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Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation fosters fraternity and support

Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation fosters fraternity and support

| June 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

Just as medical doctors don’t stop honing their practice once they exit the hospital doors of their residency, priests don’t stop their formation upon ordination.

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St. Charles Borromeo parishioner ordained a Jesuit priest

St. Charles Borromeo parishioner ordained a Jesuit priest

| June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

After serving at a parish in the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, this summer, he will return to Rome to finish a licentiate in sacramental theology at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm.

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Parents of priests say prayer fostered vocation

Parents of priests say prayer fostered vocation

| Catherine Deeds | June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite incorporating their Catholic faith into their daily lives, the Shovelains credit prayer with leading sons Father Paul Shovelain, who was ordained in 2014, and Dominic Shovelain, a seminarian at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, to a religious vocation.

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Christians express concerns over proposed Satanic memorial in Belle Plaine

Christians express concerns over proposed Satanic memorial in Belle Plaine

| June 6, 2017 | 126 Comments

Father Brian Lynch presented serious issues with the proposed Satanic memorial for Belle Plaine’s Veterans Memorial Park at the community’s city council meeting June 5.

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Swiss Guard exhibit at Basilica captures behind-the-scenes view of Vatican’s soldiers

Swiss Guard exhibit at Basilica captures behind-the-scenes view of Vatican’s soldiers

| June 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

The exhibit includes uniforms and other objects “in order to show more about the tradition and commitment, their faith, their vocation — because for them it’s a real vocation in life,” its curator said.

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Shieldsville parish to raise funds June 23 for Philippine medical mission

Shieldsville parish to raise funds June 23 for Philippine medical mission

| June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Victor Valencia will have a fundraiser at St. Patrick June 23 with a presentation about the mission, a meal and live music. The 2018 Bais Bay Philippine Medical Mission needs $55,000 for its medical expenses.

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School choice legislation fails to pass, but MCC sees ‘marriage-friendly’ welfare win at session’s end

School choice legislation fails to pass, but MCC sees ‘marriage-friendly’ welfare win at session’s end

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The final omnibus bills demonstrated concessions from both major parties, but they were “geared to reach certain electoral constituencies or serving special interests,” Adkins said, pointing the finger at both sides of the aisle.

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‘I knocked and I found,’ says Catholic convert Father Wittnebel

‘I knocked and I found,’ says Catholic convert Father Wittnebel

| May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

In searching for truth, Father Wittnebel came upon Catholic TV station Eternal Word Television Network. He found the speakers inspiring and the daily Mass broadcast a regular source of spiritual nourishment.

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Father VanHoose’s vocation netted through national ministry in West St. Paul

Father VanHoose’s vocation netted through national ministry in West St. Paul

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Chad VanHoose, 34, had every intention of serving only one year with NET Ministries after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005 with a nursing degree. That lone year turned into seven with the West St. Paul-based ministry.

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Trust, not certainty, guided Father Sandquist’s discernment

Trust, not certainty, guided Father Sandquist’s discernment

| May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Father Sandquist was attending an engineering job fair in college when he started to feel “not quite at peace about my future,” he said. He went back to his dorm room to reflect, and priesthood popped into his mind, filling him with “excitement and joy.”

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Taking ‘wrong class’ prompted Father Baker to enter seminary

Taking ‘wrong class’ prompted Father Baker to enter seminary

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Baker remembers a time when sleep was hard to come by. He had graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2009 with majors in history and geography, and thought he might go on to graduate school in library science.

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For Father Hagen, vocation deepens sense of ‘romance between God and his people’

For Father Hagen, vocation deepens sense of ‘romance between God and his people’

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

He describes his discernment process as “a slow, gradual one” in which he has gone from “part-time disciple to full-time disciple, and realizing that God’s dreams and plans were far greater than what I could have dreamed up myself.”

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