Edward CieszynskiEdward Cieszynski

College Program

Parish:  Lumen Christi, Mequon

Seminary: Saint Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University, Chicago

Birthday: January 19

Intercessor: St. Polycarp

Describe yourself:

I'm a young man currently studying in the collegiate seminary program as I do my best to serve the Lord and discern His will for my life.

Tell us your vocation story:

The call to the Priesthood has been something I've considered for many years of my life. During my grade school years, I've had the privilege to know many wonderful and holy priests, including my great-uncle, a Jesuit. Their example gradually led me to wonder what priesthood was like, and whether God might be calling me to it. Gradually, through prayer and the witness of others, I came to realize that I felt a strong calling to the priesthood. While the call has, at times, been neglected and ignored, it's never vanished. Thus, I decided towards the end of high school to follow the call, specifically by attending St. Joseph's College Seminary.

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

There are a number of challenges for all men who consider seminary life, each challenge appearing differently for each man. Personally, the obstacles to personal holiness in the midst of discernment are especially challenging.

What is your favorite psalm verse and why?

“The Lord reigns. He is robed in majesty, and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.” (Ps. 93:1). These verses (and Psalm 93 as a whole) reassure the reader that God, the Creator of the World, is still the absolute ruler of all His creation. The metaphorical language is also quite beautiful, and is similar to St. Paul's “Armor of God” imagery.

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

When not studying or praying, I enjoy sports (particularly baseball), gaming, hanging out with my family, and spending time in nature.

Where do you like to go to pray?

When given the chance, I like to pray in outdoor settings which allow me to contemplate the beauty of God's creation. However, no setting is better for prayer than before Our Lord when He is exposed in the monstrance.

Where do you do your best studying?

Generally, I study best in places that are quiet, cool, and present a change of pace from routine. However, my room always a decent option, even if it doesn't fit those criteria.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Polycarp. He was the Bishop of Smyrna, a Father of the Church, a martyr, and an all-around awesome saint. I chose him as my Confirmation saint, and continue to ask his intercession for my life.

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