Father Joseph TottonAssociate PastorFr. Joseph Totton, the associate pastor at Christ the King, was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday June 4, 2004.
While this is his
first assignment as a priest, he
had been involved in various ministries during his
years in seminary formation.Upon graduation from College at Conception Abbey, Fr.Totton was assigned to study at the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary - a graduate-level school of Theology owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
While studying at Mundelein
traveled to Cuernevaca, Mexico where he
spent six weeks studying Spanish language and coming to understand Mexican culture.Following those six weeks, he
completed that summer living at Holy Cross
parish where he
assisted Fr. Firmo Mantovani, CS in his
ministry to the growing hispanic population in Northeast. The following Fall Fr. Totton returned to the seminary for two academic terms, followed by a thirteen-week extended term as an intern at St. Mary Parish
in Nevada, MO. While in Nevada, he
spent most of his
time visiting with the elderly and the homebound as well as teaching religion to the schoolchildren at the parish school. The summer following his internship, Fr. Totton spent about ten weeks at Creighton University in Omaha, NE attending the Institute for Priestly Formation - a program dedicated to providing a solid foundation and understanding of the spiritual and prayer life particularly for diocesan priests who would be serving in parishes.
At the end of December 2002, Father and thirty-two of his
seminary classmates departed for an eight-week pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saints Peter and Paul.Beginning in the ancient city of Antioch (where we were first called Christians see Acts 11:26), they traveled through Asia minor (in Modern-day Turkey) visiting the sites of those early Churches where Paul and other zealous apostles first preach the Gospel of Christ
.The pilgrimage took them to the Biblical city of Thessalonika and to Athens and Corinth as well.Finally, the pilgrims wound up in Rome, the city of Martyrs, of which Paul and Peter, were among those who gave their lives early on as witnesses for the Faith.Highlights of that leg of the journey include attending Mass at the tombs of St. Paul and of St. Peter, as well as being received by the 263rd successor of St. Peter - His
Holiness, Pope John Paul II. The summer following his
third year of Theology
, Fr. Totton
completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education - a challenging course in pastoral care to the hospitalized - at St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
.While there he
was assigned the care of patients on the Oncology unity of The Cancer Institute
.Though not yet a priest, he
was charged with assisting patients in their spiritual needs and caring for their spiritual well-being.There was a priest on staff to care for the Sacramental needs of the patients. In November, 2003, Fr. Totton
was ordained a deacon by Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago, along with fifteen of his classmates.
...Fr. Totton is looking forward to getting to know the people of Christ the King parish, to experience our Lord in them and to bring them closer to our Lord.