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Father Connelly finds connection with late father in the Mass

Father Connelly finds connection with late father in the Mass

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Newly ordained Father Joseph Connelly made his late father’s reception of last rites possible only weeks before entering the seminary in 2011.

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Father Floeder’s vocation stirrings go back to first grade

Father Floeder’s vocation stirrings go back to first grade

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Louis Floeder received a “crazy thing” from his mother when he graduated from high school eight years ago.

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Father Gifford let go of music aspirations to say ‘yes’ to God

Father Gifford let go of music aspirations to say ‘yes’ to God

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Gifford traded the stage for the sanctuary. The 27-year-old newly ordained priest was on track for a promising career in opera when he discerned God was calling him to the priesthood.

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Grandmother helps steer Father Wirth toward religious vocation

Grandmother helps steer Father Wirth toward religious vocation

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A grandmother with strong faith played a key role in Father Seraphim Wirth’s journey toward the priesthood.

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Father Zipp hears call to priesthood while praying for others

Father Zipp hears call to priesthood while praying for others

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

God’s call to the priesthood came to Father Andrew Zipp while he was praying for others.

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The anatomy of a great homily

The anatomy of a great homily

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

What goes into a good homily?

The Catholic Spirit put the question to Father Thomas Margevicius, who teaches homiletics to men preparing for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul.

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Father Haverstock’s vocation inspired by priest’s surprise words on his confirmation day

Father Haverstock’s vocation inspired by priest’s surprise words on his confirmation day

| June 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

“You’re going to be a priest.” Those words came suddenly from the mouth of a priest standing before Paul Haverstock, right before smearing his forehead with chrism oil to confirm the young convert, then a senior at the University of Kansas.

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Mother’s cancer battle sparks conversion for Father Neil Bakker

Mother’s cancer battle sparks conversion for Father Neil Bakker

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Neil Bakker, 37, wasn’t raised Catholic, but when he felt a tug toward faith during his mother’s battle with breast cancer, he found himself in the back pews of the Cathedral of St. Paul during Sunday Masses.

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Father Northenscold: Giving one’s life to the Church just makes sense

Father Northenscold: Giving one’s life to the Church just makes sense

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A thoughtful 26-year-old, Father Matthew Northenscold takes his time answering questions, pausing before replying, and, often with eyes closed, seemingly searches for just the right response.

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Father Tokashiki finds balance of work, contemplation in Pro Ecclesia Sancta order

Father Tokashiki finds balance of work, contemplation in Pro Ecclesia Sancta order

| Susan Klemond | June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Adam Tokashiki, a member of Pro Ecclesia Sancta, encountered Christ as a high school student in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s, quitting his punk rock band and cutting his long hair were just the beginning of a radical life redirection that culminated in his ordination to the priesthood 4,000 miles away in St. Paul on May 28.

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After ‘testing the Lord,’ priesthood promptings reign

After ‘testing the Lord,’ priesthood promptings reign

| June 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Father Joseph Zabinski remembers being mesmerized as a 4-year-old during Mass when the priest would hold up the host for consecration.

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Draw to priesthood came from seeing ‘regular guys’ strive for holiness

Draw to priesthood came from seeing ‘regular guys’ strive for holiness

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Mark Pavlak, 29, describes himself as a “regular Catholic guy.” With his parents, Reginald and Kathleen, and eight siblings — including a twin sister — he grew up in the parish-school community of St. Agnes in St. Paul. He enjoys reading, watching sports — especially Minnesota pro teams — and playing basketball and card games.

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