MEET OUR SEMINARIAN
Thank you all for welcoming me to St. Columban a few weeks ago. I am happy and blessed to be studying as a seminarian for this diocese and equally blessed to
"adopt" such a great parish as my new home parish. I hope to learn more about many of you as you learn more about me on this great journey. So
here's something about me.
You might be wondering when I first considered the priesthood. My mother and I went to the first Mass of her priest friend when I was in second grade. On our trip back home I asked mom all sorts of questions like:
"Mom where will my first parish be?" or "Will you come to my first
Mass?" or "When will I be a priest?" In fifth grade during spirit week at St. Joseph Catholic school, we had future occupation day. I chose to dress up as a priest for that day. When religion class started Fr. William Korte, the current pastor, and I had our picture taken by a future photographer. I continued to consider my vocation through high school. When it came time to choose where I would go to college I
couldn't decide. I chose to attend Benedictine College and received a scholarship for football as well as academics. Over Christmas break this previous year,
I attended daily Mass in a local parish. On one of the last days of break the pastor Fr. Robert Fields asked me
"Ben, when are we sending you off to Seminary?" I said
"Fr. Rob I'm not in the seminary, you know that!" He then said
"I know" as he waved his hand and pulled the door shut behind him without another word. On my return drive home and the next few months after many visits to the Blessed Sacrament,
I thought about what Father Rob said and decided that the seminary is where I truly need to be to discern my vocation.
I thank you once again for welcoming me to St. Columban;
and please keep me in your prayers as I can assure you that St. Columban parish will be in my prayers.
-- Benjamin Armentrout