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An ordination journey nears its destination

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When Rich Jasper recently traced the course of his life that lead to the priesthood, he said, “As you can see, the Lord writes straight with crooked lines.”

However, in an era when men are often ordained beyond their 20s, Jasper’s vocation path of ardently practicing his faith, teaching it to young people, and sharing it with parishioners and with the needy has had a clear route to the altar in retrospect.

Jasper, 42, will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington by Bishop Malooly on May 20 at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Read more »

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Calling young people to holiness and vocations

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Students hear about lives of service to the church at annual Vocations Awareness Day at St. Mark’s

WILMINGTON – Having a vocation is using one’s talents and energy, no matter what that calling is, to be single or married, an ordained priest or a member of a religious congregation, a diocesan seminarian told hundreds of sixth-grade students Nov. 2.

Rich Jasper, who is a third-year student at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, was moderator of the annual Vocations Awareness Day designed to introduce sixth-graders to the various ways they can be called to serve.

This year, students from nearly all the Catholic schools in the diocese gathered at St. Mark’s High School. The day included a welcome from Jasper, a panel discussion and smaller sessions with individual priests, brothers and sisters. Read more »

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