“I can remember it very clearly, it was a very important experience for me. When I was in third grade, I realized faith and God were the most important things.
We had nuns for teachers, and the Sisters had pictures of children all around our third-grade classroom, children of the world. Our teacher kept emphasizing that we were responsible for these people.”
Fr. Chuck Lintz
I went through a lot of ideas before ending up as a missionary. Due to the fact that my uncle was a local pastor, I thought about diocesan (clergy), but I was not interested.
Later on I thought about becoming an engineer and build bridges, and then switched to being a pilot. I finished high school early, but you couldn’t get into Irish Air Corps until you were 18. So I got a job in civil service. But on the day of the physical, I failed because of my left eye, I could read the chart from top to bottom with my right eye, but then we switched and I was lost.
I had thought about being a missionary, you know, but now it seemed to me that God was into this. I said, “If I can’t beat God, I’ll join him,” and I signed up for the Columbans.
Fr. Tony Mortell