The Vocation Office Team
Fr. Adam Johnson | Vocation Director
Fr. Johnson grew up in the Kansas City area attending St. Therese parish in Parkville. During his junior year at the University of Missouri, he felt that God might be calling him to the priesthood and he entered the seminary.
He studied at Conception Seminary while finishing his college degree and then was sent by Bishop Finn for theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 2012 and has served as the associate pastor of St. John LaLande parish in Blue Springs and then as pastor of St. Matthew Apostle parish in Kansas City before becoming the Director of Young Adult & Campus Ministry for the diocese while also serving as administrator for Sacred Heart parish in Hamilton and Mary Immaculate parish in Gallatin. Recently, Fr. Johnson was appointed as Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel, the Diocesan Shrine to Divine Mercy. When not in the Vocation Office, Fr. Johnson is at the shrine celebrating mass, hearing confessions, and building community on the streets of Westport.
Fr. Johnson was appointed Vocation Director in 2016. Since then, he's traveled across the country (and the ocean!) to visit our seminarians, hosted recollections, attended retreats with prospective applicants, and fielded many phone calls, emails, and questions about the priesthood. If you are considering a call to the priesthood, Fr. Johnson would love to hear from you and help you discern God's call for your life.
Fr. Andrew Kleine | Vocation Promoter
Fr. Andrew Kleine grew up in Blue Springs, MO where he attended St. John LaLande Parish for school and church. He is the son of Peter and Karol Kleine and the eldest of four children. He graduated from Archbishop O’Hara High School (may it rest in peace) in 2006 and would later attend Benedictine College. Throughout his academic tenure, Fr. Andrew would work a total of ten years in the fast food industry, three at Back Yard Burgers and seven as a manager at Arby’s.
During his time at Benedictine College, Fr. Andrew heard the Lord calling him to the priesthood. After graduating BC in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Fr. Andrew would pursue that calling and enter St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE. He would go on to graduate from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary with a Master's in Divinity and a Master's of Arts in Theology. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 2019 and serves as the associate pastor to St. Therese North Parish in Parkville, MO. Additionally, Fr. Andrew is the chaplain for the Northland Serra Club.
Fr. Andrew is an avid reader and collector of comic books, particularly Spider-Man and Batman, and thoroughly enjoys playing board and video games. For anyone with questions regarding the priesthood or the discernment process, Fr. Andrew would love to talk to you.
Mark Sappington | Associate Director
Mark Sappington grew up in Peculiar, MO. He is the son of Scott and Mary Sappington and the second of six children. Mark attended Rockhurst University, studied economics, and following his junior year was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as a Right-Handed Pitcher in 2012. He pitched in the minor leagues for the Angels for two years before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. That trade proved to be the pivotal moment of Mark's life as it led to his reversion back to the Catholic Faith. Mark started attending daily mass, gave up all his social media, stopped pursuing sinful relationships with women, and fell in love with Jesus in a radical way. His heart has been in the process of continual conversion since that Lent. A "practicing" Catholic since February 2015, Mark's unique fire for the faith has been driven by his experience of forgiveness and redemption through the sacrament of reconciliation. He wants others to be who God created them to be!
Mark lives in the Westport area with three other Catholic men who are going after the heart of Jesus in the heart of Westport. Mark shares a unique understanding of the discernment process via his brother, Paul who is in seminary. Mark's favorite Saint is St. JoseMarià Escriva and St. Catherine of Siena. He enjoys going to Waffle House with his brothers, shooting off fireworks, learning about people's strengths, roadtrips and spreading the Gospel. Mark is deeply passionate about human formation and the building of a virtuous life.
Hope Bojanski | Office Manager
Hope grew up in the Kansas City area, however she was on the Kansas side of the state line (don’t hold it against her). She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she obtained degrees in her two passions: theology and dance. Strange combination? Absolutely! However, God works in mysterious ways, and Hope was fortunate enough to be able to return to Kansas City (Kansas) and work in her childhood parish as a liturgist while continuing to perform on the side.
In 2017 Hope left the long hours of liturgy and came to the Vocation Office. More often that not, Hope is the friendly voice on the other side of the phone and works closely with the men during the application process. She also takes care of anything the seminarians may need so they can focus on their studies. Her favorite part of her job is being able to care for all of these future priests! Between seminarians, prospects, and all the groups that support the vocation office, there is nothing that Hope can't handle. She feels growing up with 5 siblings was the perfect preparation for this job. Outside of the Vocation Office, Hope enjoys teaching ballet, Friday night dates with her husband, Jacob, and curling up with a good book and their cat, Toby.
If you have questions about upcoming events, the application process, or are unsure how to get in contact with someone, Hope would be more than happy to help you.