You have a calling to serve. God has a loving plan for you. The Archdiocese of Omaha would like to help guide you in your deeply personal journey to priesthood. Just as we provide a sense of belonging, purpose and fulfillment to all in search of Jesus’ love, we are also devoted to preparing men who will lead others to Christ through a priestly vocation.
God has placed in your heart a desire to be a priest. We will help you explore that desire as you pursue a rewarding, purpose-driven, faith-driven life in His name.
If you have been searching for insight and guidance about your calling in this life and the vocation to the priesthood in particular, then you have a start. Read the biographies of our seminarians who have begun to discern their call to the diocesan priesthood. While each of their stories and background is unique, their basic desire to respond to God’s loving plan unites them. They have begun the fraternal labor of study – prayer and formation that will make them into the kind of Catholic men that will lead others to Christ.
If you would like to know more about their formation, note their seminaries and explore what gives these young men strength and certainty about God’s call. If you would like to learn more about the possibility of studying for the priesthood in this Archdiocese, give me a call and let us begin the conversation. Remember what our Lord told his disciples and Saint Peter in particular: “Take courage, it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Encounter the Lord in the seminary, and you will be given all you need to discern His holy will and follow Him with a joyful heart. Be assured of my prayers for you.
With these videos you can meet three of our Archdiocesan priests. Hear their stories of discernment, seminary experience, and life as a priest. Listen to how our Lord has led and inspired them to lay down their lives.
Rev. Damien Cook
Christ the King Parish
Rev. Jim Keiter
St. John the Baptist Parish-Fordyce
St. Boniface Parish-Menominee
St. Joseph (Mission of Fordyce)-Constance
Listen to Rev. Jim Keiter’s stories about his journey into the priesthood:
- When did you decide to join the priesthood?
- Describe your Discernment
- Attending Seminary
- What surprised you about the Seminary?
- How did the Seminary help you?
- Spiritual Formation
- First Experiences
- Ordination Experience
- Where are you now?
- What do you love about being a priest?
- Advice for Prospective Seminarians