Greetings! My name is Paul Floersch and I am 22 years old. I grew up in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, attended Creighton Prep high school, and recently graduated from Benedictine College. In all these places, I have met wonderful priests, brothers, and nuns. These individuals have been beacons of light in my life, and I will be forever thankful for their wisdom, joy and direction.
The key phrase I would use to describe my own discernment is “gradual but constant.” I never had a great epiphany, though one of those would have been eagerly welcomed! Instead I would say that my discernment journey could be described as a consistent trail of miniature epiphanies filled with countless conversations, books, friendships and, most especially, prayer.
Because of its uniqueness, the priesthood has always captured my curiosity. It is a vocation that in the eyes of the world seems like nothing more than a heavy cross. When I was young, I thought as the world does. However, as I grew older and got to truly know priests I realized these men were, at their core, filled with joy.
Consequently, I would not describe my desired vocation as “taking one for the team,” but more properly, as unfolding a great gift personally presented to me by Christ. I greatly look forward to uncovering God’s will for me as I begin my first year of seminary as a Pre-Theology student at Kenrick-Glennon in the Fall of 2015.
Of course, my journey toward Christ cannot be explained without mention of a few of my favorite things (the following list is incomplete and always will be): my family, soccer, good books, patterned sweaters, fishing, the Grand Canyon, tasteful movies, rocking chairs, and the rush of finding quality music.