Diocese of Baker
Clergy Vocation Testimonies
"We are blessed with a rich international,
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.
to read Father Maag's story.
ILDEFONCE MAPARA, OSB
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.
FATHER LUIS M.
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.
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.
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,
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.
to read Father Todd's story.
FATHER JOSE MUDAKODIYIL
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.
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.
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.
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.