Father Jack has accepted a generous offer from the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Tulsa. The Church of Saint Mary will be welcoming Mr. Daniel Gormley, a seminarian studying for our diocese. He will be in residence at the parish all summer.
Daniel is quite busy with his studies, but he made time for this short interview.
Where are you studying? What classes are you taking? Are you working on a specific degree?
I am studying philosophy at Conception Seminary College. This semester I am taking Medieval Philosophy, Lifetime Fitness, Philosophy of Human Nature, Christian Living and Theology II, and Chastity and Celibacy.
My favorite part of seminary are the people. There are a lot of really great guys here who are on fire for their faith and they are all very unique. I never get bored hanging around a great group of guys like this. The most challenging part of seminary is the new way of life. I am in the middle of nowhere compared to my last college and there are only 90 guys here. This new way of life has been very rewarding for me and it has been a change that I have needed in my life regardless if it can be challenging at times to accept.
How did you decide to explore a vocation to the priesthood?
I decided to explore my vocation at seminary because the idea of being a priest has always been attractive to me. I started thinking about priesthood as a vocation when I went to Totus Tuus my Sophomore year of high school. My experience there was very edifying to my spiritual life. After completing high school and finishing 4 years of college I decided to apply for seminary.