Friday, May 27, 2011

Ordination Day, Tomorrow (10 am), Cathedral

From the Catholic Spirit's 2011 Ordination Edition

New Priests

From left, Deacons Cole Kracke, Nathan LaLiberte, Tony O’Neill, James Lannan and Jonathan Kelly are set to be ordained to the priesthood May 28. Photo by Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

Archbishop John Nienstedt will ordain five men to the priesthood on Saturday, May 28. The ordination Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are invited.

This year’s ordinands bring a range of experiences to their ministries. The men — Jonathan Kelly, Cole Kracke, Nathan LaLiberte, James Lannan and Tony O’Neill — will serve in parishes in the archdiocese. Archbishop Nienstedt will give them their assignments just days before their ordination. — The Catholic Spirit

Deacon Jonathan Kelly

Deacon KellyAge: 37

Hometown: Springfield

Home parish: St. Michael in St. Michael

Parents’ names: Richard and Mary Kelly

Education: B.S. in finance, University of Minnesota

Former job: Investment banking and private equity

Teaching parish: St. John the Baptist, New Brighton

Pastoral internship experiences: St. Paul, Ham Lake; St. Mark, St. Paul; Jesucristo Resucitado, San Felix, Venezuela (archdiocesan mission)

Hobbies: Working outside with my dad at our family farm

Favorite book: “The Three Ages of the Interior Life” by Dominican Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Favorite movie: “13th Day,” about the miracle of Fatima

Favorite Scripture story: The priestly prayer of Jesus (John 17)

Volunteer work: Bolder Options, Sharing and Caring Hands

Person you most admire: Blessed Pope John Paul II

Thanksgiving Masses: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, St. Michael, St. Michael; 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Ascension, Norwood-Young America; 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12, St. John the Baptist, New Brighton

Read his story: “Just one door opens to a fulfilling life”

Deacon James Lannan

Deacon LannanAge: 33

Hometown: Edina

Home parish: Our Lady of Grace, Edina

Parents: Bob and Maureen Lannan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College, master’s of divinity from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul

Teaching parish: St. John Neumann, Eagan

Pastoral internship experience: Working with Missionaries of Charity

Hobbies: Collecting and listening to live music recordings, studying philosophy and theology, spending time with family and friends

Favorite books: “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien and “I Believe in Love” by Father Jean C.J. d’Elbée

Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”

Person he admires: Father Patrick Lannan, his late uncle

Thanksgiving Mass: 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at Our Lady of Grace in Edina

Read his story: “Wedding led the way to personal relationship with Christ”

Deacon Tony O’Neill

Deacon O'NeillAge: 47

Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland

Home parish: Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul

Parents’ names: Sean and Eilis O’Neill

Education: Education degree at Queens University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Former jobs: High school and middle school teacher, dean of students at Cornerstone Middle School in Detroit, Mich.

Teaching parish: St. Paul, Ham Lake

Pastoral internship experiences: Clinical Pastoral Education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, summer diaconate ministry at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul, Spanish tutoring at Divine Mercy in Faribault

Hobbies: Sports, especially soccer, watching movies

Favorite book: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens

Favorite movie: “Gladiator”

Favorite Bible story: John 12, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet

Volunteer work: Missionaries of Charities’ after school program for children

Person you most admire: “My dad; he’s been a faithful Catholic all his life and handed the faith on to me. He’s a man of real integrity.”

Thanksgiving Masses: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 29 at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul; 10:30 a.m., Sunday, June 12 at St. Paul in Ham Lake

Read his story: “Zacchaeus moment leads to deeper discernment”

Deacon Nathan LaLiberte

Deacon LaLiberteAge: 26

Hometown: Lakeville

Home parish: All Saints, Lakeville

Parents’ names: Mark LaLiberte and Cathy LaLiberte

Education: B.A. in philosophy and Catholic studies, University of St. Thomas

Former job: Target, Dunn Brothers, Comfort Inn Suites, Minneapolis Gun Club and Fraser

Teaching parish: Maternity of Mary, St. Paul

Pastoral internship experiences: Divine Mercy, Faribault

Hobbies: Running, reading, cooking

Favorite book: “Summa Theologica” by St. Thomas Aquinas, and Proverbs

Favorite movie: “Monsieur Vincent”

Favorite Scripture quote: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” — John 10:10b

Volunteer work: Sharing and Caring Hands, St. Vincent de Paul Society

Person you most admire: Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Thanksgiving Masses: 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29, All Saints; 10 a.m. Sunday, June 12, Divine Mercy; Maternity of Mary to be announced

Read his story: “Vocation to the priesthood prophesied at baptism”

Deacon Cole Kracke

Deacon KrackeAge: 36

Hometown: Burnsville

Home parish: St. Joseph, West St. Paul

Parents: Tom and Linda Kracke

Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and master’s of divinity from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Teaching parish: Annunciation in Minneapolis

Summer diaconal assignment: St. Joseph, West St. Paul

Pastoral internship experience: Working with a youth group and attending the Franciscan University of Steubenville Conference in Atlanta, clinical pastoral education at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee and Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore

Hobbies: Technology, aviation

Favorite book: “An American Life” by President Ronald Reagan

Favorite movie: “A Man for All Seasons”

Person he admires: Blessed Pope John Paul II

Thanksgiving Mass: 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at St. Joseph in West St. Paul

Read his story: “Former Navy officer zeroes in on priesthood”

If you cannot attend the Ordination, you may watch it on many cable channels in the St. Paul area, and also on Digital Channel 16 by switching your television from "cable" to "antenna", if you have an antenna. For further information see:

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