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The call to priesthood was always there for Father Ted although he had other interests and talents. For Father Ted, being ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ in his beloved Roman Catholic tradition was a lifelong dream and he is very happy with his decision. Like the late Pope John Paul II, a profound inspiration to Father Ted and many young men during his pontificate, Father Ted feels that spirituality and the arts are a perfect match. At their best, both search the depths of the human heart, seeking meaning and purpose in life.

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Sometimes Father Dave feels it is difficult to carve out time for prayer in the midst of a busy parish life. This, he realizes, can be spiritually dangerous. It's easy to get caught up in daily activities and put off time for prayer but Father Dave realizes that his prayer life is the foundation that sustains him. Without it, over time, everything else suffers as well. To be able to make holy hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament every day would be ideal according to Father Dave, but most days other pressing issues win out. Finding a good balance between prayer time and other responsibilities is something he strives for daily.

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It was during his time at St. Christopher's in 1998 that he created "The Parable Players," a group of teens who perform high energy, humorous adaptations of bible stories. These teens are from all over the diocese and they perform during the summer months in the green space outside of St. Joseph's Cathedral, at lawn fetes, parish picnics, nursing homes, and other events. Father Ted is still going strong with the Parable Players and enjoys the opportunity to combine his love of the priesthood with his love of the arts.

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He grew up playing baseball in Delaware Park and in high school he served as a waiter at the priests' residence at Canisius. At the age of eight, Ted began talking about a vocation to the priesthood. Most people did not seem very supportive of the idea and it took a "back seat" to a new love, the arts. Because of his bone condition, he had to be careful about contact sports. He began drawing and painting and found that he had artistic talent.

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Edward F. Jost, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 15, 1961. Only one short year later he would be hospitalized for "osteomyelitis," a disease of the bone, and would spend the next several years in and out of the hospital. At three years old, Ted's family moved to Buffalo in the winter of 1964 and thankfully his condition was corrected. Since his father was an English professor at Canisius College, Ted's family moved nearby.

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Father Mark invites all to join him each day offering the following centuries old prayer for vocations that more young men in our diocese will respond to the call: O God, who wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live. Grant, we beseech you, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, and all the saints, an increase of laborers for your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

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When his brothers joined a local drama club, Ted discovered that, after the initial shock of standing in front of people, he really liked drama and he participated in several high school productions. Still, the idea of being a priest continued to present itself in his thoughts and prayers. He tried to put it out of his mind and, after graduation from high school, was determined to attend Niagara University which feature wonderful Theatre and Religious Education Departments.