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The Calling, the Cost, the Joy

and the RCIA program. All through college, the desire to serve God as a priest only grew.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in history, I went to study and be formed for the priesthood at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. I was ordained to the priest- hood of Jesus Christ on May 28, 2005, for service in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

If, after reading this, you find yourself asking, “What does the Lord want of me?” ask yourself three simple and basic questions:

Where do I find joy? Where do I find peace? Where do I find fulfillment?

Where these three answers coincide, there I am certain is God’s will.

And if you find yourself asking, “Lord, why me?” ask your- self instead, “Why not me?”

Fr. Zehnle is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in irden, Illinois, and of St. Patrick Parish in Girard, Illinois. This story is adapted from one appear- ing on his blog, “Servant and Steward,” at www.servantandsteward.org.

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