On when they felt God’s calling

August 9, 2010

“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.

Fr. Chuck Lintz

Fr. Chuck Lintz

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.

Tony-Mortell

Fr. Tony Mortell

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