Session 1: A Call to Conversion, Mary Magdalen Hometown
Session 2: A Call to Accompany Jesus, Insights from Scripture
Session 3: A Call to Misson, Insights from Tradition
Bishop Kemme's reflections
Sharing life experiences with Father Jirak. A heavy, and surely not an easy question has been on repeat from all of you: "Was there a lesson or anything you learned from an ex-girlfriend?" When he was 17, his mind and heart were moving towards Priesthood but he was also drawn to marriage - have a listen.
He loves his "sacred" nap time, he *may* or *may not* be able to do more than one pull-up and find out when God confirmed there was a God in Father Jirak's life! 🤣🤣
To be honest, a year ago before I opened the letter from Bishop Kemme I did not know what to expect. I did not have the slightest idea of where I was going to call home. When I read the letter stating that I would become one of the new parochial vicars (associate priests) for the Church of the Magdalen under the watchful eye of Fr. Jirak, I was elated. I had heard so much about the east side of Wichita growing up. I never expected all of you to invite me into your parish family so openly and freely. It has been a great blessing for me to be here at the Mag. All of you have been so kind and welcoming to me. As I look back on my one year anniversary as a Catholic priest all I can do is thank God for putting all of you in my life. I come from a big family and the Church of the Magdalen has taken me in, where I feel like part of the family I have grown so thankful for. You had to sit through my nervousness and deer in the headlight looks for this past year (still working on it). What I remember the most is your kind words and encouragement. With each new ministry that I am blessed to be involved in, I get to know a few more of you. It is these relationships with all of you that I cherish the most. As you reveal a little more of your family to me, hopefully, you will get to know me and my quirky, laid-back personality.
This summer we will be hosting a seminarian in the rectory, not on a pastoral year but simply in residence as he works his seminarian summer assignment. His name is Seth Arnold, and he will be going into his second year of theological studies at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago this fall. He comes from the Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard and looks forward to learning the ways of the east side of town!
We will mostly be seeing Seth on the weekends, as he helps the altar servers and keeps Fr. Jirak, Fr. Chris and Fr. Matt in line. During the week he will be downtown. “While I am living at the Magdalen, I will be working at the Lord’s Diner for my diocesan assignment. I am thrilled to be working at the Diner, where I will learn how to bring Christ to the poor and marginalized through corporal works of mercy. Although I expect there will be many challenging moments this summer at the Diner, I look forward to serving my brothers and sisters in Christ.”
He might have some free time in between The Lord’s Diner and helping out at Magdalen, and he shared a few hobbies he hopes to take part in, “I am an avid outdoors-man and love to hunt, fish, hike (especially in the mountains), and run. I love all sports, but I have a special affinity for cross country and track and field (which I participated in during middle school and high school) as well as soccer. I love to cook as well when I get the chance. My specialty being breakfast foods. I love to read and my favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton. The Lord of the Rings is probably my favorite book of all time, followed closely by A Tale of Two Cities, The Count of Monte Cristo, and To Kill A Mockingbird. My favorite way to pray is through the Scriptures before the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary. My favorite Marvel movie is Spider-man: Homecoming, which is objectively the best Spider-Man movie to be produced. Ever. Tom Holland perfectly captures the awkward teenager that just wants to be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man while learning the ropes of life.”
Seth is excited to be with us this summer, especially, “to grow in my pastoral abilities... understanding the priesthood by living with Frs. Jirak, Martin, and Davied.” He says, “I believe that living at the Magdalen will teach me what it means to have the heart of a priest and what that looks like in the life of a diocesan priest. I look forward to getting to know the parishioners at weekend Masses and to participate in the life of the parish.” Be sure you give Seth a warm welcome when you see him around the parish this summer, but most importantly, pray for him and his discernment of priesthood!
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