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