Steve Mahoney

Theology I
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

I grew up in South Omaha and later moved to La Vista. Growing up I loved swimming, playing sports, and spending time with my family. These days I spend my time reading, playing guitar (blues), working on old cars, and praying! After high school I decided to go to Wayne State College for Construction Drafting. I was not a Christian nor Catholic when I started school. Throughout my four years at Wayne, I encountered Our Lord in a radical way. My life was changed when I attended a Catholic Conference put on by FOCUS for college students. There I experienced God in the Eucharist at Mass and Adoration. I knew I had to join the Holy Roman Catholic Church. I entered the Church in Wayne on October 7th, 2017 (Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary). So, my home parish is technically Saint Mary’s in Wayne! The Parish will always be a home away from home for me.

The initial pull towards the Priesthood began when I attended my first Ordination Mass in June 2017. I was moved to tears by the beauty of the Liturgy. I told the vocations director after Mass, “I want to enter Seminary!” Father Roza, the director at the time, told me I should work on joining the Church first. Over the next three years I continued to pursue Our Lord as well by asking Him what He wants for my life. Time and time again, God led me closer to His heart and Seminary. This wouldn’t have been possible without going to the Sacraments weekly and spending time in silent heart to heart prayer.

After two years of pre-theoIogy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, I began this fall in Theology I. It is super exciting to live in a community with men all striving for the same thing, holiness! I am making great friends and memories here at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

My advice for any man discerning his vocation is to be bold! There are going to be tough times and doubts but that is not a time to back down. The most noble thing you can do in life is respond to the adventure that God is calling you to. Remember that Our Lord doesn’t call the prepared but rather prepares the called.

I am grateful for all of the support and prayers from the Archdiocese of Omaha. I thank God above all for the gift of my life.

Hey! I’m Zach Eischeid. I grew up in Elgin, Nebraska and belong to the Saint Boniface Parish. I attended Saint Boniface Elementary and graduated from Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School. Saint Boniface Parish is a great place to learn about the Faith with our schools and to see so many parishioners helping each other and our parish in a myriad of ways.

My discernment has been around for as long as I can remember. Since I was a toddler, the priesthood always amazed me. However, around junior high, I kept pushing it to the back of my mind because I didn’t want to be labeled as that “extra-religious guy.” After graduating, I decided to attend Benedictine College to major in Theology. Towards the end of my first year at Benedictine, while at my sister’s wedding dance, I oddly had a strong feeling about seminary. A month later, I attended the priest ordination while teaching Totus Tuus, and started weeping during the procession in the cathedral. This sign was big encouragement in finally giving my future in God’s hands. I am currently at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis and have made many fraternal friendships, as we are all on the same journey of striving to be what God wants us to be.

For all those with even an inkling about entering seminary, I encourage you to be open to it. Pray about it, frequent the sacraments, and remember: “You were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” And remember, every priest and seminarian has gone through what you are going through.

In my down time, I like playing any sport, especially basketball and baseball, jamming on the ukulele, listening to Christian rap, watching Nebraska football, and combating heresy.