Alumni Ordination Feature: Deacon Francis Floeder ’20

Meet Deacon Francis Floeder (SJV ’20) from the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis!
Biggest anticipated part of Ordination Day?
The laying on of hands and the prayer of ordination. After that happens, I will actually be a priest of Jesus Christ. Another part of the rite that I am looking forward to is having my hands anointed with chrism oil. My hands will be set apart as holy to do God’s work.
Most looking forward to in the Priesthood?
I cannot wait to celebrate Mass! Part of the universal law of the Church is to glorify God, and there is no higher form of doing that than celebrating Mass.
What do you miss the most from SJV?
There are a lot of things: I miss the wiffle ball tournament. I miss the zeal the brothers had for prayer. But the thing I miss most would probably be the never-ending opportunities for fraternity.
Currently reading?
“Where There is Love, There is God.” It is a book that lays out the spirituality of St. Mother Teresa. I am also finishing up a book I got from my uncle, Fr. John Floeder, called “The Pursuit of Happiness – God’s Way,” by Servais Pinckaers, OP.
How did SJV prepare you for what’s coming next?
SJV was instrumental in helping form and develop my prayer life through the different conferences and retreats during my four years there. SJV also helped prepare me for the priesthood by stressing the importance of having deep, genuine friendships with the men in my archdiocese.
Favorite part of spring?
I have really just enjoyed spending these last couple of weeks with my brothers in the seminary. Nothing stands out in particular, but I know I am going to miss having a hundred guys around supporting and encouraging me every day.
Please pray for Deacon Floeder as he prepares for Presbyteral Ordination on May 25, 2024 and for all of our alumni who will be ordained this spring!
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