Diocese of Baker Clergy Vocation Testimonies

"We are blessed with a rich international, cultural heritage with priests from Oregon, Ireland, Malta, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka, India, Poland, Argentina and Mexico."

Some of them have taken the time to write their vocation stories in hopes that they may help another who is in the process of discernment.



This year, on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven on August 15th, I will celebrate thirty-eight years of Priesthood. As I look over the years, I am grateful to my parents, siblings, and all the people that I serve.

Click here to read Father Maag's story.



My name is Fr. Ildefonce Mapara, OSB, a Benedictine monk from Tanzania. I live in Klamath Falls at St. Pius X Catholic church. I am in residence and do travel in different places in the country to seek funds for social projects in southern Tanzania. I am pleased to share with you my vocation story though the website of the Diocese of Baker.

Click here to read Father Ildefonce's story.



On April 16, 1973 in Mexico, under the sign of Pablo Neruda’s Death, Vietnam War and oil crisis, I came into this world, being the youngest of three brothers. I was born to love God, but as the world I preferred to live in fear and hopeless self-contradictory hungers. My vocational history is a long walk back to trust in God.

Click here to read Father Luis' story.


I was raised on a ranch in Burns, Oregon. Ranch life proved to help me in my later years of priesthood, yet most important was my Catholic faith. My father and mother always kept the four children committed to Mass and the Sacraments.

After graduating from Burns Union High, I attended Ron Bailie School of Broadcasting in Portland and became a disc jockey for radio. I worked in radio for some years and later in retail for a large sporting goods store in Phoenix, Arizona. I also worked for MCI in sales.

Click here to read Father Bailey's story.


Father Todd Unger

Let me introduce myself, I am Fr. Todd Unger, presently the pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Redmond, Oregon. I was ordained June 29, 1982.

I was born and raised in St. Thomas Parish, so it is an added blessing for me to return and minister to the parish that fostered my vocation to the priesthood. In those first 18 years in Redmond I did the normal things of a Catholic boy and young adult. In the early years the Sisters of the Holy Names would spend one or two weeks in the summer teaching summer school. I think that they were the first to plant the seeds of a vocation in my soul.

Click here to read Father Todd's story.



Rev. Jose Thomas Mudakodiyil was born on May 5, 1972 in Kallara in the state of Kerala in India, the sixth and last child that includes three elder brothers and two elder sisters. He completed his lower and middle school at SKVUP School and the high school at St. Thomas school. He felt God’s call to priesthood and in response to that call he joined the seminary of the Salesian Religious Order at Mannuthy in Kerala in 1987.




Click here to read Father Jose's story.


I'm from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is an island in South Asia. Sri Lanka is a multi-religious country: 70% are Buddhists. Hinduism is the second most prevalent religion at 12%, Islam is the 3rd most dominant religion in the country at 9%, with Christianity at 7%. Christianity was brought into the country by the Portuguese. Most of the Christians live in the western coast of the island. My hometown is 100% Catholic. Even today it remains 100% Catholic and every day the church bell rings for Angelus at 5:30 am and 6:30 pm.

         Click here to read Father Camillus' story.




I was born in Malta from two devout parents, the third child between two older sisters and two younger brothers. I attended school in my native Malta, later on in the major Seminary and the University of Malta and was ordained there on June 19, 1977. I served for four years in my own home-town of    St. Julian’s, until I decided to come to   the USA in 1981.

      Click here to read Father Julian's story.


Prayer for Vocations


God our Father, send Your Holy Spirit to open my mind and heart to your divine call to holiness. Grant me the strength and courage to answer Jesus’ call to ‘come and follow Him.’ Help me this day to place my life in your hands and to trust in your divine presence in my life. Open the hearts and minds of young men and women, so that a new flowering of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, may show forth the fidelity of Your love. Then all may know Christ, the true “Light of the World” as the gentle voice calling them to follow Him. Bless me with the courage to follow you, to serve your people and to spread the good news of the Gospel. Amen.



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