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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.
On May 30, seven men will vest in that sacristy as deacons of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, only to return as priests.
This section shares their paths to the priesthood, one family’s reflection on the vocation of its son and brother, and advice from Pope Francis to new priests, which includes no boring homilies! The men are to receive their pastoral assignments from Archbishop John Nienstedt May 26.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember those who served
A bankruptcy judge has appointed a committee of parish creditors with claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis separate from sexual abuse claimants to work toward a plan for Reorganization with the archdiocese, claimants and the archdiocese’s insurers. Judge Robert Kressel made the ruling following a May 7 hearing.