Seminarians

Kevin KlumpDeacon Kevin Klump

Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2020

The Christian life is a symphony of nature and grace. I was born June 8th, 1992 and was baptized on June 28th on the memorial of St. Irenaeus of Lyons. I was raised in a loving family with my father and mother and five siblings. We attended the parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. 

I attended Holy Rosary Academy for most of my youth and later attended Service High School. Some of my joys of youth were fishing and camping with family as well as ice hockey with good friends. We often attended Blessed Sacrament Monastery for the Sacred Liturgy. My life was thus rooted in a deep experience of fatherhood, motherhood, and fraternity: the basic structure of the Church truly is the family!

Also, through my education, expoosure to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, adoration of the Holy Eucharist, and the Holy Rosary, my soul has been filled to its depths by the Almighty and Blessed Trinity, Who has made us for Divine communion. Seminary has nurtured this love of man and of God.

By the grace of Christ, I have been ordained to the diaconate and, God willing, will be ordained to the priesthood next year. May the Most Blessed Trinity bless you abundantly!

 


Madison Hayes

Theology III

The Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy

Expected ordination date to the Priesthood:2021

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I was raised in a military family of seven in Kaiserslautern, Germany. After graduating high school, I attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and was awarded a B.A. in Business Management and Communications. Shortly after university studies, and after working for two years in the business world, I enlisted in the Air Force and served on active duty as an aviator on board the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. It was while I was stationed in Alaska, in between flying and fishing, that I discerned my vocation to the priesthood.

I am entering my third year of Theology at The Pontifical North American College in Rome after having completed my philosophy studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota in 2017. During the summers I have trained as a Chaplain Candidate in the Air Force Reserve and assisted in the ministry of the Chaplains taking care of our troops in Alaska, Germany, and Japan. This summer I will be traveling around the Archdiocese of Anchorage on an Immersion Tour, visiting many parishes and schools in between helping out at ACYC and St. Therese’s Summer Camp. I look forward to meeting many of you as I continue my formation into the priesthood of Jesus Christ. I thank God for all of your generous support. As our benefactors, we will pray for you and your families as we continue our formation.


Ed Burke

College IV

Saint John Vianney College Seminary, Saint Paul, MN

Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2024

I was born in Alaska in 1997 and have lived most of my life in Kenai. My family is Catholic, I am the oldest of 12 children, and was homeschooled K-12. Alaska is home for me and I thrive on hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting, and hiking. My mom instilled in me a great desire to be a saint and this desire to be a hero for Jesus made me really start thinking about priesthood when I was about 12 years old. I had served at the holy sacrifice of the Mass since I was small and the Mass was the highpoint of each week.  

During high school God profoundly changed my life at ACYC and gave me a great desire to live radically for Him as a priest or religious. Eventually I visited St. John Vianney Seminary and the Lord made it clear that He wanted me there.  My three years there have been the best of my life. The liturgy, prayer life, brotherhood, and apostolic works have changed me and given me a much greater desire for the priesthood. I am very much at peace with where God has put me and am excited about continuing my journey towards the priesthood. 

Please pray for me and my brother seminarians, that we will have a great love for Christ’s presence in the sacraments and a burning desire to bring Him to His people in the many sacrament starved parts of our great state. Know that you are in our grateful prayers.

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