Matthew Crane, an Elk River native, was ordained into the priesthood this past Saturday and gave his first sermon as a priest at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church on Sunday.
The St. Cloud Diocese ordained Crane and John Knopik at a June 4 service at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.
Effective June 30, Crane will serve as a parochial vicar at Holy Spirit, St. Anthony and St. John Cantius in St. Cloud. Knopik will be parochial vicar for St. Andrew Parish in Elk River.
Crane’s thanksgiving Mass was at 10:30 a.m. June 5 at St. Andrew’s in Elk River. Knopik’s thanksgiving Mass was at the same time but at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Little Falls.
“Everything is new and exciting in the church,” Crane was quoted saying in the St. Cloud Visitor. “I don’t know why (some people) think the Catholic Church is old and outdated. We’re always breaking new frontiers.”
The Rev. Crane, the son of Curtis and Debra Crane, said an increasing number of young men are studying at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, where he attended. Even though some parishes are closing and more are clustering, parishes are fostering vocations and families are getting stronger, he said.
At age 27, Deacon Crane was among the younger men at the seminary, which he joined the fall after he graduated from high school.