Fathers Jeremy Bock, Beau Braun, and Steven Langenbrunner were ordained before an overflow congregation at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary June 9. Bishop Paul Sirba, in his homily, noted that Father Bock said he had initially resisted God’s call in the diocesan vocations prayer. “The Hound of Heaven won, thank God,” he said.
He noted that Father Braun — whose brother, Father Drew Braun, is a diocesan priest — joined other sets of brothers in the Diocese of Duluth presbyterate, including the bishop himself, who joked that his brother, Father Joseph Sirba, “insists he’s the only one who’s persevered in his vocation.”
|From left, Father Drew Braun, Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba, Father Jeremy Bock, and Father Steven Langenbrunner pose after the bishop ordained the three men to the priesthood June 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. (Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross)|
And the bishop highlighted Father Langenbrunner’s association with the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist during their service in the diocese.
“All three of you reflect the fruit of good and holy marriages in our diocese,” he told the three men.
He reminded them to trust in Jesus to bring his work in them to fulfillment, and echoing Pope Francis, he urged them to be good examples, not encumber the faithful with unbearable burdens, and “be joyful, never sad.”
Bishop Sirba said that the secular world says we can create a happy world by ourselves, but that is false. “The truth is there will be no happiness in our hearts or in our world without Jesus Christ,” he said. “… Between Christ and despair, there is no middle ground.”
Father Bock, whose father, Deacon Gerald Bock, proclaimed the Gospel at the ordination, joins several diocesan priests who are the sons of permanent deacons. He is assigned as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Mary Star of the Sea in Duluth, effective July 12.
Father Braun, whose brother assisted in vesting him, will serve as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament in Hibbing.
Father Langenbrunner, who served several years as a permanent deacon for Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet before discerning his call to the priesthood, will serve as parochial vicar at St. James in Duluth for his first assignment.
— By Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross