Jeff Petroski

Theology I
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. Ambrose Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

After I graduated college, I served as a Lasallian Volunteer for two years in New York City. As a Lasallian Volunteer, I lived with the Christian Brothers and worked in campus ministry in Lasallian high schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island. I was also a teacher at the high school in Staten Island.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I always felt called towards the seminary starting in grade school. Through college and my time serving as a volunteer the call became louder and louder. With the support of the priests around me, especially at St. Ambrose, I applied for seminary entrance to further discern a call to the priesthood.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to be a priest of Jesus Christ to serve others and lead them to God through the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.

What are your favorite pastimes?

My favorite pastimes are playing ice hockey, watching professional hockey and baseball, and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite quote?

“He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:9-10

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

My favorite saint is St. John Vianney because of his example of holiness and trust in God. As the patron of all parish priests, he is an ideal role model for all diocesan seminarians.

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

I would tell a young man thinking about the seminary to find a priest and discuss his discernment with them on a regular basis. I would also encourage them to develop a regular prayer life and go to Mass whenever they can.