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Monsignor Frank Lane speaking

Monsignor Frank Lane was on the cusp of retirement when Mount St. Mary’s seminary came looking for a spiritual director.

Monsignor Frank Lane portrait“I got a call asking whether I’d consider doing it for two years,” he recalled. “That was six years ago.”

Like many retired priests, the monsignor is still actively serving the Catholic community. In addition to his role at the seminary, he hosts “Foundations in Faith,” a weekly program on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio (AM 1820) in Columbus.

“It’s a half-hour reflection, usually on the Sunday gospels,” he said. “I do it in my room and send it by computer. I wouldn’t have time to go up there every week.”

Monsignor Frank Lane in front of churchHis involvement with the radio station stemmed from its beginnings a decade ago. “I was somewhat involved in the start of it,” he said. “We couldn’t afford to be an affiliate and pay for that, so we needed some local programming.” The show has been on air since 2006. (You can listen to his recent programs here.)

Monsignor Lane, 76, grew up in Western New York and was ordained in 1967. He did undergraduate work at Ohio Northern University, earned his master’s at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and holds a doctorate in European History from Ohio State.

His priestly service has been wide-ranging, as a military and college chaplain, a scholar, author, and pastor in the Columbus diocese. He’s held teaching posts at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Kenyon College, and St. Bonaventure University. That extensive background provides a broad base of expertise and credibility for his current work in the counseling of future priests.

“It’s called ‘internal forum,’ where seminarians can come bound to secrecy,” Monsignor Lane explained. “It’s like confession. It’s a process about what’s going on inside them as they move from their outside life into the priesthood.”

You can see Monsignor Lane discussing his own path to the priesthood and other topics in this 2005 broadcast of EWTN’s “The Journey Home.” To learn how One Faith, One Hope helps Foster Vocations, clickhere. To learn how the campaign helps retired diocesan priests in our archdiocese, go here.



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