Hello. My name is Deacon Patrick Moser. I am the fourth of seven children born to my parents, Edward and Sandy Moser. I enjoy working on the farm, reading, and spending time outdoors. I am from St. Teresa of Avila parish in Clearwater, NE, which is a small parish in a small community consisting mostly of farm families.
I don’t remember exactly when I first thought about being a priest “when I grew up,” but I remember thinking I might be “(something)…or a priest” a few times in grade school. I attended high school at Pope John Central Catholic in Elgin, NE, but I did not feel a call toward the priesthood at that time. After graduating high school in 2006, I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanized Systems Management. I began to feel God tugging me toward the priesthood in my final two years of college, but I fought my call for a while, using various excuses to justify my resistance. After graduating, I returned home to work on a neighbor’s farm, hoping that the call I felt would go away, but the more I worked, the more I felt called to the priesthood. One year after graduating college, I finally talked to my parents, then to my parish priest, and then to the vocation director about entering the seminary. I entered the Pre-Theology program at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 2012 and was ordained a transitional deacon on May 26, 2017. I am looking forward to my last year of seminary as an opportunity to apply the study of Theology to my ministry, prayer, and daily life, as well as an opportunity for the brotherhood I share with the other seminarians.
For any men considering the priesthood, particularly if you are afraid of where God might be leading you, my advice to you is to talk with your parents or your parish priest about your call. I was afraid of what my family, friends, and other people might think of me, and that I wasn’t “good enough” to be a priest, but after discussing these topics with the people close to me, I learned that these fears were fairly common. I also realized that God will always give you the ability to do whatever He asks of you, so do not be afraid. As St. Paul wrote to the Romans, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” May God bless you as you follow your call.