Say Something Nice About a Priest Meme
As the title says, I have to say something nice about a priest.
It’s difficult to narrow down my choice to one priest because I have known so many really wonderful priests. The priest I have had the most interaction with recently has been the associate pastor of our parish, Fr. Michael Linnebur. His photo is below.
Let me share a little information about Father with you:
Fr. Michael Linnebur is originally from Sacred Heart parish in Colwich, Kansas. He was a graduate of Colwich Elementary School, Andale High School (’97), and Kansas State University (’02), before entering the seminary in the fall of 2002. He spent his first 4 years studying philosophy and theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and then completed his last 2 years of theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Fr. Linnebur was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 2008 by Bishop Jackels, and began serving the St. Francis of Assisi parish community in June 2008.
We know from this information that Fr. is from a small, German Catholic community which is a very strong pro-life community — very family-oriented and dedicated to their faith. He had wonderful preparation for the priesthood and is now serving in as an associate pastor in the largest church in the diocese of Wichita.
I have known Father Linnebur for almost two years now. He appears cheerful whenever I see him and seems personally concerned about me and my family. He is very personable and has such a boyish charm about him that is very natural. He gets along really well with the children of the parish — always striking up conversations with them. He seems just as comfortable with the adults.
I see Father Mike most often at daily Mass and at RCIA. He celebrates Mass so reverently and prayerfully, and his homilies always begin with a personal greeting to those in attendance. He speaks clearly and distinctly and loudly enough that even those who are hard of hearing can understand him. His homilies always seem to contain quotes from the saints which emphasize the points he is making. He seems very sincere and his words strike a chord in me that move me to live out my faith more deeply in my life. The Truth spoken with enthusiasm is hard to resist.
In RCIA, Fr. Mike is a natural at instructing others in the faith. He embraces the Catholic faith and speaks with such joyful enthusiasm that is so contagious to those around him — I don’t know how anyone could resist becoming a Catholic after listening to him. Of course, he doesn’t always have all the answers — but when he doesn’t know something, he looks it up and gets back with his students, which is what most wise instructors do. Nevertheless, he is very knowledgable and explains the faith very well. He has a great sense of humor which adds to the positive atmosphere of his classroom.
I have also had the opportunity to go to The Sacrament of Reconciliation with Father Mike and always come out feeling refreshed and renewed. When you speak to Fr. Mike, you can tell that he is really listening carefully to what you say by his questions and responses. His penances seem to be carefully thought through and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Our parish usually gets the newly ordained priests who stay for a year or two and then are transferred to other parishes. I sure hope this isn’t the case with Fr. Mike — I would like it if he were to stay around for awhile and I know others feel the same way. He is certainly God’s gift to us and I am so thankful for him.
Now I have to tag someone. I choose the following people:
Souternus at A Catholic Notebook.