Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bartending and the Priesthood

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bartending and the Priesthood

Article excerpt

While I was bartending one evening, a friend of mine joked about how ridiculous it now seemed that we had met a year earlier at a college gathering for those who were considering the priesthood. I glanced up from pouring his vodka and tonic long enough to say, "I still am." The surprise that touched his face spoke a thousand words.

Why should it be so shocking that I, a bartender at a gay bar, leader of a gay-straight alliance, 'also consider a spiritual vocation, even one in the Catholic Church?

Now a senior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, I have been considering the priesthood for about two years. Marquette, while Catholic, is also Jesuit, a sect of the church that has long been considered a liberal bastion of the faith. This fall I will be filling out applications for both law schools and seminaries. After being in and out of Catholic education all of my life, I have seen the power and grace of the living church, gifts that I know are bestowed to as all. …

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