FOWLER, Mich. (AP) — Identical twins Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht have shared many moments together, including working on their parents’ farm, but in August they will embark on a new journey — college.
The 18-year-old twins from Fowler will enter St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., where they will study to become Catholic priests.
“They don’t need to take several years to find themselves,” the Rev. Tim MacDonald, pastor at their home parish, told the Lansing State Journal for a story published Sunday. “They seem to have a clear idea of where they’re going, and they’d like to start doing it tomorrow.”
Gary and Todd are among the top 10 students at Fowler High School and the fourth and fifth of 10 children ranging in age from 7 to 24.
Their parents, Brian and Agnes, ensured they didn’t become distracted by fun and games.
All of the children went to Catholic school through eighth grade, and Mom and Dad got rid of the family’s television set about 15 years ago and encouraged their kids to read instead.
“I can barely remember the TV,” said Todd, who is the older twin by four minutes.
Occasionally they watch DVDs and use computers, but they only use them for games on weekends.
That didn’t bother Todd and Gary. They stayed busy by helping at church in the fourth grade, when they were trained as altar servers.
“They were horrible servers. I almost made them quit,” their mother said. “If one of them messed up, they would just look at each other, and that made it worse.”
Eventually, they began reading from the Bible at church services and decided on a career of priesthood.
They will be among a freshman class of 130 students.
Though Todd was first to express an interest in priesthood, Gary insists he is not just following his brother.
You can easily imagine the fun they could have in the seminary and the parish like in the old Patty Duke show. In fact if assigned to the same parish they could easily fool the parishioners into believing they have the gift of bilocation.