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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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‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Michael McClellan was in grade school at Divine Mercy in Faribault, his mother would tell people she thought her son would be a priest someday.

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Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Michael Daly seemed on his way to becoming a doctor and doing mission work in Honduras.

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Father Kowalczyk’s path to priesthood marked in road miles, slow steps

Father Kowalczyk’s path to priesthood marked in road miles, slow steps

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Kyle Kowalczyk admitted he has taken “slow steps” on his road to the priesthood.

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Family and friends welcome 8 new priests

Family and friends welcome 8 new priests

| May 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Those who know best the eight newest priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis helped them celebrate their ordination May 30 at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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Ordination day homily of Archbishop Nienstedt

Ordination day homily of Archbishop Nienstedt

| May 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

The archbishop urged the eight newly ordained priests to “plunge deep” into Christ’s love and to give him their love in return, immersing themselves in the truth of the Gospel and in self-less service to the poor, the sick, the forgotten, the stranger.

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