Deacon Kevin Klump
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2020
The Christian life is a symphony of nature and grace. I was born on June 8th, 1992 and was baptized on June 28th of the same year. I was raised in a loving family with my father and mother and five siblings We attended the parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and my siblings and I attended the Catholic school, Holy Rosary Academy. 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 a thorough and sound education, exposure 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. To our benefactors: May the Most Blessed Trinity bless you abundantly!
The Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood:2021
Co-Sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services
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.
I was born in Alaska in 1997 and spent the first seven years of my life moving around the country as my dad followed work as a wildlife biologist. When I was seven we moved back to Alaska and we have stayed in the Kenai area ever since. When I turned 16 I went to the Alaska Catholic Youth Conference (ACYC). This was a massive turning point in my life. Not only did I encounter a young, active church that was on fire for Jesus but I had a conversion and started to actually know Jesus.
I have a great love for Christ’s presence in the sacraments and a desire to bring Him to His people in our great state. My first year has been a terrific experience. I am very much at peace with where God has put me and am excited about continuing my journey towards the priesthood.