By Jenny Huard
Special to The Catholic Key
Conception, Mo – May 22, 2012 – On Thursday, May 17 Brother Guerric Letter, O.S.B. was ordained Father Guerric by Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn.
Father Guerric, formerly Timothy Letter, 30, is the eleventh child of William and Elaine Letter of St. Lawrence parish in Navarino, Wis. Growing up on a dairy farm just outside of Green Bay, Father Guerric first felt the call to the priesthood when he was in the second grade. “I watched the priest at Mass, and thought it would be neat to take ordinary bread and wine and make it the body and blood of Christ.”
After graduating in 2000 from Bonduel High School, Father Guerric headed to Conception Seminary College as a seminarian for the Diocese of Green Bay. At the end of his sophomore year Father Guerric applied to enter the monastery and was accepted.
He professed his temporary vows in August of 2003 and solemn perpetual vows in 2006, making him a full fledged Benedictine monk and member of Conception Abbey. Father Guerric holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Conception Seminary College and finished out his theological studies at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana where he also received a Masters degree in Divinity.
Over the course of these past years, Father Guerric has enriched Conception Abbey through his service in a variety of areas. He has served as Assistant to the Kitchen Master, Assistant Alumni Director, Director of Student Activities, Master of Ceremonies, House Manager for the monastery, and Facilities Manager for the Abbey Guest Center. He is now looking forward to being back home at Conception and is excited about beginning this new chapter in his life.
“As a newly ordained priest it is good to have the stability of the monastery to help shape my priestly ministry.” When asked what he is looking forward to as a newly ordained priest Father Guerric answered, “I am looking forward to ministering the sacraments to people and working with them at their most vulnerable times in their lives. This is where ministry becomes a true blessing.” Father Guerric will be helping with special projects for the abbey business office, as well as working in the monastery kitchen, while also serving the local parishes on weekend assignments.