MIDLAND Not too long ago ordained a priest and on his first assignment as parochial vicar, or assistant pastor, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church at 4601 Neely Ave., the Rev. Kevin Lenius claims his spirituality grew step by step in excess of the a long time and commenced to experienced when he was in substantial faculty.
The Rev. Lenius’s ambition experienced crystallized by the time he graduated from Abilene Cooper in 2012 and he ready at seminaries in Conception, Mo., Houston and St. Louis, Mo., until getting ordained by Bishop Michael Sis of San Angelo on Might 21 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Coronary heart in Abilene.
His pastoral year between studies in Houston and St. Louis was at San Miguel Archangel Catholic Church in Midland.
The only priest in his family members, he mentioned, “I didn’t imagine a great deal about church when I was youthful.”
“It was just a thing we did on Sundays. When I was likely into substantial faculty, I commenced discovering more about my faith and what it intended to be Catholic. Abilene is a pretty Protestant town and that designed me dilemma why I was Catholic.
“In communion, I discovered, it is not bread and wine at all, it is virtually the system and blood of Christ. That is God on the altar giving himself to me. I was coming to know Jesus Christ personally and meeting the God who established me and loved me.”
Lenius also uncovered non secular meaning in enjoying violin in the Cooper Cougars’ orchestra and in his church choir. “God spoke to me as a result of new music and he even now does,” he mentioned.
“Many of individuals occasions of new music turned occasions of prayer.”
Doing work with St. Stephen’s pastor, the Rev. Rodney White, Lenius experienced been preaching in mid-July about the knowledge of aligning one’s self with the will of God. “God only wishes what’s best for us,” he mentioned.
“We really do not have to be worried when he may challenge us to modify our lives for the reason that it is only for our great. His adore for us is over and above our imagining.”
The Most Rev. Sis mentioned Lenius “is a man of lots of skills.”
“Father Kevin excelled in his academic get the job done, he has wonderful social techniques, he is a gifted violin player, he speaks pretty great Spanish and his preaching really connects with people today,” Sis mentioned. “At each individual parish in which he has served, the people today have mentioned they loved him. Obtaining grown up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene Cooper Higher University, he understands the people today and cultures of Texas.
“His parents reside in Abilene and they are pretty supportive of his dedication to ministry in the church.”
As he was expanding up, Father Kevin played his violin in the church choir each individual 7 days. People choir associates are so shut to him that, when he received ordained, they felt just about as if a member of their have family members were being receiving ordained.
“He has heaps of power for ministry and he is constantly ready to get up and serve anywhere he is wanted. He has a correct shepherd’s coronary heart.”