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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Welcoming new priests ... and showing potential priests the way

We wanted to point you in the direction of two stories in the June 6 issue of Our Sunday Visitor that provide a glimpse into the future of the Catholic priesthood.

First, in our In Focus section, regular contributor Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller introduces readers to eight men who are among the 440 seminarians being ordained to the priesthood this year. They are an eclectic bunch — among them are former Navy officer trained who spent time on a nuclear attack submarine, a former firefighter, and a one-time Baptist minister who acknowledges he was once "mildly anti-Catholic."

Whatever their backgrounds, these men are eager to serve the Church.

“One of the things I want to do as a priest is to go out and find people my age and younger and bring them back to the Church,” Father Paul Makar, who was ordained May 15 as a Ukrainian Catholic priest, told Eidemiller. “I know that many of our churches have a distinct lack of young people, and I want to reach out to them and tell them that we have a very rich and wonderful spiritual and liturgical tradition. I want to tell them to come home.”

Click HERE to read all eight profiles, and to see some interesting stats about the Class of 2010.

Also in the June 6 issue, Eddie O'Neill introduces readers to Quo Vadis Days, summer camp programs for young men, usually high schoolers, who are discerning a call to the priesthood.

One of best parts of the camps, Deacon Joe Altenhofen, a former camper who will be ordained a priest next month, told O'Neill, is the opportunity for the boys to get to know priests outside of their official parish duties.

“It helped me see myself as a worker in Christ in these normal settings. The priest is not one who just works in the office, or does sacramental things. It was good to see people that were like me out there and just doing ‘guy things.’”

Click HERE to read more about Quo Vadis Days.

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