Joseph Jacobeen

Pre-Theology II
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. Timothy Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

Before apply for and entering seminary, I was a student at Belmont Abbey College. I received a bachelor’s degree in Theology, along with some studies in psychology.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

For a long time, I have felt a deep, gentle tug on my heart suggesting that God might be calling me to be a priest. I had thought and prayed about it, and even talked with several priests about my discernment. During my senior year at Belmont Abbey I realized that I could discern no further without taking a major step, and that step was applying for seminary.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to be a priest, because I think God wants me to be a priest. At this point in my discernment, I believe that the life of a priest is the one that is best for me. The Sacrament of Confession has always attracted me, and I especially want to be God’s instrument of hope for many people, by offering to people the mercy, forgiveness, comfort, healing, and strength of God through the Sacraments.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I love music, including playing piano, singing, and writing some songs and poetry. Occasionally I take the time to paint or draw. I enjoy playing many sports, especially soccer. Also, there is nothing quite like reading a really good book.

What is your favorite quote?

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from. My country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back. All my life the god of the Mountain has been wooing me.” C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces.

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

One of my favorite saints is my Confirmation Saint, Dominic Savio. He lived a typical life with an incredible love for God and others, until he died at the age of fifteen. One of Dominic’s mottos was “death rather than sin.” Despite all of the typical temptations for boys, Dominic lived his young life with a deep purity and chastity, and he encouraged his peers to do likewise. I think saints like Dominic Savio provide a lot of hope for us, showing us that holiness and purity are possible, especially for young people.

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?

First, and most importantly, do not stress out about your vocation. Focus primarily on God’s call to holiness. By trying to be holy, you will be practicing the prayer, “Lord, help me want what you want!” Then you will be able to see which vocation God has made you for. Every man who is called to the priesthood has also felt the natural and good draw toward marriage, but do not be afraid to offer yourself first to God. Also, do not be afraid of your own inadequacy. No man is ever worthy to be a priest.