"All Things Are Possible for God" -- Fr. Joshua Waltz Shares His Compelling Vocations Story

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Fr. Joshua Waltz

Fr. Joshua Waltz

I would like to thank Matthew Kurtz, Director of Communications and Editor of the Dakota Catholic Action in the Diocese of Bismarck for sharing the following story and video about the amazing Vocations testimonial of Fr. Joshua Waltz. I think you’ll agree when you watch this video that these types of passionate stories of calling, delivered by a holy priest, can go a long way towards inspiring young men who may have a call to the priesthood.

When asked what inspired the making of this video (which has gone viral and also been published by Lighthouse Catholic Media), Matthew Kurtz shared with me:

Here in the Diocese of Bismarck, we’ve been making a concerted effort to utilize video and social media to communicate with people who are searching for truth and joy (within our diocese and beyond). Since Fr. Waltz was named director of vocations a year ago, we’ve been collaborating to simply get stories out there. We’re in the process of recording and posting the vocation stories of all our seminarians (the number of which has doubled in the last six months) and decided to lead off with Fr. Josh’s story. Our hope is that these videos plant seeds in people’s hearts that inspire them to follow God’s will in their lives. If the high level of interest in Fr. Waltz’s video is any indication, the fruits will be realized. You simply can’t deny an individual’s personal experience of love, mercy and joy. The power of testimony is real and as Catholics, we don’t share enough of our personal encounters with Christ.

I know you’ll enjoy watching this young priest (whose only sibling, older brother Fr. Justin Waltz, is also a priest in the diocese) share his story:

About Fr. Joshua Waltz:

Fr. Joshua Waltz received his bachelors of sacred theology in Rome at the Pontifical College of St. Thomas Aquinas. During this time he also obtained a master’s degree in moral theology with an emphasis in bioethics. After being ordained in 2007, Fr. Waltz spent the first six years of his priesthood teaching theology at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota and served as the chaplain of the high school. He is presently teaching a class in spirituality at the University of Mary and is the vocation director for the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this video. Would love to hear his brother’s testimony as well….

  2. prov31wannabe on

    This video is about 30 minutes long and I didn’t think I would ever have time to enjoy it, but I was snapping beans this morning and I decided to see if I could cue it up and watch/listen while I worked. OMg it was an amazing story, and totally worth my time! I’m so glad I watched! His stories and testimony gave me goose bumps, but I think my favorite part was where he said we don’t all have to be priests or nuns, we just all have to answer/follow God’s call. Everywhere I go we are asked to “pray for vocations” and by that it is meant, “pray for RELIGIOUS vocations, pray for more people to answer the call to religious life.” Well, we do need to pray for that, but really, I think we all just need to pray to KNOW our vocation, and then to follow that call. Again, thank you for sharing this video. It may be viral on YouTube, but I don’t watch that too much. Thank you for validating it.