Nicholas Schierer

Theology IV
North American College
St. Veronica Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May 2009. From May 2009 to August 2011, I worked as an operation manager, subcontractor, and teamster in the special events industry. Then, I taught theology at Paul VI as a long-term substitute in the fall of 2011. From Christmas 2011 until entering the seminary, I was the home-caregiver to my 86-year-old great aunt.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

My family, friends, and priest-friends influenced my decision. They have been very supportive and want what is best for me and what is going to make me happy. Particularly, my brother, Fr. William Schierer, has influenced my decision. Watching him grow throughout his seminary life and then at his ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood has truly inspired me. Finally, Jesus Himself, through my prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament and during Mass at the moment of Consecration. Jesus has given me a sense of peace about being in the seminary and discerning the vocation of the priesthood. It is only through Jesus, the Son of God, that I have been able to overcome my fears and struggles and come to this decision and be in the seminary.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I want to be a priest to bring the sacramental life of the Church to the people of God. This way, the Sacraments and the efficacious grace they bring can transform lives and bring people closer to God and salvation.

What are your favorite pastimes?

My favorite pastimes are football, baseball, reading, snorkeling, fishing, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite quote?

"In the world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering." - Pope Benedict XVI

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

My favorite Saint after the Blessed Mother is St. Charles Borromeo, my confirmation saint. St. Charles helped lead the reforms of the Church after the Protestant Reformation in the Council of Trent. Additionally, he truly looked after his flock as the Archbishop of Milan and founded a number of seminaries. Finally, St. Charles Borromeo is the patron saint of seminarians.

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

A young man thinking about the seminary should pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary, seek counsel from a Spiritual Director, and then go speak to the Vocations Director. Additionally, young men should know that entering into the seminary does not mean that you are going to be a priest, but that you are simply going to discern the vocation of the priesthood. Finally, you do not need to be afraid.