Three Brothers From 1 Wisconsin Family To Become Priests

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2012 --- 7:00 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The family business is the Lord's business for three brothers from Wisconsin who have all been called to the priesthood.

The Strand brothers are 26, 29 and 31 years old. While it's not unheard of for members of the same family to commit to Roman Catholic religious life, it's very rare at a time when fewer men are choosing the clergy.

As of last year, the total number of priests in the U.S. had decreased 14 percent since 2000.

The brothers say they independently felt the call and that the pressure didn't come from their parents, who wanted grandchildren.

The youngest brother, Jacob, says he resisted the call to duty at first, because he thought his brothers had it covered. He says he knows now that it was a gift.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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