Dominic LazzaroniDcn. Dominic Lazzaroni

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Parish: Saint Francis de Sales, Lake Geneva

Seminary:  Saint Francis de Sales

Birthday:  June 19

Intercessor:  St. Luke

Tell us your vocation story.

I did not really feel a serious call to the priesthood until I had a moving experience at a Steubenville retreat. I was not overly excited to go on the retreat, but I tried to stay positive. After a wonderful time of prayer during adoration, there was a priest who asked the entire conference if anyone who was considering becoming a priest would please stand up. For some reason, though I had not been discerning the priesthood at the time, I stood up. Those who stood up were asked to come forward, and we were given some information about entering the seminary. With some help from a seminarian assisting at my home parish and the vocation director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I was able to determine that the Lord was calling me to the seminary.

What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?

Today’s society oftentimes does not even consider going to the seminary as a viable option; it seems that most people see marriage as the only possible vocation. This can be a definite barrier to a seminarian, as those you meet can have a lot of trouble relating to a seminarian’s call.

What is your favorite Psalm verse and why?

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? This verse brings me great peace, as I feel an overwhelming sense of calm knowing that I am protected by the Lord.

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

I like to play guitar, make art, compose music, play frisbee and watch movies.

Where do you like to go to pray?

I find I can focus on prayer the most in a quiet place, preferably in the presence of the Lord.

Where do you do your best studying?

I study best in my room.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

Saint Augustine.

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