My name is Connor Kerschinske and I am in College II at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am a lifelong parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha. I went to St. James/Seton School from kindergarten through eighth grade and Creighton Prep for high school. After graduating from high school, I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Tulsa for one year, where I further discerned God’s will for me to enter seminary.
I had always kind of thought about the priesthood, but while I was in high school, I put it to the back of my head. That started to change my senior year of high school, when I got rather close to one of the Jesuit scholastics at Prep. He got me thinking about the priesthood again, and by the end of my senior year, I was fairly certain I would end up in the seminary at some point. However, I put off applying to seminary and went to the University of Tulsa to study Chemical Engineering. While I was there I became very involved with the Newman Center, as well as with FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and I began leading a FOCUS bible study my second semester. At Tulsa, I grew a lot in my faith, and developed a much deeper prayer life. After feeling the call, I took a leap of faith and applied.
Seminary life has been fantastic! Being around a group of guys attempting to grow in holiness does a ton to help me grow in holiness. Also, the communal prayer time is such a blessing. If any of you are considering seminary, bring it to prayer, and trust in God’s plan.