Josef Vollmer-König was a widower for two years when he noticed that a song drawn from the Bible’s Book of Isaiah seemed to follow him everywhere.
“No matter what church I went into, ‘Here I am, Lord,’ was being sung,” he recalled. When the Dallas, Texas, resident, even heard the song during a family Baptism in Germany, he decided to answer God’s call. Returning home, he began studies for the priesthood, and was ordained in 2001 at the age of 60.
While some may feel the progression from husband and father to priest a bit out of the ordinary, Father Josef sees it as “faith unfolding over time.”
“It’s an ongoing journey,” he says.
Grateful for the gift of our own faith, we can pray that others too may be open to experiencing the fullest meaning of life on a journey of believing.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs. (Isaiah 58:11)
Lord, I am Yours; send me to do Your will.