Fr. Mark Wendling, SOLT
His calling to the priesthood was through a life-changing experience of the joy encountered in serving the poor and needy while volunteer teaching. He was inspired by the faith of his friends who were also volunteers with him as well as the example and friendship of a 30+ year missionary priest and WWII veteran, Fr. John McHugh. These factors increased his faith and catalyzed an acceptance of the faith in a personal way that directed his life and vision. When God made clear His desire that Fr. Mark be a priest, the seeking of perfect happiness in His will was what made his “yes” an easy and possible one. His favorite part of mission life is the constant adventure, change, and the thrill and privilege of being on the “front lines” of the work of God, in close contact with His beloved: those on the peripheries and margins, the poor, and broken.