Matthew Kensok’s birth on August 13, 1993, was so traumatic that he wasn’t expected to survive. Shocking the doctors when he miraculously did survive, his parents knew that God must have a special plan for him. Now, he’s becoming a priest.
Live Action reports:
Kensok’s mother Shari had been hospitalized for one night with kidney stones at 34 weeks pregnant. While she was there, the umbilical cord ruptured, and her baby began losing blood. His heart stopped. It was a miracle that his mother happened to be hospitalized on that very night this emergency occurred.
“The umbilical cord ruptured, and so the blood would have drained from my body in those minutes,” Kensok said in an interview. “I think [my mother] said she noticed blood on the floor. “There was a C-section. I wasn’t breathing, there was blood transfusions, CPR. So, if I wasn’t in the hospital, if I wasn’t there, if she wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be here.”
Now it seems those plans are being revealed. Kensok has been ordained a deacon and is attending a Catholic seminary in Maryland. He is expected to be ordained a priest in the Fargo Catholic Diocese this summer.
“My very first homily at my home parish — St. Leo’s in Casselton — I preached, and I used that line from my dad, God has something big planned for me, and I think this is it,” he said.