Desiring to grow closer to the Blessed Trinity, he attended the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he discovered God calling him to be a priest. After receiving a BA in Theology in 1995, Bishop Manuel Moreno, who was then the Bishop of Tucson, asked him to study at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. After earning a Masters of Arts Degree in systematic theology as well as a Masters in Divinity, he was ordained a priest in 1999. This bold proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ attracted Father Thuerauf to the Archdiocese of Denver in 2003. His first assignment there was as parochial vicar for Saint John the Evangelist Church and School in Loveland. He also served Saint Stephen’s Parish and School in Glenwood Springs before being named as pastor of Saint Helena Parish on the eastern plains of Colorado.
Father Thuerauf has been graced with a love Jesus’s presence in the Eucharist, a profound respect for the Holy Father and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Additionally, the joy of the community life at Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School gives vigor to his love for the priesthood and pastoral ministry. He says, “Serving Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School is fantastic! I’ve got to be the most blessed man on the planet!”