Ryan Sheridan

Propaedeutic Year
St. Paul Seminary

I grew up in a Catholic family of five. We were members of St. Gerald Parish and went to school there. As a young person, I remember being fascinated by certain parts of the Mass and the First Friday Benediction we attended in school. I became increasingly interested in the priesthood when I met many great priests and seminarians.

As I entered high school, I had a powerful awakening in my faith life. I began to take the idea of priesthood seriously as a potential vocation rather than as something I was casually interested in. This experience encouraged me to increase my faith life and devotion to Our Lord and, as a result, enabled me to grow in my love for the priesthood.

After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and lived at the St. John Paul II Newman Center. My time there was amazing. It helped me grow in my faith life while surrounded by other young Catholics desiring to love the Lord more fully.

Once I graduated, I knew the Lord was calling me to explore the idea of becoming His priest in a fuller way. I, and three other members of the Newman community, applied to seminary for this fall.

I will be starting the Propaedeutic Program at St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota. It is a year of engagement with prayer and intentionality. We participate in a media fast by limiting the use of our phones so we can spend more time being present with one another and the Lord.

I am grateful for the support of the Archdiocese of Omaha and the countless prayers for me in my discernment.

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.