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The Parish Community of St. Joseph in Mantua celebrated a Mass with the newly ordained Fr. James-Peter Trares on June 4 at the 8:30 a.m. liturgy.
The pastor, Fr. Ed Stafford, welcomed the St. Joseph Parish son as he celebrated this Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of Pentecost.
The chalice used was a gift to Trares from Bernice Heritage in memory of her late husband, Austin, a 4th Degree member with the Knights of Columbus. (The Mass intention happened to be for him also.)
The church thanks Stafford, Deacon Gerry Scopilitti, Bill Davies, director of music, the music ministry, the worship committee, the Women's Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766, and the parish staff for their help, guidance, and support.
Trares graduated from Crestwood High School in Mantua in 2006, then earned a Bachelor of Music in liturgical music and a minor in theology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich, in 2010.
He entered the novitiate for the Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province) in Denver in 2010 and made his first profession of vows in August 2011.
He received a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo., on May 12. Trares was ordained a Catholic priest on May 20 at St. Pius V Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO.
Trares will be assigned as a campus minister and theology professor at the University of St. Thomas, based in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn.
He'll reside with 10 other Dominicans at St. Albert the Great Priory, 2833 32nd Ave., South, Minneapolis, MN 55406.