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Craig Wilt, who has been a parishioner of St. Andrew parish since its beginning, has formally become a member of the CACINA clergy.  He completed the required evaluations and interviews, including that of the Vocations Committee, and was incardinated as a priest of CACINA on Sunday, April 21, 2019.  The Wilt family, (Craig, Sue, daughter, Gina, and son, Antonio), has been a pillar of the Warrenton church since its infancy.  Fr. Craig studied in Rome, was previously ordained in the Roman church, completed many years of missionary work, and currently works as a grief coordinator at Hospice.  CACINA is blessed to have him as part of the CACINA clergy.  His experiences and expertise will certainly serve to strengthen our church.

 

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On April 6, 2019, Father Al Risdorfer was ordained a priest of CACINA by Bishop Ron Stephens and assisted by Bishop Carl Purvenas-Smith. The ordination was attended by a large gathering of lay parishioners from several parishes, clergy, bishops, family and friends at the Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland.  After the ordination, the congregation attended a reception in Fr. Risdorfer's honor at the Grand Baltimore.  CACINA welcomes our new priest. 

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OmahaFriars2The Community of Saint Francis, located in Omaha, Nebraska, has joined the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America and established a mission there.  This community is a small, lay independent Catholic, Franciscan community whose mission focuses on working in nursing facilities (alongside the Catholic Workers) and prisons, collecting and distributing clothing for the homeless, and visiting shut-ins, to name a few of their activities.   

The brothers in the community endeavor to live and serve by following vows derived through St. Francis of Assisi, the Mirror of Christ.  They strive to detach from material things and have obedience to the Gospel and in so doing are led to a life greater than their own, in love with the social outcast and forgotten.  To find out more, contact Brother Jason at brjayosf71@gmail.com or (800) 603-0644, ext. 717.  You can follow them on Facebook: Omaha Friars

 

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Father Paul Pfadenhauer is the newest priest to join the fellowship of the CACINA clergy at Saints Francis and Clare parish. Previously throughout his professional life, he was known as Pastor Paul. He was a Lutheran Pastor for 59 years until the Lord called him to a new ministry in CACINA. He was born in the German neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens, NY. He attended public school in Cambria Heights, Queens, high school at Brooklyn Technical High School, college at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio and divinity studies at Philadelphia Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. He served at the following churches in New York, totaling 35 years of parish ministry: St. John's Lutheran Church, Merrick, NY, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, NMY, Grace & Saint Paul's Church, Manhattan, NMY, and Trinity Lutheran Church Middle Village, NY. Fr. Paul relocated to South Florida in 1994 and served as a Chaplain/Spiritual Care Counselor at the Hospice of Martin & St. Lucie, Stuart, and Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton. He also served in Florida as Interim-Pastor at First Lutheran Church, Fort Lauderdale, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Sunrise, and St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Pompano Beach. During the years of parish and hospice ministries, Fr. Paul collected a few more degrees to add to his M.Div. from seminary. He earned a Masters in Professional Studies Gerontology from Southampton/LIU, Southampton, NY, a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, and an Advanced Certification in Psychotherapy from the Albert Ellis Institute, Manhattan, NY.

And now after joining CACINA, as Fr. Paul says, “Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.”—but he promises not to bark or bite!