Matthew FerchMatthew Ferch

First Theology 

Parish: St. Agnes, Butler

Seminary:  St. Francis de Sales

Birthday:  October 28

Intercessor: St. Norbert

Describe yourself:

I see myself as an agent of God’s love and mercy, and I wish to share that with the whole world.

Tell us your vocation story:

I received a letter from the Archdiocese’s Vocations Office my senior year of high school saying my pastor sent my name along to them as a potential vocation candidate. I was shocked to say the least, but I placed it in the back of my mind as an option. When I went to college, I was a Theology and Political Science major with the intention of working in politics and law. I fell in love, however, with Theology instead with the thought that I would work for the Church as a lay person. I wanted to be open to the potential to being a priest, so I remained in contact with the Vocations Office. Over time, I found that all I could think about was being a priest. Everything I was doing in college seemed to be practice for skills I needed to be a priest. I was a RA to practice pastoral skills, participated in the college’s Parish Council and the life of the parish, was involved in Campus Ministry, and had a parish internship when I was in post-graduate service. I also knew I was meant to help people after some difficult times in my life, and I wanted to help others who may be in similar situations or need a person to be supportive. I was receiving advice from many different people that if I was having this strong feeling about priesthood, I should just go for it and apply. So I decided that I should not run from my vocation anymore, and I should apply to the Seminary. I decided that I wanted to return home and serve the people of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and I have not looked back.

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

I think the greatest challenge is having the strength to persevere in his vocation along with completely surrendering himself to God, so His plan can be fulfilled. In this self-reliant and individualistic society, it can be hard to have the strength to stand up and accept the man’s calling from God to be His priest and completely surrender himself to Him.

What is your favorite psalm verse and why?

Ps. 104:30 “Send forth your spirit, they are created and you renew the face of the earth.”

I like this verse because it shows a complete faith in God that the Holy Spirit will come to us and completely change our lives and the whole world. We can overlook what the Spirit does in our lives and in the world. But the Holy Spirit is the one who is always at work and coming to our aid. It is the one who gives us so many gifts in order to persevere in our lives with Christ.

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

I like to go out for dinner with friends. I also enjoy staying in and watching something on TV or Netflix. I can never pass up a good book either by a spiritual master or a good theologian.

Where do you like to go pray?

I like to pray in the prayer balcony of the chapel at St. Francis Seminary. It gives me a clear, bird’s eye view of the chapel. It is very intimate and relaxing place to be in and talk with the Lord.

Where do you do your best studying?

I like to study in my room so I can be comfortable with my surroundings and have more space to spread out while studying.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Norbert. He led such a holy life dedicated to preaching, the Eucharist, fostering peace, and emphasizing the need to live a holy life. He is a wonderful example for priests and for everybody!

Vocation Office

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