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8 new priests ordained in St. Paul

8 new priests ordained in St. Paul

| May 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

A packed Cathedral of St. Paul celebrated ordination day of what was called “a dynamic group” of new priests.

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Parents of future priest say they don’t fit the mold

Parents of future priest say they don’t fit the mold

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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A priest forever

A priest forever

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Former musician, relatively new Catholic, follows Christ into priesthood

Former musician, relatively new Catholic, follows Christ into priesthood

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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For Anderson, childhood Bible jump-starts journey to priesthood

For Anderson, childhood Bible jump-starts journey to priesthood

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

An accidental glance at a Bible atop a stack of cardboard moving boxes was the turning point in Jake Anderson’s spiritual life.

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Diabetes suffering nearly derailed vocation, now enhances it

Diabetes suffering nearly derailed vocation, now enhances it

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Deacon James Stiles’ journey to the priesthood nearly ended before it began.

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Deacon Powers takes cues from father, a permanent deacon

Deacon Powers takes cues from father, a permanent deacon

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Daily Mass during college years paved road to priesthood

Daily Mass during college years paved road to priesthood

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Nigerian native desires to serve the poor, communicate well

Nigerian native desires to serve the poor, communicate well

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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With eclectic interests, Hughes brings strong prayer life into priesthood

With eclectic interests, Hughes brings strong prayer life into priesthood

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Check for a Roman collar on that bearded guy on the motorcycle. He could be your next associate pastor.

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‘Hands for work, hearts for love’

‘Hands for work, hearts for love’

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the St. Paul Seminary, priest hopefuls learn what it means to be wedded to the Church and be experts in the spiritual life

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Pope to new priests: No boring homilies, never tire of mercy

Pope to new priests: No boring homilies, never tire of mercy

| Cindy Wooden | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ordaining 19 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis not only told them to make sure their homilies were not boring, but he offered them advice on how to ensure their preaching would touch people: Speak from your heart.

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