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Father Mitchel grew up in rural northwest Kansas in the small town of Hoxie. After graduating from high school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from the University of Kansas in 1996. While at KU he was involved in the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, and with the choral music program there. That’s when Fr. Mitchel became interested in the life and writings of Pope St. John Paul II.

Following his graduation from KU, Father decided to work in campus ministry and did so as an outreach minister to college students and then in development and fundraising. Instead of going to medical school, Fr. Mitchel felt a call to become a priest and after meeting Pope St. John Paul II in 1997 at World Youth Days in Paris, he determined to make a formal application to the seminary.

Fr. Mitchel was ordained in 2004 for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. He served as associate pastor at St. Michael the Archangel in Leawood and as chaplain of St. Thomas Aquinas high school until 2007. He served as Vocations Director for the Archdiocese from 2007 until last year. He is currently Co-director of Seminarians, while serving as pastor of Christ the King Church in Topeka, Kansas.

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"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis