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New priest at Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 6:24 am

Michael Coleman, Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s new pastor, was not always a man of the cloth.

Coleman, who began holding services at Holy Spirit in October, began his professional life as a journalist.

Father Michael Coleman, the new priest at Centralia’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Father Michael Coleman, the new priest at Centralia’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church

He graduated from the University of Missouri School of journalism in 1975 and his first and only job in the field was the Catholic Missourian, a Jefferson City-based bi-weekly newspaper.

And that, Coleman said, was exactly how he planned it.

“Where I grew up, everybody wanted to be a priest when they grew up,” he said of his childhood in Festus Missouri, where his mother raised the family as a full-time housewife, while his father commuted back and forth to Herculaneum where he worked as a lead smelter.

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.