Sharing his priesthood

The Rev. Alex Kroll (center), who was ordained into the Catholic priesthood on Saturday at Norman’s St. Mark Catholic Church, celebrates his Thanksgiving Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Sunday.

ENID, Okla. — The Rev. Alex Kroll was ordained Saturday to serve as an associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.

Kroll, who was raised in Enid, was ordained into the Catholic priesthood on Saturday at Norman’s St. Mark Catholic Church.

Kroll studied for nine years in preparation for his ordination — four years at Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., and five years at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.

In an interview with Sooner Catholic, Kroll said he looked forward to celebrating his first Mass.

“I consider my own unworthiness. I’m not anything or anyone special, yet Christ has chosen to share his priesthood with me,” Kroll said in the Sooner Catholic interview. “The idea that, when I speak the words of consecration, Jesus Christ will obey and come down from glory at the right hand of God to become food for all of us is an overwhelming reality, an ineffable mystery.

“The Lord has been so good to me in my relatively short life, so merciful,” Kroll told Sooner Catholic. “If I can share just a small part of that as a priest, it still will never make any sort of return for the goodness he has shown me.”

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