Tag: Ordinations

In Minneapolis, nine ordained deacons at May 2 Mass

In Minneapolis, nine ordained deacons at May 2 Mass

Archbishop John Nienstedt ordained nine deacons during a May 2 Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Seven were ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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‘Desire for holiness’ came from friends, St. Teresa of Avila

‘Desire for holiness’ came from friends, St. Teresa of Avila

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

“The Gospel is spread through concrete relationships and natural conversations where Christ encounters the people through you.” – Deacon Michael Barsness

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Preschool days spent thinking about priesthood

Preschool days spent thinking about priesthood

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

“The priests that served in my parish were heroes to me. I looked up to them as role models and wanted to follow their example.” – Deacon Paul Shovelain

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‘The Lord captured my heart’ at formation retreat

‘The Lord captured my heart’ at formation retreat

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I am most excited about seeing conversion in people’s hearts, ­­seeing people touched by Jesus and responding to his immense love.” – Deacon Kevin Manthey

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Bonding with priests over pizza helped form vocation

Bonding with priests over pizza helped form vocation

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

“The love of my own big and boisterous family as well as my theological studies in marriage and family at the John Paul II Institute have given me a burning desire to help carry out the work begun by St. John Paul II for the renewal of family life.” – Deacon Joseph Kuharski

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Meet our new priests

Meet our new priests

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Read Q & As with the 10 men who will be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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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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