Tag: Priesthood

Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Matthew Kuettel was 12 when then-Father Paul Sirba was appointed pastor of his childhood parish, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul.

It was summer 2000, and Kuettel became an altar server. Over the next six years, Father Sirba had “a remarkable impact” on Kuettel’s life, which led to Kuettel enrolling at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul to take a serious look at the priesthood.

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Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

While indigenous cultures may have difficulty accepting the concept of celibacy, indigenous candidates for the priesthood are more than capable of understanding that it is a gift from God, said an indigenous priest from Brazil.

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Priesthood is a gift, not a job, pope says

Priesthood is a gift, not a job, pope says

| Carol Glatz | September 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Being a priest is not a job or fulfilling an employment contract but is a gift from God that should be contemplated and treasured as such, Pope Francis said.

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Toronto Raptors’ player took a shot at priesthood training

Toronto Raptors’ player took a shot at priesthood training

| Carol Zimmermann | June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Pascal Siakam was in his young teens attending a minor seminary in Cameroon — and mostly playing soccer in his free time — he likely never imagined he’d be playing in the NBA Finals.

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Be merciful ministers of Christ, pope tells new priests

Be merciful ministers of Christ, pope tells new priests

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The priesthood is not a “cultural association or a union,” but a ministry of mercy anchored on Christ’s mission to bring hope to the downtrodden and comfort to those who suffer, Pope Francis told new priests.

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Maryland pilgrims walk 50 miles ‘in penance and prayer’ for priesthood

Maryland pilgrims walk 50 miles ‘in penance and prayer’ for priesthood

| Paul McMullen | November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Stephanie Rubeling’s support of the priesthood goes beyond thoughts and prayers.

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Surveying the vocations landscape

Surveying the vocations landscape

| Father David Blume | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

In this National Vocation Awareness Week, we take time to lift up the vocations of priesthood, consecrated life and the diaconate. There is plenty of good news to share!

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Four men, including first American-born Hmong priest, ordained for archdiocese

Four men, including first American-born Hmong priest, ordained for archdiocese

| May 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many Hmong-American Catholics came to the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul dressed in their decorated native attire to celebrate the first American-born Hmong man to be ordained a priest in the U.S.

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Father Robert Hamel, who shared vocation with grandson, dies

Father Robert Hamel, who shared vocation with grandson, dies

| May 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Robert Hamel died in Fairfax, Virginia, April 21. He was 91.

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A grace ovation

A grace ovation

| Liz Kelly | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a gift to my brother on the occasion of his ordination years ago, I told him that I would offer up all of my speaking engagements in thanksgiving for his vocation to the priesthood. This seemed an especially fitting and easy gift because I love speaking for groups, and talking about our faith always brings me great joy.

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Friends recall Father Dosh’s pro-life advocacy, pastoral acumen, laugh-filled dinners

Friends recall Father Dosh’s pro-life advocacy, pastoral acumen, laugh-filled dinners

| February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

“It was a beautiful passing, very peaceful,” said Mary Kuharski. “We were saying the Divine Mercy [Chaplet], another gal and I, over his bed. It was like he had a big release and sigh, and went on to our Lord. That was beautiful.”

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Our marriages support our priests

Our marriages support our priests

| Brad Parent | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As soon as I hung up the phone, questions began swirling in my head. When the dust settled a bit, I realized that in addition to all the questions I had about my brother, I also couldn’t help but ask myself, “What does this mean for me?”

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