The Mercy of Christ the King

Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht was ordained in June 2014 with his identical twin brother, from a family of 10 children. Twenty-two priests from their home parish, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler, MI have been ordained. Fr. Gary says being a priest is the greatest joy and honor of his life, especially at the hospital, seeing Christ working through him for those most in need. Fr. Gary is the Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc, MI.

Holiness is in Our Daily Lives

Father Brad is Priest Administrator at St. Luke Parish in Shoreline, Washington. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2011 for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Father attended parochial grade school and Jesuit high school, Seattle Prep, Class of 2002. He went on to Gonzaga University, where he graduated in 2006, and applied to be a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle at the beginning of his senior year in college. He was accepted by his home archdiocese and sent the following fall to Mundelein Seminary which is the major seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Brad was born in Seattle in 1983. He has an uncle who is a Jesuit Priest. Father is a huge Seattle Seahawks and Gonzaga Basketball fan. He played Rugby in college and enjoys cooking and downhill skiing.

Celibacy for the Kingdom

Fr. Jonathan Raia is the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. He was born in Houston, Texas into a strong Catholic family, where he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord, Savior, and Friend. He felt a call to the priesthood as early as his First Holy Communion, but discerned the call most seriously while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in 2002, he entered seminary and was ordained a priest in 2009. He served in a large suburban parish for four years, then was in campus ministry for a year before beginning in the Office of Vocations.

For more information on vocations in the Diocese of Austin, visit www.austinvocations.com.

Church, State, and the Moral Order

Fr. Phillip Tran grew up in South Florida (Boca Raton). After graduating from high school, he entered the University of Miami, with the intention of going into medicine as a physician. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience, and entered the seminary right after college. He credits his family, in particular his parents, for being excellent models of Christian virtue, and for nurturing his vocation. His interests include reading, fishing, watching movies of all genres, playing various sports, among many other things. Fr. Dolejsi completed his MDiv and STB from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. He has served as a parochial vicar in Tacoma, Priest Administrator in Issaquah and for the past two years has served as the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle and chaplain of Kennedy Catholic High School.

Our Help is in the Lord

Fr. Jeremy Paulin, OMV is the Vocation Director for the St Ignatius Province (USA) of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. The 8th of 10 children, he was born and raised in Central Massachusetts. After graduating from Thomas More College in New Hampshire, he ran a construction company in Massachusetts and then a pilgrimage company in New York. While working on pilgrimages, he discovered his vocation to the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and entered formation in Boston in 1998. He made his perpetual profession of Vows in May 2005 and was ordained a priest at St. Peter Chanel OMV Parish, Hawaiian Gardens, California, in November 2006. He served as associate pastor there and at Holy Ghost OMV Parish in Denver, CO., before becoming Director of Vocations for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in 2009. When not traveling for vocation ministry, Fr. Jeremy lives at the OMV seminary in Boston.

The Promises of Faith

David A. Lopez is a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, where he serves as Director of Deacon Formation and Chancellor, and as parochial deacon for the Cathedral of the Epiphany Parish. He knew from an early age that he was called to the vocation of marriage and family life. One of his early heroes was his 8th-grade teacher, Brother McHugh, FSC. Yet as a teenager he struggled greatly with the faith, having been too much formed by worldly assumptions, but returned in his twenties to the full practice of the faith. The key elements in his reversion were learning to pray, studying more deeply the authentic content and culture of Christianity as he earned a BA (University of Notre Dame, 1993) and Ph.D. (Yale University, 1999) in Medieval Studies, the witness of the martyrs (on which he wrote his doctoral dissertation), and above all, the graces of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony following his marriage to his wife, Cecilia, in 1994. He began volunteering for parish ministries once finished with graduate school, and has served variously as middle school catechist, RCIA catechist and sponsor, Confirmation catechist and sponsor, lector, cantor, altar server, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and in prison ministry. All this eventually led to receiving the call to the permanent diaconate. He was ordained on May 1, 2010. The most joyful aspects of his diaconal ministry include Adoration and Benediction, giving blessings, spontaneous evangelization, and the formation of future deacons. He lives in Sioux City with Cecilia and their three children.

The Intercessory Priesthood

Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht was ordained in June 2014 with his identical twin brother, from a family of 10 children. Twenty-two priests from their home parish, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler, MI have been ordained. Fr. Gary says being a priest is the greatest joy and honor of his life, especially at the hospital, seeing Christ working through him for those most in need. Fr. Gary is the Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc, MI.

Unworthy but Called

Fr. Jonathan Raia is the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. He was born in Houston, Texas into a strong Catholic family, where he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord, Savior, and Friend. He felt a call to the priesthood as early as his First Holy Communion, but discerned the call most seriously while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in 2002, he entered seminary and was ordained a priest in 2009. He served in a large suburban parish for four years, then was in campus ministry for a year before beginning in the Office of Vocations.

For more information on vocations in the Diocese of Austin, visit www.austinvocations.com.

Bold Coworkers in Christ

Born and raised Catholic in the Seattle area, Fr. Bryan Dolejsi was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle in 2006. He completed his undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Secondary Education and History. After serving as a Catholic High School teacher and basketball coach and serving internationally as a missionary he entered the seminary in 2000.

Fr. Dolejsi completed his MDiv and STB from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. He has served as a parochial vicar in Tacoma, Priest Administrator in Issaquah and for the past two years has served as the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle and chaplain of Kennedy Catholic High School.

"You are priests, not social or political leaders." -St. John Paul II