The Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy
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 fourth year of Theology at The Pontifical North American College in Rome at the Alphonsian Academy of Moral Theology after having completed my philosophy studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota in 2017, and my S.T.B. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2020. 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 spring I was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in South Anchorage while I finished my studies remotely due to the closures overseas, and during the summer I was able to travel to many parishes around the Archdiocese before starting my military assignment at JBER. 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.
Mount Angel Seminary
My name is Luke Daniel; I am a seminarian of the soon to be former Diocese of Juneau. I am in my first year of theology at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon. I am 23 years old, soon to be 24 in November. Originally, I was born, raised and Baptized in Sitka and when I was four my parents thought it best that we move south to western Washington to be closer to family. After many years of growing up in a single-child household with my parents, I pursued a career in my passion, art. Since I was small, I loved to paint and draw and after my reversion to the Faith and a trip to Europe for my post high school graduation, I was set on the idea of serving the Church by being trained as a professional classical artist and God-willing one day as a husband and father. After my reversion, I had many opportunities to serve at my parish in various ministries with youth catechesis and programs, as well as homeless ministries. By the combined efforts of many supportive members of my parish in WA and by my good friend Bishop Edward Burns while he was still the ordinary of Juneau, I was urged to consider the priesthood. Despite my initial desires, God had different plans for my life, as I approached to ending of my community college career and looking at the application to the art school of my choice for my major studies, God called me to serve in Juneau and apply to the diocese. The decision has never been more fulfilling.
I still to this day love art and have grown more and more fond of Iconography from the Byzantine tradition, as well as a slowly growing interest in ancient Celtic calligraphy and when I have time while I am not studying, I practice my sketching and painting in the classical tradition. My favorite artists are Peter Paul Rubens, Michelangelo Caravaggio, Andrei Rublev and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Apart from my art, I love to read, write, hike, go fishing, walk in the woods, go kayaking and spending time with my friends. My favorite prayers are the Rosary, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Iconography and the Jesus Prayer. My favorite saint is St. Maximilian Kolbe, who inspired me by what he said and did in his life, particularly when he was asked who he was before being sentenced to the starvation bunker in Auschwitz. He did not say his name or his prisoner number; he said simply, “I am a Catholic priest.” His identity was Christ, and his actions in offering his life for another inspired me in my vocation.
Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon
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 years there were a huge blessing. The liturgy, prayer life, brotherhood, and apostolic works changed me and have given me a much greater desire for the priesthood. I am excited to begin the next leg of the journey as I start studying theology at Mt. Angel and I hope Jesus continues calling me towards becoming His priest.
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.
Transitional Deacon Kevin Klump is currently serving at St. Michael Parish in Palmer. His ordination date and information will be announced after the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau is established.