(Editor’s Note: Following is the next installment of the Herald’s monthly series profiling a priest or deacon who is serving in our diocese. This issue features a profile of Father Kyle Ingels, who is the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
My name is Father Kyle Ingels, and I am currently serving as the Director of Campus Ministry and the Associate Director of Vocations. I am a native of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School but was ordained in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., in 2005.
Before ordination, I attended and worked for The Catholic University of America in Washington. I majored in politics and enjoyed working on political campaigns and interning in the U.S. Senate for a semester before deciding to apply to the seminary. My senior thesis in college was on Catholic members of Congress and how they vote. I studied at Mount St Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland before ordination.
Before college, I was always interested in helping at church but never interested in becoming a priest. God had other plans! I started going to daily Mass, mostly because there was a girl I liked who was going. That daily encounter with the Eucharist, and especially the calm it brought amid the crazy pace of life in Washington, D.C., started to make the appeal of bringing the sacraments to others very real.
After a lot of telling God what I wanted, I finally let him tell me what he wanted from me. That turning point where I began to listen to God instead of always just talking to him made a big difference in how I viewed my future.
After ordination, I worked at St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, Maryland, a large suburban parish right outside of Washington. It was a great assignment for me. I spent a lot of time in the large school there and made many good friends. I keep in touch with many of them.
After a far-too-short two-year stay, I was named Chaplain at the University of Maryland. It was a great assignment working at one of the largest campus ministry programs on the East Coast, but there was a definite learning curve after only being ordained for two years.
Three years later, I was named pastor of Ascension Parish in Bowie, Maryland, and I became one of the youngest pastors in the archdiocese. I had a wonderful, diverse parish of about 900 families. I partnered in a regional school and spent one day a week teaching first and eighth grade and working with the preschool.
But God still had other plans for me, and I moved back home about seven years ago to work in campus ministry here. I am very excited that our Newman Center is finally open! I really enjoy being with the college students and working with the seminarians. While I know God will call me back to parish life eventually, I am happy in these specialized assignments.
I love hiking, going to Orange Theory Fitness, the movies, breweries, the Broncos when they actually win, restaurants, spending time with my family and friends, and a good bourbon!
I really appreciate your prayers, and I hope you will visit the St. John Henry Newman Chapel and Catholic Student Center soon.
(Those who feel that they might be called to a vocation as a priest or permanent deacon can contact Father Kyle Ingels at email@example.com or Deacon Chris Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)