Zachary HastingsZachary Hastings

College Program - Sophomore

Parish: St. Charles Borromeo, Hartland 

Seminary: St. John Vianney College Seminary

Birthday: December 7th  

Intercessor: St. Ignatius of Loyola and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati 

Describe yourself:

A relentless disciple of Jesus Christ with a longing to serve the Lord by the life I live. I have a strong desire to bring those I encounter closer to Christ with His help.

Tell us your vocation story:

It all started when I went on my first mission trip during the summer after my freshman year of high school. On that trip I experienced my first encounter with Christ and His relentless love. 

One evening on that mission trip, I talked with a priest about his life for a long time. I was so inspired and awestruck by the beauty of the life of a priest. As my mom says, “You came back from that trip changed, and you never changed back”. I felt something in my heart associated with the priesthood that never went away. I then attended Marquette University as a finance student for one year. Shortly after beginning college, I felt the Lord telling me that something was not right. I soon began to feel like I was not contributing to the vocation God is calling me to in my daily life. I then visited St. John Vianney College Seminary. For most of the second semester, I fought an internal battle with myself whether or not to enter seminary. Finally, it came down to this: “I will never know if I don’t go. Just dive in, the Lord will never steer you wrong”. Through the initial phase of my discernment process, I have learned to trust God and trust in His plan for me.


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

The giant leap of courage it takes to say, “Yes, let it be done unto me”. Praying a prayer of surrender saying, “Lord, I have no idea where this is going to go but you will provide and steer me in the right direction.” It takes courage. Courage that requires you entrusting your life to God.

What is your favorite psalm verse and why?

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, These my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; Though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.” Psalm 27:1-3. 

This is my favorite Psalm because it reminds me that staying grounded in my trust in the Lord will not only defend me from the evil enemy but also bring light and salvation to my life.


What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

I enjoy running, biking, swimming, or anything outdoors. I also enjoy going on long drives where I can discover new places. I enjoy the beautiful state parks that Wisconsin has and I also enjoy reading from John Eldridge, Tim Tebow, and C.S. Lewis.

Where do you like to go pray?

I enjoy praying before Jesus in the Monstrance. I see perpetual adoration as an extravagant gift in our faith. Specifically, I really enjoy praying in the perpetual adoration chapel at St. Jerome Parish

Where do you do your best studying?

In a completely quiet place in the presence of other people listening to Gregorian Chants.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

Saint Benedict for new challenges that will arise in my future studies and the Blessed Mother to give me the courage to say, “Let it be done unto me” as she did at the annunciation. 


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