Monday, June 9, 2003

A story about the Rev. Robert Klein's last service as a Lutheran minister before he crosses the Tiber:

Klein will attend St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, and after three years of formation, will be ordained in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, encompassing Delaware and nine Eastern Shore counties of Maryland. The Roman Catholic Church accepts a few married pastors — mostly Lutherans and Episcopalians — as priest candidates if they come from a faith tradition close to Catholicism, Klein said.Carol Schlenker, staff liaison for the fellowship, said he has been an example to others for his faith and his family devotion.He will stay married to Christa, who plans to convert to the faith, along with their two grown daughters, Renate Klein and Maria Hollenbeck.