Hello everyone! My name is Eric Koch and I am the son of Jim and Tana Koch and the oldest of eight children. I was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until 2002, when we moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 2003, my parents decided to teach me at home, and we joined the Catholic Homeschool Association of Omaha. I enjoyed being active in Boy Scouts and other activities with the Omaha Catholic homeschoolers. For three years of high school, I was enrolled in Seton Home Study School, and I graduated this year. I am very grateful to my parents for teaching me and witnessing to the truth of the Catholic faith by their lives. I have been a parishioner at St. Peter’s in Omaha for three years and I have benefited greatly in my spiritual life because of the reverence and beauty of the liturgy at St. Peter’s. For four years, I have worked at Fareway Food Stores in Council Bluffs and I enjoy playing the piano, acting in musicals, fishing, and gardening.
Ever since I went to my cousin’s ordination when I was ten, I have had a desire to become a priest. During high school, I got very involved in politics, but at the end of the day, I felt like Jesus was calling me to the priesthood. My desire to become a priest clarified and increased as I went to Adoration and at quiet moments after Communion, and especially on a youth group trip with the St. Peter’s Youth Group and during the two Steubenville Conference trips sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha that I attended. As I thought about my future, I realized that all I really wanted to do was to do what priests do: teach, celebrate the Mass, hear confessions, and give up my life for others.
I first made a visit to Conception Seminary College in Missouri. While I was there, I received a great gift of joy and peace, clarity of purpose and a feeling of “this is it, just what I’ve been looking for!” I applied and was accepted to study as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 2013. I am excited to continue my formation at Conception through prayer and study. If you are a young person who is discerning your vocation, my biggest advice is to trust God and have the faith of a child. God will do the rest.