Gary, Ind., Aug 17, 2005 / 22:00 pm
In 2002, Mark Kurowski, in what he calls the hardest move of his life, left the United Methodist church he’d served for 12 years as pastor, thirsty for the truth of the Catholic faith.
Now, 40-year old Kurowski, who is married with five children is seeking to become a Catholic priest--a position usually reserved for the celibate.
The year after his conversion, and frustrated with the lack of ministry jobs for lay Catholics in his area, the former pastor enlisted the help of the Bishop of the Diocese of Gary to help him petition the Vatican for a dispensation of the priestly celibacy requirement.
This fall, Kurowski is scheduled to enter north Chicago’s Mundelien Seminary.