Fr. Paul J. Makar was ordained in 2010 at the Ukranian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, PA.
Father grew up in Amboy, N.J. His father was ordained to the diaconate. Fr. Makar served in the U.S. Navy and professionally as an engineer, before his ordination to the priesthood. His acceptance of God’s call came at a time when he says a successful career left him “empty … not happy.” Returning to a more active participation in the Church, study of the bible and literature, he would read about the saints and great spiritual masters, such as the desert monastics. He was drawn in by reading about some of the heroic choices they made in life, but more importantly – and this was the fact that surprised him the most – was that they were people, ordinary sinners, often times rejected by society, and at other times, openly rejecting a successful and luxurious life, who accepted God’s call of mercy and followed the path to redemption. Fr. Paul says he was especially struck by their humility and compassion to others.
His first bit of advice to a man who is discerning a vocation to the priestly life would be “Never say ‘never,’ for you do not know what God has in store for you!”
Rev. Paul J. Makar
Director of Vocations
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
827 North Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123