Skip to comments.Identical twins become Green Bay priests
Posted on 07/02/2007 2:23:20 PM PDT by NYer
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Identical twins are among the newest priests in the Green Bay Catholic Diocese.
Ben and Joel Sember were ordained yesterday along with Andrew Kyserly.
James Sember, the twins' father, said he couldn't get them to apply any place else or do anything else.
The twins will both serve in the Green Bay diocese, but say their ministries will be different.
Joel Sember says that, although they have the same background and the same genes, they have different approach to things in general.
His brother, Ben, says he hopes they don't ever get assigned to the same parish. He says it would be very confusing for its members.
Fathers Sember ping.
Hopefully the local people in Green Bay will send us some pictures, both of the ordination and of course, of them now.
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Home-schooled converts from evangelical family with 7 children.
The entire family converted, apparently.
Sember’s father, James, was raised as a Catholic but left the church in college for the “personal relationship with Jesus” offered in Protestant communities.
After a few years, he missed the liturgy and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. But his wife, Marion, had been raised as a Presbyterian with strong anti-Catholic sentiments. Nearly four more years passed until she was ready to enter the church with him.
Even then, she said, “I’ll become Catholic, but I don’t want my sons becoming priests.”
But as she grew to love the church, she grew to appreciate its ministers and Ben says his parents strongly influenced him by teaching the faith and encouraging him to take it seriously.
Ben says he was fortunate to know excellent priests who served with joy and who loved the church deeply.
Around age 14, he started to consider priesthood.
Thanks for that post! Great story.
There was another post on FR a while back about twins becoming priests - they were the youngest of 12 or 13 siblings.
Also good-looking young men. God gets the best?
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