Vocations and ordination

Promise kept, prayer answered

Twenty years ago Pope John Paul II gave us an apostolic exhortation whose very title alone continues to inspire hope and confidence within the People of God: "Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Shall Give you Shepherds)". Fully aware of God's timeless and never-ending promise to His people through His prophet Jeremiah, John Paul reminded us of Our Lord's faithful and loving care for His flock. He, in His wisdom, knows that ever we must be shepherded; we cannot lead ourselves. He, in His loving, guiding and guarding way, gives us ever His own shepherding care through the priests we so need here on earth.

11 seminarians to be ordained for other dioceses

Eleven Kenrick-Glennon seminarians will be ordained priests for other dioceses in coming weeks.

All are completing master of divinity and master of arts in theology degrees from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and, for the past year, served as transitional deacons.

Numerous seminarians from other Midwestern dioceses attend Kenrick and return to their home dioceses to be ordained and serve as priests.

Diocese of Bismarck

Abp. Carlson's appointments

Rev. David P. Skillman, associate pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Charles, is appointed vice-rector of Cardinal Glennon College, with residence at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, effective June 18, 2012.

Rev. Mr. Michael J. Benz, a transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Oakville, effective June 1, 2012.

Rev. Mr. Raymond D. Buehler, a transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the pastor of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, effective June 1, 2012

Abp. Carlson appoints Fr. David Skillman as vice-rector of Cardinal Glennon College

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has appointed Father David Skillman as vice-rector for Cardinal Glennon College Seminary.

Father Skillman's appointment will begin this summer. He will serve under the mentorship of Auxiliary Bishop Edward J. Rice, current college director, until Bishop Rice's departure in January 2013.

Five Kenrick-Glennon seminarians to be ordained transitional deacons for other dioceses

Five Kenrick-Glennon Seminary students are being ordained transitional deacons for other dioceses this month.

All are expected to complete their master of divinity degree by spring 2013 from Kenrick School of Theology. Each is also working toward completion of his master of arts in theology.

Transitional deacons are seminarians in their last year of preparation for ordination to the priesthood. A transitional deacon may baptize, distribute Communion, witness marriages and lead rites for Christian burial.

Answering God’s call to the priesthood

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org  Four of the five transitional deacons who will be ordained May 26, 2012 walk together outside the temporary seminary.  They are left to right, Rev. Mr. Fadi Auro, Rev. Mr. Brian Fallon, Rev. Mr. Daniel Shaughnessy and Rev. Mr. William Dotson.  Rev. Mr. Donald Anstoetter has been studing at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordains five new priests for the Archdiocese of St. Louis next week, no one will be happier than Jesuit Father John Horn, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

"I'm very proud of these men," Father Horn said. "I regard them as younger brothers and as spiritual sons, all at the same time. I am joy-filled to see them go to the altar and be ordained."

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