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FROM THE PASTOR:
Last week I wrote about some ideas and plans for us to support, affirm and promote vocations. I do have the prayer cards for the St. Mary and St. Francis hymnals. I hope to have volunteers to put them in place soon so all three parishes can pray the Diocese of Superior Vocation Prayer together. I also received a letter of information from the seminarian we are "adopting" in our parishes. He wrote the following letter:
Dear members of St. Mary’s, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Augustine parishes,
My Name is Nathan Linton and I am a seminarian for the Diocese of Superior. I am so happy to hear that you have adopted me as your seminarian. I am so incredibly grateful for all of your prayers and support. I cannot tell you how comforting it is to know that people whom I have not met or have barely gotten to know are praying for me. However, I feel it is unfair for me to continue to call upon your support without telling you a little about myself.
I have grown up in Cumberland, Wisconsin and am very happy to call the Diocese my home. I believe that there is nowhere quite as wonderful, friendly, and inviting as the Midwest. Although we may have to suffer through the winter the people in the community certainly make up for it. As I said I grew up in Cumberland; I went to school in the public schools there with my father working as a Chief of Police, he is now a Deacon and Pastor of my home Parish Cluster, and my mother is always taking care of those in need as a caregiver. My parents have set a wonderful example. In fact it was seeing my father’s own call that got me to consider what it is that God wants me to do with my life. Ultimately this has led me on quite a journey, this past year was spent studying for the Capuchin Franciscans at a seminary in Chicago. My time with the order allowed me to become aware of the beauty of God’s humility and to grow in love for the poor. However, I believe that God is calling me to become a parish priest, to serve him and his people in the diocesan life.
Once again I thank you all for your continued support and most importantly your prayers, I am so grateful and pray that one day I able to may be able to serve you as a humble servant of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Nathan's contact information is:
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
I will ask for his birthday and email address as well as a picture. If you are interested in helping on a vocation committee please let me know. Next week I hope to begin the prayer for priests.
In Christ's Peace,
Fr John Anderson
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