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Grateful for Nine Years of Priesthood

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Flipping through pictures from my ordination nine years ago, I couldn’t help but think: I look so young! I started to marvel that I survived my first few years as a newly ordained priest. In 5 years I had served 8 different parishes, moved three times, been involved in sacking two employees, and survived a school fire. I became pastor …

Listen, My Priest!

Fr. Joel Free Range

Leave aside the things that distract you from Me. I am the One Thing Necessary to you in this life. Save your eyes, your ears, your mouth, your hands, and your heart, your whole being for Me, and I will unite you to Myself. Close your eyes to vanities, and your ears to flattery and deceit. Open your mouth to …

FrBen – Three signs Jesus lives (Ascension)

Benjamin Homilies

After he rose from the dead, the disciples saw Jesus ascended into Heaven. Although Jesus is in Heaven right now, He is still with us here on earth and He is already reigning as king of this world. I can point to three signs that Jesus is lives: Pope Francis’ recent meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis inviting Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican, and the ordination of two new priests, because priests continue Christ’s priestly power in the world. These are three signs in the world that Jesus lives, but every Christian is called to be a sign that Jesus lives. We must be signs in our homes, shops and businesses.

FrBenjamin – The Holy Spirit gives us power (6 Easter)

Benjamin Homilies

Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would just be like any other community. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome the obstacles that we face and to do more than we could do on our own. Like the reactor that powers Iron Man’s supersuit, the Holy Spirit is the motive force that powers the Church. The life and death of Fr. Frans van der Lugt is an example of what the Holy Spirit enables us to do.

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+324+ Servant is Lord is Servant (Holy Thursday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Lord of the house lived in luxury; the servants lived simple lives. But Jesus, the true Lord, chooses to serve. He invites us to do the same. A husband washes the feet of his wife and family when he uses his authority to serve them. Let the Lord serve you that you might serve others.

Three brothers and the priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Recently the youngest of three brothers was ordained the the priesthood. The oldest and first to be ordained to the priesthood, as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was Fr. Luke Strand. Fr. Luke was briefly on the national news after his ordination because a company was threatening to sue him for infringing on their image by driving around …

The Priesthood at 5 years, a Reflection

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

I was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 30th, 2007, at the Cathedral in Green Bay. A couple months ago it dawned on me that my five-year anniversary was fast approaching. I was taken aback. I always saw myself as a “baby priest,” but now half my priest support group has been ordained fewer years than me. How did the …