St. Columban Parish News, Chillicothe, Missouri

UPDATE: May 29, 2021: The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacons Armentrout, King, and Lemus was held at 10 am Saturday, May 29, at the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, MO. Congratulations to our newly ordained priest, Father Benjamin Armentrout.

The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Armentrout on Saturday, May 29
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Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph photo

Thanks to Jeff Frampton and Jacob Haynes for the delicious luncheon they prepared and Robin Quinn for the beautiful table decorations. Appreciation also for the Knights of Columbus for providing the wine and beer, setting up and taking down the tables. To the Armentrout family for providing the beautiful cakes and the homemade wine. Thank you to the Altar Society members and all the rest who pitched in and helped so willingly to make Father Armentrout's first Mass and reception/luncheon held on May 30, 2021, such a wonderful success. -- Kathleen Pfaff and Dianna Haynes.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph photo

UPDATE May 23, 2020: Ben graduated from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis with a degree in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts. He was ordained on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The next step... A seminarian is ordained a "transitional" deacon one year before being ordained a priest.

Deacon Ben Armentrout 05/23/2020

UPDATE June 18, 2017: Our parish seminarian Ben Armentrout has been assigned to Coronation of Our Lady parish in Grandview for the summer. This fall, he also will be attending Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis. If you would like to communicate with Ben during the summer you can reach him at 13000 Bennington Ave., Grandview, MO 64030.

August 24, 2014

Thank you all for welcoming me to St. Columban a few weeks ago. I am happy and blessed to be studying as a seminarian for this diocese and equally blessed to "adopt" such a great parish as my new home parish. I hope to learn more about many of you as you learn more about me on this great journey. So here's something about me.

You might be wondering when I first considered the priesthood. My mother and I went to the first Mass of her priest friend when I was in second grade. On our trip back home I asked mom all sorts of questions like: "Mom where will my first parish be?" or "Will you come to my first Mass?" or "When will I be a priest?" In fifth grade during spirit week at St. Joseph Catholic school, we had future occupation day. I chose to dress up as a priest for that day. When religion class started Fr. William Korte, the current pastor, and I had our picture taken by a future photographer. I continued to consider my vocation through high school. When it came time to choose where I would go to college I couldn't decide. I chose to attend Benedictine College and received a scholarship for football as well as academics. Over Christmas break this previous year, I attended daily Mass in a local parish. On one of the last days of break the pastor Fr. Robert Fields asked me "Ben, when are we sending you off to Seminary?" I said "Fr. Rob I'm not in the seminary, you know that!" He then said "I know" as he waved his hand and pulled the door shut behind him without another word. On my return drive home and the next few months after many visits to the Blessed Sacrament, I thought about what Father Rob said and decided that the seminary is where I truly need to be to discern my vocation.

I thank you once again for welcoming me to St. Columban; and please keep me in your prayers as I can assure you that St. Columban parish will be in my prayers. -- Benjamin Armentrout

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