As part of our series of posts to start the new college year, one of the new Oscott seminarians, Jeffery Walton, shares his inspiring story thus far to entering seminary.
“Father, glorify your name!” John 12:28
I was born and raised a Catholic in Mississippi, USA. I had always felt an attraction to the priesthood since I was a young boy. As I got older and my passions and interests began developing, my attraction to the priesthood experienced major competition and was put to the side for a time although my faith continued to grow. I went to the US Air Force Academy where I worked towards a degree in International Relations with a minor in Mandarin while training to be a Combat Rescue Officer. I had an amazing two years there growing tremendously in my faith and in a wonderful relationship, but the calling to the priesthood kept growing stronger. I knew I could no longer keep it to the side but needed to give myself to serious discernment before I advanced on the paths I was currently on. I went to St. John Vianney seminary in Denver, Colorado where I completed the first year called the Spirituality Year. In this year I found God was calling me to make a greater gift of myself to Him by pursuing a very particular way of living out my priesthood in community. After two year, my brothers and I were invited to the diocese of Shrewsbury to discern our calling. Now I am continuing to pursue God’s calling in my life as I continue formation to the priesthood at Oscott.
“Father… not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42