Four men answer the call of God to serve as priests

Archbishop Carlson ordained Peter Terwase Faimega, Michael Lampe, Clark Philipp and John Schneier to the priesthood on Saturday, May 27

For about 10 minutes in the Rite of Ordination on May 27, the four candidates for the priesthood quite literally laid down their lives for Christ, giving themselves wholly to the holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

Still deacons and within minutes of being ordained priests, Peter Faimega, Michael Lampe, Clark Philipp and John Schneier lay prostrate on the marble floor before the altar at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Midshipman answers the call at Kenrick-Glennon

While attending the U.S. Naval Academy last year, current seminarian Andrew Hunt, left, realized that the call to the priesthood was stronger than his desire to stay at the Academy. He credits the Catholic community at the Naval Academy with encouraging his discernment.

With an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Andrew Hunt seemed to have his plans set for at least the next nine years, maybe more.

He'd spend four years at the academy in Annapolis, Md., then five more as a commissioned officer in the Navy. After that, he'd either become career military, just as his father, John, was for 34 years in the Air Force, or parlay his Naval experience into a rewarding career.

Either way, it seemed that he would fulfill the dreams nurtured by tagging along as a young child with his dad to Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah, Ill.

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A new president will be inaugurated Friday, Jan. 20. What spiritual preparations are you making?

We might want to forget how contentious the race for the presidency was, or about the unsettled response to the result. But, as people of faith, we shouldn't forget.

Instead, we should pivot on those things and ask: what contribution will we make over the next four years to the well-being of the country? If the next four years were to be measured by our actions and attitudes, how would they be remembered? Answering those questions requires some spiritual preparation.

Hearing God’s call … on multiple digital platforms

Pre-Theology I student Jake Braun posed recently at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary while checking Twitter.

Between classes at Missouri University of Science and Technology, junior Jake Braun killed time by "absent-mindedly scrolling through" Twitter at his apartment in Rolla.

A tweet by Father Brian Fallon, the archdiocese's assistant vocations director, stopped him cold.

"Yo St. Louis! If you think God's calling you to be a priest/sister, DM me! #subtle @stlvocations"

Braun, now 23, had indeed been thinking about the priesthood, more so in the previous year but going back to when he started serving Mass at about 7 or 8 years old, he said last month at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Two men to be ordained to the priesthood for the archdiocese

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will ordain two men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

All are invited to attend the Ordination Mass, which also will be live streamed online at

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Deacon Charles Allen

Just more than nine years ago, I was blessed to be ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis by then-Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.

Since that day -- the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, June 3, 2006 -- no other African-American has been ordained to the permanent diaconate in the archdiocese.

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