The following is a reflection I wrote over the summer the day after I finished my summer job at Religion Newswriters Association…

In February I was accepted by the diocese to enter the seminary. It was the end of a several month application process. Ever since then I have been considered a “seminarian” for the diocese. I have been attending countless diocesan events in that capacity.

However, at the same time I was still attending classes at Mizzou or working for Religion Newswriters Association. So I was quite busy with other things.

In May I finished my last class at Mizzou, Friday I finished my last day of work with RNA. Now I am about to embark on a variety of diocesan camps and retreats for three weeks before actually entering the seminary.

For the last several months doing activities with the diocese was just one of the many things that I did in addition to Mizzou activies. Now its the only thing I’m doing.

As I reflected about that last night, I got a different sense of peace about me. Ever since I made the decision to apply for the seminary I have felt a great sense of peace. After I was accepted, I was extremely happy and excited.

Now I have a different sense of peace. After several months its finally here. Doing “church stuff” is now my main and only focus.

One of the reasons I decided to leave the J-School was because I really enjoyed my time doing youth and campus ministry. When I was doing those activities was when I was happiest. I figured, why not make that happy part of my life, my whole life. Why not do it “full time?”

Well now I’m “full time,” obviously what I do and the role of that work will continue to change over the years, but right now it’s just peaceful.

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