Ordination of Fr. Paul Kallal

Father Paul Kallal, OMV, completed his priestly ordination with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary after years of formation as a seminarian. Fr. Paul was ordained to the Order of Priesthood by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, a close friend of his late father, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at St. Mary Parish in Alton, Illinois.

His deep love of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary and his passion for helping others have been a joy and an inspiration to witness. We are proud to welcome Father Paul Kallal, OMV, as a priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary! He celebrated his first Mass as priest, a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary Parish, on Sunday, August 16.

To honor Father Paul’s priesthood and his calling to vocations work, consider making a gift to support our vocations outreach.

Give to Fr. Paul’s Ordination Fund

In adherence to local guidelines, the in-person ordination ceremony attendance was restricted to close family, friends and Oblates. However, we were able to record the event to share this special occasion with our community worldwide.

Watch Fr. Paul’s Ordination Videos

We invite you to share this moment with Father Paul and our entire community of Oblates of the Virgin Mary through videos of the event.

Highlight Video

Watch a short, highlight video of Fr. Paul’s ordination.

Full Video Recording

Watch the full ordination ceremony at St. Mary’s Parish.

We also invite you to work your way through our YouTube Playlist for Fr. Paul, which includes background details on his discernment and journey to the priesthood along with videos of his ordination.

Path to the Priesthood

Fr. Paul’s path to the priesthood began long before this momentous occasion, and he was kind enough to share his journey with our community. Hear his story in three parts, including his childhood and family experiences, dedication to his career and hobbies as a young adult, and his experience hearing and answering God’s call to join the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.

Fr. Paul has already begun helping other men who are called to this same path, reaching out to those who are discerning the call to priesthood and bringing them into the seminary. He holds virtual meetings and prayers with future seminarians.

If you see yourself in his story, we invite you to learn more about becoming an Oblate

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