Saint John Vianney Seminary
I was raised in a great Catholic household with three older siblings. My family was very involved in our parish community, St. Wenceslaus, in Omaha. I followed my siblings through grade, middle, and eventually to Skutt Catholic High School, where I made some amazing and intentional friendships. I also met a seminarian who led my group of friends in Lectio Divina and other faith-sharing activities during his pastoral year. Through this experience at Skutt, I came to understand my faith. I saw how its teachings matched my personal experience, and I knew that I had to dive in headfirst. I prayed that my experience at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Omaha would be fertile ground for me to do so, and fertile it was.
When I got to the Newman Center, I again encountered some amazing individuals who taught me how to dialogue about abortion, play Spikeball, and, most importantly, discern my vocation. I fell in love with the liturgy at the Newman Center and devoted many hours to serving Masses and simply wasting time with God in the chapel. After two profound years at the Newman Center, I discerned the call to seminary through God's grace and further discernment of a priestly vocation!
I am entering the Saint John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and particularly looking forward to the content of my classes. I know they will be edifying and truth-filled.
I recommend everyone focus and pray on the two questions of identity St. Francis asks, "Who are You, Lord God?” and “Who am I?" These two questions have been vital to my discernment but are vital for every Catholic to know who we should be rooted in. I want to thank the Archdiocese of Omaha for being a vessel for God’s work in my life through education and the opportunity to receive the sacraments daily. I also want to thank you all for your prayers and continued support of seminarians!