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For new priests, Mass attendees, ordination ‘a day of grace’

For new priests, Mass attendees, ordination ‘a day of grace’

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Hedman admits to tearing up before and during his ordination Mass. Afterward, it seemed he couldn’t smile broadly enough. “I can’t put my reaction into words,” he said. The closest was “wow.”

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For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Austin Barnes, 26, vividly remembers his first time as an altar server, as a fourth grader at Holy Trinity in South St. Paul. For one, none of the other servers showed up. And a visiting priest was saying Mass.

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Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Nathan Hastings hadn’t really thought about the priesthood growing up. “It wasn’t on my radar at all,” he said. He planned to become an engineer and get married.

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For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The wish of Deacon Paul Hedman’s great-grandmother is about to come true.

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Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On a retreat in Italy during his junior year in college, Deacon Clayton Forner was sitting in a chapel with an assignment: meditate on the Nativity. He was trying to place himself in the scene, imagining what he would see, smell, hear. And as prayed, he found himself viewing the scene through the eyes of Joseph — witnessing Jesus’ birth, wiping the infant with a towel and gazing upon him.

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Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What began as a chance to meet new people on a mission trip in the Andes of Peru became an opportunity for God to reach more directly into Deacon Cesar Valencia Martinez’s life, calling him to the priesthood.

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Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than a decade ago, Deacon Tim Tran had set his career path and was on his way to fulfilling it at the University of Minnesota.

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Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Yamato Icochea looks forward to helping people in ways only a Catholic priest can: providing the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and confession.

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Father Connelly finds connection with late father in the Mass

Father Connelly finds connection with late father in the Mass

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Newly ordained Father Joseph Connelly made his late father’s reception of last rites possible only weeks before entering the seminary in 2011.

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Father Floeder’s vocation stirrings go back to first grade

Father Floeder’s vocation stirrings go back to first grade

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Louis Floeder received a “crazy thing” from his mother when he graduated from high school eight years ago.

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Father Gifford let go of music aspirations to say ‘yes’ to God

Father Gifford let go of music aspirations to say ‘yes’ to God

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Gifford traded the stage for the sanctuary. The 27-year-old newly ordained priest was on track for a promising career in opera when he discerned God was calling him to the priesthood.

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Grandmother helps steer Father Wirth toward religious vocation

Grandmother helps steer Father Wirth toward religious vocation

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A grandmother with strong faith played a key role in Father Seraphim Wirth’s journey toward the priesthood.

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