” and the Modern Myth of Origins

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unorthodox, a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and finds freedom with a group of welcoming friends in Berlin.

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Nobody said it would be easy, but you can manage your kids’ screen use

Nobody said it would be easy, but you can manage your kids’ screen use

| Mark Pattison | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The theme song to the Disney Channel’s old “Phineas and Ferb” cartoon series proclaims, “There’s 104 days to summer vacation.” Parents are forgiven for thinking, “Only 104?” They haven’t see much difference between the end of classroom learning and vacation — at least this year.

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