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Citizen Bastian

Michael Bastian (right), pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church  North Easton, Mass., doesn’t just know theology, he knows American history.

Michael Bastain, new U.S. citizenBastian studied it diligently to become a U.S. citizen. His desire to return to Germany faded after seven years, replaced by a stronger image of life in the U.S.

“One of the things that stays so inspiring, so exhilarating, is the diversity of backgrounds, gifts and languages,” he said. “I find that nowhere else.”

During a five-hour ceremony, Bastian received his citizenship with 2,097 others from 100 countries.

Next up? Election Day. He registered to vote the same day.


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