Kevin Kelly, Jr.

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Pre-Theology II
Franciscan University
All Saints Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I worked for a small Catholic IT company, where I spent much of my time supporting the networks for some of the schools and parishes here in the diocese.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I attended the Palm Sunday Men Discerners’ Retreat and spoke to various priests I knew, who encouraged me to be open to the Lord’s call.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to serve the Lord and His Church, letting Him work through me to minister to His people.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy meeting up with friends, reading, solving Sudoku and logic puzzles, listening to music, and figuring out how to make these and all my responsibilities fit into the course of a week.

What is your favorite quote?

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:41b-42

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

My personal litany of Saints keeps growing; Our Lady tops the list of course, especially in her titles of Our Lady of Fatima, of Guadalupe, of the Rosary, and of Good Success. Some key Saints in my life include St. John the Evangelist, who is my confirmation Saint; St. Matthias, a follower of Christ who received his call as an apostle later on; St. Therese of Lisieux, who has been an inspiration throughout my life and discernment with her Little Way; and St. Alphonsus Liguori, who gave so much to the Church in his ministry and in his writings.

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

You’re not alone! Don't think you have to figure out what God wants for your life by yourself, because God has placed many people in your life, family, friends, priests, and others in your parish, who can answer your questions, help you discern God’s will, and support you! Also, be active in the Men’s Discernment Group – there are so many opportunities for grace and guidance at the various events throughout the year and with the other discerners you meet.

Any other facts about yourself that people might find interesting?

I’m a second-generation Irishman - my mother’s family is originally from and still live in Ireland, while my dad’s family moved there from the U.S. while he was a teenager.