John LesniewskiJohn Lesniewski

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Parish: St. Robert, Shorewood

Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales

Birthday: January 5

Intercessor: St. Joseph of Cupertino

Tell us your vocation story.

Although I grew up always practicing my faith I never really seriously considered the priesthood, I thought that I'd likely get married one day. However, after being out of college for almost a couple years, I started to feel drawn to the priesthood and religious life. At first I thought I would end up in a religious order, because I was attracted to the communal and contemplative life. To help discern my vocation, I became a college missionary with Brew City Catholic. By going to daily mass and praying a holy hour everyday my relationship with God grew deeper. Also, during my time at Brew City, I met a number of young diocesan priests that were living out their priesthood in a beautiful, and radical way given over to God and his people. This really attracted me to the diocesan priesthood and I was able to envision myself doing the same. Because of this, it was a simple and natural decision to enter the seminary.

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

Oneself. It's easy to take the road with less challenges and sacrifice.

What is your favorite Psalm verse and why?

Psalm 63. "O God, you are my God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting." It sums up what the heart wants.

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

Spending time with old friends and family.

Where do you like to go pray?

Any beautiful church.

Where do you do your best studying?

In my room.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Joseph of Cupertino.

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