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Remember the last time you saw a child receive a gift, and the joy and excitement on his or her face when he or she realized that the gift was his or hers to rip open and discover the treasure within? Remember the child’s thank you facilitated by Mom and Dad? It was the gift that taught the child that someone loves him or her, and wants to give him or her joy.
Tom and Lori McKenzie like to go to rock concerts and watch Minnesota Wild games, and they’re not sure they act much like the parents of a future priest.
Byron Hagan’s self-described 10-year “journey of intellectual discovery” led him not only to join the Catholic Church, but also to seek to serve it as a priest.
An accidental glance at a Bible atop a stack of cardboard moving boxes was the turning point in Jake Anderson’s spiritual life.
Deacon James Stiles’ journey to the priesthood nearly ended before it began.
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.
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.
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.