As a newly ordained priest, amazingly, it has already been four weeks of being a priest! I’m having to adjust to saying Mass regularly and get adjusted to how to celebrate the mass and all of the hand gestures and everything else. As a new experience, it can be challenging to enter into the mystery … Continue reading God’s presence
I hope I’m not sharing a story with you that you have already heard, but I know my Grandpa, you know him as Bill Koch, loves to tell the story about his visit down to Louisiana. A medical van picked him up at his nursing home in Kalida and brought him to Baton Rouge Louisiana. … Continue reading The Love of the Trinity
My Grandpa who will turn 93 this coming December made a long trip to see my ordination. My Grandpa has always been a faithful Catholic, and he has always been proud of me. One thing he hasn’t had was a priest in his own family. His brother was a priest, but none of his children … Continue reading My Grandpa’s long trip to see my ordination!
I was a student at LSU about eight years ago for about two years before I entered the seminary. I don’t know if you still have it but free speech alley where they would allow groups to set up displays and the like. I think about once a week Christ the King would set up a table to … Continue reading The Spirit’s Role in Our Mission
I posted this three part article in the bulletin here it is in one post! My Journey to the Priesthood (Part 1) With my ordination a short two weeks away! I want to share with you how I came to discover God’s call to the priesthood in my own life. I’ve shared some of … Continue reading My Vocation Story
Do any of you remember the first time you tried to ride a bike, or maybe the first time you went swimming? We likely don’t remember what we were doing, and we needed some help. I don’t have much memory of my bike lessons as a kid but I know I was successful with them … Continue reading God Gives us Aid to Proclaim the Gospel
As you probably know this coming weekend, I will finish my journey that started about eight years ago when I entered the seminary. A part of the ordination I will lie prostrate on the floor, or I will lie flat on the floor face down. During this action, the Church will be praying the litany … Continue reading They will know us by our Love