Preparing Our Priests
God’s faithfulness continues through all generations.
We are blessed by our priests who devote their lives to serving the Church. With grateful hearts, we invest in those who will become our next generation of priests.
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary are housed on the same campus at the John Paul II Center in Denver. There also is a Spirituality Year house for seminarians, built with financial support provided through The Catholic Foundation.
The Foundation stewards gifts for both seminaries through A New Harvest, with its capital and endowment funds to sustain these important ministries for our priests.
“I started a band so I could become a rock star.”
Paul laughs at the thought.
“I didn’t really want to go to seminary, but I thought God was calling me to do it. I took a leap of faith and interviewed for it. And they accepted me. So I quit everything—my job, my dating, my band.”
From Agnostic to Catholic
“I was agnostic my whole life. My family wasn’t religious at all. But when I turned 25, I accepted Christ as my Savior. Two years later, I became Catholic. I read my way into the Catholic Church through the Catechism and the Scriptures.”
“I always assumed I’d get married and have a family. I had my stockbroker’s license. But I kept thinking about the priesthood, so the Archbishop suggested that I apply to Seminary and see what would happen.”
Paul began his studies at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. He spent his Spirituality Year immersed in prayer, community life, spiritual studies and ministries of service to help him prepare for priestly life.
Boot Camp for the Soul
“Before seminary, I would go to mass a couple times a week. So doing it daily was like going to boot camp. But it’s what my soul needed. It really formed my prayer life. It transformed my life by helping me form virtues and root out vices.”
“I hope that my life experience gives me the ability to identify with kids a little more. Youth are under a really heavy attack from moral relativism. Every child wants to be good, but it’s just hard to know how to do that in the culture that we live in right now.”
“Christ is the one who moves all our hearts. And I had great witnesses in my life. They didn’t necessarily know all the right things to say to me, but they were great examples. I want to make sure that my rock is Christ, so he can show through me.”
Paul’s name has been changed to respect privacy.