|Parish||Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown, NJ|
|High School||Williamstown High School|
|Year in Seminary||4th Theology|
|Seminary||Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy|
|Journey of Faith Blog Posts||Joshua Nevitt|
What were you doing prior to entering the seminary? Before entering the seminary, I was a student at Williamstown High School
What influenced your decision to enter the seminary? As a freshman in high school, I attended a retreat where a priest and a seminarian talked about their own experiences discerning the call to the priesthood. Seeing their enthusiasm and joy made me begin to wonder if the life of a priest could be the life that God was calling me to. This thought never left me as I stayed involved in after-school clubs and youth group, dated, and began to think about what I would do with my life throughout the rest of high school. In prayer, God made everything even clearer and I realized that He was inviting me to apply to the seminary. When I began my college applications, it was only natural for me to also apply to the Diocese to be a seminarian.
What are the highlights of the seminary? Any seminary is a wonderful place for someone discerning their call and preparing for the priesthood. While the schedule of each seminary is a little different, there are many similarities. In every seminary, there will be time for communal Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, private prayer, study, and fraternity. For me, two highlights of the seminary have been prayer and fraternity. Even though I began to pray the Liturgy of the Hours on my own in high school, I never had the chance to attend daily Mass or to spend time on a regular basis in front of the Blessed Sacrament. In College Seminary, this regular time of prayer helped me to be sure that I was following the Lord’s will. Even now, this daily time with the Lord continues to nourish me and give me strength to do His will.
Another highlight of seminary life has been that of fraternity. Loneliness is a common experience in today’s society. This experience takes on new meaning for someone trying to live out their Catholic faith in a world that seems to be moving farther and farther away from God. In the seminary, however, I have been blessed to be surrounded by so many other seminarians all working for the same goal: to live holy lives, to become priests, and ultimately to become saints. Living in such a community reminds me every day that I am not alone and that what God has called me to do can be accomplished with His help.
Advice to other young men considering the priesthood: One piece of practical advice that I would give to young men considering the priesthood would be to take time, every day, to spend a few moments with the Lord. Even if you cannot go to a church or before a tabernacle, spend a few minutes in silence with Him. We have to be able to hear God before we can know what He is saying to us!
Another piece of advice that I would give is to not be afraid of what it might “cost” to follow God’s call. God never disappoints us and if we give all of ourselves to Him, He will give all of Himself to us!