Archdiocese to replace Paulists with diocesan priests at St. Lawrence

  • Article by: Lydia Coutré , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 11:48 AM

Paulists say they were surprised by the archbishop's move to bring in a diocesan priest after 98 years.

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drr1865Jun. 22, 13 2:36 PM

Great story Lydia. The whole thing is very discerning to us that worship there. Questions remain unanswered: Why this parish? There are many parishes in the Archdiocese that have non-diocesan priests. (ex: St Albert the Great and Holy Rosary in Mpls) Why did the Archbishop pick this parish? We haven't been told. Also, the new pastor is a member of some religious cult called "Companions of Christ". They live in a house on Marshall Ave in St Paul. We don't know where the new pastor is going to reside? He should be living here at St Lawrence. Also, there is another religious cult coming to fruition at the University. That one is called "People of Praise". They have a house somewhere near campus and will be offering campus ministry to the U. That means they will be competing with the Newman Center for students. Of course, none of that is common knowledge. We just discovered this by reading and questioning. Why is the Archdiocese being so secretive about all this. No wonder so many are anxious and upset about this sudden change and booting of the Paulists. Lydia, I hope you have time to dig a little deeper into your story and see if you can come up with a explanation from someone, hopefully the Archdiocese. Thanks in advance!!!!

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DebletteJul. 4, 13 6:36 PM

The comments of drr1865 pretty much answer any question anyone outside of that parish would have as to why a diocesan priest is being brought in. Calling the Companions of Christ a cult is like saying Jesus Christ was a heretic. I doubt you will find a cohesive group of priests as holy as the ones in this order. If you would really like to know about them, what they believe in, go to their website, companionsofchrist.com I find the labeling of them this way as ignorant and insulting. Once you have educated yourself on why they live in community, in several locations, you may feel blessed that one of these men will be the pastor at your church. As Fr. Jon has been my pastor and confessor for the past six years, and the priest who confirmed me, I can only say that the parish he is coming from is heartbroken and grieving that he will not be returning to them. The People of Praise are not a part of the Archdiocese nor are they are a part of St. Lawrence. As for the comments in this article that you hope the incoming priest does things they way other priests have, I can only assume that is referring to the Catholic way, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church and in communion with Rome and follwing the Liturgy of the Mass as required. If not, that too may say a lot as to why a diocesan priest is being assigned. If yes, then you can rejoice. The priest who is coming to you is kind, compassionate, works tirelessly for his flock, promotes vocations and above all, is very, very holy. No matter what the reasons are for his coming, you are being very, very blessed.

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