In the Name of Jesus

Father Sinisa exits a confessional after hearing confessions at St. Mary's Chapel in Lynn, MA on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
Father Sinisa, left, greets parishioners arriving to the rectory of the St. Paul Parish in Hingham, MA for a get-together before a concert at the church on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Bishop John Dooher (center left) and Reverend Richard Gribble (center right) greet each other while Father Sinisa (right) speaks to participating teens during 2016 Confirmation Retreat at St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Palm Sunday Mass at St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on March 20, 2016.
Father Sinisa plays with pupils of the St. Paul Catholic School during their lunch break in Hingham, MA on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Parishioners of St. Paul Parish participate in the Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Cristi in Hingham, MA on Saturday, May 29, 2016.
Father Eric Cadin, left, and Father Sinisa Ubiparipovic prepare to say Mass atop Mt. Monadnock during a hiking trip with Hingham teens from St. Paul's youth program on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Palm Sunday Mass at St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on March 20, 2016.
Bishop John Dooher (right) prays to absolve sins of a teenage girl during her confession at 2016 Confirmation Retreat at St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Father Sinisa, center, performs with his seminary band "Celtic Clerics" at the St. Paul Church in Hingham,  MA on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Father Sinisa, left, hears a teenager's confession at the St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Father Eric Cadin, left, and Father Sinisa Ubiparipovic say Mass atop Mt. Monadnock during a hiking trip with Hingham teens from St. Paul's youth program on Friday, June 24, 2016.
The Laenan Family prays with Father Sinisa, who came to bless their house in Weymouth, MA on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Father Sinisa, left, baptizes a baby at the St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Father Eric Cadin, left, and Father Sinisa Ubiparipovic say Mass atop Mt. Monadnock during a hiking trip with Hingham teens from St. Paul's youth program on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Teenagers pray during 2016 Confirmation Retreat at St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Teenagers from the St. Paul's youth program discuss their future trip to the World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland with their priest and supervisor Father Sinisa (center) at the end of a movie night at a parishioner's house in Hingham, MA on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
A Catholic TV employee puts a microphone on Father Sinisa before broadcasting of Mass from the Catholic TV Chapel in Watertown, MA on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Father Sinisa, from right, performs with his seminary band "Celtic Clerics", including Dcn. Glen Dmytryzyn, Dcn. Matthew Schultz, Stephen Poirier, Tim Hynes, and Dcn. Brian Morris at the St. Paul Church in Hingham,  MA on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Kathryn Boyle, from left, and her fiancé Tom Griffin sit down with Father Sinisa for a marriage preparation (PreCana) meeting at the St. Paul's rectory in Hingham, MA on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
Father Sinisa plays soccer with pupils of the St. Paul Catholic School during their lunch break in Hingham, MA on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Teenagers from the St. Paul's youth program play table tennis against their supervisor Father Sinisa (left) before a movie night at a parishioner's house in Hingham, MA on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
Father Sinisa plays with pupils of the St. Paul Catholic School during their lunch break in Hingham, MA on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Parishioners of St. Paul Parish participate in the Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Cristi in Hingham, MA on Saturday, May 29, 2016.
Father Sinisa administers communion to his mother Mirjana Ubiparipovic during Mass at St. Mary's Chapel in Lynn, MA on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
Father Sinisa (left) says Palm Sunday Mass at St. Paul Church in Hingham, MA on March 20, 2016.
Father Sinisa (right) walks to the altar of the Catholic TV Chapel to say Mass for the viewers from Watertown, MA on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Father Sinisa takes a moment to pray after the Mass and the Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Cristi in Hingham, MA on Saturday, May 29, 2016.

Catholic Church in the United States faces a critical shortage of priests. According to CARA (Georgetown University affiliated Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) in 2016 there were only 37,192 priests, comparing to 67.7 million parish-connected Catholics. Nevertheless, recent statistics might be holding some signs of renewal of trends. During the last 10 years priestly ordinations began to slowly grow and surprisingly, share of the young (ages 25 to 34) newly ordained priests grew by 15% between 2006 and 2016, which means that those born since early 1980s, i.e. Millennials, have something to do with it. This seems interesting, as according to Pew Research Center members of Millennial generation “display much lower levels of religious affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations”. Yet some of them hear the calling, despite unpopularity of priestly profession.

This photo essay looks into everyday life of such Millennial young priest, his responsibilities, work with the community and challenges of this calling.

Reverend Sinisa Ubiparipovic is a Parochial Vicar at St. Paul Parish in Hingham, MA. Parishioners call him Father Sinisa. He was ordained in 2015 at the age of 28. He is an outgoing, energetic young man, who likes to travel, often tells jokes during Mass, used to sing in a Catholic student band, appears on CatholicTV and works with youth.

Ubiparipovic was born in Bosnia in 1987 to an Orthodox Serb father and a Catholic Croatian mother. His father died fighting in the Bosnian civil war. His mother moved with him and his brother to Germany and then to the US through a Catholic charity’s program. Prior to becoming a priest, Ubiparipovic went to Bentley University and double-majored in Accounting and Liberal studies.

I first saw Ubiparipovic saying Christmas Mass at St. Paul’s church in December 2015. During the Mass he shared bits of his personal story and about finding his vocation. That got me thinking about Father Sinisa’s life choice, given that we were almost the same age and both members of infamous Millennial generation.