No boring homilies, pope tells new priests at ordination

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ordaining 19 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis not only told them to make sure their homilies were not boring, but he offered them advice on how to ensure their preaching would touch people: speak from your heart. Priests are called to nourish the faithful, he said, so they must ensure…

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….

Call to priesthood invites entire family to new vocation

February 14, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor “Mom, Dad — I want to be a priest.”  In today’s world where the quest for wealth and material possessions are driving forces in choosing career paths, it may seem rare to hear these words. It may even instill worry in the hearts of parents…