Kolbe Tucker

College IV
St. John Paul II seminary
Catholic University of America
Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I worked at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill as a server and line cook for four years, while also pursuing my associate degree in psychology at Germanna Community College.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

I have spent lots of time over the last two years in adoration praying about my vocation and going on discernment retreats. Throughout all of that, and with the help of frequent reception of holy Communion, the thought of applying to the seminary was strongly established in the back of my mind, so when I talked with Fr. Isenberg about applying earlier this year, I was very excited to get started and see what God had in store for me. I was also encouraged by seminarians when I visited St. Charles Borromeo seminary last year.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to be a priest because I'm in love with the Catholic faith, and I feel called to serve in the most total and absolute way that I can. I think the priesthood a beautiful gift that accomplishes just that. I also wish to give back to the Church, which has given so much to me already, and I think the greatest gift I can offer the Church is myself.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I really enjoy playing guitar and reading. I also enjoy running and playing soccer.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is the very popular one from Saint Augustine, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” I love that he perfectly encapsulates the endless search of the human heart for satisfaction and reveals that the only true and perfect source of satisfaction is in God Himself.

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

My favorite saint is Saint John Marie Vianney. He is such an example of self-denial and service to others, and he came from such humble beginnings. He is a great example of how God exalts the lowly. His example of resignation to the will of God also endears him to my heart, and his story was a great influence in my discernment of the seminary. He is the patron saint of parish priests for good reason!

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

Spend lots of time in front of the Blessed Sacrament! And go to Mass frequently. We hear God most clearly when we spend time with Him frequently and give Him time to speak to us. And if you feel a genuine calling to apply to the seminary, don't be afraid. Just take that leap and see where God leads you.