Oliver NilesOliver Niles

Third Theology

Parish: St. Joseph, Wauwatosa

Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales

Birthday:  April 7

Intercessor:  St. John Paul II and St. Christopher


Describe yourself:

A joyful child of God who is on the ever-exciting, wonderful adventure of pursuing Christ.

Tell us your vocation story:

I attended Catholic grade school, which gave me a solid foundation to my faith. However, it seemed to be very surface level in developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. I then went to public high school, which provided me with great challenges, but also amazing opportunities to meet new people and get involved in different clubs and activities. It wasn’t until a youth conference around my sophomore year of high school that I discovered how alive and joyful my Catholic faith could be. A life changing encounter at Adoration flamed the fire that was beginning to grow in my heart. This carried into college, which brought its own set of challenges and opportunities. There were many lessons learned not just about my faith, but also about life. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I began to seriously think about the priesthood. It was interesting, though. There wasn’t a huge “Ahah!” moment that made me decide to apply to seminary. It was more of a slow and gradual discernment that drew me in. God placed a curiosity and sense of adventure in my heart during that time and really gave me the courage to say yes to His call in His time. Was it scary? Of course! But the joy and comfort that God has provided me in these last few months has been so worth it. I know that there will still be many challenges along this journey, but that is part of the adventure.

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

There is a lot of societal pressure for men to go out and get a job and be successful. Going against that notion can be very scary and seem like a far-fetched idea.

What is your favorite psalm verse and why?

Psalm 46:10; It’s always reminds me to slow down and let God take care of everything.

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

Sports and road trips.

Where do you like to go to pray?

In front of the Blessed Sacrament or outdoors.

Where do you do your best studying?

Anywhere besides my room.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. John Vianney.


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