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Trust, not certainty, guided Father Sandquist’s discernment

Trust, not certainty, guided Father Sandquist’s discernment

| May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Father Sandquist was attending an engineering job fair in college when he started to feel “not quite at peace about my future,” he said. He went back to his dorm room to reflect, and priesthood popped into his mind, filling him with “excitement and joy.”

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For Father Hagen, vocation deepens sense of ‘romance between God and his people’

For Father Hagen, vocation deepens sense of ‘romance between God and his people’

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

He describes his discernment process as “a slow, gradual one” in which he has gone from “part-time disciple to full-time disciple, and realizing that God’s dreams and plans were far greater than what I could have dreamed up myself.”

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Mother’s cancer battle sparks conversion for Father Neil Bakker

Mother’s cancer battle sparks conversion for Father Neil Bakker

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Neil Bakker, 37, wasn’t raised Catholic, but when he felt a tug toward faith during his mother’s battle with breast cancer, he found himself in the back pews of the Cathedral of St. Paul during Sunday Masses.

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Father Northenscold: Giving one’s life to the Church just makes sense

Father Northenscold: Giving one’s life to the Church just makes sense

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A thoughtful 26-year-old, Father Matthew Northenscold takes his time answering questions, pausing before replying, and, often with eyes closed, seemingly searches for just the right response.

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Father Tokashiki finds balance of work, contemplation in Pro Ecclesia Sancta order

Father Tokashiki finds balance of work, contemplation in Pro Ecclesia Sancta order

| Susan Klemond | June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Adam Tokashiki, a member of Pro Ecclesia Sancta, encountered Christ as a high school student in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s, quitting his punk rock band and cutting his long hair were just the beginning of a radical life redirection that culminated in his ordination to the priesthood 4,000 miles away in St. Paul on May 28.

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After ‘testing the Lord,’ priesthood promptings reign

After ‘testing the Lord,’ priesthood promptings reign

| June 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Father Joseph Zabinski remembers being mesmerized as a 4-year-old during Mass when the priest would hold up the host for consecration.

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Draw to priesthood came from seeing ‘regular guys’ strive for holiness

Draw to priesthood came from seeing ‘regular guys’ strive for holiness

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Mark Pavlak, 29, describes himself as a “regular Catholic guy.” With his parents, Reginald and Kathleen, and eight siblings — including a twin sister — he grew up in the parish-school community of St. Agnes in St. Paul. He enjoys reading, watching sports — especially Minnesota pro teams — and playing basketball and card games.

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‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Michael McClellan was in grade school at Divine Mercy in Faribault, his mother would tell people she thought her son would be a priest someday.

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Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Michael Daly seemed on his way to becoming a doctor and doing mission work in Honduras.

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Father Kowalczyk’s path to priesthood marked in road miles, slow steps

Father Kowalczyk’s path to priesthood marked in road miles, slow steps

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Kyle Kowalczyk admitted he has taken “slow steps” on his road to the priesthood.

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Archdiocese gets nine new priests

Archdiocese gets nine new priests

| Susan Klemond | May 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

Drawing from Pope Francis’ teaching, the archbishop challenged the ordinands to leave their offices and “go out to the peripheries” with their flocks to experience God’s mercy.

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Retiring priests reflect on varied service to local Church

Retiring priests reflect on varied service to local Church

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sitting at the rectory table where he sits every morning as he says his prayers and watches the sun come up over the St. Croix River, Father Jerome Keiser reminisced back 44 years to his final year at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul.

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