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PLEASE, DO ALL YOU CAN TO ENCOURAGE PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS. YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

‘Jesus is always at work in our lives.’ There is a real possibility that I never would have existed outside the womb. My birth mother had scheduled an abortion, but grace intervened, and she placed me for adoption instead. When I first felt the call to the priesthood many years later, it seemed to come out of nowhere. Growing up, I thought about being a baseball player, a doctor, a game show host. But a priest? Never. Now I can see that the Lord was preparing me for this vocation from the very beginning. My parents adopted me and planted the first seeds of faith; the witness of good priests, religious sisters and lay teachers sowed countless more. When I started to pray in a more intimate way as a college student, those seeds sprouted; Jesus drew me into his heart and led me to the seminary. Seeds can lay dormant and unseen for a long time, yet Jesus is always at work in our lives. I am humbled and grateful that he has chosen to share his priesthood with me.

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Father Ryan Kaup Diocese of Lincoln Father Joseph Vanderheiden Council 3152 Nebraska City, Neb.

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