Cousins become priests

CREATED May 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE-- Two cousins became priests Saturday when they were ordained at St. John the Evangelist, downtown. 


Philip Schumaker, 25, and Patrick Burns, 26, felt blessed to have gone through it together.


“It’s actually been a blessing to have him as a brother priest and brother seminarian to go through seminary and support each other in all we’ve done,” said Schumaker.  


However, neither one knew the other’s intention to become a priest until they got to the seminary.


“We never really talked about it until we were both in seminary, which is kinda' neat,” said Burns.


Both men came from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, which has seen 4000 of its students ordained in several Wisconsin Dioceses.