Hi, I am Kyle Loecker from O’Neill. My home parish is St. Patrick’s, and I graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 2013. My community has been blessed with generous souls, a vibrant youth ministry, and excellent pastoral leadership over the years. Liturgically, I was an altar server, Eucharistic minister, and lector. In high school, I played sports, acted, and was on student council.
I typically spend my free time in a number of ways: being with family, hanging out with friends, cooking/baking, watching movies, exercising, and private (or community) prayer. I have always had a passion for the outdoors whether it be hunting (duck, pheasant, deer, turkey, etc.) or fishing (walleye, bass, catfish).
Interest in my faith sparked when I was eleven years old. I was in the fifth grade while my family went through some difficult times. I remember actually PRAYING for the first time, and make no mistake about it…God began to work in my life. As I grew older, other challenges were endured with a peaceful faith and trust in the Lord.
Eventually, the time came for me to make the decision of what I wanted to do after high school. As I pondered over this, certain phrases from The Great Pope John Paul II popped into my mind. “Do not be afraid,” and “Cast into the deep.” I said ‘Yes’ to God, was accepted to seminary, and now attend Saint John Vianney College Seminary.
As people of God, we are called to live IN the world but not be OF the world. I like thinking, If I am not a ‘Jesus freak,’ then I am someone else’s freak. He has called men from all walks of life, and if God calls you, look into it and PRAY about it. Trust the movements of your heart and visit with someone—preferably a priest or even a seminarian. I would be glad to visit with you as well.