Message from the Vocation Director

A Priest’s Testimony

As a boy, I never really considered the idea of a vocation to the priesthood.  Growing up, I wanted to do a number of different things.  But, along the way, God has something else in mind.

My freshmen year at the University of Nebraska was the first time I was ever truly on my own in life.  So, naturally, I turned to the one place where I would always be at home—the Catholic Church.  I became involved in a number of different groups, ministries, and activities at the Newman Center, figuring that this was just a nice way to meet people, especially girls!  But in the midst of this searching for a potential wife, God began tugging on my heart.  At first it was a little nudge, and by the end of my sophomore year, he was practically dragging me into seminary.

Seminary life itself was amazing!  We did what you would expect—prayer, study, and daily Mass.  But we also formed lifelong friendships and a deep brotherhood through mission trips, ski trips, intramural sports, and other events.  In short, we were regular college students who just happened to be studying to become priests.

Now, I’m four years into the priesthood and I love it!  I’ve found that the priesthood is not only what God wanted me to do with my life, but it was also what I desired for my life in the very depth of my heart.  Are there hard days?  Of course!  But the joy of seeing other people encounter Jesus Christ makes it all worthwhile.  I can’t imagine anything else I’d rather do with my life!

Fr. Patrick Behm
-Native of Storm Lake, IA

Fr. Shane Deman, Director of Vocations

712-233-7523
demans@scdiocese.org