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Who is Fr. Joel?

Father Joel Sember was ordained a priest in 2007 for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has extensive experience as a parish priest and two years of service in campus ministry. He made a thirty-day Ignatian silent retreat and later completed the Spiritual Direction Training Program through the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, a Bachelors in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and a License in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University Santa Croce in Rome. He has completed a dozen walking pilgrimages. He currently serves as pastor of three parishes in Wisconsin, United States.

Why This Ministry

I was born into a family that loved and served the Lord Jesus. I remember growing up with Bible stories and family bedtime prayer. When I was 12 years old, my parents announced that they were becoming Catholic. I was the kid who always asked, "Why?", and I wasn't going to be a member of a church just because my parents said so. I started learning everything I could about religion in general and the Catholic Church in particular. The more I learned, the more I loved. This love grew into a desire to serve the Lord as a Catholic priest.

I've always loved tinkering with technology. I can remember my first computer. As soon as my home got the internet, I started experimenting with building myself a homepage on Geocities. Within the first year of ordination I had started podcasting my homilies. This blog was born in the summer of 2007. It combines my love for human-friendly technology with a passion for preaching the Gospel. The website you are reading is the 4th version of the blog. Thanks for being part of my journey!

What You Can Do About It

You can support Fr. Joel's ministry! Leave a review at Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. Share his work on social media. Tell your friends. Drop a comment. Give him a tip through PayPal. Or become a Mission Partner by making monthly donations through Patreon.com/PilgrimPriest

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