Seminarian and Lay Formation
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Be inspired by seminarian James Zick: How he took the other route…
A Different Path to the Priesthood
By James Zick
My path to the seminary is somewhat different from that followed by many of my brother seminarians. I was not raised in a Catholic household, although I was baptized as a child in the United Church. I was received into the Catholic Church at Easter 2001.
In 2003, while in Saskatoon for the Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) Rise Up conference, I felt God calling me in a way that was both unexpected and clear. It seemed that the Lord had called me to follow Him as a priest and not as a classroom teacher. From that point on, I started to arrange things in my life to discern how God was calling me. At first, I was more attracted to religious life than to parish life, but in the end, I had to admit that it was not God’s will for me to enter with them.
I contacted the Archdiocese of Regina vocations director and we began to talk. In further meetings and with the permission of Archbishop Daniel Bohan, I finished my bachelor’s degree at the University of Regina and went to St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton in 2008.
My journey to the seminary then was marked largely by the personal nature of my conversion and the continuing efforts I make to discern God’s will for me. I misunderstood how God could most use me as a priest when I set my focus on religious life. It was quite difficult when that did not work out the way I wanted it to, but by continuing to seek God’s will and waiting for Him to show me, I now find myself at the end of my fourth year of formation to become a diocesan priest.
James Zick, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Regina, has just completed his year of internship at St. Joseph’s parish in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.