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Ordinations ahead as one will be ordained to the priesthood, another as deacon
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The ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Sioux Falls is scheduled for May 24 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls.
Rev. Mr. Robert Wullweber (at right, on the left) and Melvin Kuhn (at right, on the right).
Bishop Paul J. Swain will ordain Deacon Robert Wullweber to the priesthood.
Seminarian Melvin Kuhn is scheduled to be ordained to the Order of Deacon the previous day at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
Deacon Robert Wullweber is completing his seminary studies at Mt. St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD.
He was born October 15, 1975 in Huron.
His parents, Ann and Dwight, reside in Huron.
He has two older brothers, Kirk and Paul.
Growing up, Wullweber attended St. Martin Catholic School, Huron at the primary level followed by secondary studies at Huron High School.
"As a future priest, I look forward to bringing the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, to the faithful," he said. "Also, I desire to evangelize through preaching, singing, teaching and writing because it is a joy to put people in contact with Truth.
"Priesthood is ultimately about love; it is about pouring oneself out in sacrificial love for others just as Christ poured himself out for us in love on the cross," Wullweber said.
Wullweber says his mother was most influential in encouraging his vocation to priesthood. "She taught me to know and love the Catholic faith, to stay close to God, and to seek His will for my life," Wullweber said. "She brought me to daily Mass and other Catholic activities, which opened me up to the richness of the faith and holy priests. Her spiritual depth, insights, love, and personal example helped me to consider things from a faith-filled perspective."
Wullweber adds that his father was also a major influence in his discernment. "He showed me how to strive for virtue and excellence by his words and example," said Wullweber. "He so clearly modeled unconditional love, and he showed me the importance of knowledge, leadership, service, generosity, loyalty, and sacrificial love."
Various priests in his life have also been sources of inspiration to Wullweber.
"In a particular way, I credit my childhood pastor at St. Martin Church, Huron, Father Gerald Thury, for being a kind and humble priestly role model for me," he said. "I am also grateful to Father James Morgan and his gifted witness as a pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls as I completed a pastoral year before re-entering seminary two years ago."
Seminarian Melvin Kuhn is concluding his latest year of studies for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
He was born July 26, 1965 in Quincy IL, to Thomas and Barbara Ann Kuhn.
Kuhn's father passed away in 2011.
Melvin has five brothers and two sisters.
He attended Mendon Elementary School and St. John the Baptist, Quincy, IL, while growing up.
In high school, he attended Quincy Notre Dame High School Quincy, IL, graduating in May 1983.
Prior to entering the seminary, Melvin studied for and attained Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in dairy science and animal breeding from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and a Ph.D. in animal breeding and genetics from Iowa State University.
Melvin Kuhn now considers St. Benedict Parish, Yankton, as his home parish while he continues his seminary studies.
Masses of Ordination for the diocese are always special liturgies for the men being ordained, the clergy and the people of the diocese.
Both Masses of Ordination are open to the public.