The priest’s life is meant to be a living symbol that challenges his parishioners to place God first in their lives above everyone and everything else. My priority in evaluating men for the seminary as well as the suitability of our priests for serving God’s people is their commitment and capability of living celibate chastity with fidelity and joy.
- ARCHBISHOP NAUMANN
Meet Our Seminarians
Why I want to be a priest: My first thoughts of the Priesthood were when I was in the 4th grade. After much anticipation, I had the opportunity finally to serve at Mass, and it was there, on the altar, as I knelt next to the Priest that I first got the inkling that this might be where I am called to be for the rest of my life. Throughout the rest of my youth, this desire grew and grew, and finally, when I was decided where I would go to College, I knew that I had no other option than to pursue this path. God had been calling me in the depths of my heart for a very long time, and it was finally time to respond with my whole self. So, I applied, was accepted and went to Conception Seminary College right out of High School. (Click picture to read more)
Why I want to be a priest: I want to be a priest because of the Eucharist. There is nothing more beautiful or profound as God, creator of all seen and unseen, first dying so we could be with Him when we die, and then coming here to earth everyday as simple bread and wine so He can be with us while we live. To be the person who through the power of God consecrates that bread and wine into God himself and then carries that to the God's people - I ask how could you not want that, especially when there are six other sacraments where you get to bring God to His people and the people to God.
Why I want to be a Priest: I desire to be a priest first and foremost because the Lord has shown me so clearly that this is His will and desire for my life. In following Jesus more closely through a life consecrated to Him, I may be a vessel of His love and joy for others, drawing them to unity in Him and with each other.
Why I want to be a Priest: I have always wanted to serve God’s people, and consequently especially love the Good Shepherd parable. When I need to be re-energized I simply talk to people in the diocese, those who I will someday serve, and hope to lay down my life for. I want to help them, in whatever way I can, and I feel that God has put this on my heart since I was young. One of my greatest inspirations is Fr. Michael McGivney, who was truly a priest for the people.
Why I want to be a priest: I didn't at first. I was dead set on being married. But when I started to pray, I heard the call louder and louder. I couldn't ignore it. But I know what God wants for me is to be the happiest I can. I trust in that. I am excited to bring the sacraments to everyone, and to serve those at my parish to my fullest abilities. Learning more about the beauty of the Church is just an added bonus.
Why I want to be a Priest: In a parish, the priest is able to participate in the lives of his parishioners and be with them in good and bad times. He administers the sacraments and helps people get to heaven.
Why I want to be a Priest: Since I was 10, I have known that I was called to serve God, but I didn't know exactly how until I observed our local Parish priest, Fr. Murphy. As I grew to know him, I identified with him and knew that this was my calling. I want to be there at the beginning of a new life, to bring souls into the Body of Christ through Baptism. I want to watch them grow and be there with them to celebrate their confirmation and First Communion. (Click picture to read more)
Why I want to be a Priest: I have an extreme desire to live a life of sacrifice. Even though I can’t get enough of the new technology that’s always coming out, it’s something I’ve been attracted to from a very young age. What gives me the most joy is imagining myself carrying out the beautiful Sacraments of our Catholic Church.
Why I want to be a priest: I want to be a priest because of my deep love for Christ. Whatever He asks me to do, I will do, because I know He knows all.
Why I want to be a priest: Ever since I was little all I wanted to do was to help anybody out in whatever way I could. A priest helps people every day. Their main goal in life is to get as many souls to heaven as they possible can in their lifetime. The priesthood offers the opportunity to save thousands of souls in a lifetime.
Why I want to be a Priest: I want to be a priest primarily because I believe God is calling me to be one. I want to do whatever He wants from me, and I think He wants me to be a priest for Him. If this is His will, then the priesthood will be what makes me happiest in this life and is the most fruitful for myself and His plan.
Why I want to be a priest: I want to be the Lord's instrument of healing in the sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick, as well as give the people the Eucharist every day during Mass.
Why I want to be a Priest: I want to be the Lord’s instrument of healing in the sacraments of Confession and Anointing of the Sick, as well as give the people the Eucharist everyday during Mass.
Why I want to be a Priest: My heart is always the happiest when I picture myself as a Catholic priest. God willing, if I am to be ordained one day, I think it would be pretty special to have Jesus Christ as my main companion every day that I wake up. Also, when I was on a FOCUS conference, Seek 2013 in Orlando, it was incredible to see the procession of over 100 priests. The beauty of the Catholic Church is endless and I want to be in the heart of it.
Why I want to be a Priest: I want to be a priest because I believe God is calling me to it and for the salvation of souls. I have a love for the sacraments which was fostered very much by my high school and college experiences, and I want to celebrate them. To answer "yes" to the call is assenting to a heroic call, and I want to be able to stand up and say "yes" to God's prompt: "come and follow me".
Why I want to be a Priest:
I have experienced a call and want what God wants because if this is His call then it truly is the most joyful life He has for me. I find great purpose in serving God’s people and for standing up for what is right in our communities and in the world.
Why I want to be a Priest: I'm not sure if I want to be a priest or not, but I feel a deep peace when I think and pray about the priesthood. I am going to seminary to explore the priesthood and my feelings about it and to discover if God is calling me to this life.
Why I want to be a priest: I want to be a priest because the idea of bringing Jesus to people through the sacraments is something I desire to do. Ultimately though it is not about what I want but what God wants. I feel like he wants me to be a priest.
Why I want to be a priest: I would like to be a priest because I want to serve the Catholic church with all my life, and I want to participate in the salvation of souls.
Why I want to be a priest: Can you think of a cooler job? Priests have the opportunity to change ordinary bread and wine into the Body. Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ...our God. Blows my mind.
Why I want to be a priest: I want to be a priest to lay down my life for Jesus Christ and for His Church. I want to intimately know God and to love Him by serving His people. The Church has a great need for priests, and I have experienced a call from God to pursue such a vocation.
Why I want to be a priest: Primarily, the thought of being able to lay down my life for a large group of people and serving them, especially in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in Reconciliation, brings me great joy. In addition, especially during my time in high school, God has awakened this desire in me to help the lead the youth of today and tomorrow away from a life of busy enslavement and distracting addictions, towards one that allows each individual to become more “fully alive” (St. Irenaeus), radiant with authentic joy and interior peace. I yearn to communicate this path of love and sacrifice in ways that the next generation of our Church can understand, from a good game of basketball, to exploring the depths of God’s Creation out in nature, to engaging in fellowship with authentic friends. Currently, I feel that the best way for me personally to live into this calling is as a Roman Catholic priest, where I can stand as a reminder to those around me that, in the words of Pope Benedict, “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”