Hello! My name is Brian Hula. I have lived in Bellevue, Nebraska for my entire life, but my home parish is St. Peter in Omaha. I have been very blessed through my involvement at St. Peter: I love the beauty and reverence of each Mass, and I also enjoy special occasions like the Corpus Christi Procession and the trilingual Holy Thursday Mass.
The priesthood had been something on my mind all throughout my teenage years. Serving daily Mass once a week allowed me to spend time with our parish priests, and my relationship with these men really assisted my discernment. Also, my participation in the homeschool youth group OPI (Oremus Pro Invicem) prompted me to grow in my spiritual life. I visited Conception Seminary during high school, but I ultimately decided to attend the University of Dallas.
I took classes at UD for two years. During the Fall Semester of my Sophomore year, I met with Fr. Roza, who invited me to apply for Seminary. As I spent time before the Blessed Sacrament, I felt a powerful sense of peace about going into Seminary immediately after Sophomore year. This consolation was confirmed one time when I was praying in the Cathedral, when a parishioner (whom I had never met before!) encouraged me to be without fear in applying for seminary if I felt that that was where God was leading me.
I am very excited for the edifying community life at Conception, especially participating in different liturgies with the Benedictine community. As for seminary in general, I am most looking forward to entering an environment where prayer is the foundation of my daily routine. Additionally, the fraternal camaraderie among the Omaha Seminarians is incredibly inspiring and a source of strength for me.
My advice for those discerning a vocation to the priesthood would be to develop a faithful routine of prayer. God wants to tell you his plan for you, but he will most often speak in a “still, small voice”- thus, you need to be listening attentively when he speaks! Also, don’t be afraid to talk about your questions and doubts with seminarians or priests.
In my free time, I enjoy reading (my favorite authors are Chesterton, Tolkein, and Dovstoyevsky) and watching and playing sports (especially basketball!), but I am most passionate about spending time outdoors. I love to fish, kayak, hike, birdwatch, and hunt mushrooms.