Tag: 2013 Priestly Ordinations

Well-timed letter helps forge path to vocation

Well-timed letter helps forge path to vocation

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Three pivotal life experiences led me to seriously consider the Catholic priesthood: Receiving a letter from the associate pastor of my home parish when I was just 10 years old, encouraging me to prayerfully consider a priestly vocation; attending a Calling of St. Andrew Dinner at the archbishop’s residence when I was 15 years old and witnessing the joys of diocesan priesthood; and participating in the wedding of my twin sister, Renée, when we were just 21 years old, seeing that a lifelong vocational discernment could be made freely and peacefully.” – Deacon James Peterson

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Grandfather’s handiwork is at the heart of it all

Grandfather’s handiwork is at the heart of it all

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“That darn little voice, so beautiful, yet so insistent, saying to me, ‘Lenny, follow me.’ Eucharistic adoration was a tremendous help in this regard. Plus, various people saying with a slight jest now and then, ‘You’d make a great priest’ certainly didn’t hurt.” – Deacon Leonard Andrie

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Catholic convert desires to make ‘real sacrifice’

Catholic convert desires to make ‘real sacrifice’

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“I was particularly enamored by the stories of the English martyrs, who became priests to bring the sacraments back to England, knowing that they would eventually be hunted down and put to death. Their witness spoke to me across the centuries.” – Deacon Spencer Howe

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Texan says, ‘Holy Spirit lassoed my heart’

Texan says, ‘Holy Spirit lassoed my heart’

| May 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

“I can’t remember a specific day or a specific conversation that helped me first think about becoming a priest. All I can say is that somewhere around this time in my life, the Holy Spirit ‘lassoed’ my heart and slowly began to pull me in the direction toward priesthood.” – Deacon Brian Park

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Thoughts about priesthood started at age 9

Thoughts about priesthood started at age 9

| May 23, 2013 | 4 Comments

“At around the same time that I was deepening my faith, my home parish received a new priest. His name was Father Charlie Prass, O.M.I. After getting to know him, he mentioned to me after Mass one Sunday, ‘You would make a good priest.'” – Deacon John Drees

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Witness of family congress participants provided inspiration

Witness of family congress participants provided inspiration

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“I was experiencing much joy with the Catholic faith, for there were many families, religious sisters, priests, etc., present. It was largely their witness to the faith that inspired me to, for the first time, pray about the priesthood. ” – Deacon Andrew Stueve

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Letter from archbishop stirs priestly thoughts

Letter from archbishop stirs priestly thoughts

| May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

“At dinner that evening, the archbishop told me that I reminded him of a priest from New York. I didn’t think much of the comment that evening. About two weeks later, I received a letter from the archbishop, in which he thanked me for joining him for dinner and in which he included some pictures of this priest along with a note that read: ‘This is what you’re going to look like when you’re older.'” – Deacon Luke Marquard

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New priest to celebrate first Mass with gifted chalice

New priest to celebrate first Mass with gifted chalice

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“We had the opportunity to talk to them, get to know them [parish priests], even play basketball or other games with them.”. – Deacon Joah Ellis

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Three women play guiding role on road to vocation

Three women play guiding role on road to vocation

| May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

“As an altar boy, I experienced a joy and deep peace unlike anything outside of Mass. I knew my life had to be based on nearness to the Eucharist in a consecrated way.” – Deacon Andrew Jaspers

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Eucharistic adoration leads to thoughts of priesthood

Eucharistic adoration leads to thoughts of priesthood

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“On a whim, I signed up for a weekly hour of eucharistic adoration when I was a senior in high school. It was after a couple months of eucharistic adoration that I met Jesus.

Not too long after that I began to ask questions about my life, and the priesthood was a prospect.” – Deacon Andrew Brinkman

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