Another new face
As part of their formation for the priesthood, men in the seminary are sent to participate in parish life on Sunday morning, as well as some other apostolate. During my years of formation, I had the privilege to serve at a variety of different parishes – from suburban ‘mega-parishes’ to smaller inner-city, etc., all of which were a tremendous blessing in preparation for becoming a priest!
This year, the seminary has asked me to supervise the parish ministry of a seminarian, Mr. George Rhoades. He will be spending most Sunday mornings with us for the academic year. Also, as a ‘Theology II’ man, he will also be engaged in various ministries to the homebound, hospitalized, and care facilities. His first weekend will be Sept 8th. Below is his own introduction, but please join me in welcoming and praying for Mr. George Rhoades.
My name is George Rhoades and I am a seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon from Olathe, Kansas, which is just south of Kansas City. I grew up there and I am now studying for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, meaning I will re-turn there when I am ordained a priest (God-willing!). My mom grew up on a farm in Iowa where my grandparents still farm corn and beans, and my dad moved around the country growing up, but both met in Kansas shortly after college. My parents value Catholic school education, as my mom is a Catholic school principal, and so I was blessed to go to school where discerning the priesthood was encouraged. Right after graduating high school from St. James Academy in 2014, I entered the seminary and completed a philosophy degree at Cardinal Glennon College–the college portion of Kenrick-Glennon–here in St. Louis. This year I am in my second year of graduate theological studies. I have lived and studied in St. Louis for the past five years. I come from a family of six with an older brother who has been married for one year and two younger twin sisters who are in college. As you could guess, I am a committed Chiefs fan, though I like to watch a lot of sports (the Royals have made it tough this year, but I also like basketball and soccer). I am very excited to be at Good Shepherd this year and look forward to meeting you! Please pray for me and I will continue to pray for you.
Mr. George Rhoades