Being new to the community, I would like to take this time to introduce myself a little more. I grew up in Long Prairie as the 2nd of 9 kids (5 boys and 4 girls). I have two siblings that are married, two living the young adult single life, a couple are in college and two in high school. Growing up, life was fun and crazy. At the parish in Long Prairie we had Fr. Mark Stang as our pastor. His witness opened my eyes up to the goodness of the priesthood and of the Catholic faith. In high school I put a lot of effort into sports, particularly cross country, basketball and track.
My freshman year I went to NDSU. GO BISON! That same year, during the fall, I had a powerful encounter in the confessional. I just knew that I was going to be a priest, and the strange thing was that I had no fear, at least in that moment. I knew it was something outside of me, from God, that I had to respond to. The following year I found myself at the seminary down at St. Thomas (GO TOMMIES!!).
Even though I had that powerful experience in the confessional, I still had a lot of fears of loneliness, public speaking, and just being a counter-cultural figure in general. Gradually (as God seems to work) these fears lessened and a steady desire in me grew to give myself to God in celibacy and to serve Him and His people as a priest.
I have been ordained four years. The first two years I was at St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine. The past two years and currently, I am a chaplain at Cathedral High School and assistant vocations director for the St. Cloud Diocese.
I am very grateful to be a priest. When I am aware of God, and the gift of life, it seems like I am in heaven. So many things I could never have anticipated. They are simply God’s way of reaching out to me.
I love fishing and hunting! Oddly enough, when people ask me what I like most about fishing and hunting, I tell them that it is coming home after the outing. Cleaning fish with my parents and siblings and sharing a meal together after the time away is one of the things that I am most grateful for.
Prayers for each of you, please keep me in your prayers as well.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC