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Wed, Oct. 23

Luncheon marks local priest's<BR>25 years since his ordination<BR>

A luncheon celebrating Father Paul Johnson's 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood will be held on Sunday March 14 at Calico's Restaurant, 418 W.

Beale St.

This luncheon will be served at noon and is being sponsored by the Ladies Guild of St.

Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, where Father Johnson presides.

The Rev.

Johnson was born into a Lutheran family, attending Lutheran grade school, high school and seminary.

After joining the U.S.

Air Force, he converted to the Catholic Church and became a Catholic chaplain's assistant.

He remained in that post for eight and a half years.

Johnson's overseas assignments included Greenland and Libya.

After the Air Force, he entered the Air National Guard as an intelligence officer as there were no chaplain positions opened, and later he was sent to Vietnam.

Father Paul attended seminary in Denver, Colo., and was ordained a Catholic priest after the demise of his 20-year marriage, which produced four boys: Mark, David, Joseph and Daniel.

He remains very close to his children and their families.

Father Paul's assignments have been as pastor of St.

Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Denver and as Father Superior of St.

Thomas Aquinas Seminary in St.

Petersburg, Fla.

While serving as a Catholic chaplain's assistant, he entered the Servite Order (Servants of Mary) and remains in that order to this day.

For further information regarding this luncheon, please call the parish office at 692-6903

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