Newly ordained live vocation with faith, friendship

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor A year of service in another country can be a life-changing experience for anyone. But for Nickolas Kleespie and Lewis Grobe it had a profound impact on their lives. The experience led them to a religious vocation, and the two were ordained together at St. John’s Abbey and University Church…

Identical twins answer the call to priesthood

Twenty Something By Christina Capecchi Agnes Koenigsknecht had the look of an air-traffic controller, the one that strikes so many mothers of the bride. “We need one round table on the stage,” she instructed on a Friday morning in June, the eve of the big day. Her legion was in full force, a swirl of…

4 New Priests

June 21 marked a special day in the St. Cloud Diocese as Mitchell Bechtold, Timothy Gapinski, Aaron Nett and Jeremy Theis were ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler presided and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney was a concelebrant. The newly ordained began serving as parochial vicars July 1….

Gabriel Walz ordained a deacon

Another step toward becoming a priest for the Diocese of St. Cloud June 20, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Gabriel Walz, 28, was ordained a transitional deacon June 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. His ordination moves him a step closer to the priesthood, which he anticipates in June 2015. During…

Ordination day St. John’s

The Benedictine community at St. John’s Abbey celebrated the ordination of two of its members to the priesthood, Michael Leonard Hahn and Bradley Jenniges June 6, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt for The Visitor Benedictines Bradley Jenniges (left) and Michael Leonard Hahn listen as Bishop Donald Kettler presides at their rite of ordination to the…