I’m from Albion, Nebraska. Growing up in a small town with an active Catholic family, I was gifted with an environment that encouraged faith growth. I grew up in Saint Michael’s Parish going to the attached Catholic grade school in Albion. My family history in this parish and school date back a couple of generations.
My vocation discernment process began in third grade during the weekly mass at St. Mike’s. There was a prayer intention for an increase in vocations, like there always was, but for some reason it hit me that I could be the one to step up to that request. After that I started to think of the priesthood as the vocation God was calling me to. From seventh grade through high school, this vocation went to the back-burner. I decided to go to Northwest Missouri State University for Geology and later Biology. The thought of entering the seminary remained in the back of my mind until right before my senior year because of a retreat with the Newman Catholic Center on campus. After this retreat, I started to get much more interested in the many ways of prayer and learning as much as I could about Catholicism. This increased until I realized my interests were aligned with the gift of the priesthood and I decided I wanted to finally give it a try.
The more I have learned since, the more I have become excited to start in the seminary at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis as Pre-Theology I. I am thrilled to finally experience the seminary and the faith growing environment that is present. The knowledge and experiences that I can pass on to everyone, especially my family, will be priceless.
I advise any men that are discerning entering the seminary to dive deep into prayer so that you can become a man after God’s own heart. If you desire God’s will above all else, your desires will lead you to your vocation.