As promised, our seminarian intern moved in this past week with both feet running. I asked John to write in my usual article space so you can hear a little bit about who he is and his role.
Pax, Fr. Bline
"Hello, my name is John Mulhollan, a seminarian intern who just moved into your parish for the start of my 7½ month pastoral internship! I was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Wadsworth, and attended Highland High School. My parents (Paul and Bonnie) continue to live near Sharon Center, Ohio. I attended The Ohio State University, earning both a Business degree and a Juris Doctor in Law. I practiced law for almost 15 years, specializing in health care transactions and regulatory compliance. I find it fitting that many of my clients were Catholic nonprofit organizations engaged in the church’s ministries to help the poor and afflicted. I even spent several years as corporate counsel and interim general counsel for two large Catholic healthcare systems. However, the Lord had other plans for me. Beginning in law school and through my career, I felt drawn to parish life and sharing my faith with others. After much prayer and discernment, I decided to answer God’s call to enter the seminary to further discern if I am called to serve in the ordained priesthood. Although I still value my prior experiences as a lawyer and lay person, I hope to be an active parish priest who brings others, especially families and persons who might be on the fringes of the community, to experience the gift of faith through a higher, divine law. . .Christ’s law of love! Fr. Bline has helped set up a lay formation board, which consists of a few of your fellow parishioners. Along with them and your pastoral staff I will be offered guidance and support so that I may assist with PSR, RCIA, day school religion classes, and some other parish ministries. I am also blessed to be able to share in various parish liturgies, events and special programs. Please pray for me and my intern classmates (one being your very own Matthew Jordan) as we begin our preaching experiences, that we may love His Word and communicate it with our lives."