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Pax Christi Church

Rochester, MN Diocese of Winona-Rochester


“It is in Eucharistic adoration that He leads and inspires me”

Fr. Michael Churchill

I have absolutely received healing and transformation in and through the Blessed Sacrament. I was in Nursing school at a small Catholic University when the idea of priesthood was presented to me as a real option. I was living partly in the world but I truly desired to live for God, but I had also always dreamt of getting married and raising a large family. I began going to Eucharistic adoration at the perpetual adoration chapel frequently with great frustration and distress. I just wanted the Lord to tell me what He wanted me to do, and I would do it. Over the weeks, months and years as I continued to go, I started to let go of the question, and I began to enjoy the quiet and the solitude. My heart slowly began to be filled with the peace of Christ as I began to fall deeply in love with Him. In those frequent encounters with the Lord in the stillness, I began to realize the Lord would not tell me straight away whether to get married and start a family or to be a priest. But I did realize Jesus Christ Himself, present in the Blessed Sacrament, was inviting me to follow Him with my whole heart and life. 

I typically begin my day with Jesus Christ in Eucharistic adoration. It is a very precious and sacred time to be with the Lord as I offer my heart to Him in all of my thoughts, feelings, and desires, and as I allow Him time to speak His desires and plans for my life and ministry in the silence. It is in Eucharistic adoration that He leads and inspires me how He wants me to lead and feed His flock. It is also the time where I most concretely offer to God the people He has entrusted to my care as I pray for them, offering them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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