Hello! My name is Matthew Pohlman, and I am from St. Gerald’s Parish in Ralston. Growing up in the same parish as many of my extended family members is incredible, as we are able to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass together often. My Mom, Dad, and four siblings have been influential in my response to the Lord’s call- even to the point of “playing Mass” with me as a child.
I remember sitting in my first grade classroom at St. Gerald the day St. John Paul II died. His death catalyzed my interest in the Catholic Faith, along with my parents’ example of faith at home. As I grew in knowledge and maturity, the Holy Spirit led my prays toward the discernment of the priesthood. My faith was strengthened throughout my four years of high school at Skutt Catholic. It was during numerous God-centered events and faith-filled conversations at Skutt Catholic that my vocational awareness was enriched, and I found consolation.
Although Skutt Catholic has been an amazing home to me, I am eager to continue my discernment as a New Man at St. John Vianney Seminary this fall. I look forward to being in a place where all of the men are discerning the will of God in their own lives.
I enjoy music and Skippy Peanut Butter like no other. Singing and performing onstage is a great joy of mine along with working out at the gym.
For those young men considering seminary or who feel a call to a priestly vocation, I urge you to persevere in prayer, and continue to grow in your relationship with the Lord. Give yourselves to Him and His Holy Mother- as St. John Paul II said, “Totus Tuus Maria.”