Diocesan Priestly Vocations

Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Singler, D.Min.

Director, Diocesan Priestly Vocations

Department of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Diocese of Toledo
1933 Spielbusch
Toledo, OH 43604-5360
419-244-6711

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Michael Bialorucki

 Home Parish: Holy Angels Parish, Sandusky

 Age: 28

 Level: II Theology, Saint Meinrad School of Theology

 Mailing Address: Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive, Saint Meinrad, IN  47577

 What are your hobbies?  What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional?  Archery,  porch sitting and running. Sporting teams: Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh  Steelers.

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocations? "The Priest is Not His Own" by Fulton Sheen and "First Comes Love" by Scott Hahn.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Pier Giorgio Frassati: extreme selflessness; courageous sacrifice to faith, sought to teach faith. St. Michael the Archangel: defender of faith. Oscar Romero: social justice.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Reverend David Nuss; Reverend Jason Kahle; Reverend Scott Woods; Sr. Marilyn Marie Ellerbrock; The Monks at Saint Meinrad and Cameron & Marley Davis.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? That we seek to end divisions and grow in love towards all as our prayers become our actions.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? Talk to people. Pray. Don't be afraid to risk a mistake in your discernment by taking a step.

Zachary Brown

Zachary BrownHome Parish: Our Lady of Hope Parish, Attica

Age: 23

Level: II Theology, Pontifical North American College

Mailing Address: Pontifical North American College, 00120 Vatican City State, EUROPE

What are your hobbies? I guess one of my hobbies would be making cord knotted rosaries. I enjoy being outside. Mowing the lawn and working on the landscape around the house. I enjoy trap shooting. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
 
What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women discerning their life vocation? "Discerning the Will of God," "Spiritual Consolation," "The Examen Prayer," and "The Discernment of Spirits" all by Timothy Gallagher; "Priests for the Third Millennium" by Cardinal Timothy Dolan; "To Save a Thousand Souls" by Brett Brannen; "The Joy of the Priesthood" by Stephen Rossetti.
 
Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? St. Isidore: I took him as my Confirmation saint because he is the patron of farmers and before seminary I thought I was going to have an agricultural career. St. John Paul II: Over my years of seminary I have found his writings to be very good, easy to read and understand but all the same very powerful works of writings.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? The more years I am in seminary the larger this list grows. I would say that the priest that had the initial influence on me was my pastor as I was growing up, Reverend Joseph Szybka. I saw how he lived the priesthood and how much joy he had in his life, it was something desirable. My grandparents on my mom's side also played a role now that I look back on the years. I know that they prayed for me daily and they were always willing to tell me that they thought that I would become a priest. It took some time but I acknowledged their promptings and entered the seminary. There are many other priests, religious and laity who have helped me along during my years of seminary thus far and I am very grateful for their help and advice.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? My hopes for the Catholic Church is that she continues to grow and that people rise up and defend her against the evil that is trying to destroy the Church and those who belong to it. My hope also is that the youth remain an active role in the Church and continue to grow and develop their faith that will help them through the rest of their lives.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? If you feel called even just a little bit talk to your pastor about it, he can be of great assistance to your discernment. If you are unsure of entering the seminary I would recommend that if you feel that you are being called, even just a little bit, then give it a try. There is nothing bad that can come from entering the seminary, either you find that it is not what you are being called to or you find that it is and you stay in the seminary and prepare to become a priest. Either way you will grow to be a better Catholic man by the formation and spiritual direction that you receive in that year or years that you are in the seminary.

Deacon Anthony Coci

 Home Parish: Christ the King Parish, Toledo

 Age: 29

 Level: IV Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

 Mailing Address: Mount Saint Mary Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional?  I enjoy  biking, golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, playing tennis and basketball. College Team: Ohio State  Buckeyes. Professional Teams: Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Toledo Mudhens, Toledo  Walleye.
 
 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? Fulton Sheen's "The Priest is Not His Own"; St. Augustine's "Confessions"; Writings by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; St. Therese of Liseaux's "Story of a Soul" and John O'Brien's "Saints of the American Wilderness: The Brave Lives and Holy Deaths of the Eight North American Martyrs".
 
Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Pope St. John Paul II, Blessed Emil Kapaun, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, St. Theresa Benedicta, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, North American Martyrs, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas, St. Bonaventure.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey?  All the priests that I have lived with during my summer assignments and pastor year along with my spiritual directors over the years have been a tremendous influence in my discernment.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? My hope for the future is that more members of my family and friends will come to the faith.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? "Cast out into the deep" as Jesus commanded Peter. Take a risk and live adventurously.

Alexander Elfreich

 Home Parish: St. Joan of Arc, Toledo

 Age: 23

 Level: II Pre-Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

 Mailing Address: Mount Saint Mary Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional? I always  enjoy a good book, and I like to write and listen to music. Playing acoustic or bass guitar is also a  way I like to spend leisure time.
 
 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? "Be A Man" by Father Larry Richards; "Introduction to the Devout Life" by St. Francis de Sales; "Priest for the Third Millennium" by Cardinal Timothy Dolan; "Thy Will Be Done" by St. Francis de Sales.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Saint Paul, my Confirmation saint. Saint Thomas More for his courage and tenacity. Saint Francis de Sales, whom I turn to for advice and wisdom as a saintly friend. Saint John XXIII, I am inspired whenever I read his journal and see how much he strove to be a holy and dedicated man.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Reverend Jason Kahle; Reverend Jeff Walker; Reverend Adam Hertzfeld; Reverend George Wenzinger; Bishop Thomas; my parents and grandparents; my friends from St. Thomas More University Parish.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? My hope is for a greater understanding among our people of the great gift we have in the Blessed Sacrament...and that this understanding would foster devotion to prayer before our Lord present in the Eucharistic Sacrament.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? You have to make time to be quiet. So often God wants to speak to us in His still, small voice, but we are distracted by so many things - even things that are not necessarily negative. And one of the best places to be quiet before the Lord is in an Adoration Chapel.

Kyle Gase

 Home Parish: St. Wendelin Parish, Fostoria

 Age: 30

 Level: III Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

 Mailing Address: 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional?  I enjoy  listening to music, spending time with family & friends and following Indy Car, NASCAR, Cleveland  Indians baseball, Ohio State Football and all St. Wendelin Mohawks sports teams.
 
 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? "The Priest is Not His Own" by Fulton Sheen. "To Save a Thousand Souls" by Father Brett Brannen.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? St. Gaspar del Bufalo because of his devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus; St. Peter, our Lord chose him despite his brokenness; St. Maria Goretti, she is a great example of purity for today's young people; St. Alphonsus Liguori, his writings are inspiring.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Reverend Ronald Schock, Reverend Nicholas Weibl, Reverend Christopher Mileski, Reverend Timothy Ferris, Reverend Eric Culler, Msgr. Michael Billian, Reverend Todd Dominique, my parents.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? That the Church may evangelize the culture and fallen away Catholics will return to the sacraments.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? Make a daily Holy Hour and find a good spiritual director to confide in.

Peter Grodi

 Home Parish: St. Thomas More University Parish, Bowling Green

 Age: 25

 Level: II Theology, Saint Meinrad School of Theology

 Mailing Address: Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive, Saint Meinrad, IN  47577

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional? I enjoy  playing guitar, piano and sometimes accordion. I like participating in sports and other outdoor  activities. I also enjoy board games and sometimes video games. Reading is a strong staple in my  extracurricular diet. My favorite sports team to watch is the Buckeye football team. I only watch  professional sports casually and usually with others who have favorite teams.
 
What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women discerning their life vocation? "Priests for the Third Millennium" by Cardinal Dolan; "Discerning the Will of God" by Father Gallagher; "The Way, Furrow, the Forge" by St. Jose Maria Escriva; "The Charism of Priestly Celibacy: Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Reflections" by Ed. John C. Cavadini

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Saint Isaac Jogues: he was incredibly brave in his devotion to spreading the Gospel. Even in the midst of great trial and suffering, he maintained his love for God. Saint Francis of Assisi: he found great joy in the creation of God and in living Gospel poverty. Saint Peter: he gives me hope. With all his faults, he became a saint.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Monsignor Charles Singler; Reverend Adam Hertzfeld, Reverend Jason Kahle, Reverend Bradley LePage, Reverend Pius Pietrzyk, My father, Marcus, and my brother, JonMarc.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church: That each and every Catholic be fostered in true practice of faith and devotion to Christ so that, through our unity, ministry and manifestation of love, truth, goodness and beauty, Christ will bring all people to Himself.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? Trust in the Lord and His desire to make your life a mission of fruitful fulfillment. Ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide you in the ways of loving obedience to the will of God. Seek the interior peace and joy of christ in prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Jared Horstman

 Home Parish: St. Barbara Parish, Cloverdale

 Age: 25

 Level: I Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary of the West

 Mailing Address: Mount Saint Mary Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional? I do not  keep up much with sports. However, I enjoy spending time outdoors camping, canoeing or hiking. I  also like to sit down with a good book.
 
 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? I would certainly read anything written by Bishop Fulton Sheen, especially "A Priest is Not His Own." Also good to read is "The Story of a Soul" by St. Therese of Liseux and "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas Kempis. I also recommend that men considering priesthood read "The Cure d Ars" by Abbe Trochu.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, patron of youth; St. Therese of Lisieux; St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of students; St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests and my Confirmation saint; St. Philomena, one of St. John Vianney's patrons and a wonderful intercessor; St. Gerard, my middle name.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Certainly my parents have been a strong influence with the faith they handed on to us children. I have also been blessed to have known some wonderful priests growing up who served our parish (Msgr. Vasko, Reverend Bob Kill). In high school and college my friends helped me form and deepen spiritual life and take seriously the task of discernment.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? I hope that more Christians will realize the dignity of their vocation and enter more fully into the faith. I prayer for the success of the New Evangelization and for a transforming of culture.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? Simply pray about it, especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Seek out a spiritual director and don't be afraid to attend vocation events and to visit a seminary or religious house.

Kyle Ink

 Home Parish: All Saints, New Riegel

 Age: 22

 Level: III College, Pontifical College Josephinum

 Mailing Address: Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43235-1498

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams?  College?  Professional?  I enjoy  going on walks, playing basketball, reading and watching Netflix.
 
 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? I would recommend "To Save a Thousand Souls" and "Surrender."

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? I have a strong devotion to Our Lady and Padre Pio. I am inspired by their humility, dying to self, and total surrender to the Father.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Two priests who have strongly influenced my discernment are Msgr. Charles Singler and my college formator Reverend John Rozenbajgier.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? My hope is for the people of God to grow in love and their willingness to surrender to God.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? The vocation of the priesthood is a beautiful mystery and it is one where if you feel called, then allow yourself to enter into it.

Jacob Livecchi

 Home Parish: St. Ignatius, Oregon

 Age: 19

 Level: I College, Pontifical College Josephinum

 Mailing Address: Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43235-1498

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional? I enjoy  drawing with pencil and charcoal. My favorite sport is soccer. My favorite teams are Columbus Crew  and Chelsea FC. I also enjoy singing and music.

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? My favorite author is Jason Evert and his book "John Paul the Great" is a fantastic book. Also "Surrender" by Fr. Larry Richards and "To Save a Thousand Souls."

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Pope St. John Paul II. His life message inspires me to try to reach out to others and love them with Christ's love, and his love for young people. St. John Vianney because despite all odds he became a priest and that is inspiring.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment at this point in your journey? There have been many people who have had an impact to vocational discernment. But there are a few who have made a large impact. My mom has been there to guide me through the process. Also, the Bishop's lifestyle and reverence have inspired me to look into the priesthood. Fr. Matt Rader and Fr. Eric Schild have also inspired me.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? That all will find the Church as a place of healing and revival. That it will be a hospital open to all and where people will be accepted and loved as a child of God. And I hope that I can portray that in my actions.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? My advice is to be open, because God will give us an answer if we ask, so we have to not be afraid to truly ask.

Joseph Livecchi

 Home Parish: St. Ignatius, Oregon

 Age: 24

 Level: I Pre-Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

 Mailing Address: Mount Saint Mary Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional? Spending  time with family, camping, hiking, computers, cooking. Columbus Crew.

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? Gospels, "Prayers of the Mass," "33 Days to Morning Glory."

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? St. John Vianney: the role model for parish priests. St. John Bosco: I love how he combines faith and fun.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment at this point in your journey? Parish priests (Majoros, Poggemeyer, Herzog, Smith); Bishop Thomas; my parents.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? Re-engaging the young adults and delivering true happiness to their lives. To help relieve the suffering of the world one individual at a time.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? Make a devotion to Mary.

Bradley McNeal

Home Parish: Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Toledo

Age: 22

Level: I Pre-Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

Mailing Address: Mount Saint Mary Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230

What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional? I like to read, watch movies, hang out with friends and family, and spending time outdoors. I am a sports fan and enjoy going to sporting events. My favorite sports are baseball, basketball and college football.  My favorite teams are the Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, University of Toledo Rockets and The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women discerning their life vocation? A couple of books that I would recommend include "To Save a Thousand Souls" by Fr. Brett Brannen, "Surrender" by Fr. Larry Richards, "He Leadeth Me" by Walter Ciszek, SJ and "The Story of a Soul" by St. Therese of Lisieux.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? One of my favorite saints is St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower. Her teaching of The Little Way reminds us that we are all God's children and that we must look up to, trust and love God throughout our life. I am also a fan of St. John Paul II because of his great love for God and others as well as his dedication to serving young people and his example of trusting God during the most difficult times of life. I also like St. Joseph and consider him my patron saint due to my middle name also being Joseph.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment at this point in your journey? People that have influenced my vocational discernment to this point include: Rev. Eric Schild, Rev. Adam Hertzfeld, Msgr. Michael Billian, Rev. Phil Smith and Bishop Daniel Thomas.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? My hopes are that we all grow closer to Christ and allow Christ to be in our daily lives. I also hope for us to be living disciples in our world and strive for holiness.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? The first thing I would let young people know is not to be afraid of feeling a possible calling. God has a plan for all of us and we must not fear what He is possibly calling us to.Trust in God with the path He has for you. I would also recommend to dedicate time throughout the day to pray and ask God for His guidance. Trust in God and He will lead you the way!

Joseph Mominee

Home Parish: Genoa, Our Lady of Lourdes

Age: 23

Level: I Theology, Pontifical North American College

Mailing Address: 00120 Vatican City State Europe

What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional? I find great joy in swimming, hiking, reading and speaking with friends. I like to watch OSU football, but most especially OSU hockey.

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? I would recommend "Christ, the Ideal of the Priest" by Blessed Columba Marmion and "Come Be My Light" by Saint Mother Teresa.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Every seminarian seems to have his own personal "Litany of the Saints." Some favorite saints in my "litany" are St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure for seminary studies, my name patron St. Joseph for diligence and endurance, St. Teresa of the Andes for preserving a witness to Christian joy and, most importantly, the Blessed Virgin Mary for perfection in Christian discipleship.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? A beautiful thing about the life of a seminarian is that he is able to encounter so many different people from every vocation. In my life, the commitment, love and support of my family has been a profound influence on my vocational discernment. The priests that I have met in my life, too, have greatly influenced my understanding and love of the ministry of the priesthood of Jesus Christ, most especially Bishop Daniel Thomas, the priests of Toledo and the priest faculty of the seminary.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church?  A beautiful reality of the Church is that while she walks forward in time, she carries with her 2,000 years of men and women who have left behind the legacies of their lives. My hope for the future of the Church is that all may look back to the saints to find the courage to walk forward towards the gate of Heaven.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life? To any young person considering the call to the priesthood and religious life, I would urge them to not fear wherever He may lead. A paradox of the faith seems to be that amidst conflicts, wars, cultural forgetfulness of God, Christians can live in the confidence of hope because we rest our lives in the hands of God. Do so, too, with your discernment of a vocation. If we entrust ourselves to the Lord, how can we go wrong?

Scott Perry

 Home Parish: Tiffin, St. Joseph

 Age: 28

 Level: III Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

 Mailing Address: Mount Saint Mary Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional? I enjoy  playing sports (especially basketball), running, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and  friends. My favorite professional teams are the Cleveland Indians, Cavs, and Browns. My favorite  college team is Ohio State.

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other man and women discerning their life vocation? "To Save a Thousand Souls" by Fr. Brett Brennen is an excellent resource for men considering the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. Early on in my discernment, I read the book "I Believe in Love" by Fr. Jean de Elbee which describes the spirituality of St. Therese. Also, the books on Ignatian spirituality/discernment of spirits by Fr. Timothy Gallagher have been the most valuable to me in my discernment.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? St. Therese the Little Flower is one of my favorite saints because of her deep love for God and desire to do small things with great love. I also admire St. Ignatius of Loyola because of his spiritual insights and practical advice on discerning the will of God. st. Joseph is my patron since my middle name is Joseph and I am from St. Joseph's Parish in Tiffin.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey?  It was my eighth-grade religion teacher, Sr. Rita Mae Johns, who taught me something that always stuck with me: "Being the person God wants you to be, doing what God wants you to do with your life will bring you the most peace and joy possible this side of heaven." I have had many, many priests who have inspired me to consider the priesthood, especially my pastor at my home parish, Fr. Joseph Szybka. My family and extended family have given me great support on my journey of discernment of the priesthood.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? It is my hope that the Catholic Church would continue to show God's mercy to a hurting and broken world and would continue to show God's immense, unfathomable love for each and every human person.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? My advice is to be open to whatever vocation that God may be calling you to because following God's plan for your life will lead you to your greatest happiness and fulfillment. Also, pray not only that God may reveal your vocation, but that you may have the courage to embrace and live out that vocation, whatever it may be. Seeking the counsel of a spiritual director is likewise a key component of discerning the priesthood or religious life.

Curtis Weisenburger

 Home Parish: Glandorf, St. John the Baptist

 Age: 25

 Level: II Pre-Theology, Pontifical College Josephinum

 Mailing Address: Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43235

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional?  Prayer, reading, basketball, golf, gardening, hiking, kayaking, carpentry, etc. OSU!

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women discerning their life vocation? "True Devotion," "Confessions," "Introduction to the Devout Life."

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? St. Augustine: conversion, intelligence, teaching; St. Alphonsus: love, reverence; St. Gemma: purity, prayer for conversions; and many more!

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Fr. Antonio, SPO - Brent Diller, Deacon Tony Coci, Fr. Poggemeyer, Msgr. Singler, Children of Mary sisters, Fr. Eric Culler, and many more!

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? Growth and sanctity!

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? If there is any chance that God may be calling you, enter into formation - it will make God's will clear and will only make you a better, more virtuous person.

Andrew Wellmann

 Home Parish: Delphos, St. John

 Age: 25

 Level: III Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

 Mailing Address: 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

 What are your hobbies? What are your favorite sporting teams? College? Professional? Playing the  piano, horseback riding, reading. Ohio State Buckeyes, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Bengals.

 What are the popular spiritual writings that you would recommend to other men and women  discerning their life vocation? "Priests for the Third Millenium" by Cardinal Timothy Dolan;  "Abandonment to Divine Providence" by Jean-Pierre de Caussade.

Who are your favorite saints? Why are they your favorite saints? Saint Andrew, Saint James, Saint Nicholas - my patron saints. Saint John Paul II - taught us to stand in the truth with love.

Who are the people (priests, religious and laity) that have influenced your vocational discernment to this point in your journey? Parents, family, friends, teachers. Fr. Gregory Hite, Fr. Chris Kardzis, Fr. Tom McQuillen, Fr. Greg Peatee, Msgr. Charles Singler, Fr. Adam Hertzfeld.

What are your hopes for the future of the Catholic Church? I hope the Church continues to be a light to all nations by bringing God's love to the ends of the earth.

What advice would you offer young people about discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life? In the words of Pope St. John Paul II: "Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ."