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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC .lilLY 28, 1991 New Catholic priest he d. C The Second Vatican Council seemed to says.his life has been be the clincher, tc "I was very much impressed with the pilgrimage, process Vatc~ II doc~. ents and the vision and thrust of them, he said. " Another sign came to Mitchell when a By Robert O'Steen ,, friend, also an Episcopal priest, called to say rlia he had derided to become a Catholic priest. 0p. Miami (CNS) - Rev. Walter "Mitch 'It seemed almost like a door was open- stai Mitcl~,ell was a priest for 30 ),ears. But it hag for me," he said. i~ wasn t until this June, after several years of "So I asked him about what he was do" searching and growing, that he became a i i : Ca olic priest. , "I d like to think of my experience as a pilgrimage, a period of growth. I found the +' opportunity to continue to grow and to ~:.~ Po ~:. i~! progress in the Catholic Church," said the .+ Q~:' ~..: i:::`~. col ~_ 67-year-old former Episcopal priest ha an ~ ,::' interview with The Florida Catholic, Miami :i , ~ ~ ~o Back, L to R: Benedictine Sisters Anita Berkemeyer, Stephanie Schroeder archdiocesan newspaper, bb' (vocations director), Louise Sharum (prioress) and Elise Forst (formation He was ordained ha Fort Lauderdale as ' ~ : .:~ ~: ~;~ -~ director) bless Sr. Kimberly Rose Prohaska after her reception into the his wife, Noel, a lifelong Catholic, looked IV i .... i; Ser v on. ~ novitiate. An Episcopal priest in Rochester, N~, for ~ ........ :~:~el PIP0 ]( 30years, Mitchell began questoningwhere - he was ha the church ha the 1970s. In 1979 :~ rn~ he came to Fort Lauderdale, where he ~ ~S Fort Smith - Sr. Kimberly Rose Prohaska The reason I chose St. Scholasfica is due worked in a department store computer . lic abl of Mountain Home was received into the to the grace of truly feeling at home and of roomHe marriedfr abOUtNoelthreeil11980,years" de, novitiate at St. ~_holasfica Monatery here in being welcomed so genuinely, she said. but found secu- if:. a recent ceremony attended by her biologi- "One may wonder why a person would enter lar,work increasingly unsatisfying. " su,, cal and religious fatuities, religious life in this day and age. If one 'I had come to the realization that the ad~ Born ha Chicago and one of 12 children, finds life lacking ha fulfilling one's needs, I priesthood is where I belong," he said. Marlene Ouaroni/CNSWhl~' she will begin a two-year no~tiate under suggest religious life can be a career offut- "When I left Rochester I thought I was Noel Mitchell hugs her husband the direction of formation dir6ctor Sr. Elise fillment. Life is a series of new beginnings through with the priesthood and any min- Walter, a new Catholic priest. Pe Forst, OSB. Sr. Louise Sharum, OSB, is and l am happy to be anew beginner in St. istrywhatsoever, but l was not smart enough st~ prioress of the community. Scholasfica Monastery. to listen to the Holy Spirit. hag an,,d he said he had been advised to apply through the program established by al I' Is r"--te Farm Sells/" "She bee. amo gr o.s +Va.=for o+.or '+ nes married or not, who want to become Catho- ~i my friend and partner,lic priests, co: co p, , boo, /LifeInmr ,I and has given a tremendous was accepted as a candidate for Catholic vi~ and shoe repair.., ante. In 1987, after meeting with McCarthy, he m a !lu t t I amount of encouragement priesthood after a series of hatewiews and We repair most I I I ~Vhe more I read, the more I was con- ex= vinced the derision ~ correct and even vir leather ~F'~LF~t~ [ [ ~ ' [ Mitchell became a part-time chaplain at regretted that I hadn t let my e3'es open sel 0oo0 I / ++++ still working in the computer room. From His wife, who teaches eighth grade at a ra, there he became an assistant at an Episco- Catholic ~.hool, has been very supportive, thq ,mlmm pal church in Fort lauderdale and then=i was most fortunate. She never said or DON'S DOWNTOWN I I I vicar of a mission in western Broward anything abOut my becoming a Roman ~ SHOE SERWCE I I If| I 311 West 7th Street I I .................. I =In the meantime, I had done a lot of prayed for me. She has been a most ~ [ Utile Rock I [ Mike Van Vranken, CLU, ChFC ] reading, some of the traditional and some dous person, my friend and parmer, and 7 0228 J | |Member'Christ the King Parish of the modem material, and was very much has given a tremendous amount of encour- to 38- : . intrigued with the Roman Catholic Chulvh, agement throughout all this." I ~O1N. ShackelfordRd. LitfleRock, AR7221yMot~FrI730AMto530pMSotgAM ~'~'~'~'~'~'~'~'~'~'~'~'~,~'~'~'~,~'~' an I o~,~O~~T ~ ! ~r-t~- -" Iv~"" 1==113 I CLEANERS , I "/BII i~~,o,o~" ~,~1 +~.__., I oo,.o,o I BB i 8717 W. Narldlam Oil I I utue Rock, ,~ 7220,5 -,~ ~ v ] ] ~ | Road Service Tune-ui~ l 224-7611 ~ " l "Ph'~Pickup & Ddivm'y& Balled. BrakeAir Cond. RepMr Sel~ce L_