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100-Year-Old Priest Befriended College Students through Sports

A priest who turned 100 years old on March 1 said that he reached out to college students, in part, through sports, according to The Daily Standard.

Fr. Leonard Kostka, a priest of the Precious Blood order, served in many roles on the campus of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., between 1945 and 2012.

Working at the College helped Fr. Kostka feel young, according to the Standard, and he “enjoyed the vitality of being around the college kids and meeting a new wave of students every four years.”

"I was noted for going to all the games," Fr. Kostka told the Standard. "I don't regret that at all- that's the only contact you have with some students."

Fr. Kostka knows the influence that a Catholic school administrator can have on a student’s life.  The Standard reports:

It was a conversation with a nun at St. Anthony school that changed his life forever, Kostka said. The debate teacher, Notre Dame Sister Electa, pulled him over in the hall one day and asked if he had ever thought of becoming a priest.

"I think you might have a vocation," he recalled her saying. "If a nun tells you that, you know that there's something to it."

At a class gathering about five years later, one of his classmates said the nun had taken all the boys in the class aside with the same message.

Fr. Kostka attended St. Charles, which was a seminary for the Precious Blood order at the time, and later earned a canon law degree from Newman Guide-recommended Catholic University of America.

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