Deacon Patrick Magnor
Parish: St. Mary's Visitation, Elm Grove
Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales
Birthday: May 13
Intercessor: St. Thérèse of Lisieux
I love Christ and his Church. I am an easy-going person who enjoys reading, music, and the outdoors.
Tell us your vocation story:
I grew up in very "Christ centered" home and the Catholic faith was always a big part of my life. After high school, I studied operations and supply chain management at UW-Whitewater in hopes to use my degree to work at my family's business. Although I enjoyed my studies and time at Whitewater, I felt that there was something lacking in my life, but I could not figure out what it was. At the suggestion of my parish priest during my senior year of college, I went on a vocation retreat at St. Francis de Sales Seminary. The retreat ended up changing my life! Throughout my life, I had always thought about the priesthood, but I had never taken the initiative to discern that calling. During that retreat, I made the commitment to be open to God's will within my life. From then on, I began to actively discern a vocation to the priesthood. After a period of discernment, I felt that the next step in my discernment was to enter seminary. I look forward to my time at St. Francis de Sales and hope to come closer to Christ as I discern the priesthood.
What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?
A fear to commit is the greatest challenge many men face when considering the seminary (and any big decision in life for that matter). We live in a culture that totally disregards any form of commitment in favor of short-term benefits. Committing to joining the seminary can be a difficult decision! If a man is considering the seminary, it is important to remember, he does not need to know with certainty if God is calling him to the priesthood (that discovery is meant for the seminary). If he feels called to the priesthood, he should commit to seek out God's will.
What is your favorite psalm verse and why?
"Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 34:7) This verse really spoke to me as I began my discernment. As Christians, we are called to first love the Lord and build a strong relationship with Him before we can discern His will.
What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?
I love playing guitar and a number of other stringed instruments. I've played for a number of years and I feel it is a great way for me to relax after a busy day. I also enjoy hunting and being outdoors.
Where do you like to go to pray?
I can safely say that I would not have come to this point in my discernment without the Perpetual Adoration chapel at St. Mary's Visitation in Elm Grove. By having the opportunity to visit the Lord any time throughout the day, continues to be a great blessing in my life!
Where do you do your best studying?
I tend to study best in the quiet of my room, free from any distractions.
Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Thérèse of Lisieux has been a great friend of mine. She is a great patron for seminarians and priests.
I have also always been fascinated with the life of St. John Vianney (patron saint of priests). As a priest, he lived a very simple life and had a great zeal for his priestly work. If I am ordained, I hope to model my priesthood after him.