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Pastor finds wonderful life
as priest, in parish
Late vocation has paid dividends, says pastor at St. Pius, Appleton
|BEING PRESENT: Fr. Tom Farrell visits with Ed and Del Kaiser and their granddaughters Anna and Carrie Schwartz after weekday Mass at St. Pius X in Appleton. (Rick Evans photo)
Priesthood Sunday is Oct. 30
By Joanne Flemming
APPLETON -- For Fr. Thomas Farrell, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, Appleton, his priesthood is "the wonderful life."
"I think it's a wonderful way to live.... I can't imagine doing anything else," said Fr. Farrell, who has been pastor at St. Pius since July 1 after nearly five years as pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul, Green Bay.
Achieving his vocation took Fr. Farrell longer than it takes most priests. He was in his late 30s when Bp. Robert Banks ordained him in 1992.
He first thought about the priesthood "as a little kid." Two priests he knew then inspired him - Fr. Norbert Verhagen, a cousin who served as a missionary in Mexico, and Fr. Alfred Hietpas, his pastor at St. Nicholas Parish, Freedom. He recalled his cousin showing him slides of his mission work each summer.
Fr. Farrell attended high school two years at the former Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida. He returned to his family at Wrightstown to complete high school, then went to work at Prangeway, then at Rich's Bakery in Appleton, where he remained for 10 years. Full story ...
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