Married couples are invited to join Archbishop John Nienstedt on June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul for Archdiocesan Marriage Day featuring Mass, renewal of vows, and a short reception.
– Church’s beginnings rooted in Christ, sending of apostles
– In the beginning
– The things they carried
– Pilgrimages to Holy Land, Rome bring Scripture to life
– Personal witness is key to evangelization efforts
– Summer Share Project gives Catholics easy way to evangelize
His Excellency, the Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Holy orders is one of the seven sacraments. It, along with the sacrament of marriage, belongs to a special group of sacraments known as the Sacraments of Commitment. These two sacraments are “sacraments at the service of communion,” “directed toward the salvation of others,” and “serve to build up the people of God”.
“Three pivotal life experiences led me to seriously consider the Catholic priesthood: Receiving a letter from the associate pastor of my home parish when I was just 10 years old, encouraging me to prayerfully consider a priestly vocation; attending a Calling of St. Andrew Dinner at the archbishop’s residence when I was 15 years old and witnessing the joys of diocesan priesthood; and participating in the wedding of my twin sister, Renée, when we were just 21 years old, seeing that a lifelong vocational discernment could be made freely and peacefully.” – Deacon James Peterson
“That darn little voice, so beautiful, yet so insistent, saying to me, ‘Lenny, follow me.’ Eucharistic adoration was a tremendous help in this regard. Plus, various people saying with a slight jest now and then, ‘You’d make a great priest’ certainly didn’t hurt.” – Deacon Leonard Andrie
“I was particularly enamored by the stories of the English martyrs, who became priests to bring the sacraments back to England, knowing that they would eventually be hunted down and put to death. Their witness spoke to me across the centuries.” – Deacon Spencer Howe
“I can’t remember a specific day or a specific conversation that helped me first think about becoming a priest. All I can say is that somewhere around this time in my life, the Holy Spirit ‘lassoed’ my heart and slowly began to pull me in the direction toward priesthood.” – Deacon Brian Park
“At around the same time that I was deepening my faith, my home parish received a new priest. His name was Father Charlie Prass, O.M.I. After getting to know him, he mentioned to me after Mass one Sunday, ‘You would make a good priest.’” – Deacon John Drees
“I was experiencing much joy with the Catholic faith, for there were many families, religious sisters, priests, etc., present. It was largely their witness to the faith that inspired me to, for the first time, pray about the priesthood. ” – Deacon Andrew Stueve
“At dinner that evening, the archbishop told me that I reminded him of a priest from New York. I didn’t think much of the comment that evening. About two weeks later, I received a letter from the archbishop, in which he thanked me for joining him for dinner and in which he included some pictures of this priest along with a note that read: ‘This is what you’re going to look like when you’re older.’” – Deacon Luke Marquard
On Corpus Christi Sunday, June 2, (Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), Bishop Lee Piché will lead the Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession.