Deacon Jordan Berghouse
Parish: St. Jerome, Oconomowoc
Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales
Birthday: March 6
Intercessor: St. Joseph
I love God. I love my family. I love my country. I love Milwaukee.
Tell us your vocation story:
As a Catholic guy, the idea of the priesthood is something I grew up with. It was always an attractive vocation to me, but it was never a vocation I took seriously. I went to Catholic schools my entire life. My faith was certainly important to me. It was always an essential part of who I was. However, I didn't realize how essential it was until after I had graduated from college. At the time I was working in Washington D.C. and was at a point where I could no longer live my faith in a passive way. I was no longer at a Catholic school. I was no longer surrounded by people with shared beliefs. For the first time in my life, I had to live my faith intentionally, in a very active way. Life can be very difficult and I was struggling with a lot of things at the time. I didn't really know where to start. I remember kneeling at my bedside praying a novena to St. Joseph asking for strength in my life and a better understanding of what God was calling me to. Looking back, I realize that in a very powerful way, everything flowed from there. I started to go to frequent confession and daily Mass. Gradually, I started to feel strength in my life that I knew was not from me. As I continued to develop my faith in a real way, I felt a stirring in my heart to consider the priesthood. In my own weakness, I never saw myself as worthy. To be completely honest, I still don't. I never believed that God would want me to pursue such a path because of my shortcomings. One day, I felt a particular pull to go to Eucharistic Adoration after work. I sat down in the pew and all I could think about was the priesthood. It gave me such an unbelievable amount of joy and peace by thinking about it. On the metro ride home that night, I discovered that it was the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, patron saint of seminarians. I really can't describe what I felt that day, but I felt it was from God. It was a real consolation to me. The minute that I opened myself up to the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood, a lot of things started to fall into place. Amidst my weakness and amidst my shortcomings, I know in my heart that this is something that God wishes me to discern seriously.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
The fear of commitment.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
Psalm 144. Read it. It speaks for itself.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I like to be outside and play sports like ultimate frisbee and golf. I like to travel. I also like to play Risk.
Where do you like to go to pray?
St. Joseph's Chapel at Sacred Heart Seminary.
Where do you do your best studying?
In my room.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?