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Fr. Matthew Northenscold was ordained by Archbishop Hebda in the spring of 2016. He served his ﬁrst year of ministry at St. Peter's Catholic Church in North Saint Paul, and his second year at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Fairbault. This spring, the bishop called again and asked him to join us all in Edina. Fr. Matthew looks forward to meeting you and, together with you, asking Our Lady to obtain for us an overﬂowing measure of the incredible grace of God.
Fr. Matthew grew up in Maple Lake, MN, and attended St. Timothy’s Church. He is the second of four children: three sisters and himself. He was home-schooled from 2nd to 12th grade, and was very active in the Boy Scouts, eventually earning my Eagle Scout rank. He did a lot of camping with the Boy Scouts, and his family and also went camping frequently on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Fr. Matthew also enjoys literature, movies, theatre and art. He loves to learn, and is always ready to have an intellectually stimulating conversation on just about any subject.
In high school Fr. Matthew began to consider the question of his vocation more seriously, and I decided to attend the Saint John Vianney college seminary to better discern his vocation. Once there, on a regular schedule of prayer and spiritual direction, his call to the priesthood deepened, and he kept moving forward. He ﬁnished his last four years of education and formation for the priesthood at The Saint Paul Seminary.
The Archbishop has also asked Fr. Matthew to begin a graduate course of studies in Canon Law, which he will be doing while he is here at OLG. He will take online classes, part-time, during most of the year, and then in the summers will go to take classes in person. Once he completes his course of studies, the plan is for him to serve the people of God in the Archdiocesan Tribunal, doing many things, but, in particular, assisting with annulments. Fr. Matthew says "I will be as present to you all as I can be, but please be patient with me, as I will need to take some time for this 'second assignment' the Archbishop has given me."