- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

FOWLER, Mich. (AP) - Twin brothers are set to become priests at a ceremony this weekend in central Michigan.

After eight years of study and preparation, Todd and Gary Koenigsknecht will be ordained Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing.

The Rev. John Linden, director of vocations for the 10-county Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing, said he believes the Koenigsknechts will make excellent pastors.

“They are just down-to-earth, and they make you feel comfortable in their presence,” Linden told the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/1s96Y6j ). “There is nobody those two boys couldn’t get into a conversation with and make the other feel welcome and heard.”

The 26-year-old identical twins attribute much of that to growing up on their family’s organic dairy farm near Fowler, north of Lansing. Todd is the fourth and Gary the fifth of 10 children.

Their uncle, the Rev. William Koenigsknecht, is a senior priest in the Lansing diocese, and he often would take off Wednesdays to feed cattle or harvest crops with his brother’s family.

Todd and Gary Koenigsknecht plan to do the same.

Todd Koenigsknecht said farm work is “a nice break from the busy life of a priest.”

Linden said there are several priests in the diocese with a brother who also is a priest, but there are no other twins.

And there might be another Koenigsknecht on his way to the priesthood.

Gary and Todd’s brother, Lee, 19, just finished his first year at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is exploring the possibility of his own ministry.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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