Have you had the chance to meet Deacon John Utecht? If you have have been at mass the last couple weeks you would have seen and heard him! Join us in welcoming him here!

“My name is Deacon John Utecht and I am a seminarian in Fourth Theology at the Saint Paul Seminary in Saint Paul. I grew up in St. Paul and Hastings, Minnesota, with my Mom and Dad, Margaret and Joe, and my three sisters and one brother. I have always enjoyed any kind of outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, rock climbing, golf, and playing sports. One of my favorite activities is camping in the Boundary Waters.

My home parish is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and it was there that I first encountered God and his great love and mercy. I have especially grown in pastoral experience by spending time teaching, praying, and learning at my teaching parish, St. Michael’s in St. Michael, MN.

I am now going into my eighth and final year of seminary and with only a year before I am ordained a priest, I can’t wait to receive that gift of priesthood. I’m looking forward to meeting and serving you all at Our Lady of the Lake this summer.

Christ’s Peace,
Deacon John Utecht”