Before newly-ordained Father Peter Infanger said his Mass of thanksgiving this Father’s Day, his biological son, Father Andrew Infanger, who concelebrated with him at St. Matthew Church in Glendale Heights, Illinois, told his father jokingly that he wasn’t allowed to take notes on his homily.
Calling himself a “recovering control person,” Father Peter, 65, acknowledged that his youngest son, a 32-year-old priest ordained two years earlier for the Milwaukee Archdiocese, has helped him with public speaking.
Father Andrew “is a very gifted homilist, and I’ve learned things from him,” said Father Peter, who was ordained for the Joliet Diocese. “He’s able to do things extemporaneously and speak without notes, both of which I struggle with.”
Their now-common vocation has brought a new dimension to their father-son relationship, as Father Peter now adjusts to his role as parochial vicar at St. Walter in Roselle, Illinois.
Evident in Father Peter’s new vocation — as well as before his wife’s death, when he was raising a family and working in marketing — has been his willingness to let go when God has requested it.
“He was letting go of things long before he entered the seminary,” said Father Andrew, who serves at the Wisconsin parishes of St. Robert in Shorewood and Holy Family in Whitefish Bay and will begin serving at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Catholic Newman Center in August. “The seminary was maybe a capstone on letting go.”
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