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Meet our priests: Father Joseph K. Raeke


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Parish/assignment: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Bridgewater

Place of birth: Boston

How many brothers and sisters do you have? Two sisters and six brothers

High school: B.C. High

College/university/ seminary: Undergraduate -- St. Johnís Seminary College

Seminary (Theology) -- St. Johnís Seminary

Date of ordination: June 14, 1980

What assignments have you had since ordination?

St. Joseph, Quincy; St. Michael, Avon; Pope John High School, Everett; Holy Family, Duxbury; St. Joseph, Holbrook, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater

What have been some of the greatest joys for you as a priest?

Receiving people into the faith, leading pilgrimages, conducting Bible classes, celebrating each of the sacraments

Who influenced your vocation most to consider the priesthood?

Father Charlie Anadore was my parish priest and he was joyful, holy and kind. He made priesthood very attractive.

What events or practices in your life helped you to discover and discern your call to the priesthood?

I was part of a group in junior high for boys who thought they might have a vocation. I entered the seminary after high school and then took a year between college and graduate school to travel and discern my vocation.

What is one of your favorite scripture passages and why?

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