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Father Joseph Totton
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Father Joseph Totton
Ordained a priest in 2004, Fr. Joseph Totton was assigned as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in June 2012.
A graduate of Conception Seminary College, Fr. Totton went on to earn S.T.B. and MDiv. degrees from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.
Prior to coming to St. Charles, he served as pastor of St. James Parish in St. Joseph, MO for six years.
had previously served at Christ the King Parish
in Kansas City and Immaculate Conception Parish
in Lexington, MO.
Fr. Totton has been spiritual director of the KC - St. Joseph Diocesan Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima since 2005.
A fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, he currently serves as chaplain to KofC Tri-County Council 3414.
He also serves as chaplain for the Kansas chapter of LIFERunners - a national apostolate of distance runners who combine their love of running and their passion for life issues to support pro-life ministries through raising funds and raising awareness while praying for the conversion of our culture to a greater respect for human life.
spare time, Fr. Totton
enjoys playing ice hockey and running.
Please contact Fr. Totton
with your requests for confession, anointing of the sick, pastoral visits or any other sacramental needs.
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.
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Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph: March for Life pilgrims begin journey with Mass
BLUE SPRINGS - Spiritual courage and spiritual weapons are needed in a spiritual war, Father Joseph Totton, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, told some 200 pilgrims boarding buses with him at St. John LaLande Parish for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
"Our battle is not against the people who advocate for abortion.
They are misguided souls," said Father Totton
homily at the pre-dawn Mass.
"All of us as Catholics are instead called to witness for the sanctity of life," he
"We do this by the way we live our lives."
When the sacrifice of travelling half-way across the nation, sleeping on hard floors, and publicly standing up for life in the January cold with the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, the forces of sin and death stand no chance, Father Totton
"Any sacrifice we make, we must unite with the sacrifice of Christ," he
"When it is united with the passion of Jesus Christ, and when it is offered as a sacrifice, it helps us take on heavenly powers, spiritual powers" against sin and death.
is victorious over the power of sin and death," Father Totton
Ralph Kaiser, a veteran of 60 years as a priest and many a bus ride to the March for Life, who also concelebrated the pre-dawn Mass with Father Adam Johnson, Father Ben Kneib, and Father Totton