Hi, my name is Daniel Strecker of St. Bonaventure’s Parish in Columbus, and a graduate of Scotus Central Catholic in 2014. I then spent a year a Central Community College (CCC) in Columbus, and majored in Secondary Education English. Columbus has been blessed with a strong Catholic community whose blessings continue to grow. In the past I’ve served the church in being an altar server, and being a Eucharistic Minister.
I’ve always had a fascination of the priesthood. When I was in elementary school, before I even received first communion, I enjoyed “playing church”. I would set up a table as an altar, wear a blanket like a chasuble, read from a bible like it’s my Roman Missal, and use chips and grape juice as the Eucharist. I have one younger sister named Emma who would be my “altar server” and my parents Bret and Linda would be the only members of my congregation. Even though I never truly felt called to the priesthood until high school, the vocation has always had my interest.
I began to understand the realness of God’s love the summer after my eighth grade year when I attended a Jesus Christ Camp, and it was there my relationship with God really began. The succeeding summer I was able to attend a Steubenville Youth Conference for the first time, where the possibility of being called to Priesthood became first apparent to me. Junior year of high school I took my only college visit which was to Saint John Vianney Seminary. I was sure that that was the place God called me to be. Shortly after my return I gave into the doubt and uncertainty of whether I was limiting myself of other opportunities. From that point on I looked at as many careers as possible, I even went as far as sitting down with an Army Recruiter. I chose CCC to continue singing and acting. While I was there I found a love for English and Literature but, I wasn’t at peace with majoring in it. So with spiritual direction from many people close to my heart, I came to the realization that it was when I felt called to Seminary that I felt the most peace.
For anyone else discerning priesthood or any other vocation, don’t worry. God has you right where He wants you and loves you at this current moment, and will guide you where He needs you to be. More importantly, pray. In the opening of our hearts in prayer, God is able to do beautiful things.