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Untitled-1Shaum celebrates Andean New Year with Bolivian villagers on shores of Lake TiticacaApostles Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishing on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus said, "Come follow me." Shaun Crumb, who will become Maryknoll's newest priest on May 30, also traces his service vocation to a seaside setting — the fishing resort his parents owned on Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood, Minnesota, USA. There, he says, he, his two older sisters and younger brother were constantly on call to help respond to tourists' needs.

 

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"Serving others was part of growing up," says Crumb. So was practicing his faith. Randy and Judie Crumb set the spiritual course for their children. "My parents invited us to come to church, but they weren't forceful. They led by example," recalls Crumb, now 36.

 

At Sacred Heart Church in Glenwood, where Crumb was an altar server, Father Eb (Eberhard) Schefers was also a spiritual guide. "He was a humble, loving guy," says Crumb of his former pastor. "He would come over to our house and have a beer with my dad. He was holy but not in a preachy way."

 

After attending local public schools. Crumb was accepted at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., where he majored in social work and minored in theology. "Benedictines, who live a monastic life, run St. John's. They would invite us students to join them for prayer," says Crumb. "They also place a strong emphasis on service." The tall, lanky Minnesotan participated in short-term mission experiences, mostly in needy U.S. areas. "Those trips opened my eyes to diversity as well as poverty and discrimination," he says.

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y name isEurico Piyali Pinto and this is the story of my personaeurico_piyali_pintol vocation journey. It seems that people's lives usually travel in straight lines but my story has many twists and turns, ups and downs.

I was born in March 27, 1976 in Kahala, Huambo, Angola. I was a member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Benguela, Angola. I worked actively with the youth group of that parish. As a youth I read the scriptures faithfully each day. It helped me very much, especially in the more difficult moments of my life. Soon a desire to become a priest
welled up within me. After finishing the eighth grade I decided to join a Vocation group.

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By Randy Raus, President of Life Teen

The church was packed. The air was thick with excitement and awe as I watched my friend and eight other men lay face down in front of the altar. I was experiencing the ordination of nine men who had answered God’s call to become Catholic priests. My friend, Joe, was answering God’s call to follow the Lord.

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Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.

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