- Diocesan Priesthood
- Consecrated Life
|Father Matthew Schiffelbein|
I began thinking about priesthood when I was in high school largely because of homilies that Fr. Frank Krische gave about the need for priests. I always felt somehow singled out, like his homily was directed at me. Fr. Bill Bruning was also our associate pastor at the time, and he gave priesthood a different image for me. He was young, energetic, approachable, somehow "real." I continued to consider priesthood throughout college and into my work on a Master of Music at KU. Through my involvement at St. Lawrence I began to develop a more regular prayer life and also met other young people who were seriously considering their vocations. I began to find myself wanting more than a career in music. As I was pondering what else I might be desiring, I was praying with John 10, the Good Shepherd discourse. It hit me that priests are good shepherds and that this is what I wanted: to be a shepherd. I realized I needed to go to teh seminary to settle the question of whether or not I should be a priest. As my time in seminary continued I began to realize that priesthood fits me. It really is my vocation.
I don't really know what my typical day is yet.